Education

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law Houston, TX Jurist Doctor, May 2014

  • Certified Mediator
  • Dean’s List
  • Honor Court Chief Justice
  • 2012 Labor and Employment Mock Trial Regional Semi-Finalist / 2013 Regional Finalist
  • 2013 AAJ Mock Trial Team / 2014 Regional Semi-Finalist
  • 2013 2L/3L Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Tournament Semi-Finalist
  • University of Puerto Rico, Summer 2013, Immigration and employment-based immigration immersion

University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, TX Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Government, May 2011

  • Dean’s List
  • Scorpion Law Society, President and Founder / Inaugural Jurist of the Year Award / Fundraised $6,000

Experience

Cameron County Emergency Services District No. 1
Civil Counsel March 2019 – Present
  • Contracts
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Negotiations
Cameron County Commissioners Court – Civil Legal Division
Litigation Counsel March 2018 – Present
  • Economic Development
  • Contracts
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Public Information Act
  • State & Federal Litigation
  • Civil Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • Environmental & Infrastructure
  • Administrative & Civil Service Commission Hearings
  • Legislation
  • Disaster Response
  • Negotiations
  • Elections
  • Supervise legal staff
Cameron County District Attorney’s Office Brownsville, TX
Assistant District Attorney            September 2016 – March 2018
  • Managed misdemeanor & felony trials from indictment to final disposition including investigation, motion practice, and trial
  • Prepared high profile cases
  • Worked with Civil Asset Forfeiture and Appellate Divisions
  • Assisted law enforcement agencies with search warrants; Advised regarding raids
  • Served as liaison and legal advisor to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, Harlingen Police Department, and Cameron County Constable Precinct No.
First Chair Misdemeanor Attorney July 2015 – March 2016
  • Managed court criminal docket
  • Determined trial strategy
  • Worked with victims to best seek justice
Second Chair Misdemeanor Attorney Dec 2014 – July 2015
  • Prepared cases from arraignment to trial
  • Handled all motions and issue research
  • Served as liaison and legal advisor for Rio Hondo Police Department and Rio Hondo Independent School District Police Department
Misdemeanor Intake Sept 2014 – Dec 2014
  • Review law enforcement files; Determine disposition (charge, change, dismiss, or enhance)

Pro Bono

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
  • Divorce Clinics
  • Veterans Clinics
  • Guardianship Clinics

Licensure

State of Texas
Federal
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court



Internships

Harris County District Attorney’s Office   May 2013 – April 2014 Houston, TX
Multi-District Litigation Asbestos Court, Judge Mark Davidson    May 2012 – Aug 2012 Houston, TX
334th Civil Court, Judge Ken Wise   May 2012 – Aug 2012 Houston, TX
U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio   Jan 2011 – May 2011 Brownsville, TX
Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.   May 2011 – Aug 2011 Brownsville, TX

Professional Organizations

Texas Bar College, Austin, TX
  • Member     2021 – Present
Public Rights Project, Oakland, CA
  • Fellow     2020 – 2021
State Bar of Texas Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee, Austin, TX
  • Board member     2018 – Present
Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Weslaco, TX
  • RGV Leadership 2019 – Class 5      2019 – 2020
Texas Young Lawyers’ Association, Austin, TX
  • State Bar of Texas Leadership Class      2017 – 2018

Organizations

Valley Federal Credit Union, Brownsville, Texas
  • Advisory Board
  • Board Member
Cameron County Young Lawyers’ Association, Brownsville, Texas
  • Past President
  • President
  • Board Member
Harlingen Community Development Advisory Board, Harlingen, TX
  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Board Member
Harlingen Shrimpfest Non-Profit Fundraiser, Harlingen, TX
  • Vice-President
  • Board Member
Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club, Harlingen, TX
  • Past President
  • President
  • Membership Chair
  • Board Member
Brownsville Independent School District
  • Mock Trial
  • Instructor
  • Coach (Porter High School)