Growing up, I worked my summers in East Texas doing farm labor: hauling hay, clearing stumps, hauling watermelons, and chopping weeds.
I joined the United States Army in 1973 after graduating from high school.
I worked deep nights at the General Electric Plant in Tyler, Texas, building industrial air conditioners. I worked there for five years to pay for my college education.
Between college and law school, I worked as a petroleum landman securing oil and gas leases in the Appalachian Mountains. I was running my own crew of ten when I left to attend law school.
Through Texas Tech School of Law, I worked representing indigent families for the Palo Duro Legal Aid through the Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, Texas. The cases consisted mostly of family law matters. I was granted a third year practice license which allowed me to go to court while still in law school.
As an Assistant District Attorney, I tried all types of criminal cases. I worked to keep robbers, rapists, and murderers off the street. I argued my first appellate case, a capital murder, before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1985.
As an attorney for the State Bar of Texas, I worked to restore honor and integrity to my profession. Across the entire state, I prosecuted attorneys for misconduct. I started as a senior litigator and became Regional Counsel for the Dallas region covering 44 counties. I went back to Austin and served as First Assistant and Chief of Litigation overseeing all attorney misconduct litigation.
I left the State Bar in 1992 and opened a private law office in Collin County where I practiced law until I took the bench.
As a Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals, I have written over 2000 opinions. It has been an honor to have served the citizens of Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall for the past twenty plus years.