One Crazy Life
Rene brings decades of experience in business and law to his writing career. After earning an MBA from the University of Texas Graduate School of Business, Rene held a number of senior management positions in high tech and pharmaceuticals. At Xerox Office Systems / Palo Alto Research Center, he was a key member of the design team for the stand-alone graphical computer that later became the Lisa/Macintosh. After Xerox, Rene pioneered the use of marketing analytics in the pharmaceutical industry, headed up global planning for one of the world’s largest drug companies, and drove the biggest product launch in biotech history, a protease inhibitor that transformed HIV from a killer to a chronic disease. He also created the world’s first handheld computer for doctors and served as Director of the National Healthcare Database under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Rene has also enjoyed the practice of law. At the University of Texas School of Law, he was recipient of the Oscar and Ethel Schwartz Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law and the Thomas C. Clark Academic Scholarship in Law, as well as the Patton and Boggs Fellowship in Humanitarian Law. In addition, he was also the recipient of the Dean’s Awards for Highest Achievement in Telecommunications Law, Healthcare Law and Advanced Criminal Law, and was honored as the law school’s Best Litigator. His very first law suit, filed on the day he was sworn in as a attorney, is now enshrined as a key case in consumer law lawbooks.
Rene has dedicated his life to helping people in need. In addition to his work defending the rights of those in need and in trouble, He has founded and led a number of non-profit companies providing healthcare and basic communications services to the poorest members of our society. While still in law school, Rene co-founded USFon, Inc., a non-profit project of the University of Texas Schools of Law and Engineering that provides telephone and Internet service to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it.
But most importantly, Rene enjoys making and drinking wine, cooking outlandish dishes from around the world, and chasing after his two dogs and one slightly insane Maine Coon cat.