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Brief for Appellee in GDG Acquisitions, LLC v. Government of Belize, __ F.3d __ (11th Cir., Feb. 28, 2017).


Brief for Amici Texas Election Administrators in Veasey v. Abbott, No. 14-41127 (5th Cir. 2016)


Brief for Amicus Texas Senators in Evenwel v. Abbott, 136 S. Ct. 1120 (2016).


Brief for Amicus Dean Erwin Chemerinsky in Hernandez v. Mesa, No. 15-118 (2015)


Brief for Current and Former Texas Election Administrators in Veasey v. Abbott, __ F.3d __, ,2015 WL 4645642 (5th Cir. 2015.)


Brief for Appellant in Kinney v. Barnes, 443 S.W.3d 87 (Tex. 2014).


Brief for Appellant in GDG Acquisitions, LLC v. Government of Belize, 749 F.3d 1024 (11th Cir. 2014).


Petition for writ of certiorari in Elizondo v. City of Garland, TX, Case No. 11-1375 (2012).

Brief for Appellant in Westlake Petrochemicals, L.L.C. v. United Polychem, Inc. and Lynne Van Der Wall, 688 F.3d 232 (5th Cir. 2012).

Brief for Appellant in Gus H. Comiskey, III a/k/a Trey Comiskey, and TC3, Inc. v. FH Partners, LLC, 373 S.W.3d 620 (Tex. App. -- Houston [14th Dist.] 2012, rev. denied).

Brief for Amici Curiae NYU, Stanford and other law school centers in Support of Respondent in Connick v. Thompson, 131 S.Ct. 1350 (2010).

Brief of Appellant in Greater Houston Small Taxicab Company Owners Association v. City of Houston, Texas, 660 F.3d 235 (5th Cir. 2011).

Brief for Amicus Curiae The American Jewish Committee in Moussazadeh v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 703 F.3d 781 (5th Cir. 2012).

Brief of Respondents the Singletons in In re Volkswagen of America, Inc., 545 F.3d 304 (5th Cir. 2008) (en banc), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 1336 (2009).

Brief of Appellee Douglas O’Neill in ONeill v. SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., 2007 WL 2491011 (5th Cir. 2007).

Posthearing Brief of Claimant Setien S.A. de C.V. in Setien S.A. de C.V. v. Balli Steel, Inc., et al., Case No. ____ (A Privately Administered Arbitration).

Brief of Mike Bianchetti in Bianchetti v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 2007 WL 3027351 (N.D. Cal. 2007).

Brief of the Texas Democratic Party in Texas Democratic Party v. Tina Benkiser, Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Texas, 459 F.3d 582 (5th Cir. 2006).

Brief of the United States in City of New York and Rudolph Giuliani v. United States, 179 F.3d 29 (2d Cir. 1999).

Brief of Claimant Russell Grigsby in Opposition to Respondents’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment That His Claims for Duress, Oppression and Other Non-Contract Based Claims Are Barred by His Conduct Ratifying His Buy-Out and Release, in Grigsby v. ProTrader Group Management LLC, et al., AAA No. 70 180 00648 02.

Brief of Claimant Russell Grigsby in Response to Respondents’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment That Grigsby’s 10b-5 Claims Are Barred by the Statute of Limitations, in Grigsby v. ProTrader Group Management LLC, et al., AAA No. 70 180 00648 02.

Brief of Claimant Russell Grigsby Regarding Duties Owed by Partners and Controlling Shareholders and the Impact of the Texas Revised Partnership Act, in Grigsby v. ProTrader Group Management LLC, et al., AAA No. 70 180 00648 02.

Brief of Respondent in Response to Petition for Writ of Mandamus and Relators’ Emergency Motion for Temporary Relief, in In re Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Texas Supreme Court No. 06-0449.

Brief of Plaintiff in Response to Toyota Motor Corporation’s and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment, in Barahona v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al., Cause No. 03-22,254, 12th Judicial District, Walker County, Texas.

Brief of Plaintiff in Response to Defendant Ford Motor Company’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, in Ayala v. Ford Motor Co., Case No. 2-04CV-395 (EDTX 2005).

Challenging Houston's Same-Sex Benefits is a Pointless Legal Battle, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, March 1, 2017, at  A15.


Does 4th Amendment Protect Non-citizens?, SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL Nov. 10, 2016, at 8.


Let's Revamp the Appellate Rules Too, 42 LITIGATION 30 (Spring 2016).


Police Should Bear More of Burden in Civil Cases, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, April 15, 2015, at B9.


Ghostwriting Appellate Briefs: The Rules Aren't So Clear, TEXAS LAWYER, September 22, 2014.


Avoid These Common Notice of Appeals Pitfalls, TEXAS LAWYER, March 31, 2014.


How to Winnow Arguments on Appeal, 40 LITIGATION 30 (Winter 2014).

Don't Skimp on Statement of Issues, Seize the Court's Attention, TEXAS LAWYER, December 23, 2013 at 24.

Interlocutory Appeals, Writs of Mandamus, and Extraordinary Writs: Recent Developments in Texas State Courts Relevant to Personal Injury Practice,Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "29th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course" (2013).


Get Creative in Filings with Dialogue, Photos, Cartoons, TEXAS LAWYER, March 11, 2013 at 22.


Recent Jury Charge Developments, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "28th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Course" (2012).

How to Beat Waiver Arguments, TEXAS LAWYER, June 18, 2012, at 22.

Tread Lightly With Footnotes, TEXAS LAWYER, November 28, 2011.

It's Time to Rethink Oral Argument, TEXAS LAWYER, June 13, 2011, at 22.

Take the Plain-English Push With a Grain of Salt, TEXAS LAWYER, March 14, 2011 at 22.

What E-Filing Means for Appellate Attorneys, TEXAS LAWYER, December 6, 2010 at 29.

In Defense of Judicial Elections (Sort of), 36 LITIGATION 23 (Summer 2010)

Appellate Help Unlikely for Lawyers Stung By Abusive Judges, TEXAS LAWYER, September 6, 2010 at 21

Avoid Racing Through Brief's Introduction, Conclusion, TEXAS LAWYER, April 26, 2010 at 42.

Subtly Gauge Judges' Interest to Keep Oral Argument Interactive, TEXAS LAWYER, January 11, 2010 at 22.

Winning on the Papers, TEXAS LAWYER, June 22, 2009 at 30.

When Judges Want to Get in the Game: Lessons from Another Court, 35 LITIGATION 12 (Winter 2009).

Recent Trends in Mandamus Practice, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation Seminar" (2009).

Analysis of Recent Texas Supreme Court Decisions: Damages, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course" (2008).

To Err is Human, but to Forgive...?, 34 LITIGATION 14 (Winter 2008).

Alleging and Providing Vicarious Liability, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education paper for "21st Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course" (2008).

Zealous Advocacy vs. Truth, 33 LITIGATION 31 (Fall 2006).

Congressional Power over Presidential Elections: The Constitutionality of the Help America Vote Act Under Article II, Section 1, 28 VERMONT L. REV. 373 (Winter 2004).

The Myth of Dem, GOP Justice, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, September 10, 2006, at E4.

We Don’t Have Kings in Texas, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, May 29, 2005, at E4.

Bryant Case Tosses a Lifeline to the Laws Against Adultery, LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 13, 2004, at B13

Why Texas Republicans Should Love the Trial Lawyers, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, April 20, 2003, at 4C

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