Meet the Firm

James F. Scherr

James F. Scherr born El Paso, Texas; admitted to bar, 1976, Texas. Preparatory education: University of Texas, Austin (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974); legal education: University of Houston (J.D., 1975). Fraternity: Order of Barons, El Paso Estate Planning Council. American Public Works Association, 1977-82. City Council, El Paso, 1977-83. Chairman, Architectural/Engineering Selection Committee, El Paso, Texas, 1977-83. Director, Admissions Committee, State of Texas, District 17, 1983. Director, City Employees Pension Board, 1977-83. Delegate, El Paso Democratic County Convention, 1978; 1980. Board, Local Government Energy Policy Advisory Committee to Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy, 1979-81. Chairman, El Paso Division, Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1979. Outstanding Young Man of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1979. Director, West Texas Council of Governments, 1979-83. Presidential Citation for Energy Efficiency, 1980. Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, TENRAC, 1980. Member: El Paso and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining member). Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Employment, Business and Real Estate Law. Mr. Scherr has tried over 200 jury trials in Texas and New Mexico.

Sam J. Legate

Sam J. Legate was born in Austin, Texas, 1961. He has been designated a Texas Super Lawyer for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Sam J. Legate handles a wide variety of cases, including Labor and Employment, personal injury, product liability, as well as non-subscribers work injuries, and wrongful deaths. Mr. Legate graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1986. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and graduated from Presidio High School in 1979. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma. He is a Member of the El Paso Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Member of Board of Directors of the El Paso Downtown Board Management District since 1997, Past Member of El Paso County Hospital District 2000-2007, Vice Chair of Board 2003-2007, and Founding Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital 2007 and has been the Chairman of the Board from 2008 to present.

Victor Bieganowski

Victor Bieganowski was born in Syracuse, New York and moved to El Paso, Texas in 1980. Victor J. Bieganowski handles a wide variety of cases, including Railroad Wrongful Death and Personal injuries, Persons injured and/or killed by defective products, and 18-wheeler and automobile accidents. Mr. Bieganowski attended college at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1971. Mr. Bieganowski attended the University of Houston Law School, graduating in 1978. Mr. Bieganowski was a staff attorney for the NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD REGION 23 in Houston, Texas from 1978 to 1981. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association and the Mexican Bar Association. He has been in private practice, representing the working men and women in the Southwestern United States.

Joseph G. Isaac

Joseph G. Isaac born El Paso, Texas; admitted to Texas Bar, 2007; admitted to New Mexico Bar, 2008.  Preparatory Education: University of Texas at El Paso (B.A. 2004).  Legal Education:  Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 2007).  Fraternity: Order of the Coif (Texas Tech); Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Texas Tech); Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Learned Hand Inn; Texas Young Trial Lawyers Association (2007).  Member: State Bar of Texas; State Bar of New Mexico.  Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Non-Subscriber Negligence Claims; Products Liability, and Employment Law. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After law school Mr. Isaac decided that he did not want to practice law anywhere but here in El Paso, and that he only wanted to represent and help the good people of this great city. He is happily married to Melissa and together they have two beautiful children.

J. Roberto Oaxaca

Roberto Oaxaca was born and raised in El Paso. Education: B.A., 1969, UTEP, MBA 1975, UTEP, JD UT Austin 1978, US Army 1969-1971, Board Certified Personal Injury, trial law since 1994 over 20 years rated AV preeminent by Martin Dale Hubbell, over 10 years listed as top lawyers of North America, listed for 8 years as a Super Lawyer by Texas monthly and listed as one of the top 100 litigators in Texas by “The National Trial Lawyers”, Representative verdicts: Insurance Bad-Faith $15 Million, Medical Mal Practice $6 Million, Railroad Crossing Wrongful Death $66 Million, Employment Discrimination $2.5 Million. Personal: Married, Father of 8 children, and currently commissioner with The El Paso Ethics Commission.

