WELCOME TO MY FIRM’S WEBSITE. BECAUSE YOU WANT TO KNOW SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT YOUR LAWYER, HERE IS A BRIEF SKETCH ABOUT ME. I HAVE CATEGORIZED IT SO THAT YOU CAN SKIP TO THE PARTS THAT ARE OF INTEREST.
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY_______________________________________________________
I was born and raised in Frederick, Oklahoma. I attended school at the University of Oklahoma where I received a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctor Degree. I was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and was elected its President in my senior year. I served over four years active duty with the 101st Airborne Division as its Chief Trial Counsel (Chief Prosecuting Attorney). The Department of the Army honored me with the designation of Senior Trial Lawyer.
After my military service, I entered private law practice. I have served as a City Councilman, a City Attorney and a District Attorney. To further my education, I was accepted for an advance law degree by the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University and received an LL.M. (Labor) in 1988.
In addition to being instrumental in numerous hard-fought union campaigns, I have been lead trial counsel in many complex employment disputes across the country.
I am married and the father of six children-whom joyfully occupy all of my free time. My wife, Elizabeth, and I are certified instructors in Tai Chi.
Here are some more summaries:
• Adjunct Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan School of Law; Southern Methodist University
• Member – First United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas.
• Former member of the Board of Directors, Fossil Rim and Dallas Challenge.
• Greater Dallas Asian Chamber of Commerce [Member of the Year, 2007] • Life Member, Military Order of the World Wars
• Life Member, 101st Airborne Division Association [HHC Vietnam]
• My Father, Rex Curtis. For years a retail merchant, he adopted the Pelican as his logo because, he said, the Pelican is the only animal that feeds its young with its own blood when there is nothing else to eat. The Pelican, he said, exemplifies customer service – so, he told me “give it all you have.” Thank you Pop for teaching me that the customer comes first. In my practice, the client comes first.
• My High School Coach, Dean Wild, who during the 50’s and 60’s single-handedly integrated more restaurants than anyone before or since – because he believed that all students should have a chance to work together, eat together and enjoy sports together without regard to their race or national origin. I was pleased to attend Coach Wild’s induction into the Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame. Thank you Coach Wild for teaching me that we are all just human beings.
REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES______________________
• “Women in the Workplace,” Junior League of Dallas.
• “Employment Rights and Benefits,” TEXPERS, Houston, Texas.
• “OSHA Practice and Procedure,” National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas.
• “Labor Relations Law,” Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
• “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” NAEP, Dallas, Texas.
• “Causes of Action and the FLSA,” NBI, Dallas, Texas.
• “Skirting the Coercion Land Mine,” Dynamic Manager.
• “Appearance Policies,” KRLD Business Law Brief.
• “Marginal Employees,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “White Collar Addictions,” USA Today.
• “When Employees Sue Customers,” HRWire.
• “Getting an Employee to Shape Up or Ship Out,” bCentral.com.
• “Talk Ain’t Cheap,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “FMLA in Court,” Forth Worth Business Press.
• “Discipline for Off-Duty Misconduct,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “Recognize, Respond to Signs of Sinking Supervisor,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “Differentiate Independent Contractors from Employees,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “Don’t Cross The Legal Line During Employee Interviews,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “Independent Contractor? Beware the Eye of the Beholder,” Fort Worth Business Press.
• “Successfully Engage and Emerge From Union Negotiations,” Managing Workplace Conflict.
• “Learning Lessons From Jayson Blair,” Fort Worth Business Press.
• Member, Texas, Oklahoma, Dallas and American Bar Associations
• Member, Labor Law Section of the ABA, Federal Labor Standards Subcommittee and NLRA Subcommittee
• Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
• Member, State of Texas Pro Bono College
• Member, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
• Elected Member, American Law Institute,
• Advisory Committee Member, Restatement of the Law Third, Employment Law
• Elected Member, College of Labor & Employment Law
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING JURISDICTIONS:______________________
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th, and 11th Circuits
- United States District Courts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas , Mississippi, and Alabama
- Texas Supreme Court
- Oklahoma Supreme Court
- Master of Laws (LL.M.) (1988) Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law Dallas, TX
- Juris Doctor (1972) University of Oklahoma College of Law Norman, OK
- Bachelor of Science (1969) University of Oklahoma Norman, OK
- Member (by election), American Law Institute [http://www.ali.org]
- Fellow (by election), College of Labor & Employment Law [http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org]
- Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Certified Senior Professional (by examination), in Human Resources, The Society of Human Resources Management
- Peer-Rated “ AV-Preeminent ”, Martindale- Hubbell
- Consistently recognized as a TEXAS SUPER LAWYER and a TOP LAWYER IN TEXAS by Texas Monthly