Over 36 years of general civil and appellate practice including real estate litigation, title insurance defense, probate litigation and bankruptcy litigation. I represent title insurers, banks, business entities, individuals in a wide range of litigation and business matters. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992.
Email: email@example.com 214- 740 – 2521.
- Licensed Texas attorney practicing for over 36 years in Texas
- Active trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts in Texas
- Served as an Adjunct Professor of Texas Pre-Trial Procedure and Trials and Appeals at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.
- Present: Adkerson, Hauder & Bezney, P.C. , 1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 4450, Dallas, Texas 75201-7323 (214-740-2521).
- Cantey Hanger, LLP – (1981 – 2014)
- Ungerman, Hill – (1981) Adjunct Professor – Texas Pre-Trial and Trials and Appeals – TWU Law School (now Texas A&M University Law School)– (1998-2000)
- Navy Commander (Retired)United States Navy Reserve and Active Duty – (1986 – 2014). Operation Desert Storm (1990 – 1991); Operation Enduring Freedom (2001 – 2003); and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007 – 2008).
- Texas Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Science, 1978.
- President, Student Government Association 1977-78
- Texas Tech School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, 1980.
- Board Certified -Civil Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization ( 1992)
- State Bar of Texas.
- Member, SBOT Appellate Section, Oral History Committee.
- Past Member, State Bar Mentor Committee.
- Licensed in all four federal district courts and bankruptcy courts in Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.
- Member, Dallas and Tarrant County Bar Associations.
- Past President of Tarrant County Bankruptcy Bar Association.
- Member, American Bar Association and of Torts and Insurance Section.
- Member, Texas Land Title Association.
- The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (2014).
- Top Rated Lawyer Appellate Law – American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell (2013).
- Certificate of Appreciation, Texas Wesleyan School of Law Clinic (2011).
- Outstanding Attorney, West Texas Legal Services (1990).
- Practitioner of the Year, West Texas Legal Services (1986).
- AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
- Legal Counsel, Fort Worth Counsel of the Navy League.
- Legal Counsel, Lone Star Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.
- Board Member, Alumni Association, Texas Wesleyan University.
- Active Member, Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
• Developments in Home Equity Litigation in Bankruptcy, Advanced Real Estate Section (July 2016); Texas Land Title Association Institute (Dec. 2015)
• Fifth Circuit Casts Doubt on Borrower’s Resurrection of Time Barred Defenses, Dateline Austin, Texas Land Title Association, (June 11, 2014).
• Home Equity Loans – Plan Your Strategy Before Filing That Proof of Claim, Dateline Austin, Texas Land Title Association, (March 14, 2014).
• Home Equity Loans With Borrower’s Non-Compliance Complaints: Unintended Consequences of Filing Bankruptcy Proof of Claim, Texas Land Title Association, Dateline Austin, (December 11, 2013). http://www.informz.net/informzdataservice/onlineversion/public?mailingInstanceId=1726513.
• Home Equity Litigation, Fort Worth Business Press, (April 27, 2013).
• The Role of the Paralegal in Bankruptcy Litigation, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, (Oct 5-7, 2011).
• Texas AG Buys Time for Lenders, Borrowers, Investors, Fort Worth Business Press, Collin County Business Press, (Nov 3, 2010).
• Prior Liens on Properties Can Land Lenders in Court, Fort Worth Business Press, Collin County Business Press (Oct 2010).
• A Government Contract and Bankruptcy Law Conundrum: Interpretation of the Anti-Assignment Act and Related Matters, The Procurement Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 1, (Fall, 2007).
• Repeat Bankruptcy Filers Face Changes to Automatic Stay, The Texas Lawyer, (Jan 2006).
• The Motion in Limine in Bankruptcy Litigation, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, (Mar 2005).
- Monthly Judicial Profiles, Tarrant County Bar Journal (2015 – present).
- A Private War, (A Novel) ISBN-10: 1523961155 (April 19, 2016
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- In re Erickson, 2014 WL 1679131 (5th April 29, 2014)(court affirmed validity of home equity lien and right to conduct a judicial foreclosure).
- Aaes v. 4G Companies, 13-20290, 2014 WL 968546 (5th Cir. Mar. 13, 2014)(court affirmed Rule 8 and 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss).
- Brookman v Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 96-10074 (5th Cir. 1996)(court affirmed summary judgment granting bona fide purchaser status of Secretary of Veterans Affairs as insured under title insurance policy).
