Admitted to practice law in the States of Texas and Arkansas since 1964. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U. S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Eighth and Federal Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the Supreme Courts of Arkansas and Texas.
Graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law; member of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; City Attorney for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas 1965-67; member of the Arkansas Legislature 1967-70; Special Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court 1976; Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court 1980; member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct 1983-89; member of the Arkansas Board of Pardons and Paroles 1978-82; member of the Board of Visitors, University of Arkansas School of Law, 1992- 2000; member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection Committee, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1996-2014; and, member, Arkansas State Police Foundation Board of Directors 2008 – present.
National Board of Trial Advocacy. American Board of Trial Advocates – Rank of Advocate (President, East Texas Chapter 2005). Member, Texarkana Bar Association (President 1996-1997), The Bar Association for the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (President 2000-2001), The Federal Circuit Bar Association, Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit, Northeast Texas Bar Association, Southwest Arkansas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, College of the State Bar of Texas and Member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. Sustaining Member, Arkansas Bar Association. Sustaining Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation. Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation. Fellow, Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Senior Counsel, American College of Barristers. Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Order of Centurions). Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America in each edition since 1991…a period of more than 24 years. Voted as one of Texas’ Super Lawyers for 2003 through 2015 by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines. Listed in Texas’ Best Lawyers, 2010 – 2014 Dallas Edition, in three specialties, including commercial ligation. Featured in Benchmark Litigation 2015 as a litigation star for outstanding work in litigation. Recognized by Corporate Counsel magazine in its selection of Top Lawyers for 2009 through 2013. Awarded highest peer review rating (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory for more than 20 consecutive years and Legal Leaders: Top Rated Lawyers (2013-2014). Also listed in Benchmark Litigation 2013-2015 as a leading litigation attorney. Listed in Intellectual Property (2013 Spring Edition) as a Go-To-Lawyer for the Top 500 Companies.