I represent beneficiaries, individual trustees, institutional trustees and personal representatives in trust and estate litigation and dispute resolution. My past experience includes trustee fiduciary duty claims, trustee removal cases, improper use of trust assets, general trust and will disputes, creditor claims, tax issues and other cases.
During my first week as a lawyer, I found myself in the court room, staring up at a judge waiting to argue a motion, nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I argued that motion, prevailed for my client, and fell in love with the court room. I’ve been a trial lawyer ever since. And I no longer fear those rocking chairs.
Now, fifteen years later, I continue to fight for my clients in the court room and beyond. I’ve tried many jury and bench trials, as well as arbitrations, across the United States, which have allowed me to excel in representing my clients in disputes involving Trusts and Estates, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) partnerships, financial services and real estate/construction projects.
When it comes to Trusts and Estates, I help families, Trustees, Personal Representatives, and businesses navigate the high-stress, life-altering disputes that arise when family members and business leaders become incapacitated or pass away. While I always seek out amicable business resolutions or to preserve family relationships for my clients, sometimes clients are unable to resolve things outside of the court room. My clients can trust that if we cannot find that amicable resolution, that I will fight harder than anyone to protect their interests and to achieve the outcome they deserve.
In the LIHTC industry, I represent real estate developers, including non-profit and for-profit developers, to help them preserve affordable housing as their projects exit the LIHTC 15-year Compliance Period. There are insufficient levels of affordable housing in the United States and preserving the existing projects is paramount.
I also represent large, community and regional financial institutions in securities litigation, creditors’ rights and other financial services matters. These cases have taken me through court rooms across my home state of Texas and the state and federal courts of Minnesota.
I also counsel clients in real estate and construction disputes, representing both developers, property owners and real estate investors in litigation.
Outside of work, it’s always family first, then football – especially my Longhorns – and golf.
Honors & Awards
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer, 2020
The Best Lawyers in America©
Litigation - Trusts & Estates, 2021
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2013-2019
Associations & Memberships
State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
State Bar of New York
State Bar of Minnesota
Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES)
Non-profit, Board of Directors, 2015-2018