2005 to present

Sole practitioner, Austin, Texas (practice limited to civil appeals and preservation of error in the trial court)

  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (since 1997)
  • Awarded Martindale-Hubble rating of “AV Preeminent” (every year since 1997)
  • Named a Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer” in civil appeals (every year since 2007)

Admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Texas, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th Circuits.


Brown McCarroll, L.L.P, Austin, Texas (associate 1987-90, partner 1990-2005)

— appeals (head of firm’s Appellate Practice Group, 1996-2005)
— product liability defense
— legal malpractice defense
— commercial litigation


Lewis & Roca, Phoenix, Arizona (associate)

— commercial litigation
— appeals


J.D., Yale Law School

–seminar paper on international law selected for professor’s book, see International Incidents: The Law That Counts in World Politics (W. Michael Reisman & Andrew R. Willard, eds, 1988)
— moot court semifinalist


Commissioned officer, United States Army

— paratrooper and jumpmaster
— Ranger
— “Green Beret”
— leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division, 5th and 10th Special Forces Groups
— resigned commission at rank of Major


B.A. (Political Science), Kent State University

cum laude
— Distinguished Military Graduate
— Student Body President