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  • U.S. Marine Corps 1982-86, Infantry
  • Honorable Discharge


  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Supreme Court of The United States of America
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Courts
    • Southern District of Texas
    • Western District of Texas
    • Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Nueces County Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year 2002
  • Past President Nueces County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • CLE Speaker and Director
  • Nueces County Bail Bond Board
  • People to People Ambassador
  • National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Legal Committee
  • Member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • BV Rating on Martindale-Hubbell (distinguishes high to very high legal ability)


University of Texas-San Antonio, B.A. Political Science 1989

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Who's Who Among College Students
  • Outstanding College Students of America
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society

Texas Tech University, Doctor of Juris Prudence 1993

  • Who's Who Among Law Students
  • Criminal Law Students Association, President
  • Standing Committee for Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure

Legal Associations

University of Texas-San Antonio, B.A. Political Science 1989

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations
  • Nueces County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section