In my years as a Division I college athlete, I was privileged to wear the Cougar Red at the University of Houston. While at UH, I played in three different NCAA bowl games, was a member of the storied 2006 Conference Championship team, and was named to the Conference USA Freshman All Conference team. As exciting as playing before millions of screaming fans was, it pales in comparison to the fulfillment of standing before twelve jurors, representing the interests of injured workers.
I became a lawyer for one reason: to help people who would otherwise find themselves helpless.
This passion was fueled throughout my childhood years as I watched my father proudly report to work each day at a large oil refinery. Many years before, my grandfather retired from the same Port Arthur refinery. Being the son and grandson of union refinery employees, I realized that, for many workers, the obvious risks inherent to their jobs represent only a portion of the story of a refinery employee. Workers depend on their employers to provide the safest possible workplace while they work hard to provide a life for their families.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
I am very proud to call Port Arthur, Texas, my hometown. I am unapologetic about my love for that little town near the border of Louisiana and Texas – where the crawfish are huge and the mosquitos are equally big.
Nevertheless, I have been a Houstonian since my days at the University of Houston. I graduated from UH with Bachelors of Science degrees in both Political Science and Economics. Following graduation, I went on to law school at South Texas College of Law where I participated and obtained several awards in the nationally renowned Advocacy Program.
I also founded a student organization, The South Texas College of Law Coogs, which was tailored to those students who had completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Houston. After graduating law school, I began my career working for the oldest personal injury law firm in Texas.
When I am not helping clients, you can find me spending time with my family or former teammates. I also enjoy watching UH Cougar sports and coaching mock trial and moot court teams at South Texas College of Law.