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John F. Nichols Sr.

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Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
(713) 654-0708
Fax:
713-654-0706
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Since being admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967, John F. Nichols, Sr., has built an impressive collection of accomplishments. He has been named among the "Best Matrimonial Lawyers in America" by several publications, and has been named one of "Houston's Top Lawyers," "Texas Super Lawyer" and one of the top family lawyers in the U.S.A. He has written and delivered over 160 articles to classes and seminars. Mr. Nichols is a certified specialist in Texas in the areas of family law, personal injury, and civil trial law. He has argued before the highest Texas courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

A lifelong Houston resident, Mr. Nichols graduated from Rice University in 1964 and from the University of Houston, College of Law in 1967. He is a proud member of the Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (Football). He is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers. Below you will find a complete list of his credentials.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 1975
  • Civil Trial Law, State Bar of Texas, 1978
  • Personal Injury Law, State Bar of Texas, 1987
  • Civil Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1988
  • Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Pretrial Advocacy, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1968
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1981
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1975

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • LL.B. - 1967
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas
    • B.S. - 1964

Published Works

  • Attorneys Fees, Ethics, Fee Contracts and Legal Malpractice, 1977
  • Avoiding Grievances in Family Law Cases, 1977
  • You and Your Grievance Committee, 1977
  • Recent Developments in Family Law, 1978
  • Intrastate Jurisdiction and Transfers, 1978
  • Professional Responsibility-An Overview, 1978
  • Tips to Avoid Legal Malpractice in Family Law Cases, 1978
  • Ethical Pitfalls in Family Law Actions, 1978
  • Fee Splitting-Contracts for Division of Fees Between Attorneys, 1979
  • Jurisdiction, Venue and Transfers Where All Parties Reside in Texas, 1979
  • Trial Outline of Preparation and Submission of Jury Issues in Family Law Cases, 1980
  • The Marital/Family Therapist as an Expert Witness: Some Thoughts and Suggestions, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 1980
  • Special Issues and The Jury Change, 1980
  • Discovery and Analysis of Records in Family Law Matters, 1981
  • Pre-Trial: The Deposition, 1981
  • Issue Editor on "Checklists" - Family Advocate, American Bar Association, Spring, 1982
  • Special Issues in the Trial of Divorce, Custody and Modification Case, 1982
  • Division of Property, 1982
  • Issue Editor "Trial Techniques" - Family Advocate, American Bar Association, Spring, 1983
  • Child Custody and Children's Rights, 1983
  • Handling Dual Representation of Marrying & Divorcing Couples, 1983
  • The Benefits and Pitfalls of Obtaining Attorney's Fees From the Adverse Party, Matrimonial Strategist, 1983
  • Pitfalls to Avoid Upon Transferring a Homestead By One Spouse to Another, Matrimonial Strategist, 1983
  • New Texas Rules of Evidence, 1983
  • Hearsay and Testimonial Exceptions, 1983
  • Recent Developments in Family Law, 1984
  • Documentary and Demonstrative Evidence, 1984
  • Ethical Traps and Malpractice Prevention, 1984
  • Non-Testimonial Hearsay, Authenticity and Identification, Documentary and Demonstrative Evidence, 1984
  • Reading the Body Language of Witnesses, 1984
  • Issue Editor "Evidence - Raw Testimony" - Family Advocate, American Bar Association, Winter, 1985
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statements, 1985
  • Reading the Body Language of Witnesses, 1985
