Since 2019, I’ve been the judge of Harris County Probate Court #3, and my background and prior professional experience make me uniquely qualified to serve. I’m a third-generation Houstonian who knows and cares about our community and have over 17 years’ experience in the unique area of probate law as well as a long history of public service.
I received my undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and my law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. As an attorney from 2004 – 2018, I specialized in probate law representing clients ranging from large financial institutions to indigent individuals. I’m a frequent writer and speaker on this unique area of the law and have been a member of numerous local probate-related organizations.
In addition to my legal background, I also served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas helping to train the next generation of lawyers. Many of my students were the first in their families to attend college and have gone on to have successful legal careers of their own. I have even been fortunate to give one their oath of office. This tradition has been carried forward through our Court’s extensive clerkship and internship programs.
Apart from my professional life, I have been a long-time volunteer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center which shaped my views on the importance of public service. As a pediatric and adult cancer survivor I understand how important it for people to have support in their times of crisis.
I’ve also helped create programs for young adult cancer patients and have worked to make sure caregivers have resources available to them as well. In 2017 I was awarded the Joseph T. Painter Award by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in recognition of exceptional contributions to patient support which was an honor and highlight of my time volunteering.