What made us, what drives us, and where we set our sights. At Brown Fox, we hire the best talent available, but also place great emphasis on attorneys and staff who are well-rounded, bring depth in character, and adhere to our core values. Learn more about our out-of-office pursuits, great memories, formative moments, big victories, challenges faced, and more.
I was born in Chicago and grew up in the City, not leaving it until I went to law school at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. After law school I returned to Chicago for my first job as an attorney, so the City and its citizens molded me both as a person and as a professional. I am extremely proud of my home town and thus appreciate the pride Texans have in this great State.
Since Ellis was born our friends have been asking whether she will ride horses or play soccer. As soon as she could walk I registered my vote.
Nothing prepared me for my career as a trial attorney better than my eight years of high school and college football. The game has taught me valuable lessons about toughness, work ethic, teamwork, poise, and humility. Especially humility. Thankfully, these are lessons I now get to pass on to my two sons while helping coach their football teams.
Our family visits the Rangers Ballpark as often as we can to enjoy a game and family fun time. Go Rangers!
At the end of the day, I’ll always be a kid from a small town. The traditional values my mother taught me while living in rural American towns guide me every day. This hat—which is common where I’m from, but rare in Dallas—symbolizes that I’m bringing lessons from Ponder and Callisburg to each courtroom, boardroom, and office I enter. As a favorite song says, “I’ll bring Texas to you.”
The best part of being a TCU alum and lifelong fan of TCU athletics is now getting to share the joy of attending and watching games with my kids, who have also adopted the Frogs as their #1 team.
Soccer forms the underpinnings of so many enduring relationships in my life, I can’t imagine my life without it! Over the years, it has taught me invaluable lessons about leadership, teamwork, and physical health.
In addition to enjoying the physical challenge of cycling, I have often found the alone times on my bike as being good for thinking about strategies on pending cases.
Since becoming a legal assistant, 35 years ago, I’ve been collecting pencils from places I have traveled and from places my co-workers have traveled. They are from all over the world, each with a unique shape and all are a reminder that everything we do in life will leave a mark, so I try to be conscious of that in my everyday actions.
While I have resigned myself to the reality that I will never be the golfer I want to be, I have been fortunate enough to play (albeit poorly) some of the most beautiful courses in the world.
Through the practice of law, I can serve the legal needs of my clients. By his involvement in the Knights of Columbus and our church, my grandfather taught me that a man must serve his neighbors. Before he passed away, my grandfather gave me this, his Knights of Columbus rosary, which reminds me that I’m called to serve.
This badge represents my first trip back to Africa with ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries) after 7 years in America. I had the privilege to breathe the African air again, but most importantly share my story of grace with my Kenyan brothers and sisters.
From New York City to Istanbul, this Wes Anderson inspired bag has a knack for finding the best adventures. Staying true to my pack-light principles, it’s often the only luggage I carry—even overseas!
As my midwestern wife pointed out to me shortly after her arrival, “only Texans feel the need to announce their state lineage upon introduction.” I’m fifth generation on my Father’s side, third on my mother’s. I’ve got the boots to prove it.
The top intersections of my talent and desire are marathon swimming and storytelling, so telling stories about swimming is pretty much the pinnacle of my existence. If you really want to know the best part of me, buy me a beer and ask me about the time I won the 20 Bridges Marathon Swim around Manhattan Island for my fiftieth birthday.
I used to spend hours at the record store looking for hidden gems. Now a days I don’t have time to burn looking through vinyls but still enjoy listening to them as often as I can.
A gift for my first wedding anniversary, this painting of Hotel El Convento which was built in 1646 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a reminder of the beautiful and historic location where my husband and I were married.
Long before stepping foot in a courtroom, I worked as a licensed installer of fire suppression systems in commercial kitchens. While work is now air-conditioned, that experience cultivated a strong work ethic and unique insight into the construction industry.
I find so much joy in looking back at the gifts I received from my kids to take to work. This is even more true as they grow, and reminds me of the value of time.
I will always carry my African and Congolese identity with pride.
My grandchildren are my greatest blessings in life …. they bring sunshine and joy to every minute of every day … my legacy and a constant reminder that each day should be filled with laughter and love.
I have been fortunate to have won many cases during my career, including many trials and appeals, including one before the Texas Supreme Court. I have also been fortunate to have won many games and some league titles playing on some very good hockey teams. No award means more to me than this trophy my three children gave me one Father’s Day, which is my favorite holiday.
I keep my dad’s 1958 little league “Best Hitter” baseball on my desk to remind me of the love and support my parents have given me at every stage of my life.
Fly fishing requires focus, finesse, attention to detail, adaptability, and a lot of patience. The challenges are many, but the reward of landing a beautiful trout in a mountain river is hard to beat.