  • Making and Meeting Objectives, 1986
  • The Charge of the Court, 1986
  • Handling Bill of Review Cases, 1986
  • The Court's Charge, 1987
  • Simplification of the Court's Charge, 1987
  • Court's Charge and Special Issue Submission, 1987
  • Opening and Closing Arguments on Property Issues, 1987
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Country Judgments, Decrees and Orders, 1987
  • Voir Dire, Opening Statements and Final Argument, 1987
  • Court's Charge-Preservation of Error, 1988
  • Creative Presentation Techniques of Demonstrative Evidence, 1988
  • Evaluating Settling and Litigating Soft Tissue Injuries, 1988
  • Subpoenas, Conflicts and Big Money Divorce Cases, 1988
  • Domestic Torts and Interspousal Immunity, 1988
  • Opening Statements, 1988
  • Trial Tactics: Good Manners or Dirty Tricks, 1988
  • Trial Outline of Domestic Tort Emotional Distress Cases, 1988
  • Torts in Family Law, 1988
  • Demonstrative Evidence-Creative Presentation Techniques, 1988
  • Spoliation and Suppression of Evidence, 1988
  • Texas Family Law Service (Speer's 6th Edition), Chapter 10, Conduct of Trial, Bancroft-Whitney, 1988
  • Trial Outline of Domestic Tort Emotional Distress Cases, 1989
  • The Court's Charge, 1989
  • Overview of Domestic Torts, 1989
  • The Court's Charge (Preservation of Error), 1989
  • Domestic Torts, 1989
  • Witness Preparation (Discovery, Trial, and Body Language), 1989
  • Interference With Child Custody-Kidnapping, 1989
  • Common Evidence Problems, 1989
  • Jury Charge, 1990
  • Complementing or Combating Voir Dire With Effective Opening Statements, 1990
  • Creative Causes of Action, Domestic Torts, 1990
  • Presenting Demonstrative Evidence, 1991
  • Objections To The Court's Charge, 1991
  • Handling The Voluminous Divorce Case, 1991
  • Torts in Family Law, 1991
  • The Court's Charge, 1991
  • Pattern Points of Error, 1991
  • Handling The Neutral But Hostile Witness, 1991
  • Domestic Torts, 1991
  • Preservation of Error Form Filing to Close of Evidence, 1992
  • Brief Writing-Part IV: Technical Requirements, 1992
  • Damages Checklist, 1992
  • Evidentiary Problems in Family Law Cases, 1992
  • Making & Meeting Objectives, 1992
  • Complimenting or Combating Voir Dire with Effective Opening Statements, 1992
  • Strategically Presenting the Marital Tort Cases, ATLA "Trial", 1992
  • Recovery for Psychological Injuries & Intangible Damages, 1993
  • Preserving Error in the Court's Charge, 1993
  • Oral Argument: Strategies and Alternatives, 1993
  • Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress (Its Uses and Limits) And Recovery for Psychological Injuries and Intangible Damages, 1993
  • Kidnapping Torts, 1993
  • Batson And Its Progeny, 1994
  • The Court's Charge, 1994
  • Preservation of Error From Filing to Close of Evidence, 1994
  • Punitive Damages, 1994
  • Domestic Torts, 1994
  • Oral Argument: Strategies And Alternatives, 1994
  • Making & Meeting Objections, 1995
  • Preservation of Error-Court's Charge, 1995
  • Making and Meeting Objections, TTLA, 1995
  • Common Mistakes in the Court's Charge Conference, 1996
  • Trial Techniques and Courtroom Interaction Skills, 1996
  • Marital Property Agreements, 1996
  • Jury Persuasion-Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Trial and Final Argument, 1997
  • Preservation of Error and How to Make and Meet Objections, 1997
  • Opening Statement-1997, 1997
  • Checklists, Predicates and Presentation of Proof in Property Cases, 1998
  • Presenting and Defending a Fault Case: How to Make the Judge Care about Inequities or How to Keep the Judge from Seeing the Inequities, 1998
  • Presentation of the Case: The Plaintiff's Perspective, 1998
  • Schlueter-Before and After, 1999
  • Opening Statement-Jury or Non-Jury, 1999
  • Presentation of the Case: The Plaintiff's Perspective, 1999
  • Depositions, Law, Strategy and Forms in Family Law, 1980, Supplements 1983-86, and Revision Update 1999, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.
