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"Spike" was our senior member of the firm, having joined it in 1960 after serving as an officer in the Army's Judge Advocate Generals Corps.  He is now enjoying retirement.

While Spike had primarily been a litigator over the years, he also had extensive experience in transactional work. He was convinced that his litigation experience was of enormous value to his transactional work, and vice-versa.


Spike expresses his philosophy about the practice of law as follows:

When I go to battle for a client, I see it to be my duty to fight with every ounce of energy I have.  And I've been blessed with a great deal of energy. My long experience and battle scars have taught me, however, that a lawyer best serves his client by knowing when to fight and when not to fight. This is true in both litigation and transactional work. My job is to solve my client's problem as quickly and inexpensively as possible – and, hopefully, convince the lawyer on the other side that this is his or her job also.

Litigation Experience

Spike has tried hundreds of cases sitting first chair. The wide variety of lawsuits he has tried over the years has served him well.  More recently, he has devoted his trial practice to litigation involving complex commercial matters, oil and gas and environmental issues, while still being involved in railroad cases and products liability litigation.

Transactional Experience

Spike was involved in the negotiation and drafting of complex contracts, agreements, leases, and other business transactions. He also advised clients on liability aspects of their businesses.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Title co.