Texas Supreme Court
- In re Valliance Bank, 422 S. W. 3d 729 (Tex. App. — Fort Worth 2013, mandamus denied, Feb. 14, 2014), rehearing of motion for mandamus overruled (Apr 4, 2014)(secured en banc writ of mandamus from Second Court of Appeals dismissing case reinstated after jurisdiction of trial court ended).
- Liberty Enterprises, Inc. v. Moore Transp. Co., Inc., 690 S.W.2d 570 (Tex. 1985)(court affirmed default judgment against non-resident defendant and denied special appearance after default judgment after agreeing to a new trial)(argued case in Texas Supreme Court).
Texas Court of Appeals
- Maki v Anderson, 02-13-00153-CV, 2014 WL 3891549, at *1 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 7, 2014), reh’g overruled (Oct. 9, 2014), review denied (Jan. 23, 2015), denied, 136 S. Ct. 584, 193 L. Ed. 2d 471 (2015)(affirmance of divorce decree and denial of annulment proceeding).
- Straily v. Lawyers Title Ins. Corp., 2011 WL 6742505 (Tex. App.—Tyler 2011, pet. denied)(affirmed summary judgment over coverage of title insurance policy).
- Crossland v. Berry, 2010 WL 5020501 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 2010, no pet.)(court reverses summary judgment against an insured’s breach of warranty claim)(represented the insured defended under a title insurance policy).
- The Shelton Group v Ronald Schmidt and Christina Schmidt, 02-01-000111-CV, 2001 WL 37111523, at *1 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth Nov. 1, 2001, no pet.)(court reversed and remands trial court award of $1,000 legal fee as arbitrary when unchallenged testimony was in excess of $13,000).
- Trinity Western Title Company, Inc. v Glenn D. Thompson and James E. Phillips, 2-99-199-CV, 2000 WL 36719229, at *2 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth Aug. 28, 2000, no pet.)(court reverses trial court denial of legal fee award in failing to award legal fees to the prevailing party).
- Cadle Co. v. Harvey, 46 S.W.3d 282 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2001, pet. denied)(court affirms declaratory judgment that judgment does not apply to homestead and affirms legal fee award against Cadle Company).
- Skelton v Washington Mut. Bank, F.A., 61 S.W. 3d 56 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2001, no pet.)(affirmed judgment granting judicial foreclosure of lien in probate court against homestead against decedent’s estate after claim of non-signature spouse claim of homestead).
- Stewart v. Ogletree, 2-99-311-CV, 2000 WL 36707751, at *1 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Mar. 16, 2000, no pet.)(court sustains rule 13 sanctions for suit filed by plaintiff without standing).
- Chicago Title Ins. Co. v. Alford, 3 S.W.3d 164 (Tex. App.—Eastland 1999, pet. denied)(obtained reversal and rendering of judgment against title insurance company for breach of contract and tort claims that were outside the terms of the title policy of insurance).
- Kane v Traver, 2-99-144-CV, 2000 WL 36722629, at *1 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Apr. 27, 2000, no pet.)(reversal and remand for failure of creditor to establish conditions precedent for recovery of deficiency).
- Wallace v Tucker, 04-98-00601-CV, 1999 WL 140543, at *1 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Mar. 17, 1999, no pet.)(reversal and remand of declaratory judgment attacking a valid judgment).
- Pletcher v Goetz, 9 S.W. 3d 442 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 1999, pet. denied)(obtained reversal of award of legal fees against appellant in a family law appeal involving a modification of a divorce decree).
- Hirabayashi v. N. Main Bar-B-Q, Inc., 977 S.W.2d 704 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1998, pet. denied)(obtained affirmance of summary judgment motion granting no liability for accident that occurred off premises).
- Dayco Corp. v. Scott Sherman, 2-92-229-CV, 1994 WL 17100832, at *1 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1994, writ denied)(reverse/remand based on statute of limitations and insufficient evidence of damages).
- Booth v. Malkan, 858 S.W.2d 641 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1993, writ denied)(court sustains rule 11 sanctions filed by plaintiff more than four ten years after transaction and barred by four year statute of limitations).
- Darrah v Hinds, 720 S.W. 2d 689 (Tex. App. – Fort worth 1986, writ ref’d n.r.e.)(obtained affirmance of summary judgment involving claims of libel and slander against a bank involving an affidavit for writ of sequestration).