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.

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

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 2011 to 2013.  He was elected as a Board Member, El Paso Young Lawyer’s Association from May 2009 to May 2012.  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.