Certifications & Memberships:
Board Certified in Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (TCDLA)
Member, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) A+ Panel
Past President, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2013-2014).
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
All Courts in Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court of Wyoming
U.S. District Court of New Mexico
1992 University of Texas At Austin (J.D.)
1989 University of Texas at Austin (B.A.)
2011 – 2014: Partner, Demott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP
1999-2002 Assistant Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division
Articles and CLE Presentations:
Co-Presented “Key Criminal Law Case Developments in the Fifth Circuit,” live online webinar panel, for the Association of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA), April 11, 2014.
Presented “Advising Criminal Defendants after Padilla and Chaidez,” AILA Texas Chapter Spring 2013 Immigration Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas, April 26th, 2013.
Course Director and Speaker: “Self-Defense, Castle Law and Other Issues,” at the Seminar on Assaultive and Homicide Offenses: Eyewitness Identification, Self-Defense/Castle Law and Other Issues,” by SACDLA, August 10, 2012.
Co-presented “Padilla v. Kentucky: What You Need to Know When Defending a Foreign National in Criminal Cases,” 2011 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Moderated by Joseph B. De Mott, of De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLC, June 24th, 2011.
Co-Presented with Javier Maldonado, “The Criminal Landscape after Padilla,” 2011 Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas, February 24th, 2011.
Co-presented, with Lance Curtright (Bd. Cert. Immigration Law TBLS) “Padilla v. Kentucky, A New Obligation for Criminal Defense Attorneys,” and “The Padilla Rule,” respectively, by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), April 20, 2010.
Speaker: Cross-Examination Law, Crawford and General Criminal Law Update,” “Ultimate Cross-Examination Seminar,” by SACDLA, August 10th, 2010.
Co-presented, via live webcast, “Advising Immigrants after Padilla,” with Javier Maldonado of San Antonio and Brian Bates (Bd. Cert. Immigration Law TBLS) of Dallas, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (August 18, 2010).
Speaker “Advising Criminal Defendants after Padilla,” at the “Federal Criminal Law Update,” sponsored by the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas at the Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas (October 28, 2010).
Speaker “Piercing the Search Warrant Veils,” at the “7th Annual Nuts & Bolts Seminar,” by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA),” San Antonio, Texas (November 5, 2010).
Speaker “Piercing the Veil of Search Warrants,” at the “6th Annual Nuts & Bolts Seminar” by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, November 20, 2009.
Speaker “Crawford/Davis Update,” at the Advanced Trial Series, by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) in Laredo (February 22nd, 2008) and Del Rio, Texas (April 4th, 2008).
Speaker “Suppressing Drugs and Guns: How to Win Without Picking a Jury”, at the Fourth Annual Nuts & Bolts Seminar by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), November 9, 2007.
Speaker “Trained Canines and the Fourth Amendment,” for SACDLA on January 25, 2007. See “www.sacdla.com”.
Speaker “Search and Seizure in a Drug Case, Second Annual Nuts n Bolts Seminar by San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, November 17, 2005
Author “Trained Canines at the U.S.-Mexico Border Region: A Review of Current Fifth Circuit Law and a Call for Change”, 5 Scholar 227 (2003)
Speaker “Canine Searches at the Border: A Review of Current Law and a Call for Change”, Sixteenth Annual Federal Public Defender Staff Conference and Seminar, August 2001
Speaker “Cutting Edge Issues in Illegal Entry Cases”, Nuevas Fronteras en Defenses Fronteriza-II/Advanced Criminal Defense In Border Casses-II New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association seminar – May 2000