My passion for helping others comes from my family’s blue-collar roots. My father, my grandfather, and my great-grandfather all were coal miners in the coal field mountains of Southwest Virginia. I am named after my grandfather, who died of black lung cancer when I was just a year old. He was a tireless worker and union organizer whose job required him to risk life and limb daily to serve his family and coworkers and to get his job done.
I feel privileged to be the first lawyer in my family, and I feel a responsibility to use my bar card and my advocacy skills to seek justice on behalf of others who have been wrongfully injured.
I joined Hendler Flores Law in March 2022 to refocus my litigation practice on civil rights, mass torts, and personal injury cases. Prior to joining HFL, I was an accomplished intellectual property trial attorney with more than 20 years of trial and appellate experience. I was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation for seven consecutive years (2014-2020), and I was named to the IAM 1000 list of the world’s top intellectual property asset managers for four consecutive years (2015-2018). But as I litigated IP disputes at the highest level of that field, I craved a litigation practice with a deeper meaningful purpose.
Early in my career, I was involved in a few wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases in which I was able to help seriously injured individuals obtain meaningful justice through civil litigation. I am proud to be a member of a purpose-driven law firm such as HFL, where I can use the complex litigation skills that I honed in intellectual property cases now to help people who have been seriously injured or who have had their civil rights violated. I know my coal mining ancestors would be proud of the work that I and the others at HFL are privileged to do.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, two teenage sons, and our Shiba Inu dog. I enjoy reading history and other non-fiction, and I am an aspiring fiction writer. I enjoy basketball and disc golf; and I am a competitive amateur poker player. I am a dedicated fan of the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team. Go Big Blue!
University of Texas School of Law, Doctorate of Jurisprudence
Activities & Honors:
- Texas Law Review
- Order of the Coif
- Texas Law Fellow
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
B.A. in Political Science and Journalism
Professional Memberships & Honors
- State Bar of Texas
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Courts of Appeal (Federal Circuit, Fifth Circuit)
- United States District Courts (Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Nothern District of Illinois, District of Colorado, District of Nebraska)
- Janik Vinnakota LLP, Of Counsel Attorney (2019 – 2020)
- Nelson Bumgardner Albritton, P.C., Partner (2016 – 2018)
- Texas A&M School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2015 – 2016)
- Skiermont Puckett LLP, Founding Partner (2011 – 2015)
- The Ware Firm, Partner (2003 – 2011)
- McKool Smith, Associate Attorney (2000 – 2002)
- United States District Court, Law Clerk (1999 – 2000)
- Barbara M.G. Lynn IP Inn of Court (Master, 2016 – 2022; Barrister, 2013 – 2016)
- IAM Patent 1000 list of the world’s leading patent professionals (2015 – 2018)
- Texas Super Lawyer, Intellectual Property Litigation (2014 – 2020)