Born: Conroe, Texas 1962.
- BBA Finance: The University of Texas at Austin 1985
- JD: SMU 1988. Southwestern Law Review. Order of the Coif.
- Thompson Knight, LLP: Began as associate in corporate practice in Dallas office in 1988. Became partner in 1994. Practiced in Austin office in 2000. Left firm in 2001.
- Baker Botts L.L.P.: Began as partner in Dallas office in February 2001. Became partner in charge of Middle East offices in 2007 and moved to Dubai. Returned to Dallas office in 2010.