Primary Practice Areas:
CPS, Divorce, and Custody
State and Federal
Personal Injury Law
Education:Doctorate of Jurisprudence (2008)
Baylor University School of Law - Waco, Texas
Bachelor of Fine Arts (1999)
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - Belton, Texas
Midway High School - Waco, Texas
My Family and My Life Before Lawyering
I was born in Waco, Texas in 1975 and grew up there and in Throckmorton, Texas. I graduated from Midway High in 1994 and went to McLennan Community College for awhile before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1999. While I was in college I started working in the computer industry and moved to Dallas in 2000 to further pursue a career in Information Technology. While in Dallas I worked for several Internet start-ups and taught at two technical schools. It was at one of these technical schools that I met my wife, Cindy (she was teaching in the Medical Assisting department of the school). Cindy and I married in 2002 and we had our son, Edgar, later that same year. After he was born, we decided to move to Waco to be close to family.
After moving back to Waco, I tried a couple of other jobs (insurance and purchasing) and realized that I really enjoyed helping people on a daily basis more than I did staring at computers. So, in 2004 I decided to apply to Baylor Law School and was accepted into the program for the Fall of 2005.
My Client's and My Life as a Lawyer
I've found that my favorite kinds of cases are those where people are in the most need of help because they are at a difficult time in their life. Maybe they are being accused of a crime and have the prosecutorial power of the entire state of Texas or the federal government leveled against them, or maybe they have had Child Protective Services remove their child and are at risk of permanently losing their parental rights, or maybe they are watching their world fall apart because of divorce or a custody dispute. It is at those times, when a client is feeling most vulnerable and alone, that I want to stand beside them and help in any way that I can.While my primary areas of concentration are criminal defense and family law, I have handled many different kinds of cases including estate planning, personal injury, licensing, wills, probate, and business law. Most of my trial experience has been in state and federal criminal defense, CPS, and family law (divorce, custody, visitation, etc.). When dealing with clients, I like to try and work with them so that we can come up with a plan to address their problems. I try to accommodate clients and am willing to meet with them after-hours or on the weekend. While I prefer to meet in my office, I can and have met clients all over the place when an office visit wasn't convenient. I take my clients' cases very seriously and have a deep desire to help them achieve their legal goals and protect their rights, property and interests. When my clients come to me feeling overwhelmed or experiencing a sense of fear or uncertainty, I try to help them so that they leave with a sense of hope, calm, acceptance, and understanding. For me, the outcome of their case is emotionally import to me, regardless of the financial terms associated with my defense of the case.
Associations and Awards
While at Baylor Law School, I helped reactivate the R.E.B. Baylor Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta and served as the chapter’s Justice for its first year after its reactivation and was also a member of the Order of the Barristers. In 2008 I graduated from Baylor Law School (40 years after my dad) with both a Criminal Law Concentration and a General Civil Litigation Concentration. In 2008 I joined the American Bar Association and in 2009 I became a CJA Panel Attorney in the Western District of Texas. Also, in 2009 I joined the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2010 I became a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children. I am also a member of the McLennan County Bar Association, the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, the Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and the College of the State Bar of Texas. In 2011, I was elected to serve as a Director of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association and I became Vice-President in 2012.
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