Center for Consumer Law



Richard AldermanRichard M. Alderman
Interim Dean
Director, Center for Consumer Law
Dwight Olds Chair in Law
B.A., Tulane University; J.D., Syracuse; LL.M. University of Virginia

Alderman joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in 1973. He is a prolific writer who has authored 20 books and numerous articles. His most recent publications include Consumer Credit and The Law, Consumer Protection and The Law, Texas Consumer Law: Cases and Materials, and The Lawyers Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He also authored the 7th edition of Know Your Rights!, and the 2nd edition of Your Texas Business, for the layperson. Alderman also serves as Editor-in-Chief of "The Journal of Commercial and Consumer Law," the quarterly newsletter of the Consumer Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He appears regularly as the "People's Lawyer" on radio, television and in the newspaper.


Robert johnsonRobert B. Johnson
Associate Director, Center for Consumer Law
B.A., University of Texas; J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2007

Johnson has been associated with the Center for Consumer Law since his days as a student at the University of Houston Law Center. After his graduation in 2007, he began working at the Center full-time as associate director. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Houston Bar Association Consumer & Commercial Law Section. In 2006 as a second-year law student, Johnson was the first student named by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the UH System Board of Regents. While in law school, he also worked in the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division. Johnson graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 with a B.A. in economics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.



David TiedeDavid M. Tiede
Director, Texas Consumer Complaint Center
B.A., University of Texas, 1990; J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1993

Tiede came to the University of Houston Law Center as director of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center in 2009.  Previously, Tiede prosecuted civil consumer law cases for the State of California as Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Law Section, and represented State Agencies in employment discrimination cases for the Employment, Regulation, and Administration Section in San Diego.  



Rick McElvaneyRichard McElvaney
Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director - Center for Consumer Law
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University 1982; J.D., University of Houston Law Center 1986

McElvaney practiced as a legal aid attorney for 20 years at Gulf Coast Legal Foundation and Lone Star Legal Aid in the areas of housing, consumer, and bankruptcy law. He is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas, the U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit, and the United State Supreme Court, and board certified in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He previously served as chairman - and currently serves as a board member - of the State Bar of Texas – Consumer & Commercial Law Section. McElvaney is co-author of O’Connor’s Property Code Plus.


Jacki AguilarJacki Aguilar
Assistant to the Director and paralegal
Paralegal Certificate, University of Houston Paralegal Program, 2008

Aguilar came to the Law Center from the Deer Park Municipal Court where she worked as a deputy court clerk and juvenile case manager. She previously worked as a paralegal in a family law practice.