Attorney Profile

Admitted to Practice

Texas – 1979
United States Supreme Court – 1981
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – 1981

Education

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1973
J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1979

Certifications and Awards        

  • Board Certification: Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984
  • A/V Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2010 San Antonio Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar Lawyer of the Year, by Naifeh & Smith, 2009
  • Named to The Top 50 Lawyers, Central & West Texas Region, by “Texas Super Lawyers,” 2008 & 2009
  • Rated Among “The Best Lawyers in America”, by Naifeh & Smith, since 1992
  • Included in ” Texas Super Lawyers”, since 2003
  • Included in San Antonio’s Best Attorneys, by Scene In SA Magazine, since 2004
  • Defender of the Year, 2004: San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Amicus Award, 2001: St. Mary’s University School of Law, Center for Legal and Social Justice
  • Course Co-director, Rusty Duncan Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1996)
  • Co-Course Director, San Antonio Criminal Law Institute (1996, 2014)
  • Course Director, 19th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas (1993)
  • Best CLE Paper for 1992, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Lawyer of the Year, 1989: George Hanson Society

Organizations

  • President, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2000-2001)
  • Board of Directors, San Antonio Bar Association (2000-2002)
  • Board of Directors, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1986-1992)
  • George Hanson Society (since 1989)

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University School of Law (since 1990)
  • Supervising Attorney, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Criminal Justice Clinic (1993-1995)
  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department, Trinity University (1990-1991)
  • Adjunct Professor, Public Justice Department, St. Mary’s University (1988-1992)