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Mr. Walker is also active in his community. He recently concluded two terms as a member of the Coppell Economic Development Committee and as President of the Coppell Economic Development Foundation. Mr. Walker is a Past President of the Austin College "L" Association and is a former member of the Austin College Alumni Board. Mr. Walker is a Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and is also a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Walker has previously served as President of the Coppell ISD Education Foundation for two terms and as a member of the 2009 City of Coppell Bond Advisory Committee. For more than two decades, Mr. Walker served in a variety of capacities on the Advisory Board of the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. Mr. Walker was selected by the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce in 1992 - 1993 to participate in the Leadership Dallas program and was honored in 1998 as one of "Forty Under Forty" by the Dallas Business Journal. He was a Charter Member and Barrister of the Justice Patrick Higginbotham Dallas Inn of Court and an Honorary Barrister in the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in London, England.

Mr. Walker has been blessed with a wonderful marriage to his wife Cherie for the past 32 years and two incredible daughters.


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  1. Litigation: 70%
    31 years
  2. Appeals: 15%
    31 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 5%
    31 years
  4. Insurance: 5%
    31 years
  5. Energy: 5%
    31 years



Hourly ($550-750/hour)

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Cole Schotz P.C.

2515 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1350
Dallas, TX, 75201


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
"Forty Under Forty" AwardDallas Business Journal1992
Leadership Dallas ClassDallas Regional Chamber of Commerce1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA2013 - Present
PartnerWalker Sewell LLP2001 - 2013
Senior MemberCozen O'Connor, PC1996 - 2001
Partner; Litigation Section ChairArter & Hadden, LLP1987 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Thomson ReutersTexas Super Lawyerrs2012 - Present
Dallas Committee on Foreign RelationsMember2007 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationSustaining Fellow2002 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Austin College "L" AssociationFormer President2011 - 2012
Coppell Economic Development CommitteeMember2010 - 2013
Coppell Economic Development FoundationPresident2010 - 2013
Tort & Insurance Practice Session, Dallas Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - 2009
Coppell Independent School District Education FoundationFormer President2006 - 2010
Dallas Museum of Nature and ScienceAdvisory Board1987 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
TXU Portfolio Mgmt. Co., L.P. v. FPL Energy, LLC, No. 05-08-01584-CV, WL 2904628 (Tex.App.-Dallas Jul. 27, 2010, no pet. h.)Successful on all counts.
Unauthorized Practice of Law Comm. v. Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co., 2004 WL 2805841 (Tex.App. - San Ant., 2004, pet. denied)Successful on all counts.
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 283 F.3d 650 (5th Cir. 2002)Successful on all counts.
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Publication nameTitleDate
1 The Journal of Texas Insurance Law 15Excess Liability Insurance and Reinsurance: General Principles and Current Issues1999
55 Texas Bar Journal 792Comparative Bad Faith – Its Time Has Come In Texas1992
52 Texas Bar Journal 1306The American Inns of Court – A Return to Civility in the Practice of Law1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Austin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Texas Law School 10th Annual Insurance Law InstituteThe Legacy of the Stowers Doctrine - How Far Does It Go?2005
State Bar of Texas Second Annual Advanced Insurance Law Course March 2005 Faculty MemberSelf-Insured Retentions and the Golden Rule - What Duties are Owed by the Insured?2005
State Bar of Texas First Annual Advanced Insurance Law CourseManaging the Crowd - Making Sense of Self-Insured Retentions, Fronting Policies, Matching Deductibles, Captive Policies and Loss Runs2004
University of Texas Law School 8th Annual Insurance Law InstituteDetermining Coverage for Class Actions - The Current State of the Law Governing Class Actions and Basic Coverage Issues They Create2003