Over the course of almost 30 years, Bret has built a resume of being a fundamentally sound legal practitioner in combination with having established a unique skill set from his diverse background and experience. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Bret attended law school. He has practiced law in a wide array of areas which include business law, family law, and both State and Federal criminal law matters. He served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, in the Southern District of Texas, and successfully prosecuted complex federal criminal matters, such as theft of trade secrets, intellectual property, cyber intrusion cases, and wire fraud matters. Prior to joining Stibbs & Co, he was an Assistant General Counsel for The Texas A&M University System providing legal counsel to the affiliated Texas A&M System campuses and agencies regarding federal and state constitutional issues; 1st Amendment – expressive activity issues; Title IX compliance and process; civil rights discrimination and hostile work environment issues; employment matters involving employee misconduct, poor work performance, conflict of interest, and dismissal/termination; and institutional policy matters. Bret’s litigation experience includes having tried State and Federal cases in both civil and criminal matters.
In addition to his legal background, Bret incorporates other professional experiences in identifying and solving business problems. As a former FBI Special Agent, Bret developed an investigative analysis approach to complex business-related issues and investigations involving wire fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, and significant breach of fiduciary duties. He has also worked with major corporations, such as ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, GE Oil & Gas, and UT-MD Anderson, to advise them on enhancing their critical technology and intellectual property protection issues, protocols, and awareness. As a result, Bret tackles legal problems by examining all different facets to derive a realistic solution.
Bret enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He and Patty have three children. Bret scuba dives with his daughter and hunts and fishes with the boys. When he gets the chance, a trout on the end of a fly line in a rushing mountain stream “ain’t bad” either. Bret is active in his church and has taught bible study classes for over 30 years. He has been actively involved as the chair for his county precinct and prefers Bluebell Dutch Chocolate ice cream over the others.