RC was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He achieved Eagle Scout before leaving to attend Trinity University. RC’s undergraduate education consisted of a double major in Physics and Religion with minors in Mathematics and Philosophy. This prepared him for his first post-college job of wrapping presents for the Dillard’s corporation while continuing to work on his Rock and Roll career.
After the band broke up, RC applied to and was excepted to the University of Houston law program, where he excelled at Mock Trial, being a quarterfinalist in the National Trial Competition two years in a row. While in Law school, he was a Law Clerk for Justice Don Willet of the Texas Supreme Court and had a clerkship with the Attorney General’s Office as well as with Bankruptcy Judge Richard Schmidt. He was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, an order for the highest advocates in any law school.
After graduating, RC worked for the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office and the Kleberg County District Attorney’s Office while waiting on bar results. After being licensed, he returned to San Antonio and worked for the next two and a half years as a prosecutor. He left the week before his 30th birthday to start the Law Office of RC Pate.
RC has attended three of the four classes on his way to being designated a lawyer scientist, is a member of NCDD, DUIDLA, TCDLA, SACDLA, CBCDLA, and is proud to be a member of the board for Texas DWI Lawyers.