It wasn’t until I had my own kids, experienced a divorce and been a client that I realized how important this job could be. Since then, I’ve been a better lawyer and matured into the advocate I am today.
My upbringing prepared me to deal with all kinds of lawyers. I got to grow up all over the world and meeting all kinds of people. I learned about being a lawyer from other lawyers in the family, about discipline and loyalty from my father (a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps) and about devotion to family from my mother.
After coming back to Texas to graduate from Texas A&M, I went to the University of Texas Law School. I worked 30 hours a week to pay my way. And then I went to work as a lawyer.
My first job as an attorney was at a big law firm in Austin. I learned professionalism and attention to detail from the other attorneys in the firm. I learned what was important in life when the attorney in the adjoining office was killed in a car accident one day, leaving 5 young fatherless children.
Most of all, I learned that I wanted to work with my own clients in my own way, and left that firm to run my own firm. I have never looked back, and went straight into divorce and family law.
Several years later I married. To the outside world, it seemed like we had the world at our feet. Appearances can be deceiving and marriage can be difficult. We divorced a few years later. That was a turning point in my life. Before that time I had not experienced what my clients were living. Now I had.
More recently I married again, this time more wisely, to a beautiful and brilliant woman. Two children have followed, and I now know what a parent feels when they walk into my office. I know the fear, love, anger and confusion they carry when faced with a family crisis.
I’m a better lawyer than I’ve ever been. A better person, too. Let me know if I can help you.