Thankful For My Blessings!
I am a very blessed man in many ways! I have a wonderful family that I love very much and despite all of the other things I enjoy in life, there is nothing that could ever equal how much I love spending time with my family. I am also very thankful to work in a profession that I absolutely love and privileged to have clients who put their trust in me to serve their needs. I will always do my best to honor this sacred trust and never let them down.
My Work As A Lawyer
I am an attorney with an active digital information law and complex litigation practice that reaches from the Dallas / Fort Worth Texas area, though the state and federal courts nationwide. While the world often sees me as litigation or conflict management attorney, I really hope that the services I provide to my clients are much broader than than how to handle conflicts. The basic principles by which I try to live both my personal and professional life are the principles of integrity, excellence, and intensity. Because of this, I have found a great deal of satisfaction in serving the trusted adviser role for several companies as their outside general counsel.
This is a natural fit because I view myself as more of a general adviser who just so happens to have a legal background. In that role I try my best to help keep my clients from getting into disputes in the first place. This may seem counter intuitive since I primarily make my living from legal disputes but it is grounded in my appreciation for the fact that, at least in most situations, when disputes rise to that level, the only ones who really come out ahead are the attorneys who get paid to do the fighting! My goal, therefore, is to help keep my clients out of those fights but, if they do arise, to do my very best to reach a peaceful resolution. While this may seem to pit my clients’ interests against my own, this is an act of faith by me in knowing that my clients will trust in me enough to know that I have done my best to help them avoid the conflict but, if there must be a conflict, we will never have to second guess ourselves and we will not only fight, but we will fight to win !
My Philosophy On Case Strategy And Execution
It is in the fight that I thrive! I do so by utilizing my extremely high level of intensity and focus to work toward achieving my client’s litigation and business objectives in the most efficient manner possible. No two cases are the same. These objectives cannot be efficiently obtained by aimlessly or whimsically “litigating” a case without a carefully planned strategy and plan for execution. Like in a game of chess, every move must be strategically considered and planned out long before the move is made.
The case strategy must be custom tailored to the unique needs of each client and situation. Some cases require a very aggressive attacking strategy, some require a moderate, rational and reasonable approach, yet others require more of a defensive posture. Many evolve over time. In my experience, I have learned that using the wrong strategy for the case can bring about a horrible result and waste a lot of my client’s money in the process.
Do You Really Want A “One Trick Pony”?
Because of my philosophy on how each case requires a unique strategy, I simply do not understand how some lawyers can brand themselves as always being “tenacious”, “fierce”, “aggressive”, or “uncompromising”. Now don’t get me wrong, in litigation there are many times when you have to be that way in order to achieve your client’s objectives. Because of my very intense nature, when it is time to attack, I will attack with a level of tenacity, ferocity, and aggression that few have ever seen. That approach, however, is not what is always needed. There are many times when the case objectives require that you be reasonable, rational, and compromising. Truly looking out for your clients’ best interests requires that you have all of the skills needed to execute the strategy and achieve the case objectives–not that you are simply a “one trick pony” who knows only one approach.
Substantive Areas of Practice
For fifteen years I have handled commercial disputes and digital information law matters involving very complex legal issues in state and federal courts throughout the country. Over this time I have developed a strong knowledge in many areas of law including, but certainly not limited to the following areas of law:
- Computer Fraud and Computer Crimes
- Data Breach
- Data Privacy
- Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
- Cyber Insurance Coverage and Disputes
- Intellectual Property
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Business Disparagement
- Breach of Contract
- Tortious Interference
- Securities Fraud
- Trade Secrets
- Patent Litigation
- Unfair Competition
- Misappropriation and Theft of Trade Secrets
- Professional Liability Claims Involving Consultants, Accountants, and Officers and Directors