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University of Texas Ph.D., 1998, The University of Texas, Sociology of Law / Criminology

M.A., 1994, The University of Texas

B.A., 1992, The University of Texas

Stanford Law School J.D., 2001, Stanford Law School
Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review, 1999–2001


Vinson and Elkins Vinson & Elkins LLP (2002-2013)
Counsel, Appellate Practice Group

Supreme Court of Texas Supreme Court of Texas (2001–2002)
Briefing Attorney for The Honorable Nathan L. Hecht


Texas Bar Foundation

Civil Appellate Law Section, Austin Bar Association
Past Chair

Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School
Former Member

Stanford Law Alumni Chapter, Austin Region
Founder and Past Chair

Stanford Club of Austin

Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

Speeches and Publications

“Different Views on Briefing Waiver from the Courts of Appeals,”
Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course
State Bar of Texas, September 2011

“Texas or Bust: A Modern (Forum Non Conveniens) Odyssey,”
Association of Corporate Counsel & Houston Abogados Corporativos August 12, 2010

“Managing Antitrust Risks in Distribution,” Client Presentation, Dec. 11, 2009

“Appellate Jurisdiction,”
Civil Appellate Practice 101 Course, State Bar of Texas, Sept. 2011

Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice
State Bar of Texas, September 2009

“Interlocutory Appeals in Texas State Court,”
Appellate Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 2007

“Restatement by Design: A Survey of the Impact of the Restatement Second and Third on Design Defect Claims Involving Prescription Drugs,”
Rx for the Defense, Winter 2004


  • Texas, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit