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!

Education

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

Bar Admissions:

  • 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)

Experience:

  • 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)

Honors:

  • 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)
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