Rated “AV” and recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for 21 consecutive years (1999-2020). Named one of Texas Super Lawyers each year since its inception in 2003. 2015 Inductee in to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Hall of Fame. 2020 Recipient of the Blackstone Award by the Tarrant County Bar Association in recognition of a legal career that exemplifies professional aptitude, integrity, and courage. It is the Bar's highest honor.
Practice Area: Criminal Law (White Collar); Administrative, Securities Law, and Civil Rights
Admitted: 1974, Texas; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Federal Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court
Law School: Baylor University, J.D., 1974
College: Baylor University, B.A., 1972
Member: Member of the Board of Directors of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Current Member of White Collar Crime Committee of NACDL, as well as the Audit Committees; Co-chair of NACDL’s upcoming 2019 seminar entitled: “Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice”; Former Member, Board of Trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation and Executive Committee Member; Past-Chair, U.S. Court Advisory Committee, Northern District of Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers (former President); Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers (“TCCDLA”) (former President); former member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Bar Association; 2011 Course Director of the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Criminal Law Course; Co-Course Director for Federal Law Sessions in connection with State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Criminal Courses (2015-2018); Past Course Director for three (3) TCDLA “Rusty Duncan” Advanced Criminal Law Courses.”
Biography: Former Galveston County Assistant District Attorney; Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Texas; Recipient, “Lawyer of the Year Award,” Tarrant County Black Bar Association, 1995 and 2000. Frequent author and lecturer on all aspects of State and Federal Court practice, e.g., Grand Jury Litigation, Pre-Trial Motions, Plea Negotiations, Opening Statements, Confessions, Jury Selection, Handling High Profile Cases, Direct Examination, Cross-Examination of Government Informants and Attorney-Client privilege issues. 2015 Inductee into Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association Hall of Fame.
Has spoken frequently before the Advanced Criminal Law Course and Advanced Family Law Courses sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and to numerous seminars sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and the Federal Public Defender’s Annual Federal Practice Seminar. Has also presented to NACDL, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mexican-American Bar Association and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He has also been recognized in “Texas Lawyer” as one of the “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law.”
Recognized as achieving one of the Top 50 Settlements in Texas in 2017 for the $850,000 settlement in Estate of Christian Taylor v. City of Arlington, Texas.