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  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit
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  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern, Southern and Western District of Texas
    • Middle District of Louisiana
    • Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • Northern District of Iowa
    • Southern District of Ohio
  • Numerous Federal and State Courts around the United States, Pro Hac Vice
  • All State Courts in Texas


  • North High School 1979, National Honor Society, Diploma of Distinction
  • Southeast Career Center 1979, with honors, Masonry Program
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1989
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Texas Tech University, Lubbock 1993


  • United States Marine Corps (1982-86), 0311 Infantry: Super Squad competitions; numerous awards, commendations, meritorious promotions; Honorable Discharge


  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


  • Nueces County Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year: 2002
  • Nueces County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: President
  • Golden Tie Award: 2017 (awarded by Nueces County Judges in recognition of pretrial motions practice)
  • Neuces County Bail Bond Board Member
  • People to People Ambassador Programs: Member of Criminal Justice Delegations
  • National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws: National Legal Committee
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas: Member
  • BV Rating on Martindale-Hubbell (rating identifies a lawyer with high to very high legal ability)
  • Who's Who Among College Students (University of Texas at San Antonio): 1988-89
  • Outstanding College Students of America (University of Texas at San Antonio): 1989
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society (University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students (Texas Tech University): 1992
  • Criminal Law Students Association (Texas Tech University): President
  • Standing Committee for Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure (Texas Tech University)


  • Developing the Theory of the Case CLE presented by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Texas State Bar - Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Cuban Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Law Issues in your Family Law Practice
  • Immigration Consequences in Criminal Law
  • Pretrial Motions Practice