Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Admitted to Practice
New Mexico, 2001
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1994
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2000
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2000
U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
The University of Texas at Austin
School of Law – J.D. May 1993
LBJ School of Public Affairs – M.P. Aff. May 1993
Rice University, Houston, Texas
B.A. in English and Political Science May 1989
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 1985-1987
Selected Appellate Opinions
City of Colorado City v. Ponko, 216 S.W.3d 924 (Tex.App.-Eastland 2007, no pet.).
Brim v. ExxonMobil Pipeline Co., 213 Fed.Appx. 303, 2007 WL 62866 (5th Cir. 2007).
Midland Judicial District Community Supervision & Corrections Department v. Jones, 92 S.W.3d 965 (Tex. 2002).
Walton v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 65 S.W.3d 262 (Tex. App. El Paso 2001, pet. denied).
Amoco Prod. Co. v. Smith, 946 S.W.2d 162 (Tex. App. El Paso – 1997, no writ).
“The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make in Dealing with Noncompete Issues,” in The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make and How to Avoid Them, Steven Babitsky, Esq. and James J. Magraviti, Jr., Esq., Eds. (2005) – Contributor
“Injuries to Third Parties Arising from Oil & Gas Operations: An Analytical Framework for Examining Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues,” Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law (Spring 2000) – Co-Author
Committee on State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges - Business, Consumer, Insurance, and Employment (2009 - present)
Midland County Bar Association - (President 2000 – 2001)
National Employment Lawyers Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Permian Basin SHRM (President 2003 - 2004)
Rice University School of Social Sciences Dean's Advisory Council (2010 - present)
Midland Need to Read Board of Directors (2004 – present, President 2008)
Midland College Adjunct Instructor, Government (2001 – 2002)
Employment Law (2009)
League of Women Voters of Texas Director (1999 – 2001)
League of Women Voters of Midland
Treasurer (1994 – 1995)
President (1995 – 1997)
Vice President (2004 – present)
Leadership Midland (1994 – 1995)
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