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2013 - Present Justice Place 3, Texas 5th District Court of Appeals

2007-2013 Litigation Attorney, McKool Smith

  • Counsel for Medtronic in patent infringement litigation resulting in $250 million jury verdict for client
  • Counsel for Versata in patent infringement litigation resulting in $345 million jury verdict for client

2005-2006 Judge, Dallas County Criminal Court #1

  • Presided over 1,888 criminal cases
  • Presided over twelve capital murder examining trials
  • Presided over court with highest percentage of successfully discharged probationers for FY 2006

2002-2005 Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County—Internet Felony Crimes Against Children

  • Prosecuted more than 500 sexual predators
  • 100% jury trial conviction rate for prosecution of internet felony crimes against children

2001-2002 Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County—Felony Crimes

  • Prosecuted Fair Park rapist, Info Mart murderer, Mexican Mafia gang murder--all convicted
  • 100% jury trial conviction rate as lead felony prosecutor

2000-2001 Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County—Misdemeanor Crimes

  • Chief Prosecutor for four County Criminal Courts
  • Promoted to Chief Prosecutor within seven months of hiring date
  • Prosecuted over 100 misdemeanor jury trials


  • Presidential Scholar, Emory University School of Law, 1996-1999
  • Award of Excellence—Academic Achievement in Mediation, Emory University School of Law, 1999
  • Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Lawyers Rising Star 2005, 2012, 2013
  • Best Dallas Morning News Volunteer Editorial Columnist Award, 2012

Professional Memberships and Community Activities

  • Commissioner, Texas Department of Public Safety, 2008-Present
  • Commissioner, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, 2007-2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy class, Southern Meth. Univ. Dedman School of Law, 2008, 2009
  • Faculty member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), 2007-Present
  • Director, Texas DPS Foundation (non-profit organization assisting DPS employees) 2012-Present
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, 2007-Present
  • Member, Mensa, 1994-Present
  • Speaker, Texas College for Judicial Studies & Judicial Section Annual Conferences, 2007-2011
  • Member, Scribes (American Society of Legal Writers), 2009-Present
  • Member, National Bar Association, 2008-Present
  • Speaker, Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2007, 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association CLE speaker and author of articles in Headnotes, 2005-2008


  • Doctor of Law, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996

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