In 2010 and just recently in 2014, I had the honor and privilege of being elected Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1, one of the busiest probate courts in the country. As I near the end of my second term, it continues to be the most rewarding experience of my career.
As an attorney with over 27 years experience in probate, trust guardianship, estate planning, and elder law, I developed a reputation for handling the matters entrusted to me with diligence and integrity. I often represented executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, and beneficiaries in complex probate proceedings, and recovered millions of dollars in assets lost through fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Over the years, I was also appointed by the probate judges to handle both contested and uncontested estate and guardianship matters. The experience I garnered over the last thirty years has served me well on the bench.
Prior to coming to the bench, I was licensed to practice in all Courts in the State of Texas, the United States District Court (Southern District), the United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit), and the United States Tax Court.
I also served two terms as a member of the District 4A grievance committee (which disciplines attorneys) and served as Chair in 1994. I am a member of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, Taxation Section and Litigation Section and the Houston Bar Association Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Taxation Section and Litigation Section. I also belong to the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council and the Houston Estate and Financial Forum. I am also a member of the Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association and Attorneys in Tax and Probate.
I received my JD from the University of Houston in 1981, and a BBA (1977 - accounting) and MBA (1980 - accounting/taxation) from the University of Texas.
I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1.