Featured DBA Member
Each month a 2014 Section or Committee Chair is selected as a featured member. This month we are pleased to feature:
Associate at Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP
DBA Entertainment Committee Chair
Rhodes College in Memphis, TN: BA in Economics and Business Administration, 2001
University of Texas School of Law: JD, 2008
Years Practicing: 6
How Have You Been Involved in the DBA?
I started attending DBA events right out of law school. Over the last couple of years I have taken a more active role in the DBA and DAYL, including chairing the DBA Entertainment Committee this year. My involvement in the DBA pales in comparison to my mentors and other lawyers at the firm, such as Mark Shank, Michael Hurst and Mike Gruber. They set a great example for younger lawyers on the importance of Bar work and the ways we can and should give back to the community.
What Do You Like Most About the DBA?
The camaraderie and relationships I have made because of the DBA. I have been fortunate to meet many wonderful people--from senior judges and veteran trial lawyers, to baby lawyers and law clerks. Through the DBA, I have people I can call at any time for advice, and friendships that will last my lifetime.
What Drew You to Your Area of Practice
I knew my last year in law school that I wanted to litigate high-stakes, bet-the-company types of cases. Early in my career I also developed an interest in employment disputes, and in particular, cases involving breaches of restrictive covenants. I love the emotional, fast-paced nature of departing employee cases.
Most Rewarding Moment in Your Practice?
It is difficult to pick one, as several come to mind: winning my first jury trial as a lead lawyer, obtaining early dismissal for a great client, favorably settling a big case, and joining Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank in 2010. But as I think back, my most rewarding moment is probably winning my first contested motion: two months out of law school pitted against a much senior lawyer, arguing a motion my partner thought we would lose. I knew that day that I had made the right career choice.
What Makes You Most Proud of Being a Lawyer?
Following in my father’s footsteps. My dad was a lawyer that practiced in the metroplex. He was a great man that cared deeply about his family, friends, and clients, and donated a significant amount of time to charitable and civic endeavors. I hope that others will say the same about me.