JT joined FIRE after six years of running his own law firm, where he focused on litigating First Amendment, anti-SLAPP, and digital media issues. During that time, JT testified before the Texas legislature on anti-SLAPP issues and advised organizations and officials on legislation and policy affecting freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He has also provided commentary on First Amendment and open government issues in several media outlets, including The Texas Tribune, Capital Tonight, and Vice.
Before opening his own firm, JT practiced at two nationally prominent firms in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.
JT graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in computer science and economics. He then earned his law degree from William and Mary Law School.
JT is a member of the Texas, Virginia, and District of Columbia bars. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and several United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts.
In his free time, JT can usually be found fly fishing, growing hot peppers, and spending time with his family.