My interest in the law came about during my first years of college at the State University of New York. I had a keen interest in history, Amercian and English history and a desire to learn about anything I could get my hands on. During college I worked for the New York State Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau then I worked for the New York State Senate and was able to rub shoulders with Lt. Governor Mario Cuomo.
Although able to attend law school in the Northeast, I tired of shoveling snow off the hood of the car, I decided to go South. I attended St. Mary's School of Law graduating in 1987 ( I also took law clases at University of Texas Law School in Austin).
With my interest in constitutional law, I believe my practice which is primarily employment / labor law and criminal law is logical. Both deal with individual rights and constitutional law.
In my employment / labor practice, I represent both employers and employees (not in the same case!). The federal and state statutes that define the relationship between employers and employee are complex and are ever changing through court interpretation. I have written a deskbook on employment law that divides the complex laws on a concept basis for easy use by the practitioner.
In my criminal practice, I defend the accused, from murder to drug cases. I have also been and continue to be a municipal prosecutor for almost twenty years. I have been a municipal judge for the last several years. I am often hired to get involved in a criminal case to determine if evidence can be suppressed (whether statements made by the accused or physical evidence seized by law enforcement). I have secure dismissal on many cases because evidence could not be used. I prevailed on suppression issues in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and another in the Third Court of Appeals in Austin. I see first-hand as a city prosecutor the application of the principles of reasonable suspicion, probable cause and the necessary and proper procedure to get evidence in.
I conduct training for police officers on the proper application of the principles in the Texas Constitution and the U.S. Constituion involving police encounters with citizens in regards to searches and seizures.
Apart from the law, and after my involvement with my children, tennis is my joy. I try to play three to four times a week. Tennis anyone???
Languages spoken: Spanish
Hourly ($200-250/hour), contingent (30-40%)
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1987||12/20/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Texas Super Lawyers 2010||Super Lawyers||2010|
|City Prosecutor||City of Fair Oaks Ranch||2005 - Present|
|Municipal Judge||City of Grey Forest, Texas||2002 - Present|
|Partner||Harkins, Latimer & Dahl, P.C.||1997 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Antonio College Law Enforcement Training Academy||Board Member||2009 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Christian Legal Society||Member||N/A|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|State of Texas v. Morris||Prevailed in Appeal|
|Rios v. Rossotti||Trial Court Affirmed|
|Almanza v. State of Texas||Prevailed in Texas Court of Criminal Appeals|
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|Concept Deskbook in Employment Law||Concept Deskbook in Employment Law||2010|
|Privacy in the Workplace||Privacy in the Workplace||2010|
|St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|State University of New York, Albany||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts, With Honors||1983|
|Adirondack Community College||N/A||A.A., Humanities||1979|
|St. Mary's School of Law, People's Law School||Employment Law, Rights and Remedies||2010|
|NELA Annual Convention||Recent Developments in Workplace Privacy||2010|
|St. Mary's School of Law - People's Law School||Employment Law, Rights and Remedies||2009|
|Police Officer Training||Fourth Amendment||2008|
|Lorman Education Services||Strategies in Defending DWI & DUI in Texas||2008|
|Lorman Education Services||Payroll Fundamentals: Fair Labor Standards Act||2007|
|Lorman Education Services||Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete||2007|
|Council on Education||FMLA Update: Avoiding Retaliation Claims||2006|