Jeffrey B. Pownell


Connie Quintero

Connie Quintero was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  Ms. Quintero handles a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, employment, and civil rights litigation. She represents clients in bothTexas and New Mexico Federal and State courts. Ms. Quintero attended the University of New Mexico School of Law graduating in 2008 where she received a Dean’s Award upon graduation.  She was admitted to practice law in the State of New Mexico in 2008 and in the State of Texas in 2009. Ms. Quintero attended college at the University of Denver, graduating in 2003 with honors by the National Honor Society. Ms. Quintero is licensed to practice law in both New Mexico and Texas Federal and State Courts. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, El Paso Bar Association, El Paso Young Lawyers, Mexican American Bar Association, State Bar of New Mexico, New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Prior to going to law school, Ms. Quintero was a legal assistant for Scherr & Legate, P.L.L.C for over eight years at which time she prepared cases for litigation as well as assist during numerous civil trials. Ms. Quintero enjoys trial work and wants to continue to develop as a litigation attorney.

Oscar Mendez Jr.


Oscar Mendez Jr. was born and raised in El Paso, TX.  Oscar handles a wide variety of cases, including Labor and Employment claims and Personal Injury.  He attended the University of Texas at El Paso (B.I.S. 2005).  He attended law school at Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 2008).  He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.  He is a graduate of the State Bar of Texas Leadership Academy 2011. He was appointed to the Texas Pattern Jury Charges, General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts Committee from 2011to Current.  He was elected as a Board Member, El Paso Young Lawyer’s Association from May 09 to Current.  He is a member of El Paso Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Mexican American Bar Association, and American Bar Association.  Oscar enjoys spending time mentoring neighborhood kids in the importance of a higher education.

Maxey Marie Scherr


Maxey Marie Scherr was born and raised in El Paso, TX.  Ms. Scherr handles a wide variety of cases, including personal injury lawsuits ranging from 18-wheeler collisions, workplace injuries, wrongful death claims and products liability cases  Ms. Scherr is an appointee to the El Paso County Ethics Commission and works on numerous non-profit and political endeavors. She attended Texas Tech School of Law, graduating in 2008, where she received jurisprudence awards for her law school performance, was the Philanthropy Chair with the Women’s Caucus, became a licensed mediator, and was awarded an academic scholarship for her work in the area of civil and human rights in Kingston,Jamaica..  She attended college at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, graduating in 2005, magna cum laude, obtaining a psychology degree.  Ms. Scherr is licensed to practice law in bothTexas and New Mexico.  She is a member of numerous bar associations, including the Texas State Bar Association, the El Paso Bar Association and the El Paso Women’s Bar Association.  Ms. Scherr has tried numerous jury trials obtaining successful and landmark verdicts. Ms. Scherr enjoys working hard to protect the rights of everyday people.

Alejandro Acosta

Alejandro Acosta was raised in El Paso, TX and attended Cathedral High School.  Mr. Acosta handles a wide variety of cases, including personal injury and products liability.  Mr. Acosta served two years as law clerk and research attorney for the Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso, TX.  Mr. Acosta attended Arizona State University College of Law, graduating in 2008 where he received his J.D. and Indian Legal Certificate.  He attended college at St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX) graduating in 2004 with recognitions that include Dean’s List, Phi Alpha Theta President, and Student Government Representative.  He is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and New Mexico.  He is a graduate of the State Bar of Texas Leadership Academy Class of 2011. He was selected as the El Paso Bar Journal’s “EPYLA Star of the Month” for April/May 2011. He has served two consecutive terms as board member for the El Paso Young Lawyers Association. He is also a board member of the United Way Young Leaders Society and has been elected as the 2012 Volunteer Committee Chairman.  Mr. Acosta enjoys the opportunity to serve El Paso by providing legal services and actively participating in the community.

James D. Tawney


James D. Tawney was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and relocated to El Paso, Texas, after attending law school.  James handles a wide variety of cases, including personal injury and employment cases.  He received his B.A.S. from Northern Arizona University where he graduatedSumma Cum Laude and was a member of both Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society.  In May of 2010, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.  While in law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Practice I & II, Criminal Procedure, Business Entities, and NAFTA.  He also served as the Lead Articles Editor on the Editorial Board of the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal, in which his student comment “Calling All Criminals, Our State Will Protect Your Crack House: Homestead Protection’s Application to Forfeiture Resulting From Criminal Conduct” was chosen for publication by his peers and members of the law school faculty.  He was also a member of the Board of Barristers.

Mr. Tawney is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas.  He is a member of the El Paso Bar Association and the El Paso Young Lawyers Association.

James’ wife, Andrea, works in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and together they have a little girl, Antonina.