Who We Are

Texas Law Shield, LLP program attorneys have extensive civil and criminal trial experience as well as the pleasure of representing thousands of legal gun owners, including civilian, law enforcement, security and military personnel. In addition, Texas Law Shield is honored to serve numerous civilian shooting ranges, firearms instructors, firearms publications, and federal firearms licensed dealers. Texas Law Shield, LLP’s passion is to support all aspects of legal firearms ownership in our great and unique country.

Texas Law Shield Executive Team

KIRK EVANS – PRESIDENT

Kirk EvansKirk is a graduate with honors from Texas A&M University and attended law school at the University of Houston where he graduated as editor of the Law Review. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993.

Kirk possesses extensive trial experience in courtrooms all over the Great State of Texas including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Midland and communities in between.

Kirk, prior to joining Texas Law Shield, concentrated most of his work on litigation including constitutional issues and complex civil litigation. He is an ardent supporter of each of our rights to keep and bear arms and is a proud gun owner.

Kirk is a frequent speaker on civil liability associated with gun ownership and has been a presenter at events across the state including the FBI Dallas CAAA Active Shooter Seminar, the national NRA Foundation Banquet and multiple civic and community organizations.

Kirk has also authored a number of firearms legal publications on topics such as “Tribal Law and Your Firearms.” In addition, Kirk has served as a media source for firearms law, including appearances on KSAT television in San Antonio and a national interview with Yahoo Sports.

Kirk has also appeared on the Mike Rosen show on 850 KOA in Denver, provided an interview with Ben Ferguson on 820 WBAP in Dallas, and spoken at a live broadcast by Lee Matthews on 1000 KTOK in Oklahoma City.

Kirk was recognized as a “Rising Star” in the legal profession by the publisher of Texas Super Lawyers.

His email address is kevans@texaslawshield.com

JOHANNA EDMONDS – VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Johanna is an ardent supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and is a life long firearms enthusiast. She brings a wealth of experience in operations, business structure, and customer service. In addition to her management experience, she brings valuable experience in office administration and information technology. Johanna continues to oversee our growth and infrastructure transition. She is here to help our members.

She supervises the administrative structure and has helped with the company’s technology development and growth. She works with the marketing and sales team on developing new ideas for member growth and a team focused on the development of educating our members on firearms issues. She is a life long firearms rights advocate and proud gun owner.

Her e-mail is johanna@texaslawshield.com

DAVID DONCHECZ – VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER SERVICES

David DonchezDavid is a Texas Law Shield Member and is dedicated to providing our members with the excellent quality of service they deserve. David is a believer that the Member’s time and concerns do matter.

Prior to working for Texas Law Shield, David was President of Gulf Coast Powerboats for twenty years and COO of Sunsation Powerboats, a marine manufacturing company, dealing with customers/clients all over the world. Throughout his career he has made customer service his number one priority.

If you need anything, do not hesitate, get a hold of David!

His email address is davidd@texaslawshield.com

DARREN RICE

Darren graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1992. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association, a federal firearms licensed dealer, a class III tax stamp holder and a collector of firearms.

His email address is rice@texaslawshield.com

SHAUN DOTSON – DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES

Shaun DotsonAs Director of Customer Service for Texas Law Shield, Shaun Dotson is responsible for the company’s customer service quality and strategy, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Customer Service Center. He joined the Texas Law Shield customer service team in March 2013.

Shaun brings more than 10 years of customer service experience to Texas Law Shield. He began his career in telecommunications as a customer service representative for the former PrimeCo wireless telecommunication company. He has been involved in a broad range of customer service functions in management positions of increasing responsibility, including customer loyalty and quality assurance, call centers for financial markets, mergers and acquisitions, force management, and call center technologies.

He also served as a customer service manager with American Express work-at-home agents. Prior to his current role, Shaun served as creative director for Uniserv Technology in Hilo, Hawaii.

His email address is shaun@texaslawshield.com

Meet Our Program Attorneys

Houston – Walker & Byington, PLLC

T. EDWIN WALKER

Edwin WalkerEdwin is a native Texan who earned his bachelor and law degrees at the University of Houston. He has been practicing law in the State of Texas since 1993 with an emphasis on criminal defense.