  • Presentation of the Case: The Plaintiff's Perspective, 2000
  • Causes of Action in Torts, 2000
  • Understanding and Working With Changing Jury Attitudes, 2000
  • Asset Protection Trusts, 2000
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Matrimonial Judgments, Decrees and Orders in the United States and Foreign Countries, 2000
  • Accommodating Special Needs in the Courtroom, 2000
  • Family Law Depositions, Juris Publishing, 2000
  • Divorce Issues: Separate Property, Community Property and Marital Agreements, 2001
  • The Jury Charge, 2001
  • Economic and Physical Torts (What's left after Schlueter?), 2001
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Matrimonial Judgements Decrees and Orders in the United States and Foreign Countries, 2002
  • Marital Torts: Hitting, Biting, Gouging and Other Bad Stuff, 2002
  • Divorce Issues (Revised), 2002
  • Inquires and Caveats - Daubert Proofing Your Expert, 2002
  • The Effective Use of Pattern Jury Charges In Non-Jury Cases, 2004
  • Family Law Depositions (Updated), Juris Publishing, 2006
  • Personal Injury Depositions, Juris Publishing, 2006
  • Alter Ego, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and Property Related Torts, 2006
  • The Trial of a Family Law Jury Case - The Art of Persuasion, Voir Dire, Motions in Limine, Opening Statement, The Court's Charge and Final Argument, 2006
  • Anticipating Divorce: A Family Law Handbook for those Contemplating Hiring a Lawyer, 2006
  • The Jury Charge: Nuts and Bolts, 2006
  • Fiduciary Litigation - Defining Relationships, 2006
  • Hague Convention - Family Law, 2006
  • The Trial of A Family Law Jury Case, 2007
  • The Trial of a Family Law Jury Case, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Drafting Jury Charges Outside of The Standard, 2008
  • Fiduciary Litigation - Conflicts and Overlaps, 2008
  • Joinder of Additional Parties and Causes To The Divorce, 2008
  • New and Developing Causes of Action In the Twenty First (21st) Century In Family Law, Including Fiduciary Litigation, 2008
  • Electronic Evidence, 2009
  • Fiduciary Litigation - Conflicts and Overlaps, 2009
  • Keeping It In - Keeping It Out, Preservation of Error Through Making and Meeting Objections in Texas Family Law, 2009
  • Family Law Depositions, Juris Publishing, 2010
  • Personal Injury Depositions, Juris Publishing, 2010
  • Fiduciary Litigation Trial Notebook, State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Medical Record as Evidence, Juris Publishing, 2013
  • Personal Injury Defense Techniques, Juris Publishing, 2013
  • Family Law Depositions (Updated), Juris Publishing, 2003
  • Personal Injury Depositions(Updated), Juris Publishing, 2004
  • Fiduciary Litigation – Family Law, 2004
  • Psychiatry In the Courtroom, 2004
  • Spy Torts - Causes of Action, 2005
  • Voir Dire and Motions in Limine, 2005
  • Electronic Evidence, 2010
  • Fiduciary Litigation and Other Financial Causes of Action, 2010
  • Property Issues in Divorce: Separate Property, Community Property and Marital Agreements, 2010
  • The Trial of A Fiduciary Litigation Case (Conflicts and Overlaps), 2010
  • Keeping It In – Keeping It Out, Preservation of Error Through Making and Meeting Objections in Texas Family Law, 2010
  • Spy Torts, Damages and Jail Time, 2010
  • Dealing with Damages: Recoveries as Property, 2011
  • Fiduciary Litigation, 2011
  • Family Law Update, 2011
  • Remedies In Family Law, 2011
  • Fiduciary Litigation Between Parent and Child, 2011
  • Modern Trial Strategies, 2012
  • Domestic Violence – Statistics, Legislation and Case Law, 2012
  • The Trial of a Family Law Jury Case, 2012
  • Proven Winning Strategies in Modern Litigation, 2012
  • Evidence: Keeping It In, Keeping It Out, Preservation of Error Through Making and Meeting Objections in Texas Family Law, 2012
  • The Differences Between Formal, Informal and Special Relationships in Fiduciary Litigation, 2012
  • Spy Torts: Damages and Jail Time, 2012
  • Family Law Trial Guide, Juris Publishing, 2013
  • Proven Winning Techniques, 2013
  • Spy Torts in the Family and Employment Context, 2013
  • Presumptions, Predicates and Foundations – Proof on Property Issues in Divorce, 2013
  • Fiduciary Litigation – Types, Duties, Obligations and Relationships, 2013
  • Strategies for Difficult Witnesses, 2014
  • The Trial of a Family Law Jury Case , State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Juris Publishing Family Law Depositions, 2010
  • Juris Publishing Personal Injury Depositions, 2010
  • Fiduciary Litigation Trial Notebook , State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Family Law Trial , Juris Publishing, 2013
  • Medical Record as Evidence , Juris Publishing, 2013
  • Personal Injury Defense Techniques , Juris Publishing, 2013

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Institute on Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 1975 - 1976
