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If I had more time, I would
Never use an alarm clock.
Best thing about being a lawyer
Was being able to practice alongside my dad.
Bet you didn’t know
There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo.
Another little known fact
In 1885, Dr Pepper was invented by a pharmacist named Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas – thank you sir!
McDonald’s $1 large Dr Pepper.
Wife (Liz), 2 children (Brooke and Jack), 2 cats (Lyle and Kelly), 1 dog (Scotch) – and I count my blessing daily.
Areas of practice
General solo practice, both transactional and litigation – primarily consumer, contracts, oil & gas, real estate, and estate planning/tax.
Southwestern University, B.A. Economics, May 1999. University of Houston Law Center, J.D., May 2002
Most important career lesson
Work/Life balancing act.
Secret for staying young
Stay in motion.
Paradise Island, Summer of 1999 – daydreams of a 1L.
Mashed potatoes – large curd cottage cheese instead of sour cream or butter, trust me it works.
Board Director of the Upper Kirby Foundation (a Non-Profit Corporation) in Houston, TX since 2009. Oh, and I recycle.
My favorite weekend retreats are
Playing with my kids – it’s how we stay young at heart.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today?
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in?
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney?
Organic chemistry – so much for med school.
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years?
We’ll all be working in the cloud – literally.
Tom practices law at Thomas W. Stephens, P.C. in Houston.
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