- Rice University (B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1994)
- Yale Law School (J.D., 1997)
I love court. I love arguing to judges and juries. And I love being in a trial or appellate courtroom. As a result, I am a trial lawyer with wide-ranging trial and appellate experience:
- I suspect there are very few lawyers who have tried a patent case to verdict and also argued an ERISA appeal. I’ve done them both – more than once.
- I’ve successfully opposed confirmation of a billion-dollar bankruptcy plan . . . and I’ve scored a verdict of more than $30 million under California trade secrets law.
- I have spoken at several ABA events about antitrust issues . . . and I have persuaded the Eleventh Circuit to uphold the certification of a civil-rights class action.
- In one Native American gaming case I won a judgment after trial of $9 million for my client, and in another such case I secured for my client a summary judgment win on a $300 million claim against it – and then I successfully defended both those results on appeal.
- I have also tried or arbitrated cases relating to the medical device, aerospace, e-commerce, oil and gas, and funeral industries, to name a few.
And I have handled these cases in every corner of the country – from San Francisco to San Juan.
A strong academic background has armed me to handle such a diverse caseload. I graduated from Rice University in 1994 with three majors, conferred summa cum laude. I then received my law degree from Yale Law School, where I was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal and I won the school’s mock trial competition. After law school, I clerked on the Fifth Circuit for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham.
I’m fortunate to have received the kind of accolades that come with this sort of law practice. I have been named “Litigator of the Week” by The Texas Lawyer(Sept. 2013) and a “Super Lawyer” (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and “Rising Star” (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011) by Thomson Reuters/Texas Monthly. Benchmark Litigation Report (published by Legal Media Group) recognized me in 2011 and 2013 as a “future star” in Texas. It also labeled me a “future star” in 2010, and commented that I was viewed as a “prominent complex commercial litigator.” Likewise, in 2009 it noted that I had “receive[d] praise for an array of intellectual property matters.” H Texas Magazine (published by Bayou City Publishing LL) named me a “Top Lawyer” in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013; a “Top Lawyer for the People” in 2009, and a “Professional on the Fast Track” in 2004 and 2005. I was recognized in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (published by Law Business Research Ltd) in 2014, and I also was named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015 (published by Euromoney Legal Media Group).
I owe a lot of my success to the education I received at Rice University, so I have worked hard to make it available to others. Since 2006, I have served on the Steering Committee of the Rice Annual Fund, and I chaired the Annual Fund from 2010 to 2012. I also served as a co-chair of the Rice Associates from 2011 to 2013, and I co-chaired Rice’s Centennial Gala in 2012. For these efforts and others, I was recognized as an “Outstanding Community Volunteer” by the Greater Houston Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2009.