Edwin is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and the Harris County Defense Lawyers Association.

Edwin is a frequent speaker on the use of force and has presented the law in front of thousands of individuals from venues as small as local Rotary clubs and as large as legal seminars.

Edwin has also made several appearances on state and national radio and news shows to share his knowledge of the law. He is a proud gun owner.

His email address is tewalker@walkerbyington.com

MICHELE BYINGTON

Michele ByingtonMichele Byington received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2010 where she competed on the nationally recognized advocacy program. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2010. Prior to law school, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity.

Michele has extensive knowledge of the National Firearms Act and the processes of the BATFE. She has assisted and advised in hundreds of successful NFA Item transfers.

She has published articles on the Texas Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground Laws, and other “use of force” laws and justifications. Michele frequently speaks around the State of Texas on topics like: “Where You Can and Cannot Take a Firearm,” “When the Law Allows For the Use of Force and Deadly Force,” “The Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Issues,” “The Law of Suppressors, Short Barreled Firearms, and Full Auto,” and numerous other firearms related matters.

Michele has represented dozens of clients all over Texas in incidents involving firearms. She is a gun owner and works tirelessly to uphold the 2nd Amendment.

Her email address is mbyington@walkerbyington.com

RICHARD CARTER

Richard CarterRichard Carter graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Law, in addition to having taken special courses at the FBI Academy, and attending the National Judicial College.

He has been practicing for 40 years, and his list of accomplishments include having been the Executive Director and General Counsel for Crime Stoppers International, receiving a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” for his work in crime prevention, and the “President’s Award” by Crime Stoppers International in 1988 and 2007.

He has been on all sides of the court room, acting as a criminal defense attorney, a county attorney, a police advisor and a judge.

His email address is richard@walkerbyington.com

GORDON COOPER

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2012. Prior to law school, he received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston; he did so as the youngest graduate on record, graduating at 18 years old, having started college at 13 years old. Prior to joining the firm, while attending law school, he worked as a full-time negotiator.

Gordon’s work with U.S. Law Shield has involved work on both criminal and civil cases, with experience in the trial setting. He has also researched the firearms and use of force laws across multiple states, including Florida, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Oklahoma. A frequent speaker at seminars and the author of many different newsletters, with topics ranging from the Use of Deadly Force to NFA item ownership, he is above all else a proud gun owner and tireless supporter of our constitutional rights to bear arms.

His email address is cooper@walkerbyington.com

Dallas/Fort Worth

JUSTIN SPARKS

Justin Sparks
Kearney Wynn, P.C.
3100 West 7th Street, Ste. 420
Ft. Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 336-5600
jsparks@kearneywynn.com
www.justinsparkslaw.com

Justin Sparks was born in Houston, Texas. Before high school he and his family moved to Weimar, Texas where Justin graduated from Weimar High School. He then attended Baylor University where he double majored in Economics and Real Estate and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduating from Baylor, Justin attended Texas A&M University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2007.

The year following law school, Justin worked for a local Oil & Gas company handling legal issues with regard to drilling and drill sites. Justin was then hired by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney where he was responsible for grand jury investigations, plea negotiations, hearings, trials before the court, and jury trials. In his time there, Justin handled over one thousand DWI cases and tried more than one hundred DWI cases before juries. After two years with the DA’s office Justin was hired as an associate by Kearney | Wynn. Justin was named to the Top Attorneys in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Magazine – 2010, 2011, 2012

Areas of Practice:
DWI
Grand Jury Investigations
All Criminal Prosecutions & Investigations

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Texas, 2007
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2009

Education:
Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, 2007
J.D.
Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA, 2004
B.B.A.
Major: Economics & Real Estate
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions:
Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2008 – 2009
Fraternities/Sororities:
Sigma Chi

NICOLE KNOX

Nicole Knox
The Law Office of Nicole Knox
900 Jackson Street, Ste. 650
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 653-8888
nknox@nicoleknoxlaw.com

Nicole Knox’s passion for practicing criminal law is a result of her love of trial work and desire to help others. Immediately after law school, she began studying and practicing criminal defense law as an associate attorney for nationally renowned defense attorney, Stephen L. Jones. She continues to assist Mr. Jones in his federal criminal defense practice.

