I am a longtime worker’s rights advocate. As a Board Certified labor and employment lawyer, I’ve spent my legal career fighting for employees and labor unions.
A Houston native, I was raised in a union family, by a father who was a member of the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and a mother who was a member of the Houston Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.
I graduated with Sociology and Political Science degrees from Texas Tech University before attending graduate school at North Carolina State University with the intention of becoming a sociology professor. While in graduate school, I grew increasingly passionate about workers’ rights but frustrated with the lack of opportunities for creating real change within academic Sociology. With these lessons learned, I obtained my Masters of Sociology degree, hightailed it back to Texas, and attended law school at Texas Tech University School of Law. During law school, I clerked for HFT and Texas Rural Legal Aid, a fantastic non-profit law firm that provides free employment representation to migrant farmworkers.
Since becoming a lawyer in 2003, I have devoted my legal career to representing employees in employment disputes and labor unions in labor disputes, with the exception of a brief stint as a plaintiff-side personal injury lawyer representing mesothelioma victims. I learned the tools of the trade from Janette Johnson, a pioneer in plaintiff-side employment law, as well as Rod Tanner, a top labor and employment lawyer in Fort Worth. I started my own practice in 2009, and added a law partner, Kyla Cole, in 2016.
Today, I’m honored to represent employees in employment disputes and labor unions in labor disputes. My largest union client is Alliance-AFT, the largest teacher’s union within Dallas ISD. Through this union, I proudly represent teachers in termination and non-renewal proceedings before the Texas Education Agency. I have also been retained by Transport Workers Union Locals 549 (American Airlines SIM Pilot Instructors), 567 (American Airlines mechanics at Alliance Airport), and 748 (American Airlines Dispatchers) for various labor disputes. I’ve also performed work for Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), an independent union that represents the pilots at Southwest Airlines, HFT (teachers and paraprofessionals within Houston ISD), and Cy-Fair AFT (teachers and paraprofessionals within Cy-Fair ISD).
In my free time, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my wonderful significant other, who is a police officer with the Dallas Police Department.