Personal: Born Waltham, Massachusetts, June 25, 1947. Resided in Texas since 1960. Married May 31, 1968 to Sue Nell Burns. Three married children and five grandchilden. Attends Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
Professional: admitted to bar, 1972, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Claims Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
Preparatory and legal education: University of Texas (B.A., with highest honors, 1969; J.D., with honors, 1972). Fraternities: Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Theta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi. Texas Law Review, 1970-72 (Associate Editor, 1971-72).
Memberships: Houston Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; American Bar Association (Member, Sections of Business Law, International Law, and Litigation, and Construction Law Forum); International Lawyers’ Group (Member of Executive Board, 1995 to present, Secretary, 1998 to 2001, Chairman 2005 to 2008); Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Speaker and Author: 1985, 1986 and 1987 State Bar of Texas Advanced Creditors’ Rights Law Course; South Texas College of Law program, “Collection Strategies – 1990”; State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program: “Strategic Use of Liens”; Course Director, 1989 State Bar of Texas Advanced Creditors’ Rights Course.
Areas of experience: general civil litigation and general and international business transactions. Civil litigation experience includes bankruptcy, business, commercial, construction, contract, corporate, ERISA, insurance, legal malpractice defense, lender liability, oil and gas, real estate, receivership litigation and arbitration matters.
Prior firm associations: Associated with Fulbright & Jaworski in 1972. Served in section then known as the Banking and Business Law section. In 1979 started firm as solo practitioner. In 1980 merged with another firm, composed of other attorneys who had left Fulbright & Jaworski, which became Gilpin, Maynard, Parsons, Pohl & Bennett. In 1987 became partner of spin-off firm, Gilpin, Pohl & Bennett. In 1988 became partner of another spin-off, Pohl & Bennett, which later merged with Mathews, Dunn, Arnold & Ellwood to become Pohl, Bennett & Mathews. In 1996 became partner of Bennett, Dunn, Arnold, Ellwood & Neal, L.L.P.