Ms. Knox has recently been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers with the award of Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40.

Ms. Knox is very active in the Dallas legal and service communities. Since 2011, she has served as Vice-President of Membership for the Dallas Women Lawyer’s Association. Since 2011, she has served as the co-chair person of the Criminal Involvement Committee for the Dallas Young Lawyers Association. In her role as a leader of local bar orgainziations, Ms. Knox enjoys mentoring young men and women who aspire to become lawyers and who aspire to further their legal career. Ms. Knox also donates her time to serve various charitable organizations, including her repeated service projects for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and her service as a founding member of the Young Community Partners of Dallas, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to enriching the lives of abused and neglected children in the Dallas area.

Bar Admissions:
State Bar of Texas, admitted Nov. 2009
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2010
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2010
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, 2011

Education:
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX, J.D., May 2009
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 2004
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Minor: Spanish

Austin/San Antonio

KURT W. GLASS

KURT W. GLASS
The Law Office of Kurt W. Glass & Partners
2608 N. Main Street, Ste. B-135
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-7018
kurtwglass@gmail.com

Mr. Glass enlisted in the US Army in 1986 as an infantryman. While stationed with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii he served as a Scout Observer/Sniper. After a four year assignment in Hawaii Mr. Glass transferred over to Military Intelligence in 1992. He was then reassigned to attend the Russian language course in Monterey, California.

Between 1992 and 1995 Mr. Glass was stationed here at Fort Hood with the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion. While at Fort Hood he was selected as the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade Non-Commissioned Officer of the year and attended the Andre Sakharov Language Institute.

Mr. Glass attended the Serbo-Croatian language course in Washington DC and after living in the Balkans for over two years was assigned to the United States Army Office of Military Support.

His best friend, Sam Slemp also a retired soldier, died before realizing his dream of attending law school. Sam spoke frequently about going to law school and when he died Kurt made a promise that he would go instead.

Mr. Glass retired from the US Army in 2006 after 20 years and 16 days of active duty. In August of 2006, after having been retired for 18 days, he was seated in the first class of law school at Texas Tech. Kurt and his wife, Dawn, found staying in Lubbock was difficult because of the city distance from any military community. They wanted to return to a community and a return to a mindset that both understood and appreciated, so after graduating law school they relocated to Fort Hood to begin.

LARRY DEAN BLOOMQUIST

Larry Dean Bloomquist
Attorney Larry Dean Bloomquist is a Board Certified Criminal Defense attorney, who has over ten years of experience. Mr. Bloomquist is a former Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor. He was nationally recognized by the National Association of Prosecuting Coordinators for work involving intoxicated drivers. He has tried over one hundred jury trials, including many high-profile murders, sex crimes, and gang related crimes.

Born in Denver, Colorado he grew up in Wyoming. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Rising to the rank of Captain, he served during Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Missions in Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, and Cuba. He also served in Korea, Italy, Virginia, and Colorado.

After leaving the Army Mr. Bloomquist attended the University Of Wyoming College Of Law, in Laramie Wyoming. He won trial and appellate trial competitions and went on to represent the University at regional competitions. During law school he worked in the legal services clinic and has a law clerk with law firms and government agencies, representing people. He was inducted into the national “Order of The Barristers” for outstanding courtroom advocacy. He attained his Juris Doctorate degree.

After passing the Texas bar examination and becoming a licensed attorney Mr. Bloomquist went to work at the Law Offices of Gary Green in Austin, Texas representing Texans in civil matters. He then became a prosecutor. Mr. Bloomquist has served as an Assistant District Attorney for Caldwell County in Lockhart, Texas, an Assistant County Attorney for Guadalupe County in Seguin, Texas, as an Assistant District Attorney for Hays County in San Marcos, Texas as well as the 1st Assistant District Attorney for Guadalupe, Gonzales and Lavaca Counties.

