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I'm a Houston appellate lawyer who practices in Texas and around the country. My goal in every case is to deliver highly effective appellate work, to give honest and practical advice, and to make sure clients are always satisfied by their decision to hire me.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 60%
    25 years
  2. Constitutional: 15%
  3. Energy: 10%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
  5. Personal Injury: 5%


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Contact info

Deans & Lyons, L.L.P.

First City Tower
1001 Fannin, Suite 1925
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198608/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2015
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2014
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2013
Board Certified - Civil Appellate Law, 1991 to presentTexas Board of Legal Specialization2013
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2011
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2008
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2006
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2005
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2004
Texas Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2003
North American Ministerial FellowshipFund for Theological Education1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBeirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP2012 - Present
Appellate lawyerHaynes and Boone2008 - 2012
PartnerBeirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P.2000 - 2008
PartnerNobles & Adams, L.L.P.1999 - 2000
ShareholderSmith, Nobles & Adams, P.C.1997 - 1999
PartnerHaynes and Boone, LLP1995 - 1997
AssociateHaynes and Boone, LLP1991 - 1994
Senior Staff AttorneyTexas Court of Appeals, First District1989 - 1990
AssociateRyan & Shoss1987 - 1989
Briefing Attorney, Hon. Bud WarrenTexas Court of Appeals, First District1986 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Houston Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Texas Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Houston Bar Association Appellate Court Delay Reduction CommitteeChair2000 - 2001
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice SectionChair1999 - 2000
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice SectionChair-Elect1998 - 1999
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice SectionVice-Chair1997 - 1998
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice SectionTreasurer1996 - 1997
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Pro Bono CommitteeChair1995 - 1996
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice SectionCouncil Member1994 - 1996
Gulf Coast Legal FoundationDirector1994 - 1997
Houston Young Lawyers Association Membership CommitteeVice-Chair1992 - 1993
Houston Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeMember1990 - 1994
Texas Young Lawyers Association Editorial CommitteeMember1989 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re ProAssurance Insurance Co., No. 05-15-01256-CV, 2016 WL 25645 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 4, 2016, orig. proceeding)Writ of mandamus conditionally granted.
Coronado v. Freedom Commc’ns. Inc., No. 13-13-00525-CV, 2015 WL 9434656 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi-Edinburg, no pet.).Summary judgment for clients affirmed.
Acadia Healthcare Co. v. Horizon Health Corp., 472 S.W.3d 74 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2015, pet. pending).Judgment against client reversed by court of appeals.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Texas Law & Litigation NewsFederal Litigants in Texas Should Not Rely on Texas Laws Limiting the Amount and Expense of Supersedeas Bonds2015
SNPA E-BulletinSNPA Argues for Courtroom Access and Reporting Rights2010
SNPA E-BulletinTexas Governor Signs Shield Law2009
San Antonio Express-NewsTexas Trial Judges See Healthy System (with Peter Kelly)2007
Appellate AdvocateAre Unpublished Opinions Unconstitutional? Anastasoff v. United States2000
Appellate AdvocatePay Now or Pay Later? Fourteenth Court Orders Clerk to Accept Cost Bond for Transcript1994
Houston LawyerTransportation Insurance Co. v. Moriel: New Obstacles in the Path to Punitive Damages (with Alene Levy)1994
Appellate AdvocateReversals in Texas: Supreme Court1990
Appellate AdvocateReversals of Civil Judgments by Texas Appellate Courts1990
Houston LawyerA Roadmap for Litigators (Book Review)1990
Houston LawyerKeeping Up with ... Temporary Injunctions1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Princeton UniversityHistoryA.B.1980
Union Theological SeminaryNorth American Ministerial Fellow, 1980-81N/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TADC Summer Seminar (Destin, Florida)Why Texas Defense Counsel Should Argue that Texas Law Governs Federal Supersedeas Bonds (co-presenter with Terry Adams)2012
Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section luncheonFederal Supersedeas Law2012
Themes in LawsuitsThemes in Appellate Litigation2009
How to Offer and Exclude EvidencePreservation of Error in Offering and Excluding Evidence2009
Litigation and Trial TacticsPost-Verdict and Post-Judgment Strategies:How Lucky Do You Feel?2008
HBA Friday SeminarTen Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Texas Civil Appeals2002
South Texas College of LawEfficient & Effective Legal Research2001
SBOT Advanced Appellate Practice CourseJudicial Recusal & Attorney Disqualification: An Ethic for Litigators and Other Aliens in a Strange Land1999
South Texas College of LawPost-Verdict Preservation of Error1998
Texas Trial Lawyers' Association Products SeminarPreservation of Error1997
State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, Litigation Update SeminarJury Charge Update1997
State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury CourseMotions for Summary Judgment1997
South Texas College of LawThe Jury Charge1997