Teri A. Walter

Teri A. Walter

Walter Law Firm PC
  • Appeals & Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business Law ...
  • Texas
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Biography

Ms. Walter is an experienced trial lawyer, with a practical, business-oriented approach to handling cases. Her practice focuses on business litigation matters, including contracts, leases, construction, real estate, collections and Deceptive Trade Practices case and business owners' disputes. It Feels Good to Prevail!

1997 to Present President, Walter Law Firm, P.C., Houston, TX

2011 to 2012 Burleson, LLP, Houston, TX
Senior Counsel. Business litigation matters, including contracts, leases, collections, construction, real estate title, DTPA, fraud. Preparation of oil and gas title opinions.

1991 to 1996 Whittington, Pfeiffer & Vacek, Houston, TX
Associate Attorney. Represented Plaintiffs and insured Defendants in personal injury, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation matters.

1989 to 1990 Baker, Brown, Sharman & Parker, Houston, TX
Associate Attorney. Commercial litigation and personal injury defense.

1986 to 1989 Smith, Wright & Weed, P.C., Houston, TX
Associate Attorney 1988 - 1989; Legal Assistant/Litigation Section 1986-1988. Commercial litigation involving banks, savings & loans, and title company.

Professional:
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, 2006
Admitted to practice State of Texas 1988,
U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Texas 1989, Western District of Texas 2011
Licensed Real Estate Broker - 1995

Education
University of Houston Law Center
J.D. (1988) | Law
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Honors: Top 25% of Class
Activities: Moot Court, and Mock Trial participant, multiple years, and worked full time as a paralegal during the entire course of study.
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University of Houston - Main Campus
B.A. (1985) | Economics
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Worked full time during the entire course of study.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Des Moines Area Community College
A.A. (1979) | Legal Assistant
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Activities: Worked full time during entire course of studies.
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Professional Experience
Walter Law Firm PC
Current
Speaking Engagements
Ten Commandments of Clear Contract Writing, Lunch & Learn, Houston, TX
Houston Paralegal Association
Secure Your Legal Rights - Texas Mechanic's Liens, Educational Seminar, Houston, TX
Womens Contractors Association
Mechanic's Liens Update, Educational Seminar, Houston, TX
Womens Contractors Association
Evaluating Mechanic's & Materialmans' Liens, In House Education, Houston, TX
K Hovnanian of Houston, LLC
Contracts, Online Radio Show, Houston, TX
Business Skills Radio
Choosing a Business Entity, Online Radio Show, Houston, TX
Business Skills Radio
Certifications
Civil Trial Law
Texas State Bar
Awards
Top Lawyers 2020
H Texas Magazine
Top Lawyers
Houstonia Magizine
Top Lawyers
Houstonia Magazine
Top Lawyers
Houstonia Magazine
Top Lawyers
Houstonia Magizine
Top Lawyers
Houstonia Magazine
Women of Excellence
Federation of Houston Professional Women
Tiffany Star
Association of Women Attorneys
Movers & Shakers Award
Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce
Professional Associations
Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
Member, Past President
- Current
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Association of Women Attorneys
Member, Past President
- Current
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College of the State Bar
Member
- Current
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State Bar of Texas  # 20815100
Member
- Current
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Houston Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 20815100
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Fees
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For clients with matters in our practice areas, I typically do a free phone screening, and offer a 1 hour, $200 consultation if needed to review applicable documents and discuss the actions needed in your situation, and expected results. Most matters are handled on an hourly basis, with an initial retainer that varies depending on what actions are anticipated within the first 30-90 days of the engagement.
Practice Areas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
    Bankruptcy
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Consumer Law
    Personal Injury
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Homeowners Association, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. As a seller, am I permitted to take my personal property such as tv brackets, shelves, curtain rods, hooks etc.
A: If it's permanently attached to the house, it's a fixture - meaning it's a part of the real estate - and should not be removed without an agreement to do so. The appliances are typically not permanently attached, but just plugged in, and are therefore personal property that can be removed if the contract does not provide for them. Brackets and shelving and curtain rods are trickier, since they're attached, but can easily be removed. However, typically it's not worth taking these things, as they have little or no value somewhere else, and are not worth fighting about.
Q. Am I personally liable while working as an assistant to a property manager? What kind of lawyer should I consult?
A: You will always have personal liability for your own actions, no matter what agreements may be in place, and regardless of whether you are an employee or independent contractor. The landlord will also be liable for your actions taken as their agent, regardless of what agreement may exist between the two of you. The biggest concern I would have is the possible need for a real estate license. Showing properties, for example, requires a license if you're not an employee of the owner. If you already have a license, the simplest thing you can do to protect yourself is to get E&O insurance (errors & omissions) and you may be able to get the landlord to cover that costs. If you are not going to be an employee and don't have a real estate license, the Texas Real Estate Commission could take action against you for acting as a real estate agent without a license.
Q. I live near a property where the women who lived there passed away in August 2019. What happens if no one claims it?
A: Contact one of the heirs and let them know about the situation. They may want to sell or to use the property themselves, and will need to start a probate proceeding to be able to transfer title.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Walter Law Firm, PC Website
Contact & Map
Walter Law Firm PC
1111 North Loop W
Ste 1115
Houston, TX 77008
Telephone: (713) 529-2020
Fax: (713) 529-2266
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed