Law Office of Don E. McClure, Jr., PLLC
8866 Gulf Freeway Suite 440
Houston, TX 77017
(713) 571-7777 www.attorneymcclure.com
I am a husband to Edith and a father of two girls and a boy. Edith is my rock, both at work and at home. During work hours, Edith keeps the office running smoothly and she takes the time to really get to know the clients - not just their legal problems, but to know them and their families. Our off work hours are filled with school activities and soccer games. My children have somehow inherited my love to play soccer (I played soccer 2 or 3 times a week up until I had my children) and when my kids were old enough, I coached most of their soccer teams. My oldest has now moved on to play with her high school soccer team as well as a competitive select soccer team. I continue to coach my son and I look forward to when my youngest will be old enough to start playing soccer.
We enjoy traveling together as a family and, usually, Edith and the kids spend their summers in Mexico in a small "rancho" in Guanajuato, Mexico where Edith is from. We love visiting the area, eating plenty of street tacos and fresh corn. I love riding my bike through town and along the miles of corn fields that surround her town. The State of Guanajuato is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the people are welcoming. If you want to visit the "real" Mexico, come to Guanajuato, Guanajuato and experience a colonial town full of stories of the Mexican Revolution, mummies, music and romance. You can thank me later!
I grew up right here in Houston, Texas and, while I would never consider myself to be athletic, I enjoyed playing sports and especially soccer. After high school, I headed up to College Station to attend Texas A&M. I worked full time throughout most of my undergraduate life. I worked at several restaurants, as well as in the kitchen at the infamous Dixie Chicken making "Death Burgers"!
After graduating, I was not ready to leave College Station, so I showed up one day for a physical fitness test at the College Station Police Department. A short time later, I was dressed in blue and wearing a gun! I was only a police officer for a relatively short period of time, but I do believe that the experience I gained continues to help me with my cases now. I really enjoyed being a police officer and I take a lot of pride in being able to help people go through some of the worse times in their lives. I also have a lot of fun memories involving the many characters and circumstances I encountered as a police officer. Be sure to ask me for one of my strange, but true, police stories when you see me.
I then decided to attend law school. I graduated with honors in 1993, passed the bar, and threw out my "shingle". I have been practicing on my own ever since. It has now been over 20 years and the ride has been exhilarating. When I would previously describe my day-to-day life as a police officer, I would often say that it was 90% boredom and 10% sheer terror! As a lawyer, it is similar in that most of what we do is not exciting. However, it is this boring part of our job that usually makes or breaks a case. The daily grind of checking and cross-checking the facts and witnesses of a case is what really makes a difference. I believe that my prior experience as a police officer has helped me to properly evaluate a criminal case as well as to determine who caused an accident and how an accident happened. Such experience has also helped me to determine who is credible and who may not be telling the entire truth - which is a great skill whether working a divorce, criminal case or a personal injury case.
I really enjoy solving problems for clients, but mostly I enjoy the relationships I have built with my clients over the years. Almost all of my clients come from referrals, which means that in some cases, I have two or more generations of clients from that original client. If I could make a family tree of my clients, the tree would be a huge maze of connected friends and family.
My approach to practicing law is very different that most lawyers and even most professionals. The old-school way of thinking was to keep all of our knowledge to ourselves - to keep you, the client, in the dark. Someone, they believed, and most continue to believe, that is the way to do business. I could not disagree more!
My clients are almost all Hispanic and the vast of my clients are from Mexico. And even though I am still working on speaking Spanish fluently, I do understand the culture, tradition and people. And I love them all.
Being a lawyer in today's world of distrust of lawyers and disbelief of anyone claiming an injury is very challenging. For example, juries have been conditioned by the insurance companies to think that most people who claim that they are injured are just out to take advantage of the system. The insurance companies have spent big money telling everyone who would listen that Tort Reform (laws that make it much more difficult for injured people to get justice) was needed. And while there are certainly people out there making fraudulent claims, most people are making claims because they are really hurt! The problem of a few bad apples has spoiled the bunch for the rest of those people who are sincerely injured. While this makes my job much tougher, I continue to slug it out with the insurance companies.
If you ask me who I am, you could look to what I do and my background as set out above. But that is not "who" I am. No, being a lawyer is just "what" I do. I am married to a wonderful wife who came all the way from Guanajuato, Mexico to eventually meet and marry me. I have three wonderful children. While I need to attend church more often, I do have a strong relationship with God. I am a husband, a father, a baseball/soccer coach, a taxi driver for my kids, a cook and a lawn care provider.