For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 92,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?
Best thing about being a lawyer: Helping people.
Most important career lesson: Be humble and diligent.
Bet you didn’t know: I can walk on my hands and freestyle rap.
Born/Age: March 17, 1982 (31 yrs old)
Areas of practice: Public Policy, Government Law, Criminal Defense
Education: BA in Communications – Texas A&M Corpus Christi; JD – Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Culinary talent: I can cook with the best of them as long as the best of them means cooking tasty food without recipes.
What kind of car do you drive? Ford F-150
Mentors/heroes: My father and mother, Danny and Kathy Tower. My father has practiced law for 31 years and is a self-made man. My mother taught high school speech and debate and is the most caring and strongest woman I have ever known.
Latest pursuit: Working in the Texas Legislature on public policy.
Current Project: Handling a limited amount of criminal defense cases.
Favorite quote: “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” – Proverbs 12:24
Favorite plays: The Producers
Favorite TV program: Franklin and Bash.
Favorite artist: George Rodrigue
Favorite musicians: Outkast and Robert Earl Keen Jr.
The last movie I saw was: Superman
Favorite sport: Football
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite restaurant: Oishi in Houston, TX
Talents (besides law): I can sing a bit.
Generally likes to read/Current reading material: Early American non-fiction audiobooks. Currently listening to Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham
What most people don’t know about me: I’m kind of a nerd.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? For new attorneys like myself, it is differentiating yourself from the crowd of attorneys in the market in order to gain clients.
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? My father was hit by a drunk driver when I was 25. It almost took his life, and I wanted more than anything to step into his shoes as an attorney to help him. I realized that I had to take life more seriously at that point and set a path to law school.
Any words of wisdom or advice for the new president of the State Bar of Texas? “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben, Spiderman (Stan Lee)
Houston works at the Office of State Representative Eddie Lucio III in Austin.
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