100 Energy Way
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Lawyers often believe that the benchmarks of their careers are reflected in a case won or an honor bestowed. I believe that the distinguishing feature of my 35 year career as an attorney is the hundreds of matters successfully resolved for clients of our firm whether through structuring a transaction, negotiating a controversy, or litigating a legal dispute.
I am, and always have been, first and foremost, a partner with my clients. A partner whose responsibility is to guide them – as safely, efficiently, and effectively – through whatever situation brought them to me. Most of the time that has been either a business transaction or a dispute.
When it is a business opportunity, I have worked closely with them to maximize the success of that opportunity. When it is a dispute – whether business, family, or governmental – I have helped to define the issues and resolve those issues as quickly as possible, and with as little harm as possible.
When a prospective client calls and wants a “Rambo” lawyer, or one who will cause as much expense as possible to their opponent, I refer them to another lawyer. That is not, in my opinion, the charge of an ethical attorney.
One of the greatest compliments that I have received from my clients, my law partners, and my opponents, is this: That he is a lawyer that can find a solution to even the most difficult and complex problems.
That is what I do. I believe that one of the measures of an attorney is the number and complexity of the disputes resolved by agreement. Sometimes that just is not possible. And when that is the situation, I will fight for my clients as long as it takes to win. And we usually win. But I will never lose sight that the client’s best interest is to achieve his or her goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- B.S., Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas, 1974
- J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1977
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
- Former Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Arborlawn United Methodist Church
- Past President of Homeowner Associations
- Colonial Country Club
YEAR BEGAN PRACTICING LAW
- State Bar of Texas
- United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals; Fifth Circuit