  • Ethics in Family Law, Houston and Dallas Bar Associations, 1975
  • Family Law Seminar, Houston and Dallas Bar Associations, 1975
  • Malicious Prosecution and False Imprisonment, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1976
  • Practice Skills Course, State Bar of Texas, 1976 - 1978
  • 4th Annual Institution , SMU, 1977
  • 5th Annual Institution, SMU, 1978
  • Center for Advanced Professional Development Institute on Family Law, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1977
  • Ethics in Family Law, American Bar Association Annual Convention Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, 1977
  • Texas Representative-Law In The Fifty States, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1977 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1977 - Present
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists Association, State Bar of Texas, 1977 - Present
  • Intrastate Jurisdiction Disputes, SMU Center for Advanced Professional Development, 1978 - Present
  • Texas Trial Institute, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1978 - Present
  • Marriage Dissolution Course, Houston and Dallas Bar Associations, 1978 - Present
  • Recent Developments in Family Law, Houston and Dallas Bar Associations, 1978 - Present
  • Texas Representative-Law In The Fifty States, American Bar Association, New York, New York, 1978 - Present
  • Interstate/International Divorce, Custody and Support Problems, American Bar Association, 1978 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Convention, 1978 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1978 - Present
  • Professional Responsibility Seminar Series, State Bar of Texas, 1978 - Present
  • National Institute on Divorce, American Bar Association, Orlando, Florida, 1979 - Present
  • Texanization of Custody Cases-Use of Juries, American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, 1979 - Present
  • Attorneys Fees: How to Determine and Set Attorneys Fees, State Bar of Texas, 1979 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, 1979 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1979 - Present
  • Video Presentation "Family Law for the General Practitioner", State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education, 1979 - Present
  • Law In The Fifty States, ABA Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1980 - Present
  • 6th Annual Institution, SMU Center for Advanced Professional Development, 1980 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1980 - Present
  • Legal Assistants in Civil Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 1981 - Present
  • Effective Use of Legal Assistants, State Bar of Texas Convention, 1981 - Present
  • Course Director, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1981 - Present
  • Biennial Specialists Symposium on Texas Family Law and Community Property, SMU Center for Advanced Professional Development, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991
  • Minefields in the Courtroom-The Mental Health Privilege, Houston and Dallas Bar Associations, 1982 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1982 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, Evidence Institute Series, 1983 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1983 - Present
  • Reading the Body Language of Witnesses, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1984 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1984 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1984 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1985 - Present
  • Pre Marital Agreements, Houston Bar Association, 1986 - Present
  • Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1986 - 1987
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Country Judgments, Decrees and Orders, American Bar Association, Mid-Winter Meeting, New Orleans, 1987 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1987 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1987 - Present
  • Domestic Torts-Interspousal Immunity, Houston Bar Association, 1988 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, 1988 - Present
  • Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • Automobile Litigation Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • Winning Trial Tactics & Techniques, State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • Seminar on Professionalism, Texas Bar Foundation, 1988 - Present
  • Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • State Bar Convention, State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1989 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1989 - Present
  • Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1989 - Present
  • Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 1989 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook-1, State Bar of Texas, 1989 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990 - Present
  • Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990 - Present
  • Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook-II, State Bar of Texas, 1990 - Present
  • Persuading the Jury From Voir Dire Through Closing Argument, State Bar of Texas, 1990 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook-III, State Bar of Texas, 1991 - Present
  • Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1991 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1991 - Present
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy Course, State Bar of Texas, 1991 - Present
  • Examination of Hostile Witness, ABA-Family Law Section Mid-Winter Meeting, Vail, Colorado, 1991 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy Course, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook IV, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook - Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Civil Trial Mini Course, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Selected Topics in Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 1992 - Present
  • Common Evidence Problems, Houston Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook V, State Bar of Texas, 1993 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1993 - Present
  • Domestic Torts, ABA Seminar, New York City, New York, 1993 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook VI, State Bar of Texas, 1994 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1994 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook-Personal Injury, State Bar of Texas, 1994 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1994 - Present
  • Points of Error, Houston Bar Association, 1994 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook VII, State Bar of Texas, 1995 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course, State Bar of Texas, 1995 - Present
  • Trial Institute, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Whitefish, Montana, 1995 - Present
  • Making and Meeting Objections, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 - Present
  • Annual Convention, State Bar of Texas, 1996 - Present
  • 13th Advanced Women in the Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1996 - Present
  • Litigation Update, State Bar of Texas, 1977 - Present
  • Jury Persuasion Institute-South Texas College of Law, State Bar of Texas, 1997 - Present
  • Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas, 1997 - Present
  • 10th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1997 - Present
  • Family Law Art & Advocacy, State Bar of Texas, 1997 - Present
  • AAML Mid-Winter Meeting, State Bar of Texas, 1998 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998 - Present
  • Advanced Business Litigation Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1998 - Present
  • 22nd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 1999 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999 - Present
  • IAML Annual Meeting, State Bar of Texas, 2000 - Present
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, State Bar of Texas, 2000 - Present
  • Advanced Civil Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 2000 - Present
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook, State Bar of Texas, 2000 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2000 - Present
  • 10th Annual Advance Civil Trial Law Conference, State Bar of Texas, 2001 - Present
  • Family Law Depositions, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2001 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2001 - Present
  • Personal Financial Lecture Series, Houston TSCPA Foundation
  • American Women's Society of Certified Public Accountants of Houston, 2001 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2002 - Present
  • ABA Section of Family Law Conference, American Bar Association, 2002 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2002 - Present
  • Fiduciary Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 2004 - Present
  • Quality Assurance Seminar, Baylor College of Medicine, 2004 - Present
  • CLE Seminar "Causes of Action,", State Bar of Texas, 2005 - Present
  • Spy Torts - Causes of Action, State Bar of Texas, 2005 - Present
  • Hague Convention, American Inns of Court - Houston Chapter, 2006 - Present
  • State Bar College - Spring Training, State Bar of Texas, 2006 - Present
  • Quarterly Seminar, Houston TSCPA Foundation, 2002 - Present
  • International Discovery, HBA Litigation Section, 2006 - Present
  • Fiduciary Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 2006 - Present
  • The Trial of a Family Law Jury Case, Jefferson County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2006 - Present
  • Houston Chapter, American Inns of Court, 2006 - Present
