I am honored to announce my candidacy for Judge of the newly created Ellis County Court of Law No. 3. My roots run deep in Ellis County. My family has lived in Ellis County since the 1800s. Both parents were born in Ellis County, and both graduated from Italy High School. I, as well as all of my kids, my nieces, and my nephew attended Waxahachie schools, first through twelfth grades.Ellis County is my home, and it would be a privilege to serve this community as the first Judge of this new court.
I obtained my undergraduate degree from Austin College in philosophy. I graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1993 in the top fifteen percent of the class. I began my legal career with my father and brother.After my father’s death, I opened a solo practice in downtown Waxahachie next to the Texas Theater, home of my first job.
For thirteen years, I handled all types of law, from criminal to family, to civil and social security.Criminal law made up the majority of my practice. I provided criminal defense for those with or without the ability to pay. I feel that part of the obligation of being an attorney involves providing services for the less fortunate.In 2012, after suffering health and financial issues, I shut down my practice and took a job at the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office, prosecuting tickets at the justice courts. It was time for me to start over.
For the last seven years, I worked my way up through the hierarchy of the DA’s office.I started in the justice and misdemeanor courts of Ellis County and then moved to the civil division.Currently, I advise the commissioners’ court, department heads, elected officials, and also review the contracts for the county. I have intimate knowledge of all aspects of the new court. I am uniquely qualified for this bench. Please see my resume’ below.