I grew up in Houston and attended the University of Texas at Austin where I earned a bachelor’s degree with honors. During and after college, I co-founded and served on the board of a community thrift store that raises money for underfunded grassroots organizations. I also worked as a pedicab operator on 6th Street, a substitute teacher, and a research analyst for an Austin consulting firm.
I graduated magna cum laude from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, where I participated in their prestigious Trial Advocacy program (ranked #2 in the country by U.S. News and World Report), earned membership in the Moot Court Honor Society, and worked as a Teaching Assistant in criminal law and trial advocacy. I also interned at the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender in Camden, and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
After law school I joined the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. As a Deputy Public Defender I managed a full case load of misdemeanors and felonies in all phases including jail release, investigation, pretrial motions, jury trials, sentencing, and appeals. I worked on a wide variety of cases—everything from careless driving, DWI, and shoplifting to assault, aggravated robbery, sexual assault, and homicide.
After my time at the Colorado State Public Defender, I returned home to Texas to start my own practice near my family, friends, and the communities that shaped the person and lawyer that I am.
Texas – 2017
Colorado – 2014
Professional Associations and Recognitions
Gideon Award – 2013 – Temple University Beasley School of Law
Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Member
State Bar of Texas – Criminal Justice Section – Member
National Lawyers Guild – Member