James F. ScherrJames 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. LegateSam J. Legate was born in Austin, Texas, 1961. He has been designated a Texas Super Lawyer for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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. Sam has been named to Super Lawyers: 2007 – 2017.
Joseph G. IsaacJoseph 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. Joseph has been named to Texas Rising Stars: 2013 – 2016
J. Roberto OaxacaRoberto 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. Roberto has been named to Super Lawyers: 2003 – 2004, 2006, 2008 – 2011, 2014, 2016.
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 was named Outstanding Attorney of the Year by the El Paso Mexican American Bar Association 2013. 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. Oscar has been named to Texas Rising Stars: 2015 – 2016
Maxey Marie ScherrMaxey Marie Scherr was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Ms. Scherr handles a wide variety of cases including personal injury lawsuits ranging from wrongful death suits, traumatic brain injury cases, 18-wheeler collisions, workplace injuries and products liability cases. Ms. Scherr 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 Texas, New Mexico and Illinois. 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. Maxey has been named to Texas Rising Stars: 2016.
Tiffany N. JoudiTiffany N. Joudi a native of El Paso, Texas. Ms. Joudi earned her B.A. in Government with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 before earning her law degree at South Texas College of Law in 2008. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008. While in law school, Ms. Joudi participated in the college’s international programs, studying at the University of Florida in London, England. She then served as an intern for the Honorable Lynn N. Hughes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Joudi was selected to the 2014-2016 Texas Rising Stars lists, which honors the best Texas lawyers who are under age 40 and those who have practiced less than 10 years. Fewer than 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys earn this selection each year. Ms. Joudi previously worked at AZA Law where she tried several cases before judges, juries, and arbitrators and handled a variety of cases including personal injury lawsuits. Ms. Joudi has also handled Labor and Employment claims, including winning Arbitration against Southwest Airlines which resulting in a wrongfully terminated flight attendant regaining her position back with the company. Ms. Joudi is a member of numerous bar associations, including the Texas State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Alex C. Turnello
Alex Colin Turnello was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1988 and raised in El Paso, where he has lived the majority of his life. While attending Coronado High School, Alex participated in the New Mexico Olympic Development Soccer Program. After graduating from Coronado High School, Alex went on to study International Business and Economics at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. While attending NMSU, Alex interned with former-Congressman Silvestre Reyes’ in Washington, D.C., where he became inspired to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Alex graduated with honors from NMSU in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Individualized Studies. He was also named the College of Extended Learning’s Outstanding Senior of the Year for 2012.
Alex continued his education by studying law at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he graduated with honors and earned the Outstanding Clinical Law Student Award in 2015.
In 2016, Alex realized his dream of becoming a lawyer by gaining admittance to practice law in Texas, New Mexico, and Federal Court for the Western District of Texas. Alex currently lives in El Paso with his two dogs and practices law in both El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico. His areas of practice include: Personal Injury, Non-Subscriber Negligence Claims; Products Liability, and Employment Law. He strives to continue his career by serving and providing justice to the great people of the Borderland Community.
I grew up in a small, rural town that suffers from a high rate of impoverishment, crime, and drug-related deaths. As I watched both friends and family succumb to the pressures of their environment, I felt compelled to help others overcome these issues in order to better themselves. While studying as an undergraduate student, I focused primarily on the area of criminal justice as a means to achieve this goal. For a period of time, I also worked for an organization that implemented a summer employment program for low-income, troubled youth teaching the youth basic employment skills, such as resume writing. As graduation approached, I considered what profession would best suit my skills and still allow me to make a difference in others’ lives. Although I didn’t have much experience with the legal profession prior to applying for law school, I had seen the guidance of attorneys help those around me and knew I could do the same for others. I am now employed at firm that is dedicated to helping people from all backgrounds when they are most in need and may not have anywhere else to turn for help.
Mr. Morales joined the prestigious firm of Scherr Legate, PLLC in July 2016. An experienced litigator, Mr. Morales has tried numerous cases, not only in El Paso County, but in front of juries across the State of Texas.
Mr. Morales is a 2000 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and a 2007 graduate of Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. While in law school, Mr. Morales served as Vice President of the Hispanic Law Student Association, and Regional President and National Treasurer of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Law Student Division. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas and in the Western District of Texas.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Morales was a professional Mariachi musician and music instructor for the Socorro Independent School District, where he also taught 6th grade math. Mr. Morales co-founded a non-profit organization focused on educating El Paso’s youth about the art of Mariachi music in 1999, which remains active to this day.
Mr. Morales began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in El Paso County where he prosecuted DWI cases and later was assigned to the Assault Family Violence Unit. Mr. Morales worked as in-house counsel for two Fortune 100 companies where he handled various third and first-party lawsuits.
Mr. Morales is a member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) and has served on the board of the Mexican-American Bar Association of El Paso, El Paso Young Lawyer’s Association and was a member of the Membership Committee of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Morales was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the Lawyer’s Got Talent competition sponsored by the El Paso Women’s Bar Association in 2009.
Frank Zoch was born and raised on the opposite side of the state in the small town of Orange, Texas. He graduated from Lamar University with a degree in History/Political Science in 2012 and UT Law School in 2017. While in law school he participated in the Environmental Clinic and was a member The Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. He recently gained admission to the Texas bar by passing the July 2017 Bar Exam. He is excited to use his position at the firm to fight on behalf of the clients of Scherr Legate and protect the rights of everyday people while getting justice for those who have been wronged.
On a personal note, he is a huge film buff. In following his passion of film, he was a producer on The Prequels Strike Back, a Star Wars documentary. The Prequels Strike Back was the culmination of a lot of hard work, the generosity of strangers on Kickstarter, and childhood friends. The experience is a constant reminder that with good friends, hard work, and good will from others people can achieve their goals.