Board Certification merely exemplifies my extensive experience and knowledge, not my trial skills and expertise in human nature.
While I have not practiced mediation for many years, I took Mediator training in 1992, when I decided to learn more about the process in order to better serve my clients. I had mediated two cases and, realized that I did not understand the process.
My first mediation, after mediator training, resulted in a recovery of more than $1 million in a car wreck case where the defense attorney promised that his client would not pay a dime to settle that case.
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I am a native Houstonian and graduate of Baylor University, where I played football on a full scholarship under another one of my heroes, Grant Teaff.
I graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston and was licensed to practice in 1979.
During law school I worked for Hon. Wyatt H. Heard in the 190th District Court of Harris County, Texas. Watching the best and the worst lawyers in Houston was my job for those two years. In Texas, a District Court is a Court with jurisdiction over cases with the highest jurisdictional limits.
Judge Heard imparted to me incredible wisdom and insights which seasoned the knowledge I had gained from watching District Court trials.
This was evident when I tried my first lawsuit. It was against Gerald Hines and the Galleria Limited (Big Shots in Houston) and I won over $1 million for a commercial tenant who was late in paying his rent.
Not bad for 1981 and the incredible array of defense attorneys Hines had representing him. Later that year I won a case involving a fatal crash between two 18 wheelers.