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I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, before receiving my B.A. from Rice University in 1992.  I began law school in 1994 by attending South Texas College of Law. In 1996, I clerked for the Honorable Lynn Bradshaw-Hull in the Harris Civil County Court at Law No. 3.  I graduated from the University of Houston Law Center magna cum laude in 1997.  I am currently a litigation attorney concentrating on civil matters at Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C.


If banks have a depository operations issue, I have handled thousands of cases regarding same.  I have successfully defended banks from lawsuits totaling over $100,000,000.  I have answered over 150 lawsuits involving UCC sections 3, 4 and/or 4A issues.  I have also personally answered over 2,000 garnishment lawsuits.  I have been asked to be an expert witness on issues concerning UCC sections 3, 4 and 4A.  I have written numerous articles on banking topics, and have given numerous speeches, including speeches on how to better protect banks in litigation through updated deposit agreements.  I have also given UCC update speeches and given speeches on other UCC issues.  I also routinely handle many other types of lawsuits against banks including lender liability claims, FCRA claims, FDCPA claims, Texas Finance Code claims, and other alleged wrongful debt collection claims, and I have handled many disputes concerning construction lending litigation.


I have also defended many other types of businesses, including hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and various other businesses.  For example, I helped the United States of America Chess Federation defend against a $25,000,000.00 lawsuit by some board members against other board members for defamation, libel and slander, tortious interference and various other claims.  If your business has been faced with a demand letter, I am generally able to defend your business with regard to same.  If you are worried about a threatened or pending lawsuit (i.e., if you are having trouble sleeping due to a lawsuit or a potential lawsuit against your business), I am likely the type of lawyer you need and please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.


To provide more specifics, I have experience with complex commercial litigation, including tortious interference claims, insurance claim litigation, fidelity and surety insurance coverage, DTPA claims, injunctions, employment law, landlord-tenant disputes, probate matters, property disputes, real estate tax litigation, breach of contract, business torts, construction law disputes, defamation, libel and slander, and other general business matters.


Practice areas


  1. Banking: 70%
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 15%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 15%



Hourly ($175-470/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kristy Gabrielova

    Mr. Huttenbach is a highly respected lawyer in the Texas legal community. He is a fellow Rice University alumnus and has done many great things for our alma matter. In fact, he received an award for his service to Rice. Pat Huttenbach is a great lawyer and I wholeheartedly endorse him.


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  • Gregory Rincon

    Pat is a lawyer you can count on. He is a professional and detailed oriented.


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Contact info

Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C.

1415 Louisiana Street, 36th Floor
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199701/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Houston Top LawyerHoustonia Magazine2013
Volunteer of the YearMeyerland Soccer Club2012
Rice University Alumni Builders AwardRice University2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHirsch & Westheimer, PC1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Association of Bank CounselChair2014 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Business Law SectionVice Chair2014 - Present
Rice University AlumniChair2014 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Compass Bank v. Haji Gul KhanJudgment in favor of Compass Bank
Rodriguez v. NBC Bank and NationsBank of Texas, N.A.Judgment in favor of NationsBank
Plant Automation Services, Inc. v. Banner Life Insurance Co., et alResolved at Mediation
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Rice UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Independent Bankers Association of TexasTop Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses2012
Independent Bankers Association of TexasBanking Deposit Agreements2012
Independent Bankers Association of TexasUCC Update2012
Independent Bankers Association of TexasPaperless Banking and New Rules Regarding Same and How to Prevent Your Bank from Suffering Losses2010
Independent Bankers Association of TexasTop Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses2010
Independent Bankers Association of TexasBanking Deposit Agreements2010
Independent Bankers Association of TexasBanking Deposit Agreements2009
Independent Bankers Association of TexasTop Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses2009