I am licensed in Texas and California. My nationwide practice is contingency fee based and consists of a wide variety of catastrophic personal injury and death cases involving automotive and tire product defect litigation, commercial trucking litigation, refinery and workplace accidents, general product liability, negligence and premises liability, commercial and other business litigation, and oil and gas litigation on behalf of both corporate clients and individual landowners.
Originally from Uvalde, Texas, I am a fourth generation south Texas attorney. I received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, I was a member of the Silver Spurs, an honorary service organization, and I studied at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.
I attended Baylor Law School, where I graduated with honors. At Baylor Law School, I served as Senior Executive Editor of Baylor Law Review. An article I wrote, Guitar Holding: A Judicial Rewrite of Chapter 36 the Texas Water Code?, was published in Baylor Law Review. The American Agricultural Law Association selected this article as the best student written article concerning an agricultural issue in the country for that year.
After law school, I had the honor of clerking for one year for the Honorable Andrew S. Hanen, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. While clerking, I gained invaluable experience in legal writing and research, as well as the opportunities to observe courtroom activities on a daily basis and learn from a federal trial judge.
When not working, I enjoy being outdoors. I am a huge Texas Longhorn football, basketball and baseball fan. Also of interest, after finishing undergraduate I took a little time off from school and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and a bicycle and segway tour guide in Paris, France.
- Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Federal District Courts of Texas
- Southern and Central Federal District Courts of California
- United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit
Highlighted Representative Experience
- Part of trial team that obtained $4,500,000 verdict in Travis County for mother who lost her adult child in a commercial vehicle accident involving 15-passenger van.
- Co-counsel in an inmate appointment case in federal court that went to trial resulting in an award of compensatory and punitive damages after a unanimous 12-person jury found First Amendment retaliation and malice against prison officials for the destruction of an inmate’s property.
- Sole brief writer on issue of first impression in El Paso federal district court concerning MCS-90B endorsement coverage arising from a trucking accident. Won trial court decision that the federal MCS-90B endorsement obligated insurer to satisfy $5,000,000 of the underlying state court judgment. Obtained a substantial and favorable settlement after briefs were filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin
- J.D., Baylor Law School, with honors
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of California
- Texas Young Lawyers Association
- Corpus Christi Bar Association
- Uvalde Bar Association
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- Attorneys Information Exchange Group
- American Association for Justice
- Federal Bar Association
- Stuart R. White, Guitar Holding: A Judicial Re-Write of Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code?, 62 Baylor L. Rev. 313 (2010).
- Craig M. Sico and Stuart R. White, Litigation Bear Traps, TTLA Reel Justice CLE (2012).
- The Ford F-150: A Host of Defects, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) Auto Focus Fall Seminar 2012, Santa Barbara, California (co-writer with David Bright)
- The Ford F-150: A Host of Defects, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) Auto Focus Fall Seminar 2012, Santa Barbara, California (co-presenter with David Bright)