Your Legal Plan Should Reflect
What Matters Most to You
I was born in Springfield, Missouri and raised in Hallsville, Texas. Growing up, I always loved school — especially when it came to reading, writing, and finding unique solutions to the problems put in front of me. These interests never faded for me, and so it may come as no surprise that I wound up becoming an English teacher — at least, for a few years.
As a teacher, I discovered that I had a knack for explaining new concepts to my students in a way that was easy for them to understand, and that made the work extremely rewarding. Still, I felt that the role wasn’t quite right for me. I wanted to do something that would allow me to really help others and to constantly face new challenges. After some reflection, I decided to give law school a try. I wasn’t sure exactly which areas I wanted to practice, but I was motivated by the realm of possibilities studying law had to offer.
Once I became an attorney and started practicing law, I was not disappointed by my decision. Not only does my work satisfy my need to solve problems, but even better — I get to solve problems that truly impact the lives of my clients.
Being a good attorney is about more than knowing the law. It’s about giving each client the attention and support they need.
CUSTOM LEGAL SOLUTIONS
Every client I meet has their own unique story and set of priorities. I’ve had clients express concerns ranging from “I don’t want my grandson to blow his inheritance in two weeks” to “I don’t know anything about tax planning. Where should I start?” As these factors are revealed, I learn a little bit more about what needs to go into that particular estate plan — or marital agreement, or business contract, or whatever else the situation may call for. Fortunately for my clients, this is where I truly excel in my practice.
I cannot speak for my clients, but each time they send a friend or member of their family to me, I take that referral as a sign that I am approaching my practice in a way that they appreciate. To ensure that I continue to do so, I work to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the law, and I regularly remind my clients that their questions are welcome.
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
In my work, my central focus is my clients. Outside the office, my world revolves around my wonderful wife and two children who, I am happy to report, have embraced the joy of reading books. The former English teacher in me could not be more thrilled.
- Texas (2005)
- Juris Doctor – University of Tulsa, College of Law (2005)
- Master of Arts – Stephen F. Austin State University (2015)
- Bachelor of Arts – Texas Tech University (1998)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- State Bar of Texas, Member of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
- College of the State Bar of Texas, an honor society that recognizes and represents lawyers who make an extraordinary commitment to professional education (2014 – present)
- East Texas Estate Planning Council, Board Member (2015-2017)
- NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) (2015-2016)
- Cumberland Academy, Tyler, Texas, Board Member (2010 – present)
- Bethel Bible Church, Deacon Board (2014 – present)
- Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity