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  1. Arbitration: 50%
  2. Mediation: 50%

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440 Louisiana
Suite 800
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197507/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit2010
Lola Wright Foundation Award for Legal EthicsTexas Bar Foundation2008
Leon Jaworski Community Service AwardHouston Bar Association Auxiliary2008
Orden de Mayo al MeritoGovernment of Argentina2007
Civil Rights All StarEqual Employment Opportunity Commission2005
Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement AwardVinson & Elkins L.L.P.2003
Karen Susman Jurisprudence AwardAnti-Defamation League, Southwest Region2002
Distinguished Alumnus for Community ServiceUniversity of Texas Law Alumni Association2000
Leon Green AwardTexas Law Review Association1997
Outstanding Young Texas ExTexas Ex-Students Association1989
Pro Bono Publico AwardAmerican Bar Association1986
Outstanding Young Lawyer of HoustonHouston Young Lawyers Association1984
Top 100 Lawyers / HoustonTexas Lawyer MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentAtlas Counsel Search, LLC2011 - Present
Expert witnessSelf Employed Attorney2010 - 2011
Litigation PartnerWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP2006 - 2009
Litigation Associate (1976-1982), Partner (1982-2006)Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.1976 - 2006
Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas Gibbs GeeU.S. Court Of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit1975 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Law Endowment for Excellence Scholarship Fundraising CampaignChair2014 - Present
American Law InstituteMember2005 - Present
University of Texas Chancellor's CouncilExecutive Committee Member2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationLife FellowN/A
Houston Bar FoundationFounding Charter FellowN/A
American Judicature SocietyMemberN/A
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Supreme Court Historical SocietyMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Law Alumni AssociationPresident2015 - 2017
Bill White Campaign for Governor of TexasFinance Chair2009 - 2010
Texas Criminal Justice Advisory CouncilEx-Officio Member2005 - 2007
American Bar AssociationChair2002 - 2003
American Bar Assn., Section of LitigationExecutive Committee Member2000 - 2006
American Bar Assn., Section of LitigationCo-Chair, Federal Practice Task Force1998 - 2000
Civil Rules Advisory Committee to the US Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and ProcedureLiaison from ABA Section of Litigation1998 - 2000
Pro Bono InstitutePresident, Law Firm Pro Bono Project1997 - 2001
ABA Task Force on Annual Meeting Financial IssuesChair1995 - 1996
ABA Board of Governors Finance CommitteeLiaison from ABA Section of Litigation1994 - 1996
American Bar Assn., Section of LitigationExecutive Committee Member1992 - 1996
U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen Reelection CommitteeHarris County Coordinator1987 - 1988
American Bar Assn., Section of LitigationChair, Appellate Practice Committee1985 - 1989
Publication nameTitleDate
10 Disp. Resol. Mag. 14"Potential ADR Backlash: Where have all the trials gone? To mediation or arbitration,"2004
Litig. News at 1"Recent Developments in Electronic Discovery2004
Litigation"Opening Statement, Nobody Does It Better,"2003
Litigation"Opening Statement, How Can We Be Sure,"2003
Litigation"Opening Statement, Have You Ever Tried to Make Up Your Mind–About Arbitration?"2002
Litigation"Opening Statement, Where Have All the Trials Gone?"2002
St. Mary's L.J.DTPA: Two Empirical Studies and a Proposal for Change1997
The Voice for the Defense"Effective Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses,"1990
Antitrust L.J"The Settlement of Litigation as a Ground for Antitrust Liability,"1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Houston Law School Faculty"Why Lawyers and Law Faculty Can and Should Represent Death Row Inmates"1999
Texas-Mexico Bar Assn."Over the Borderline - In Trouble in a Foreign Country"1999
Federal Bar Assn"Civil Trial Practice Standards"1998
Houston Bar Assn."Inside Story: Great Texas Trial Lawyers Tell Their Secrets"N/A