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Peticolas Law Firm History in Texas
In 1859, Alfred Brown Peticolas opened the first Peticolas law firm in the State of Texas. After briefly leaving his practice to fight in the Civil War, A.B. returned to the practice of law in 1866. Since that time, A.B., his son (Warner Marion), grandson (William Craig), great grandson (Edward Kent), and/or great-great grandson (J. Michael) have continuously practiced law in the State of Texas.

A.B. Peticolas
A.B. Peticolas was born in Richmond, Virginia, on May 27, 1838. As a young man, he studied law and taught school. He began his practice in Virginia, but ultimately moved west to Victoria, Texas. In 1859, he opened up a law practice with Samuel A. White. A.B. Peticolas may be best remembered today for his published Civil War journals and detailed pencil sketches, having served during the Sibley Campaign in New Mexico with Co. C., 4th Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers.  After his discharge in 1865, he returned to Victoria to practice law. In 1894, A.B. Peticolas authored an index-digest to all civil cases contained in the Texas Report. This catalog became standard text of the Texas Bar Association for years. In his later years, A.B. Peticolas was known simply as the “Judge.”

Warner Marion, William Craig, and Ed Peticolas
Warner Marion Peticolas was the first Chief Justice of the Texas appellate courts in El Paso, Texas. Upon his swearing in, he became the youngest Appellate Court Chief Justice in the history of Texas, and to this day, he remains the youngest serving Chief.  His son, William Craig (W.C.) Peticolas, was editor of the Texas Law Review in 1934, president of the El Paso Bar Association and a charter member of the Texas Bar Foundation. W.C. worked as a Special Attorney for the United States Department of Justice from 1940 to 1946 and argued successfully before the Supreme Court of the United States while in private practice. In 1966, he was selected as a charter member in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation as a "lawyer who had demonstrated outstanding professional ability and achievement." By the time W.C.’s son, Ed Peticolas, began practicing, the Peticolas name was known throughout El Paso. Ed was president of the Kiwanis Club of El Paso, Chairman of the MDA Telethon of El Paso, Instructor for the American Institute of Banking, and received an Honorary Foster Parent Award for work on the Board of Directors of Crossroads I & II. Ed partnered with Texas Senator Eliot Shapleigh throughout most of his career. Upon his retirement, Ed had become one of the most well respected lawyers in El Paso, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Michael Peticolas
Michael Peticolas was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas and worked as an intern for United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison while an undergraduate. Michael attended South Texas College of Law and worked as a legislative aide for Texas Senator Rodney Ellis during law school. After graduation, Michael moved back to El Paso and practiced with his father at Peticolas, Shapleigh, Brandys and Kern.  During his first year of practice, Michael acted as lead counsel at both trial and arbitration. In 2000, the State of Texas commissioned Michael as a Gubernatorial Advisor. That same year, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas joining the law firm of Cooper & Scully, P.C. He continued to perform as lead trial attorney in tort-related litigation. Shortly after his father retired from the practice of law, Michael carried on the history of Peticolas jurisprudence in the State of Texas by opening his own firm, Peticolas Law Firm PLLC.
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