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Attorney, CPA, Strategist, Advocate

My Focus

My practice focuses on helping entrepreneurs and their families to build wealth and protect their assets.  Through our firm we provide counsel and advice in deal structuring, negotiating acquisitions and sales of closely held business, project finance and real estate projects.  We have also successfully represented business owners and others in white collar criminal defense matters.

Background and Experience

Prior to establishing my law practice, I worked for 10 years as accounting manager, director of financial operations and then chief financial officer for DIR, Inc. – a Houston based research and evaluation government contractor.  

I have been a licensed CPA since 2003 and I am heavily involved in strategic and long-range planning for various organizations.

I earned my BBA with a double major in accounting and finance from the Bauer College of Business at The University of Houston in 1998.  I earned my J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2006 while working fulltime as Chief Financial Officer at DIR, Inc.  While at South Texas, I earned awards in advocacy in both mock trial and moot court with honors in both areas, and was adjudged best advocate in the preliminary rounds of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in January 2005 in Dallas, Texas.

Memberships and Other

I am a member of the State Bar of Texas and a section member of both the Business Law and Real Estate/Probate/Estate Planning sections.

I am a past member of the Tax and Forensic and Valuation Services sections of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  

I serve on the Board of Directors for Independence Heights Redevelopment Council (IHRC) as President.  IHRC is committed to the restoration and historic preservation of this historic community in Houston, Texas.

I have been married to my loving and supportive wife for 12 years and we have a playful toddler son who loves music.  We attend Brookhollow Baptist Church - The Church Without Walls.

Banks & Associates



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Government Contracts: 55%
    10 years
  2. Business: 45%
    10 years



Hourly ($225-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Fran Brochstein

    I recently mediated a family law case for this attorney. He actually sent me information prior to the mediation. This assisted me in preparing for the mediation. His staff was very helpful & organized. He was a strong advocate for his client. It was a pleasure, as a mediator, to work with this attorney.


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Contact info

3900 Essex Lane
Suite 900
Houston, TX, 77027


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200608/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2015
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2013
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2010
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2009
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2008
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2007
Best AdvocateRocky Mountain Regional BLSA2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalBanks & Associates2010 - Present
General Counsel and Chief Financial OfficerDecision Information Resources, Inc.2006 - Present
PartnerNgwolo & Banks2007 - 2010
Controller, Director of Financial OperationsDecision Information Resources, Inc.1998 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Services Cooperative AssociationAdvisory Board - EBC2010 - Present
Independence Heights Redevelopment CouncilPresident2010 - 2012
Moonsplash Music FestivalExecutive Director2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lueso et. al v. CitiMortgage, Inc.Foreclosure rescinded
Owens Real EstateNegotiated a substantial buoyout for clients.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AN/A2006
University of Houston Law CenterAccounting, FinanceOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kingdom Builders Construction Contractor's CollegeContract Administration For The Construction Industry2015
PR TECH Houston 2014Creating A Successful Advisory Board2014
Money Week HoustonPlaying To Win - Build Wealth and Protect Assets2011
2011Back To Basics - One Woman ConferencePlaying To Win - Succession Planning2011
2011 Back To Basics - One Woman ConferencePlaying To Win - Creating Your Team2011
SCA Business Building BreakfastSeven Deadly Sins2010
MusicologyEntertainment Law - Recording First Records2010
Men's Ministry EventEstate Planning - Christian Stewardship2010
Business Building BreakfastEmployee v. Contractor Classification2010
Business Building BreakfastFor Sale By Owner2010