I was born and raised in El Paso. My roots here reach back three generations. Though there've been times I was away, El Paso is and always has been my home.
In 1992, I was called to serve on a jury in a criminal trial. It was a turning point in my life. I saw first-hand the dedication and commitment to justice possessed by the members of the community who were selected to sit as jurors in that case. That experience taught me that the jury system and our Constitution are the most powerful guardians of freedom ever invented. Serving on that jury was the reason I decided to become a lawyer.
I have practiced criminal law for more than 18 years. After law school, I worked as a public defender in Washington State for more than 5 years. By then, my parents were elderly, and I knew it was time to come home. For the next 13 years I worked as a prosecutor with the District Attorney's Office here in El Paso, because in Texas prosecutors have a duty "to see that justice is done" in each and every case. Unfortunately, in the end, it became clear that I could not make that duty a reality while working at the District Attorney's Office. At that point, I chose to return to private practice.
My commitment now is to ensure that the accused have their rights safeguarded and receive the benefit of every possible reasonable doubt. Beyond that, I am mindful of the fact that being accused of a crime is a traumatic and stressful experience that leaves a person's life forever changed. I am dedicated to ensuring that my clients have aid and counsel every step of the way through this difficult process. I personally answer my phone 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, because that is what I believe my duty as a lawyer requires of me.
Once you retain me, you are not alone.
Seattle University School Of Law
Juris Doctor, 1996
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts, History, 1984
Coronado High School, El Paso, Texas
National Merit Scholar, Graduated 1980