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Ace has been involved in healthcare law and administrative law for many years.

His extensive legal background works to the advantage of clients in health law, administrative law, governmental relations and mediation.

Before joining the firm, he was a partner at Brown McCarroll.




  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers In America®, Health Care Law, 1993-2024; Lawyer of the Year, Austin Health Care Law, 2014
  • Austin Monthly, Best Lawyers in Austin, Health Care Law, 2002
  • Corporate Counsel, Top Lawyer in Health Care, 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Administrative Law, 2003-2012
  • Travis County Bar Association, Legend, 2002
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Leader of Distinction, 2002


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin


  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Austin Bar Association
  • American Health Law Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Represented clients in contested hearings and rulemaking before state and federal administrative agencies, including Texas Medical Board, Texas Department of Insurance, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
  • Advised clients during appeals of administrative decisions from district courts to supreme court.
  • Represented clients with specific health law problems, especially medical staff privileges of physicians and healthcare facilities.
  • Mediated professional disputes, especially in medical legal matters.
  • Advised clients on legislative matters as former member of the Texas House of Representatives, 1964-1973.
Community Leadership
  • Austin Children's Cancer Center, Advisory Board
  • Brackenridge Hospital, Strategic Planning Task Force
  • Eldercare, Board of Directors
  • John Ben Sheppard Leadership Institute, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Advisory Committee, 2004-present
  • National League for Nursing, Texas Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Shoal Creek Hospital, Board of Trustees, chair, 1981-1996
  • Texas Adult Laubach Literacy (TALL), Board of Directors