I graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law on an Opportunity Academic Achievement Scholarship. While in law school, I was a student leader as the Vice President of the Latino Law Students Association, a Student Body Association Representative and a member of the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. I was successful in academic competitions with winning arguments in the Prize Moot Court Competition and Mock Trial Competition. With my success in law school and the recognition of my peers and professors, I knew I wanted to be a trial attorney.
After law school, I started my legal career as a law clerk for a small but prestigious litigation firm in Rockford, Illinois. I concentrated on employment discrimination, disability law, personal injury, sexual discrimination, and criminal defense work. My work allowed me to practice in state and federal courts as well as the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockford, Illinois. And while Illinois treated me well, as a Houston native, I was anxious to return home to Texas as soon as I could.
Through my work at Rene Gonzalez & Associates, I realized I really wanted to represent individuals who had been injured. Following my heart, I joined The Pinkerton Law Firm as a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer.
I worked on some big cases at The Pinkerton Law Firm. I assisted on several lawsuits from the 2008 Big Spring Refinery Explosion in West Texas. I sat second chair in a medical malpractice case that went to trial in Galveston County where the jury ruled in favor of our client. I also did well with smaller cases and became the the most trial experienced Associate in the firm. My casework included 18 wheeler and car wrecks, wrongful death, premise liability, slip and falls, and recouping damages caused by drunk drivers.
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