Who I Am.
I grew up in Navarro County, Texas. After graduating in the top ten in my class from Corsicana High School in 2006, I went off to Virginia for college and law school. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University in 2010, and my law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in 2013.
After law school, God led me back home, to Corsicana. I had the pleasure of starting my legal career as one of the late R. Lowell Thompson’s Assistant District Attorneys, in 2013. During my time as a Navarro County prosecutor, I represented the State of Texas in over a thousand criminal cases, protective order hearings, mental health commitments, and asset seizure lawsuits.
In 2016, Corsicana Municipal Judge Mike Russell announced that he would be retiring before his term in office was completed. Mayor Chuck McClanahan appointed me to serve the remainder of Judge Russell’s term. I have since been reelected twice in my own right. Serving as my hometown’s judge is one of the greatest honors of my life.
In 2019, I discovered that Navarro County had a critical shortage of attorneys who were willing to accept court appointments to represent citizens accused of crimes who cannot afford their own attorney.
I know firsthand from my time as a prosecutor how unfair it is not to have skilled, dedicated attorneys representing both sides in a criminal case. You cannot have justice without fairness. So, since the Texas ethical rules for judges allow municipal judges like me also to practice law (as long as there is not a conflict of interest), I felt called to step up to the plate and provide citizens accused of crimes with legal representation.
In addition to protecting persons’ constitutional rights in court, I try to give back to my community in other ways. I teach paralegal classes at Navarro College. I have the honor of serving on the boards of directors for the United Way of Navarro County (Board Vice President, 2019), Habitat for Humanity of Navarro County (Board Vice President, 2019), the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee, and the Navarro Victims Center. I also help my fellow municipal judges improve their skills as a faculty member for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center.
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If you need legal representation, I would be honored to consider taking your case. Due to my judicial duties, I will not be able to accept every client who wants to hire me. But, I am always happy to see if I can help. Please contact me today to see if I can help fight for your rights.
Why the dog logo?
When I was trying to create a logo for my firm, I didn’t want to settle for another boring law firm logo with the scales of justice or a gavel in it. Those symbols don’t tell you anything about the lawyer you’re hiring.
It sounds cheesy, but later that night when I was playing tug of war with my dog, I realized that he represented a lot of the qualities I wanted to have as a lawyer. He’s loyal. He’s smart. He’s comforting. He’s sweet, unless you threaten someone he cares about—then he’s fierce.
So I made my pit bull into my firm’s mascot. (Although unlike him, I don’t slobber—promise!)