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RJ’s intrigue for his sister Dee Ann’s work inspired him to follow in her footsteps. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and playing baseball at the college level, RJ went on to further his education at the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. During that time, he interned at the Al Flores Law Firm in Houston and was an active member of the Hispanic Law Student Association.

Since then, RJ has had tremendous success in his profession, including granting clients release from jail. Still, RJ continues to take educational courses and stay up late reading to expand his knowledge and training. He has completed advanced coursework through the Criminal Defense Lawyer Trial College in Huntsville, Texas and doesn’t plan to ever stop learning. 

Part of this relentless dedication may stem from an early moment in RJ’s career. Two months after becoming licensed as an attorney, RJ took his first case to trial and lost. You might think this would have discouraged him, but instead, he transformed the experience into motivation. In that moment, he told himself he would do everything his power to never lose a case again. To this day, his promise holds true.

My mission is straight and to the point — achieve results.


Those in the legal world best know RJ for his criminal defense work. He has handled many cases, from class B misdemeanors to first-degree felonies, and is now practicing federal law and appeals. However, he also has proven experience in divorce, alimony, child custody and support, and personal injury cases, just to name a few. 

No matter the case, RJ’s biggest strength is arguably working with his clients. He is always there to listen and hear their side of the story, and many will tell you that he goes above and beyond to help those in need. Clients often appreciate the informational packets he gives them, as well as the fact that he sits with them in court. 

After a case is over, the judge gives the trial court a certificate of appeal. RJ is known to then fold the certificate until it fits in his client’s pocket. It’s a small gesture but one that has caught people’s attention. One court manager mentioned that she had never seen another attorney do that before. Perhaps these little touches are the reason clients stay in contact with RJ long after their cases are over. Attorneys are also legal counselors, and RJ understands both roles well. 

Bar Admissions

  • The Corpus Christi Bar Association

Education

  • Advanced training through the Criminal Defense Lawyer Trial College in Huntsville, Texas
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence - Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management - The University of Incarnate Word

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association
  • The Young Lawyer Association
  • Coast Bend Criminal Defense Lawyer Association
  • Young Business Professionals of America
  • Corpus Christi Rotary Club Member

Awards

  •  Latin American Who’s Who