  • Fiduciary Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - Present
  • Trial of A Fiduciary Litigation Case, State Bar of Texas, 2009 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2009 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers -, Mid-Winter Meeting, 2009 - Present
  • Trial Advocacy Institute -, American Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Houston Family Law Trial Institute, South Texas College of Law, 2010 - Present
  • Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas College of Law, 2010 - Present
  • New Frontiers in Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 2010 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Fall Conference, 2010 - Present
  • Marriage Dissolution, State Bar of Texas, 2011 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2011 - Present
  • Family Law Update, Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2011 - Present
  • New Frontiers in Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 2011 - Present
  • Fiduciary Litigation, 2011 - Present
  • Fraud, Fiduciaries and Family Law, Justice McClure and John Nichols, 43 Texas Tech Law Review 1081, 2011 - Present
  • Advanced Trial Strategies, State Bar of Texas, 2012 - Present
  • Domestic Violence – Statistics, Legislation and Case Law, Texas Center for the Fiduciary, 2012 - Present
  • Proven Winning Strategies in Modern Litigation, Corpus Christi Bar Association, 2012 - Present
  • Evidence, State Bar of Texas, 2012 - Present
  • Trial of a Family Law Jury Case, Brazoria County Bar Association, 2012 - Present
  • Family Law Technology Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012 - Present
  • Anatomy of Fiduciary Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 2013 - Present
  • Advanced Trial Strategies, State Bar of Texas, 2013 - Present
  • 2014 Advanced Family Law Course Marriott River Center, San Antonio "Trial of the Family Law Jury Case", August 4-7
  • Soaking Up Some CLE, State Bar of Texas, 2013 - Present
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013 - Present
  • 2014 Advanced Trial Strategies Course Omni Hotel - New Orleans "Strategies for Difficult Witnesses (Yours and Theirs)", February 13-14
  • 2014 Advanced Trial Strategies Course Omni Hotel - New Orleans "Strategies for Difficult Witnesses (Yours and Theirs)"
  • 2014 Advanced Civil Trial Seminar Corpus Christi Bar Association "Trial Preparation- Jury and Non-Jury", March 21
  • 2014 Smith County Bar Association CLE Meeting/Luncheon Willow Brook County Club 3205 W. Erwin St., Tyler, Texas "Strategies for Difficult Witnesses (Yours and Theirs)", September 12
  • 9th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course Horeshoe Bay - Austin "The trial of a Fiduciary Litigation Case, 4-5 December"
  • Sex, Drugs & Surveillance, State Bar of Texas, 2014 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • "Best (Family) Lawyers in America", All Editions, 20+ years
  • "Best Matrimonial Lawyers in America", National Law Journal
  • "Best Matrimonial Lawyers", Members International Magazine
  • "Best Matrimonial Lawyers in America", Town & Country Magazine
  • Fellow, American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • "Houston's Top Lawyers", H Texas Magazine, All Editions
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine, All Editions
  • Texas Center for the Judiciary - Exemplary Article Award, 2007
  • State Bar of Texas - Gene Cavin Award for Lifetime Contributions to continuing Legal Education, 2009
  • Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (Football)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Advisory Commission, Member
  • State Bar of Texas-Texas Board of Legal Specialization Commission of Examiners in Family Law, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Council, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Past Coordinator, Grievance Committees for Houston
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board of Family Law Examiners, Member, 1978 - 1981
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Council, Chairman
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee for Houston, Texas, Member, 1993
  • State Bar of Texas, Special Prosecutor, 1995
  • State Bar of Texas, CLE Council of Advisors, Member
  • Professional Liability Reporter, Member, Editorial Board
  • Family Advocate (ABA), Member, Editorial Board
  • American Family Law Tax Report, Member, Editorial Board
  • Marriage & Family Review, Member, Editorial Board
  • Journal of Divorce, Member, Editorial Board
  • The Matrimonial Strategist, Member, Editorial Board
  • Family Law Church (ABA), Member, Editorial Board
  • The Advocate (ABA), Member, Editorial Board
  • Fairshare, Member, Editorial Board
  • American Journal of Family Law, Member, Editorial Board
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