March 19, 2018 to April 17, 2019
Summary of Experience: Litigating Personal Injury claims. Interviewed and communicated with clients, reviewed extensive medical records, negotiated and/or settled claims/cases with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys. Performed research on cases and statutes. Prepared legal documents for filing in state and federal court; drafted discovery requests to opposing parties and responded/objected to opposing parties’ discovery requests. Participated in taking and defending depositions, and participated in mediations and oral hearings before the Courts. Experience with Needles Case Management software.
September 7, 2017 to March 5, 2018
Summary of Experience: Litigating Personal Injury claims. Interviewed and communicated with clients, investigated Personally Injury claims, obtained witness statements, obtained employment and medical records, reviewed extensive medical records, prepared demand letters and settlement brochures, negotiated and/or settled claims/cases with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys, taking and defending depositions, participated in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and prepared and conducted client settlement closings. Prepared legal documents for filing with the Courts; prepared and served discovery to the Defense and answered the opposing parties’ discovery requests.
Summary of Experience: Tried civil commitment cases pertaining to the Health & Safety Code, Title 11, Chapter 841, Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators. I appeared in court frequently and provided indigent defense for repeat sex offenders incarcerated in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison unit who were sued by the State and alleged to be sexually violent predators having a behavioral abnormality. I worked under limited supervision with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. I was responsible for case intake and interviewed each client to identify key problems or challenges with each case. I performed research on the legal issues, drafted pleadings, and motions for filing with the clerk of the court; responded to the State’s discovery requests; worked with clients to craft answers to interrogatories and requests to admit; prepared discovery documents for case development and trial preparation; conducted many depositions of the State’s forensic experts and other witnesses; defended client depositions and other witnesses for the defense; and argued motions in court, including motions for summary disposition, motions to compel, motions in limine, motions regarding sanctions, and motions for new trial.
I utilized the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Texas Penal Code as applicable to my client’s criminal history. I relied on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) as applicable to my client’s mental condition(s); and I have knowledge regarding mental status examinations, psychological assessments, and behavioral abnormality evaluations. I have knowledge regarding sexual and criminal recidivism and the risk factors and protective factors associated with each. I collected, organized and reviewed voluminous file material in preparation for depositions, pre-trial motions, trials, and post-trial motions.
I worked with judges, court staff, Special Prosecuting Unit attorneys and staff, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, licensed sex offender treatment providers, and other witnesses in a professional and courteous manner. I had extensive trial experience with State Counsel for Offenders and I mentored entry-level attorneys on the necessary research, legal issues, trial practice, and evidentiary hearings.
Summary of Experience: Primarily represented injured clients regarding Personal Injury claims, handled Flood and Pipeline Fire/Explosion Litigation, and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations. Interviewed and communicated with new clients, investigated Personally Injury claims, personal injury photography, obtained witness affidavits, obtained employment and medical records, reviewed extensive medical records, prepared demand letters and settlement brochures, negotiated and/or settled claims/cases with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys, participated in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and prepared and conducted client settlement closings. Prepared legal documents for filing with the Courts; prepared and served discovery to the Defense and answered the opposing parties’ discovery requests. Worked with investigating officers and experts on issues of accident reconstruction and investigations.
Summary of Experience: Communicated with Chemical and Process Engineers, mechanical and operational staffing to produce Lannate, by mixing and blending dry and liquid chemicals. Duties also included initiating, monitoring, and controlling the chemical production process for the collection of samples for laboratory testing. Provided direction and supervision for DuPont Field Operators as I operated the chemical process utilizing Honeywell computers and instrument panel boards inside control room. Received many hours of process training, workplace safety training, interpersonal communication skills training, OSHA Standards, and participated on numerous Safety Audits.
Board of Directors – President
Summary of Experience: Elected to the Board of Directors by Municipal Utility District residents and selected President by the Board of Directors during a very difficult and challenging time when the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) was in process of placing the District into receivership. I scheduled and led Board of Directors meetings before the public and I interacted and dealt with the public in an effective and efficient manner regarding the operations of the District. I worked closely with the District’s Engineers, Operators, Attorneys, Bookkeepers, Tax Assessors & Collectors, Financial Advisers, and Auditors. I interacted, communicated and dealt with governmental officials employed with the Texas Water Development Board, Environmental Protection Agency, TNRCC (now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – TCEQ), Harris County Pollution Control, Harris/Galveston Subsidence District, and other governmental agencies the District reported to for governmental compliance. I was exposed to the Texas Administrative Code, Government Code – Administrative Procedure and Practice, Texas Register, Texas Public Information Act, and the Texas Open Meetings Act. I was the District’s spokesperson who dealt with and interviewed with the news media.
Summary of Experience: Assisted in the representation of injured clients regarding Personal Injury claims, job related injuries compensable under Workers’ Compensation, Criminal Defense, and Family Law.
Juris Doctorate in LAW
Thurgood Marshall School of Law – Houston, TX
1986 to 1989
Bachelor of Science in Political Science
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON – Houston, TX
1984 to 1986
Lamar University – Beaumont, TX
1981 to 1983
High School Degree
Crosby High School – Crosby, Texas