Overview

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

I have been developing my unique focus on environmental and water issues for over twenty years and am now a nationally recognized expert in these areas. I am the sole attorney of the McPherson LawFirm. I have intentionally chosen areas of law I enjoy, and have limited my practice to these areas.

Upon graduating from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1990, I worked for five years with a large Dallas law firm, Mankoff, Hill, Held & Goldburg, PC. At Mankoff Hill I learned commercial real estate law, environmental law, lending and commercial law from some of the best Texas attorneys. Whereas many young lawyers in law firms work for departments, for most of his time at Mankoff Hill I worked for one attorney who mentored me not just in the law, but in all aspects of the practice, such as negotiating skills, and the psychology and momentum of transactions. It was an invaluable experience.

I resigned from Mankoff Hill in 1995 to begin may own practice, and have had a solo practice ever since. Realizing the crucial effect of environmental law and water rights on the value of real estate and businesses, and the need to bring land use and business experience to these areas, I have narrowed my practice over time to environmental law and water rights, and that has culminated in the tightly focused practice I have today.

COURT ADMISSIONS

Supreme Court of the State of Texas and all other Texas state, county and local courts, 1990

United States District Courts for the Northern (1990) and Eastern (1992) Districts of Texas

BAR ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas, 1990

  • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section

Dallas Bar Association, 1990

  • Real Estate Section
  • Environmental Section

LAW SCHOOL

Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 1990 (Doctor of Jurisprudence)

  • Best Brief and Best Oralist, John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, 1989 (one of the few times in school history when the same person won both awards simultaneously)
  • National Appellate Advocacy Team
  • International Law Society
  • Phi Delta Phi (legal fraternity)

COLLEGE

Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1987 (Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude)

  • Senior Class President, 1986
  • Student Foundation Charter Member, President, 1985-1986
  • Attorney General, Student Government Association
  • Associate Justice, Student Government Association
  • Four Year Academic Scholarship
  • Political Science Department Award
  • Intern, Tennessee State Senate, 1985-1987

MORE PERSONAL TRIVIA

Hometown: Crossville, Tennessee
Favorite Book: The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas
Favorite Musician: Elvis. By age 9, my kids had been to Graceland twice.
Favorite Type of Music: Blues and Jazz
Favorite Sports to follow: Auto Racing, SEC College Football (Tennessee Vols)
Favorite Participatory Activities: Cycling, Hunting, Fishing, Snorkeling
Favorite Vacation Spot: St. John, USVI (where I was married in 2000)
Favorite Food: Texas Barbeque and all the traditional sides
Favorite Holiday: Memorial Day (F1 Monaco, Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in one day)

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