• University of Texas – Austin, 1965–70 - Bachelor of Architecture with honors
  • University of Texas – Austin, 1970–72 - Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Licensed Attorney – Texas 1973
  • Registered Architect – Texas 1974
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards -Certificate Holder – 1974
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Texas – 1978
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Texas – 1985
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Texas – 1985
  • United States District Court – Western District of Texas – 1985
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1983
  • United States Supreme Court – 1988
  • Texas Supreme Court – 1973

  • American Bar Association - Construction Industry Forum
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Associate
  • Dallas Bar Association - Construction Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas - Construction Law Section - Litigation Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow

  • American Institute of Architects - College of Fellows
  • Dallas Chapter – AIA
  • Texas Society of Architects - Vice President 1999 - Co-Chair – Governmental Affairs Committee 2000–01
  • State Bar of Texas - Construction Law Section - Litigation Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow

Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention- Lawyer's Guide to Letter Proposals and Agreements (2013)

Design-Build Institute of America – Design-Build Conference and Expo Panel Discussion- Design Build Issues (2013)

Texas A&M University College of Architecture- Legal and Contractual Implication of Integrated Project Delivery (2013)

2013 McLaughlin Brunson Loss Prevention/Risk Management Seminar- Legislative Updates and War Stories

Texas Society of Professional Engineers- Professional Liability Lessons for Civil Engineers and the Impact of TBPE Rules (2013)

Tarrant County Bar Association, Construction Law Section- Who is Responsible/Liable for the Plans? (2012)

HalfMoon LLC Seminars – Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure- Understanding (and Minimizing) Professional Negligence Actions (2012)

Young Members Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers- Dallas Post (2012) – Ethics for Engineers

25th Annual Construction Law Conference State Bar of Texas- Responsible Third Party Statute (2012)

Texas Society of Architects 72nd Annual Convention- Liability andConstruction Administration: Law and Lessons Architects Must Know(2011)

24th Annual Construction Law Conference State Bar of Texas- The Impactsof Black + Vernooy Architects v. Smith (2011)

HalfMoon LLC Seminars- Legal Issues for Texas Architects andLandscape Architects – Understanding the Law of SustainableCertifications and Green Design (2010)

2010 McLaughlin Brunson Loss Prevention/Risk Management Seminar- Recent Issues and War Stories and Is the Duty to Defend in an Indemnitya Big Deal?

SHW Architects (2010)- Risk Associated with Green Design andConstruction

Texas Society of Architects 70th Annual Convention (2009)- Lessons for Contracting and Negotiating & Risks

Young Members Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers- Dallas Post (2009) – Ethics for Professional Engineers

The Structural Engineers Association of Texas/North Central Texas Chapter (2009)- The Impact of TBPE Rules on Professional Liability: TheEngineer as "Agent"

HalfMoon LLC Seminars - Legal Issues for Texas Architects andLandscape Architects- Practicing Under the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct (2009)

22nd Annual Construction Law Conference State Bar of Texas- Multi-PartyProperty Damages Claims: Issues from the Perspective of Owner, GeneralContractor, Subcontractor and Design Professional – Tex. Civ. Prac. &Rem. Code Ann. Chapter 150 Licensed or Registered Professionals –Certificate of Merit (2009)

Texas Society of Architects 69th Annual Convention (2008)- Anatomy ofa Lawsuit: The Substantive Chess Game

AIA/Quoin Leadership Forum - American Institute of Architects/Dallas andAGC/Dallas (2008)- Review of AIA Document A201 (2007) and Consensus Documents Owner/Contractor Agreement – General Conditions

6th Annual Building Science Expo - University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture (2008)- "Architecture and Engineering: The Interface Between the Practice and the Law"

HalfMoon LLC Seminars - Legal Issues for Texas Professional Engineers- Ethics for Professional Engineers (2008)

HalfMoon LLC Seminars - Texas Law of Construction Defects andFailures- Defects and Deficiencies – Precursors to Failure (2007)

Texas Society of Architects 68th Annual Convention- Problem Projects/Problem Clients: The Contract (2007)

Structural Engineers Association of Texas- North Central Chapter –Analysis of Current Liability and Ethical Issues for Structural Engineers (2007)

American Institute of Architects Convention- Little Workshop of Horrors:An In-depth Analysis of Claims that Threaten Architects (panel discussion) (2007)

2007 McLaughlin Brunson Loss Prevention/Risk Management Seminar- 10 Things No Professional Services Contract Can Do Without

HalfMoon LLC Seminars – Practicing Architecture in Texas- TheArchitect's License: A Privilege of Professional Responsibility (2006)

Texas Society of Architects 67th Annual Convention- Legal Issues andCommon Pitfalls for Well-Meaning, but Naïve Architects (2006)

HalfMoon LLC Seminars – Public Safety Laws & Issues for Architects, Engineers & Construction Professionals Construction Site Safety Issues (2006)

2005 McLaughlin Brunson Loss Prevention/Risk Management Seminar: Architects, Engineers and Environmental Consultants-

Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention- Ethical Considerations for Attorneys and Architects Providing Services in Connection with a Construction Project (2004)

Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention- Foundation Analysis and Recommendations = Informed Consent (2004)

2004 McLaughlin Brunson Loss Prevention/Risk Management Seminar- Tort Reform: How it Impacts Us All (Is it Just Smoke and Mirrors?)

17th Annual Construction Law Conference State Bar of Texas – Forum- Ethical Considerations for Attorneys and Architects Providing Services in Connection with a Construction Project (2004)

CNA Risk Management Seminar: Risk Management and the Design Professional- Contracts/Non-Standard Forms: Deal Breakers (2003)

HalfMoon LLC Seminars (2003)- General Contractor Safety Responsibility and Contractual Indemnity

2003 McLaughlin Brunson Loss Prevention/Risk Management Seminar- Mold Claims – A Primer

1999 DPIC – Loss Prevention Seminar- OSHA Liability and the Design Professional/CM

38th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys- What's in a Title – OSHA Liability and the Design Professional (1999)

1998 North Texas Construction Expo- University of Texas at Arlington –Impact of A201 Modifications (in conjunction with B141)

American Institute of Steel Construction National Engineering Conference- "The Safety Factor" – Liability or Defense? (1995)

American Institute of Steel Construction National Engineering Conference- Allocation of Structural Design Responsibility (1995)

"Liability Alerts"- Texas Society of ArchitectsMonthly Newsletter Supplements


  • Lecturer – Texas A&M University College of Architecture
  • Lecturer – University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture Professional Practice (Masters Class)
  • Lecturer – XL/DPIC – Loss Control Professional Liability Seminars
  • Lecturer – CNA – Loss Control Professional Liability Seminars
  • Lecturer – American Institute of Architects
  • Lecturer – Texas Society of Architects

Texas Super Lawyers,®- Law & Politics Media Inc. as published in Texas Monthly 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (Construction Law)

Super Lawyers,®- Corporate Counsel Edition published by Law & Politics Media Inc. 2009, 2010 (Construction Law)

D Magazine- Best Lawyers in Dallas 2013 (Construction Law)

The Best Lawyers in America®- 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013 (Construction Law)

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"- 2010, 2011, 2012 (Construction Law)

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business- 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (Construction Law, Texas)

Who's Who Legal: Texas 2007, 2008 (Construction Law)-

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