B.S. in Mathematics with Honors — New Mexico State University
J.D. — The University of Texas
Employer: J.R. Reed Music Company
Position: Assistant Manager, Credit Department
Location: Austin, Texas
Employer: Smitherman, Lunn, Chastain & Hill
Position: Partner, Private Practice of Law
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Developed a general civil practice with an emphasis on trial work.
Character of practice was widespread.
Litigated in the following areas:
|• Oil & Gas
• Personal Injury
• Corporate Law
|• Property Law
• Eminent Domain
• Civil Rights
• Environmental Law
|• Family Law
• Social Security
• Workers' Compensation
Also accepted criminal defense appointments in both state and federal court and defended crimes ranging from driving offenses through second-degree murder.
Maintained an office practice that included:
|• Formation of Corporations
• Real Estate Closings
|• Tax Advice
• Domestic Relations
• Venture Capital Development
|• Wills & Successions
Employer: Southern District of Texas
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Position: United States Bankruptcy Judge
Appointed by the Fifth Circuit Court, of Appeals
Divisions include Corpus Christi, Brownsville and McAllen.
Current docket of pending cases over 10,000 and annual average filings of 6,000.
Served as Chief Judge and as a member of the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council.
Frequent lecturer and speaker at the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Commercial Law League, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, University of Texas School of Law, Louisiana Bar Association and many local bar associations.
Employer: United States Air Force
Position: Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
Served as corporate counsel for the Second Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, a company of over 7,000 employees.
Reviewed governmental contracts concerning Barksdale AFB.
Represented the base in utilities negotiations and litigation.
Provided advice to commanders on a myriad of other legal and quasi-legal problems.
Employer: United States Air Force Reserves
Position: Staff Judge Advocate, Mission Support Squadron Commander and Support Group Commander of the 917th Wing, Barksdale AFB, LA
Rose to the rank of Colonel
Commanded a unit of over 900 personnel that provided the Wing with all support functions including Security Police, Engineering, Personnel, Finance, Food Services, Chaplains, and Legal.
Received the Legion of Merit for outstanding service in a position of extraordinary responsibility.