Mr. Hyde was born in El Paso, Texas but raised in Oxnard, California. In 1983, he, along with his parents, returned to Texas where he has predominately remained since. In 1988, Mr. Hyde graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement.
Mr. Hyde is the youngest son of Alvin “Rusty” Hyde and Beverly Hyde. Rusty Hyde was born in Edna, Texas, raised in Lufkin, Texas, was a Pacific Theater WWII veteran, a Captain in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and principally employed as a public- school educator. He retired as an educator in 1983 after serving 28 years. Rusty Hyde passed-away in 1990 at age 60. Beverly Hyde was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, also served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as a boating safety specialist and was also principally employed as a public-school educator. She retired as an educator in 1983 after 32 years of service. Beverly Hyde also passed-away in 2006 at age 78. Mr. Hyde has two children, both Texas A&M graduates and one granddaughter, all of which he holds immense affection for. One of his children now serves society as a licensed Professional Engineer and the other as a licensed Physical Therapist.
Mr. Hyde has continuously served Texas local government, principally municipalities, since 1986 in positions including Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Operator and Fire Lieutenant (Guadalupe and Hays counties), Park Ranger (City of New Braunfels), Peace Officer (in various locations), and since 1999, as an Attorney and Counselor at law. His non-attorney service was predominately as a Texas Peace Officer, initially for county law enforcement, but he began municipal law enforcement service in 1995 for the City of Selma, Texas. He maintained a law enforcement role from 1989 through 2012, when he retired as a Commander for the City of Selma, Texas, Police Department.
He continued law enforcement service however, holding a non-paid police commission for the City of Pflugerville, Texas while serving as its City Attorney, until 2017, when he resigned his commission and was honorably discharged after completing more than a quarter-century of law enforcement service. Some of the achievements during his law enforcement career include achieving Master Peace Officer Certification, Peace Officer Instructor Certification, selection as Firearms Rangemaster and receiving the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Educational Achievement Award for exceeding normal expectations in job performance through acts of professional achievement, public service or valor.
Mr. Hyde is also one of the few Texas attorneys to have real trial experience in both Texas and Federal courts before law school. Using his investigative talents coupled with his accident investigation training and experience, Mr. Hyde started his legal career in 1989 as a paralegal, supporting courtroom experts in high profile national and international products liability litigation. In 1993, he redirected his paralegal legal work toward direct attorney support, serving as a trial paralegal on matters involving products liability, insurance defense, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and labor and employment.
In the Fall of 1996, Mr. Hyde entered law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He graduated in December 1998 both five months early and, with cum laude honors. During law school Mr. Hyde participated with high recognition in both mock trial and moot court competitions. He was inducted into the John M. Harlan Society for distinguished law school graduates by the faculty and inducted into the international legal honor society of Phi Delta Phi by his peers, both in recognition of good moral character, good academic standing and public service. In his last year of law school, he was also selected by the Faculty to serve as a Legal Research Instructor to incoming law students. Mr. Hyde continued to work while in law school as a law clerk for several local law firms in the San Antonio area to help financially support his family.
Mr. Hyde became a certified member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas in 1993 and has remained a member since. In July 1997, the State Bar of Texas issued Mr. Hyde a supervised law license allowing him to practice law as a qualified law student and subsequently as a qualified unlicensed law graduate, until the issuance of his regular license in May 1999. Mr. Hyde began his practice handling litigation matters, but quickly integrated his law practice to include the myriad of areas necessary for the legal support of local government as Special Counsel and City Attorney.
Mr. Hyde is licensed by the Texas Supreme Court and admitted to practice in all Texas district and appellate courts, three of the four United States District Court districts in Texas, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Hyde also holds Merit Certification in Municipal Law issued by the Texas City Attorneys Association and is a member of the Texas State Bar College, which is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas, dedicated to both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys.
Mr. Hyde has handled hundreds of Texas and Federal district court litigation matters, over 22 reported Texas appellate court matters, over 19 reported Federal district court matters and more than five (5) reported Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals matters for local government. Mr. Hyde has served as the City Attorney in ten cities across Texas ranging in size from hundreds to over 60,000 population1 and served as Special Counsel in dozens more. He has also served as Municipal Prosecutor in seven (7) municipalities. Mr. Hyde is a regular contributor for continuing legal education programs regarding representing Texas local government throughout Texas.
By application of his background, his courtroom experience, and his ingenuity with sound judgement when serving as a law counselor or litigator, he has demonstrated his unique talent to provide invaluable non-partisan legal advice serving governmental bodies and their elected and administrative officials throughout his robust law practice for over 20 years.
Today, Mr. Hyde serves as a Director on the St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and as its Bylaws Committee Chair. He also serves on the Program Committee and as Faculty for The State Bar of Texas, Government Law Section. Mr. Hyde practices law throughout Texas as a Partner of the law firm Russell Rodriguez Hyde Bullock, LLP, located in Georgetown, Texas.
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1 City Attorney service include the cities of Victoria, Pflugerville, Rosenberg, Watauga, Bay City, Buda, Brady, Garden Ridge, Somerset, and Hays.