I have had a varied legal career. Prior to assuming the bench, I was a partner in a general practice law firm, in addition to being district attorney. In that firm, I practiced general civil litigation primarily involving family law, real estate, oil and gas and consumer law. I was also part-owner and manager of a title company, becoming well-versed in Texas real estate law. We represented several local institutions including banks, school districts and a river authority. I have tried over 400 jury trials as an advocate or judge. I was an active mediator from 1995-2005 and estimate that mediation was about 20% of my practice. I have of course developed expertise in criminal law as both district attorney and district judge. As a district judge, civil cases constitute approximately one-half of my docket. I have handled as judge many family law cases, real estate litigation, consumer litigation, personal injury cases, condemnation cases and employment law cases. Due to the Eagle Ford Shale, I have handled many oil and gas cases on my docket as well.