Everything I know – I mean the things I really know about working for a living – I learned from my parents. My parents both grew up poor. They worked and sacrificed their entire lives to provide a better life for my brother and me.
I know what it’s like to grow up in a working-class household. Waking up to the sound of my father’s car pulling out of the driveway for work before dawn. Listening to my parents’ hushed money discussions after I was supposed to be asleep. I remember.
I owe my parents a lot. It wasn’t easy but they did it. They worked hard. They persevered. They achieved the American dream of a solid middle-class life for themselves and their children.
They got a fair shake and they made the most of it.
But Not everyone gets a fair shake.
One thing my parents taught me was that not everyone was as lucky as we were. Not everyone gets a fair chance to succeed. They hated racism and discrimination and they taught me that too. That set me on a path to becoming a civil rights lawyer.
I wasn’t big enough to go around picking fights in grade school. But I never liked bullies and I never could resist fighting back when a bully came after me. As a result, I got my fair share of bruises and a black eye or two. But I learned something – bullies can’t handle it when you fight back. All these decades later, it turns out that I really did learn most of what I needed to know about the world in kindergarten. What was true of bullies in grade school is still true of bullies in the work world. They don’t like it when you fight back.
I believe in the American ideal that, with enough hard work, anyone can achieve success. But that ideal requires that everyone gets to play on a fair and even playing field. When workers suffer illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful pay practices, or retaliation it throws the playing field out of balance. Employers who commit this type of illegal conduct are trying to take advantage of hard-working Americans. They are trying to bully them.
I don’t like bullies.
But I do like helping people fight back. So now that has become my mission. I am proud to represent hard-working Texans in employment-related discrimination, harassment, overtime, retaliation, and contract cases.
Board Certified - Labor and Employment Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Baylor University School of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.) 1996
Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment Law, SceneInSA Magazine 2011-Present
Texas Super Lawyers / Texas Rising Stars; 2011-Present
Top Employment Law Voices Nation-Wide, HR Examiner Magazine 2012
Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law, 2018 Edition
National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present
Texas Employment Lawyers Association, 2004 - Present (Currently Member of Board of Directors)
San Antonio Bar Association, 1998 - Present