Huntingdon College, B.A., 1993
Law School Attended:
South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court; United States Supreme Court; US Supreme Court; 1997, Texas; 1997, Appellate Courts, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Houston and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Texas Trial Lawyers Association ( Past Board Member); Houston Trial Lawyers Association ( Past Board Member); National Trial Lawyers ( Top 40 Under 40).
Verdict for Plaintiff & Intervenor for $11.4mm & $381.5mm Description: The Shelby County jury sided with the plaintiffs, who claimed that SouthWestern Energy Production Co. (SEPCO) stole their trade secrets and profited from them. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $11.4 million in compensatory damages, finding that SEPCO had violated the Texas Theft Liability Act by misappropriating trade secrets and had committed fraud related to a confidentiality agreement in 2005 pertaining to two oil and gas prospects in East Texas. In addition, the jury found that, for purposes of disgorgement, SEPCO's profits were $381.5 million, which the court may or may not order SEPCO to pay to the plaintiffs as part of any judgment. The Case is pending appeal and final outcome.