Born in New Orleans , Louisiana , July 18, 1963 ; admitted to bar 1989, New York; 1991, Texas ; 1999, New Mexico ; and 2003, Louisiana . Also admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts, Western District of Texas, District of New Mexico and Western District of Louisiana. Preparatory education Louisiana College (B.S. cum laude, 1985); legal education, Tulane University of Louisiana (J.D., cum laude, 1988). Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993. Member: College of the State Bar of Texas ; ABA , NY , TX, NM, and LA’s Labor and Employment Law Sections; Employment Law Advisory Council.