Thank You!

I’m very much looking forward to serving as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4. Although I ran unopposed in yesterday’s general election, its good to have completed the process. A big thank you to all of my supporters! I couldn’t have done it without the help of so many people! I’d also like to thank my runoff opponent, Robert Avera, for running a clean campaign. I officially take office on January 1. You have my word that I’ll do my best to provide justice to all in a timely, impartial manner. I don’t take my responsibility of being a public servant lightly. I have spent many hours since the runoff election in May working to get up to speed on the many duties of a Justice of the Peace. A special thanks to our retiring Justice of the Peace Terry Kyle and Andy Cable, the JP for Precinct 3, for all the help and encouragement they have provided me.
 
One of my campaign promises was to connect with the youth of the Dripping Springs area. I’m already working to keep that promise. I’ll be speaking at the 8th Grade Career Fair at Sycamore Springs Middle School in mid-January. I’ve also committed to work with the DSHS Mock Trial program again this year as well as the Senior Portfolio Program at the High School. I firmly believe that our children are our future and we should do what we can today to prepare to be positive productive adults in the future.
 
Thanks for believing in me and for trusting me with this important position!

What Does The Justice Of The Peace Do And Why Is It Important Who Gets Elected?

According to the Texas Association of Counties, "the most important duties of the justice of the peace (JP) are judicial."  The JP serves as the judge of the justice and small claims courts in Dripping Springs.  JPs hear criminal misdemeanor cases, traffic cases, and license suspension hearings; they issue search and arrest warrants, and arraign and set bond for prisoners.  Because Hays County does not have a Medical Examiner, JPs also perform inquests to determine the cause and circumstances of death and can request an autopsy when appropriate.  With the potential legal ramifications of such decisions, having the most qualified person possible helps insure justice is properly served.

My Qualifications To Represent You As Justice Of The Peace For Hays County - Precinct 4:

  • Practicing Attorney for almost 20 years
    • Over 19 years experience in business and patent law
    • Currently focused on Elder Law and VA matters:
      - Certified Guardian Ad Litem (State Bar of Texas)
      - VA Accredited Attorney
      - Member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
      - Member of the Elder Counsel
  • Military Veteran: Served 22 years in the Navy/Naval Reserve
    • Retired Commander (O-5)
    • Naval Intelligence Officer for over 15 years
    • Top Secret Security Clearance for over 15 years
  • Graduate of Baylor College of Medicine (PhD)
    • Medical Research Scientist for over 13 years
  • Small Business Owner
  • Personnel and Budget Management experience (both as small business owner and at corporate level)
  • Active in the local community
    • Legal Advisor for Dripping Springs High School Mock Trial
    • Coach for DSYSA TeeBall team
    • Advisory Board Member of the Texas State University National Science Foundation PREM Program
    • Volunteer Attorney at Austin Veterans Legal Clinic
    • Volunteer Attorney at Legal Services of Central Texas
    • Member of Dripping Springs Toastmasters