Designated a board-certified civil trial specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994.

Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

I hold the prestigious AV Preeminent rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest award given in this peer review.

Certified Legal Specialties
  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1981
  • U.S.. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1982
  • U.S.. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1992
  • U.S.. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1992
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1995
  • Texas Tech University of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D.., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1981
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • B.S.., Bachelor or Science - 1975
Professional Awards, Associations and Memberships
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Panola County Bar Association, Past President
Community Awards, Associations and Memberships
  • Panola County Development Foundation, President 1993, 2005
  • Board of the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman,2007
  • Carthage Lions Club, President, 1996-1997
  • Board Member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Volunteer of the Year, Panola County Chamber of Commerce, 2008
Prior Legal Experience
  • Temple-Eastex, Staff Counsel, 1981-1982
  • 123rd Judicial District (Panola and Shelby Counties), Assistant District Attorney, 1982-1985
  • County Judge of Panola County, 1987-1990
* - AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.