Mr. Bloomquist quickly built a reputation as a tough no nonsense trial attorney. He tried multiple high profile child murder and sexual assaults, and gang related cases and became a sought after speaker on these issues. He has done extensive work on cases involving intoxicated drivers and was nationally recognized as an “Outstanding Traffic Safety Prosecutor” for that work. He has broad experience handling all types of criminal cases.

In 2011 The Law Office of Larry Dean Bloomquist was founded in San Antonio, Texas with the goal of providing the best defense to ordinary people charged with serious crimes.

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards

  • National Order of the Barristers – 2002
  • Named an “Outstanding Traffic Safety Prosecutor” by National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, 2006
  • Meritorious Service Medal – 1999
  • Army Commendation Medal, 4 Awards
  • Army Achievement Medal, 3 Awards
  • Humanitarian Service Medal

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • “Child Death and Sex Crimes Investigations and Prosecution” Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center Annual Training- 2011
  • “Criminal Prosecutions” Seguin Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy -2011
  • “Review of Gang Prosecution” Seguin Police Department – 2010
  • “Child Sexual Assault Investigations & Prosecutions” New Braunfels Police Department – 2009
  • “Search and Seizure” Guadalupe County’s Attorney’s Office – 2006
  • “DWI Case Prosecution” Guadalupe County’s Attorney’s Office – 2006
  • “Family Violence Prosecution” Guadalupe County’s Attorney’s Office – 2006

Published Works

  • “Total refusal DWI case on your docket?” The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 36, Number 5, September-October 2006.

Dallas/Fort Worth – North Texas

Wes Ball, Attorney

Ball & Hase
4025 Woodland Park Blvd., Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76013

Don Hase, Attorney

Ball & Hase
4025 Woodland Park Blvd., Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76013

Bruce A. Martin, Attorney

705 8th St., Suite 600
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Sterling E. Newcomb, Attorney

2507 Washington St
Greenville, TX 75403

Victor A. (“Vic”) Rivera, Attorney

1011 Surrey Ln., Bldg. 200
Flower Mound, TX 75022

John Hunter Smith, Attorney

707 W. Washington St.
Sherman, TX 75092

Joe Weis, Attorney

2507 Washington St.
Greenville, TX 75403

West Texas/Panhandle

C.H. “Hal” Brockett, Jr.

24 Smith Road, Suite 400
Midland, TX 79705

Jim Darnell, Attorney

310 N. Mesa St., Suite 212
El Paso, TX 79901

Benjamin P. Garcia, Attorney

Travis Ware & Associates
1915 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79401-3017

Travis Ware, Attorney

Travis Ware & Associates
1915 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79401-3017

Diane Hathaway, Attorney

600 S. Tyler, #2005
Amarillo, TX 79101
[P.O. Box 15385, Amarillo, TX 79105]

Randy Wilson, Attorney

104 Pine Street, Suite 106
Abilene, TX 79601
[P.O. Box 2875, Abilene, TX 79604-2875]

John S. Young, Attorney

105 E. Third St.
Sweetwater, TX 79556

Matt Martindale, Attorney

114 W. Kingsmill Ave.
Pampa, TX 79065

Central Texas

Susan Johnston, Attorney

510 N. Valley Mills Dr., Suite 406
Waco, TX 76710

William W. Johnston, Attorney

510 N. Valley Mills Dr., Suite 406
Waco, TX 76710

South Texas

Richard F. Gutierrez, Attorney

113 E Losoya St.
Del Rio, TX 78840-5855

Richard W. (“Rick”) Rogers III, Attorney

710 Buffalo St., Suite 202
Corpus Christi, TX 78401-1934

Gregory E. Turley, Attorney

504 E. Dove Ave., Suite B
McAllen, TX 78504

East Texas

Tim James, Attorney

115 South St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Michael R. Lusk, Attorney

2224 St. Michael Drive
Texarkana, TX 75503

Jim James, Attorney

James & Reynolds
1716 Briarcrest Dr., Suite 505
Bryan, TX 77802
[P O Box 1146, Bryan, TX 77806-1146]

855-246-1310

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