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  1. Litigation: 50%
    39 years
  2. Employment: 50%
    29 years


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1717 Main Street Suite 5500 Lb 49
Dallas, TX, 75201


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198707/16/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law197603/31/2016
DCInactive 197707/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America - LItigation - Labor & EmploymentBest Lawyers2016
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2016
Board Certified - Labor and Employment LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Law Firms in America - Tier 1Best Law Firms2015
Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - Labor & EmploymentBest Lawyers2015
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2015
Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - Labor & EmploymentBest Lawyers2014
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Walter S. Cowger2002 - Present
PartnerAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP1987 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Certified - Labor & Employment1996 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1987 - Present
Downtown Dallas YMCAMember - Board of Management1995 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hamilton v. AVPM Corporation et al, 2014 WL 1255839, aff'd 2014 WL 6602445, cert. denied 135 S.Ct. 1748Summary judgment for employer affirmed on appeal and certiorari denied
Harber v. CTI Petroleum, Inc. et al., 2011 WL 3484800Judgment for employer after bench trial affirmed on appeal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of VirginiaN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
Yale UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dallas Bar AssociationNon Compete/Non Disclosure Litigation2002
Dallas Bar AssociationNon Compete/Non Disclosure Litigation2001
Dallas Bar AssociationNon Compete/Non Disclosure Litigation2000