Here is some more information about the firm’s owner and founder, Andrew "Andy" Dunham.
Where are you from?
I was born in Yokosuka, Japan, where my dad was stationed with the U.S. Army at the time. When I was 18 months old, we moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky, and I lived in that area until my junior year of high school. Then, I moved to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to be closer to my extended family. In a lot of ways, that’s still where I consider home. I moved to Houston in 2000 and have been in the Houston area ever since.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in May 1999, earning Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I went to law school at the University of Houston, where I graduated in 2005.
How did you do in law school?
Pretty well. I was top third in my class. I received the Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams and Martin Award for top honors in my Federal Income Taxation course.
What about after law school?
I passed the bar on my first try and was licensed in November 2005. I have practiced in two small firms since then, handling mostly personal injury and business litigation but also handling several probate and estate-planning matters.
What do you like about probate and estate planning?
I have always enjoyed handling probate and litigation matters. I feel a great sense of service in helping people in that way. I feel very strongly that everyone should have an estate plan in place so that their family doesn’t have to wonder what that person would have wanted when death or incapacity occurs. Those situations are hard enough as it is, and anything that can make it easier for a grieving family is well worth the time and expense it takes. I find it very fulfilling to help families prepare for and make it through that process as painlessly as possible.
What about your family?
I met my wife, Jennifer, at church, and we’ve been married seven years. Our son, Geoffrey, just turned two in September, and we are expecting his brother, Joseph, to arrive in January. UPDATE: Joseph was born on January 12, and, as you can see in the picture above, is doing well.
That’s a beautiful family you have there.
Yes, I know. Thank you. They are pretty great.
What do you like to do when you aren’t probating or drafting wills?
My wife and I are active members of the Sugar Grove Church of Christ, where I teach Bible class from time to time and serve on the board of Lilia’s Place, Inc., a charity in the Philippines. I also enjoy reading, music, movies, and sports – particularly baseball. I am a big fan of the Astros, Rockets, and Texans, as well as the Arkansas Razorbacks. UPDATE: I have recently been added to the advisory board of Second Mile Mission, a local non-profit that does great work for the citizens of Fort Bend County.
Really? How about those Razorbacks?
I know. I’m just hoping they get a conference win before Geoffrey begins kindergarten. Is that so much to ask? UPDATE: We won! And former Razorback Ryan Mallett led the Texans to victory! Say it with me, Wooooo Pig Sooooieeee! FURTHER UPDATE: The Hogs are coming to Houston! My Dad and I will attend the Texas Bowl to see Arkansas play Texas on December 29. FURTHER FURTHER UPDATE: The Hogs smashed Texas! And we made the NCAA Tournament! Woooooo Pig!