Education & Experience

I began my legal career by serving as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Nathan L. Hecht, current Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.  I then practiced at a big law firm, Vinson & Elkins, for over ten years, sharpening my appellate skills in the Appellate Practice Group.  Although primarily an appellate lawyer, I worked closely with trial teams, providing crucial support by handling summary judgments and other pre-trial motions, jury charges, and post-verdict motions.  My role in any matter is important from the very beginning of the case.  My involvement doesn’t start when the notice of appeal is due; it starts the moment the case begins.

As my educational background indicates, I've been interested in law for many years.  Before attending law school at Stanford, I studied sociology of law and criminology at the University of Texas, ultimately earning a Ph.D.  My dissertation examined the use of expert witnesses in federal civil litigation.  Throughout my time at UT, I had the privilege of being the research assistant  for the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, with Teresa Sullivan, Jay Westbrook, and Elizabeth Warren.  My studies also focused on criminology and the causes of juvenile delinquency, topics on which I published in professional journals.

During law school, I was a research assistant for and published with Marc A. Franklin, my torts professor and renowned media law scholar.

Throughout all of this study and practice, my love of the law has never waned.  I continue to enjoy the intellectual challenges, but even more importantly, I find great satisfaction in helping people understand and navigate the legal system and championing them in the courts.

Education & Experience

Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review, 1999-2001

Research Assistant to Marc A. Franklin

  • Ph.D., 1998, Sociology of Law-Criminology
    • Dissertation, Expert Witnesses in Federal Civil Litigation
  • M.A., 1994
  • B.A., 1992
  • Research Assistant for Terry Sullivan, Jay Westbrook, and Elizabeth Warren, Consumer Bankruptcy Project throughout my time at UT.

Associate and Counsel in the
Appellate Practice Group 

2002 – 2013

Briefing Attorney for The Honorable Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas,

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Activities, Affiliations, and Awards

  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Third Court of Appeals Pro Bono Committee Member
  • Civil Appellate Law Section, Austin Bar Association, Past Chair
  • Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School, Former Member
  • Stanford Law Alumni Chapter, Austin Region, Founder and Past Chair
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Member
  • Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters Service) “Texas Rising Star” in Appellate Law, 2006 and 2008–2011