I maintain a general civil law practice, with emphasis on commercial or business litigation, general business and real estate law, oil and gas law, probate and trust litigation, and employment law. I have handled legal matters for my clients in each of the areas listed below.

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

The above notice is required by Rule 7.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and will be repeated after the description of each of the following practice areas as required by Rule 7.01. Legal specialization requires a concentration of practice. I enjoy handling a wide variety of legal matters, and thus I have not sought certification in any particular area.

I have represented clients in each of the following practice areas.

Commercial or business litigation. This practice area involves almost any form of business dispute between individuals and/or companies, including disputes relating to

  • Contracts for the sale or purchase of goods, businesses, real estate or personal services
  • Minerals
  • Oil and gas leases and other contracts
  • Ad valorem taxation
  • Condemnation
  • Business torts such as fraud and misrepresentation
  • Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act Disputes
  • Insurance contracts
  • Land title disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Partition of real estate
  • Lease agreements
  • Receiverships for assets and/or businesses
  • Dissolution of business
  • Trade secrets
  • Products liability
  • Employment practices
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Asbestos and silica litigation
  • Arbitrations

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

General Business. This practice involves a variety of business and real estate related maters, including,

  • Business organizations including corporations, limited liability companies, and general and limited partnerships
  • Real estate contracts
  • Easements
  • Building, ground or office leases
  • Farm and Ranch leases
  • Hunting leases
  • Easements
  • Purchase and sale of businesses and assets
  • Lending and financing
  • Governmental matters including annexation and industrial district agreements
  • Subdivision restrictions
  • Home Owners Association (HOA’s)
  • Employment Law
  • General counsel to publicly traded company
  • Counsel for large South Texas Heritage Ranch

Over Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Oil and Gas. This practice involves a wide variety of oil and gas related matters commonly encountered in South Texas, including

  • Oil and gas leases
  • Royalty accounting
  • Title examination
  • Production financing
  • Exploration agreements
  • Seismic agreements
  • Farmout agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Regulatory matters
  • Negotiations between surface owners and oil and gas operators
  • Litigation relating to any of the foregoing

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Probate and Trust Litigation. This practice involves contested matters relating to the administration of estates and trusts, including

  • Will contests
  • Will construction
  • Suits to remove executors
  • Suits by or against trustees
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Claims by or against estates
  • Guardianships
  • Heirship proceedings
  • Muniments of title proceedings

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Political Matters.  My political experience has also led to representation in the following matters:

  • Texas Election Code matters
  • Complaints filed with the Texas Ethic’s Commission
  • Redistricting litigation
  • Political party disputes

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

I welcome out of state clients.

This listing of practice areas is not intended to include all areas in which I practice. However, it should give any client or prospective client a general idea concerning the things I do and have done in the past.

If I am not able to handle a legal matter for any reason, I will help any person find a lawyer who can.

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