Featured DBA Member
Each month a 2013 Section or Committee Chair is selected as a featured member. This month we are pleased to feature:
Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.
Trial Skills Section Chair
BS, University of Notre Dame (Biology) 1983
JD, Texas Tech University School of Law 1986
Years Practicing: 27
How Have You Been Involved in the DBA?
Secretary, DBA Board of Directors
Chair, Trial Skills Section
Co-Chair, DBA Bench Bar Conference
Law Day, Judiciary, and Federal Opinions Committees
What Do You Like Most About the DBA?
That the DBA has the premier facility in the country – the Belo Mansion. The Belo Mansion allows the bar to do so many things that other bar associations can only dream of doing.
What Drew You to Your Area of Practice
Trying cases is what spurred me on to become a federal prosecutor. Once I made it to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, I learned that the most exciting cases, bar none, are ones involving government investigations and prosecutions – whether it be the DOJ, the SEC, the Texas Attorney General or any one of a number of government agencies.
Most Rewarding Moment in Your Practice?
Though my partner Tom Melsheimer would expect me to say the opportunity to practice with him (ha), it would have to be the two years I worked at Main Justice in Washington, D.C., for Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and Jim Comey (our newest FBI Director) overseeing the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and DOJ’s white collar and health care fraud functions. Every day, I walked around with my hair on fire handling some of the most significant, interesting issues that a lawyer could ever come in contact with. I pinched myself every day to insure I wasn’t dreaming.
What Makes You Most Proud of Being a Lawyer?
Getting the thank you or “attaboy” call from a client who had a whole lot to lose and is in much better shape because of my representation. Those calls never get old.