Each of my boys has a copy of this “Warrior Weekend” Bible from the father-son retreats that we have attended together at Sky Ranch, where I am honored to serve as a member of the board of directors. Working with and representing Sky Ranch and similar Christian organizations is the heart of my law practice.
What started out as a simple way to pass time between classes and study breaks transformed into a passionate hobby, fostering some of the best friendships I walked out of law school with. All thanks to this table-tennis paddle my law school roommate Allen gifted me as a birthday present.
Learning that I could use my time, treasure, and talents as a lawyer to help tackle dark injustices in the world was truly a game changer for me. Working alongside IJM changed my heart, worldview, and career focus.
I love spending time outside hiking and enjoying the beauty and the peacefulness of nature. I feel that of all the paths you take in life, you should make sure a few are dirt.
Through the Dallas Junior League, I’ve learned so much about the city I grew up in! Teaming up with inspiring and empowering women to give back to the local Dallas community continues to be one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences.
From dusty streets of Congo to Texas green turfs, soccer has been an enormous part of my life. I find joy in coaching my kids this game I grew up playing barefoot with a self-made banana-leaf ball.
My race medals are small reminders that dedication and hard work will get you to the finish line.
Bonnie, Audrey, Constance and Chloe. The three leaves represent me, my daughter, Constance, and my granddaughter, Chloe. We all come from the stem which represents my mom, Bonnie. This THING called LIFE is so beautiful!
Baseball taught me about hard work, grit, success and failure. My playing days are far in the rearview mirror, but the joy that comes from coaching my boys in a game that was once such a big part of my life couldn’t be more alive.
Starting when I was young, my family and friends instilled in me a love of the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are about preparation and patience, being alert and ready. Skills that come in handy in litigation and trial, too. Hunting and fishing are family traditions that I am now blessed to share with my children.
While many siblings spend their formative years fighting, my brother and I grew up spending most of our weekends and breaks playing video games with each other (there was still some fighting, too). Little did we know then that games would create such a close bond between us, and continue to provide a timeless form of entertainment.
I get goosebumps every time I think of that trip to the Theater of Dreams for the Manchester Derby. A trip worth taking, even if you are not a soccer fan.
I’ve been given the KEY to LIFE. Do unto OTHERS as YOU would have THEM DO unto YOU. Open Sesame!
When I learned how to play chess, I discovered it’s not about making the right move all the time – it’s about making the right move at the right time.
One of the best and hardest things I have done was to commit, train, and participate in the Capital to Coast, a relay race from Austin to Corpus Christi. 14 women, 2 vans, 223 miles, 37 hours, and a lifetime of memories!
Unloading salmon out of the holds of Alaskan fishing vessels all day and many nights over a summer between college semesters taught me not only the value of getting an education, but also that successfully completing a task usually requires rolling up your sleeves, getting your boots dirty, and not stopping until the job is done.
Peace and serenity can be found working with roses – planting them, nurturing them, watching them grow. And I live in Tyler – the Rose Capital of the World.
One of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen, and I got to share the pleasure of playing here with my wife.
This is one of the most important pieces of cave diving equipment. It snaps onto the line, pointing in the direction of the nearest exit. It is thoughtfully designed to provide unambiguous directional information in all conditions, with or without the advantage of sight. When lost in a cave, as in life, I have found it is quite useful to have reliable truth within arm’s reach.
Called dandia in Gujarati, these sticks are used in a traditional Indian folk dance celebrating the Hindu holiday Navrati. Dandia represent the wealth of culture and tradition central to my upbringing, and further embody my love of dancing. The resemblance to drum sticks is a nod to my years as a percussionist.
Carved into this walking stick given to me by my father are various images of memorable events, words, and scenes of my life and other moments that we shared together. I am grateful for my family and one of my goals as an attorney is to serve my clients with the same high level of care and responsiveness that I would provide to my own family.
While some say the pen is mightier than the sword, my son Peter disagrees. But together, we enjoy using our own swords (or “chisels”) to craft pens and other wooden objects on a lathe.
Spending time in both urban and rural India opened my eyes to the strength and hospitality of its people, the richness (and spiciness!) of its cuisine, and a greater awareness that despite many cultural differences, the people from two very different countries have much that can be learned from one another.
I have been passionate about the sport of ice hockey as a fan and player for as long as I can recall. I still play the game and it has taught me many lessons about sacrifice, teamwork and work ethic that I can bring to bear on all aspects of my life. The game has given me more than I could ever imagine.
Faith, Family, Love … the values instilled in me by the strong women that came before me and that form the very foundation on which I have raised my children and grandchildren.
Without the sacrifices of my family, I could never have become a trial lawyer. My ancestors tilled and cultivated the dirt of southern New Mexico and found work serving the needs of a small, desert town. My grandmother’s toy horse—a present from a ranch hand to his daughter—reminds me of the gifts I have received from my family’s hard work.