Born in Houston. Raised in Sugar Land, Texas. President of student body in high school. Received a B.A. with honors in history at Emory University. While in college, participated in inter-collegiate debate and was editor of the school newspaper. Attended one year at Emory School of Law and then transferred into a joint M.A./J.D. program between Rice University and University of Houston Bates Law School. Received a masters in legal and constitutional history from Rice. Licensed by Texas Bar in November 1977. First three years of legal practice were with West Texas Legal Services in Fort Worth. Worked for two years in the Consumer Advocate Division of the West Virginia Public Service Commission. Moved back to Texas as an Assistant Attorney General to represent state agencies in the AT&T/SWB divestiture case. Went to work for the Office of Public Utility Counsel in 1984 and became director of that agency in 1986. Entered private practice in 1988. Joined Lloyd Gosselink in 2000. Currently chairs the seven lawyer energy and utility practice group and serves on the firm's Executive Committee. Married to Susan Gay. Has two grown sons and two grown step-daughters.