Willie joined the firm in 2015 after clerking for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He represents defendants and plaintiffs in complex legal matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation, energy-related disputes, and appeals in state and federal court.
Representation of claimant in appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from district court’s order of civil forfeiture.
Representation of attorney in defending against claims brought by former adversary of attorney’s client. Obtained Rule 91a dismissal of all claims and significant attorney fee award.
Representation of hedge fund in defending against allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty brought by former investor.
Representation of geologist in defending against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and fraud brought by mineral owner.
Representation of industrial manufacturer in pursuing breach of contract and breach of warranty claims against supplier.
Representation of large technology company at trial in Justice Court in defending against allegations of breach of warranty brought by retail consumer.
Pro bono representation of hearing impaired clients in appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court from Fifth Circuit’s dismissal of ADA claims against state agency.
Pro bono representation of juvenile client in appeal to the First Court of Appeals at Houston in connection with immigration classification matter.
Bar Admissions & Activities
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers’ Association
University of Texas, B.A. in Plan II, 2011
Stanford Law School, J.D., 2014
Recognitions and Awards
Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
Honorable Mention, 2013 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Articles & Presentations
Searching for Diamond in the Two-and-Twenty Rough: The Taxation of Carried Interests, 66 STAN. L. REV. 953 (2014).
Community and Charitable Organizations