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Alan is a partner in Reed Smith's Appellate Group. Alan has been involved in appellate law since the inception of his legal career, serving from 1989 to 1990 as briefing attorney to Justice Sam Robertson on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Since that time, Alan has maintained an active involvement in appellate bar activities, serving as chair of the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, and as a council member of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Practice Section. He has also served as a judicial liaison between these bar sections and the judiciary, and has co-authored and co-presented numerous CLE topics with members of the appellate judiciary.

Awards & Recognition

  • Four-time selection for inclusion to "The Best Lawyers in America," 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Named to Thomson Reuters’ “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas”, 2016, 2017
  • Five-time selection to Thomson Reuters' "Top 100 Lawyers in Houston,” as published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2013-2017
  • 15-time selection as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines, 2003-2017
  • Nine-time selection as one of "Houston's Top Lawyers" by H Texas Magazine, 2005-2007, 2012-2017
  • Selected as one of the "Top Lawyers in Houston" by Houstonia Magazine, 2015
  • Selected as one of Houston's "Top Lawyers for the People" by H Texas Magazine, 2008
  • AV-Rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Superb" 10-Rating by AVVO.com
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Civic Involvement

  • Houston Grand Opera, Board of Trustees, Patron, Laureate Society Council
  • Alley Theater, Associates Circle (Front Row) Supporter
  • Lambda Legal, National Leadership Council, Houston Leadership Committee Co-Chair


  • University of Houston Law Center, 1989, J.D.
  • University of Houston, 1986, B.B.A., summa cum laude

  • Texas

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • All State Courts - Texas

  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Practice and Litigation Sections
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice and Litigation Sections
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Nominating Committee, 2012-2016

  • Justice Sam Robertson, Fourteenth Court of Appeals, 1 January 1989 to 1 January 1990