Mr. Rivas is a bilingual immigrant and proudly naturalized American citizen.
He has represented a wide range of corporate and individual clients, including
automakers, airplane, off-road recreational vehicle, and heavy construction
equipment manufacturers, trucking companies, transportation workers, insurance
companies, innkeepers, and retailers. His work has resulted in everything
from voluntary dismissals to summary judgments to defense jury verdicts.
He has also managed teams of lawyers and staff in nationwide discovery
programs and in trial. Mr. Rivas’ practice has focused on the technical
defense of automakers faced with claims of defects in SUVs, trucks, automobiles
and commercial vehicles. His university-level training in the sciences
and accident reconstruction makes for effective expert cross-examinations.
His nationwide reputation for being a second set of engineering eyes results
from his work with leading national, multi-firm teams handling cases involving
recurrent product allegations, class actions, and Multi-District Litigation.
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth District
Baylor University Law School 1992
Baylor University 1989
Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Texas
San Antonio Bar Association
Society of Automotive Engineers