Professional Biography

I am a 1990 graduate of Duke University School of Law, and I hold licenses to practice from both Texas (active) and Wisconsin (currently inactive).  Upon graduating from Duke, I spent three years working for one of the nation’s largest law firms (FOLEY & LARDNER), but soon tired of the suit & tie life.  Thereafter, I decamped to Austin, Texas and reinvented myself as a legal researcher and analyst, working for eight years with Mike McKetta, a leading Texas litigator and American Law Institute member, at the law firm of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.  In such capacity, I have had the opportunity to research and brief a wide variety of complex issues, and to perfect my research skills both in the library and on-line.  In 2001, I went into business for myself as Acker Legal Research, and have since specialized in drafting motions seeking/opposing summary judgment, and complex legal research.


Skill Set

In my twenty-year legal career, I have delved into almost every known facet of civil law (save perhaps admiralty), and prepared in-depth memoranda thereon.  As a writer, I have penned literally hundreds of summary judgment briefs, ghostwritten over a dozen seminar papers, and produced innumerable petitions, appellate briefs, jury instructions, Daubert motions, etc.  I also possess experience in drafting and reviewing contracts, most especially software and construction agreements.  Although primarily focused on commercial litigation, my other subsets of expertise include arbitration, health law (particularly Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement issues), regulatory/administrative law (particularly environmental remediation), architect/engineer liability, civil RICO litigation, class action suits, land development law, and attorney liability/professional responsibility issues.



I reside in Austin, Texas with my wife Layne and our three young children.  My interests include reading history, cross-country cycling, accumulation of circular vinyl relics, and completing the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail via annual installments.