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 love plants! This is my special hobby. Plants keep me happy and brighten my days. I keep live plants inside and out of my home. If the people I know loved plants as much as me, I would gift them with nothing else than a plant for any occasion. I know I get this love trait from my grandmother who I enjoyed helping take care and love her plants growing up. I love my plant memories with my grandmother.
When she was five, one of my daughters was asked to write a journal page by completing the sentence, “I’m special because…” I always thought her response was my mother of the year award, and reflects how much I love my—now fully grown—daughters.
As the fourth of five brothers, I had a ball in my hands as far back as I can remember. While I loved the thrill of any competition, my first love was and will always be football. It’s the ultimate team sport, and it taught me more than any class I ever took. These days, I’ve turned in my cleats for the clipboard, as I now relish coaching my kids as they enter the wonderful world of sports.
“The world is a book and if we do not travel, we read only one page.” This sculpture, purchased in a small harbor town in France, reminds me how much I love reading and travel.
I walked with notecards in college and law school to study, and walking is my favorite way to think, process, pray, decide. Especially when my two large dogs join me, walking provides energy and relaxation.
My wife Kathryn and I love few things more than hosting friends and family. Whether it’s one person on a weeknight or my entire side of the family for Christmas, we love to make delicious food for whoever steps into our house. While Kathryn (and her culinary degree/background) is the real star of the show, I love to contribute my part, usually on the Green Egg.
Aside from my faith, nothing is more important to me than my family, and in particular my five children. Ironically, it’s a rare occasion that any of them actually wear shoes of any kind. But when they all do, it’s for the holidays, which are my favorite memories, and it’s always the boots.
I love listening to music all day and I enjoy all types of music. I keep a tune in my head always! Music keeps me sane and focused. I have played all different types of instruments and sang competitively in choir when I was younger. With the love of music, one must know I have the love for dancing as well!
The character traits enumerated in the Scout Law are words I strive to represent. Scouting taught me the importance of not just being a leader but also being the kind of leader others will want to follow.
I love hosting family gatherings. No matter what occasion, I am in the kitchen cooking. Family is very important to me and, being a grandmother and having a large family, this is key to keeping up with everyone and keeping us close.
One of my greatest treasures, this autographed book of To Kill a Mockingbird was given to me as a gift by a dear friend who knows how much I love the story of Atticus, Scout, Gem and Boo Radley. This book inspired my love of justice, fueled my love of reading, and eventually led me to become a lawyer.
Gifted to me by my husband to symbolize some of the turning points in my life. Becoming a wife and a mom are two of my greatest achievements and I do it with class, grace and style.
This shillelagh, an Irish club, was given to me by a grateful client after prevailing in a tough case. It reminds me that regardless of the outcome, to always give it my best.
I am a big fan of my beloved Jayhawks and their basketball team. It is a form of nostalgia for my alma mater.
This is the “Vault Boy” for the Fallout Game series. I chose this as a representation of me as a Gamer and Fallout being among my favorite video games to play.
Over the years, I have taken on many home projects, and some projects have turned out amazing. Others have simply been lessons for the next project, but the ones that turn out best are always the ones where there is painstaking preparation and planning. “Measure twice and cut once” is a lesson that carries over into my life and law practice.
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.
Music has always been a part of my life. Learning to play an instrument gave me an understanding of the discipline and practice it takes to bring about something beautiful that others might appreciate.
Throughout life many search to find their gifts and purpose, this reminds me that I have the gift to Inspire others and make this world it a little brighter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serving in the U.S. Navy aboard this ship was an opportunity to serve my country, and to make life-long relationships.
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 an actual cat, but I love cats so much that I actually decorate with them. Truly, I love animals of all kinds. There is an incomparable, simple pleasure in spending time with animals.
My race medals are small reminders that dedication and hard work will get you to the finish line.
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.
“forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit…” This passage from Virgil’s Aeneid, inscribed into the mantle above my grandparents’ fireplace, is also inscribed on my family ring, given to me when I came of age. It is a reminder that “someday these things will be fonder to remember,” highlighting the importance of family and perseverance in life.
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.
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.
Our family visits the Rangers Ballpark as often as we can to enjoy a game and family fun time. Go Rangers!
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.
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 treasures I received after the passing of my grandmother was her prayer jar. From her 100 years of life lived, I learned to value my Faith and Family above all things.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Oscar the Octopus. I chose him as a representation of our love to travel. When my husband and I go on trips, I usually have a travel buddy like Oscar for pictures. Currently there is Lila the Llama, Frank the Fox and my newest addition, Oscar the Octopus. Oscar was “rescued” from the Aquarium in Hawaii when we were fortunate enough to take my daughter and her best friend to Hawaii for Christmas 2019.
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.
If this sweatshirt could tell stories… It would tell you about late night studying in law school, friendships, raising my first baby girl, passing the bar exam, a marriage proposal on the beach, early morning feedings and rocking of two more babies, moving to Texas and building a new home, book clubs, trial prep, chilly lake days, family vacations… It would tell you about a life full of love.
Given to me by a family member not long after the birth of our son, this sculpture symbolizes the joy of family and the privilege of fatherhood.
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.
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 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.
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.”
I will always carry my African and Congolese identity with pride.
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.
I learned to scuba dive in 2001, and it has been a passion of mine ever since. Nothing is more interesting that a coral reef and its wildlife, and I especially love the weightless feeling while diving.
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.
One of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen, and I got to share the pleasure of playing here with my wife.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.