B.S. 1988 The University of Texas at Austin
J.D. 1992 South Texas College of Law
Board Certified in Family Law - December 1999 - present
Member - State Bar of Texas Family Law Council – 2012 to present
Chair – Technology Committee 2013 to present
Director - State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute, 2013, Galveston, Texas
Director - State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Family Law Program, September 2013, San Marcos Texas
Member - Houston Bar Association - Family Law Section
Board of Directors 1997-2000 and 2005 to 2012, Treasurer 2007 – 2009, Chair 2010 – 2011;
Immediate Past-Chair 2011-2012
Member - Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists 2000 - present
Board of Directors 2004 - 2011, Treasurer 2005-2007, Chair 2008-2009
Member - Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
Member - State Bar of Texas
Sustaining Life Member – Texas Family Law Foundation
Member – American Bar Association GPSolo Section – Family Law Committee Co-Chair 2013 to present
Member – Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inns of Court, Houston, Texas
Member - The University of Texas, Texas Exes Association (Life Member)
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Member - National Championship Team - Cravens National Invitational Moot Court Competition, 1992
National Order of the Barristers - Life Member
Officer - Board of Advocates - South Texas College of Law, 1991; 1992
Student Teacher - Advanced Trial Advocacy - South Texas College of Law, 1992
Texas Rising Star 40 and under - Family Law - 2006
Top Family Lawyers - H Texas Magazine – 2006, 2007
Texas Super Lawyer - Texas Monthly Magazine – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Best Lawyers in America, Family Law - 2013
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP
Planning Committee member - 2002 Family Law/Probate Bench/Bar Conference
Planning Committee member – 2006, 2008, 2012 Family Law Conference for the General Practitioner and Paralegal, South Texas College of Law
Director – 2013 State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute
Co-Director – 2013 State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Committee and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid – Family Law Essentials – Giving Back to Your Community
Planning Committee member – 2014 State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course
Planning Committee member – 2014 State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute
Contributor to the FAMILY LAW HANDBOOK prepared by the Houston Bar Association and Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, sections “Division of Property on Divorce” and “Alimony in Texas,” 2001 edition. INVENTORY NOTEBOOK AND ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION, Family Law Conference for General Practitioners and Legal Assistants, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, February 2002.
INSIDE THE MINDS: STRATEGIES FOR FAMILY LAW IN TEXAS, 2013 ed., Chapter Author – “Successfully Setting Strategies for Today’s Challenging Family Law Cases”, Aspator Publications, a Thomson Reuters Business.
PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS: THE PROBLEMS OF PREDICATES IN A SUIT AFFECTING THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas 1997, Co-author with Warren Cole
MAKING IT EASY FOR THE JUDGE TO RULE IN YOUR FAVOR: PREPARING AND TRYING A PROPERTY CASE TO THE BENCH, Family Law for the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1998
HANDLING GENDER BIAS IN FAMILY LAW, American Inns of Court - Family Law Section, Houston, Texas February 1999. RULES OF EVIDENCE IN FAMILY LAW, Litigation Services Presentation to the Houston CPA Chapter, Houston, Texas, February 1999.
INVENTORY PREPARATION AND RELATED ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS, Family Law for General Practitioners and Legal Assistants, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, February 2001.
STOCK OPTIONS - BOOM OR BUST? 5th Annual Family Law Institute, Houston Bar Association, March 2002. PROPERTY ISSUES - QUESTION AND ANSWER, Family Law Boot Camp 2002 at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2002.
CHILD SUPPORT AND VISITATION ESTABLISHMENT, MODIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT - Guest Speaker on Public Service Video, “Learn About Law Series”, produced by the Houston Bar Association, January 2003.
INVENTORY NOTEBOOK AND PROPERTY DIVISION - Family Law Conference for the General Practitioner and Paralegal, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, March 2006.
MARITAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN RETIREMENT AND OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (Presenter of paper by Angela Pence) - Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston, Texas November 2006
TRYING A PROPERTY CASE TO THE BENCH - Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, February 2007.
ALIMONY AND MAINTENANCE - South Texas College of Law, Family Law Conference, Houston, Texas, March 6-7, 2008
FAMILY LAW RADIO PROGRAM (Topic: Collaborative Law), airing on KSEV AM 700, The Voice in Houston on Sunday, December 14, 2008
ALIMONY AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT – Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, March 5, 2009. ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION IS GONE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? – Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas March 11, 2010.
MEDIATION OF A FAMILY LAW CASE – Northwest Collaborative Lawyers Luncheon, Houston, Texas October 21, 2010.
MEDIATING PROPERTY ISSUES – Houston Bar Association 2011 Family Law Institute, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas March 4, 2011.
ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE IN FAMILY LAW (Co-presenter on article by Reginald Hirsch) – Houston Bar Association - CLE Family Law Seminar, Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas March 31, 2011.
MAKING YOUR LAW PRACTICE PORTABLE – PDF’s AND BEYOND – State Bar of Texas Family Law Technology Course: No Tech to High Tech in Two Days, Austin, Texas, December 13, 2012.
iPADs FOR LAWYERS – A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN, Technology Workshop – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio Texas, August 6, 2013.
ENFORCEMENT MOCK TRIAL – Trial Demonstration, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio Texas, August 7, 2013.
ENFORCEMENT MOCK TRIAL – Trial Demonstration with Judge Roy Moore, State Bar of Texas Judicial Conference, Horseshoe Bay, Texas, January 23, 2014.