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For more than twenty-five years,,  John R. Walker has handled maritime, insurance and worker's compensation claims in defense of corporations and insurance interests. His practice has expanded to include products liability, professional liability, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, and "bad faith" litigation, and employment law.  Most recently, he has been retained by defendants in personal injury lawsuits arising from the 2010 BP Oil Spill and sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon.

Additionally, John R. Walker is regularly retained by insurance interests and employers to defend claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act (NFIA), the Defense Base Act (DBA), the Jones Act, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and the Texas Workers Compensation Act. Mr. Walker is regularly retained by temporary services employers and staffing agencies for consultation and guidance related to employee practices, contracts, and injuries to employees.

John R. Walker is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the United States Courst of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Court of International Trade.   He regularly practices before Texas and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Walker frequently conducts continuing education programs and seminars for both insurance professionals and employers.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 20%
    27 years
  2. Insurance: 20%
    27 years
  3. Workers Compensation: 20%
    27 years
  4. Maritime: 20%
    27 years
  5. Litigation: 20%
    27 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Keith M. Remels

    John is an outstanding lawyer. He is not only knowledgeable on the law but also knows how to practically manage a case. John also has a high level of integrity. I highly recommend him.


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Contact info

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier LLC

1001 McKinney
Suite 1400
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198908/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer 2015Houstonia Magazine2015
American Jurisprudence Award - Wills Trusts and EstatesSouth Texas College of Law1989
Top Ten Oralist - Moot CourtSouth Texas College of Law1988
Law ReviewSouth Texas College of Law1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier LLC2015 - Present
PartnerKelley, Kronenberg2013 - 2015
PartnerSmith & Carr2008 - 2013
ShareholderHays, McConn, Rice & Pickering2000 - 2008
PartnerMurphy & Walker, LLC2000 - 2000
AssociateBrown Sims Wise & White1989 - 1999
Law Clerk 3LBrown Sims Wise & White1988 - 1989
Law Clerk 2LLorance & Thompson, PC1987 - 1988
Summer Clerk 1LHinds Meyer Billings & Solomon, PC1986 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Houston Maritime Arbitrators AssociationMember2014 - Present
Houston Mariners ClubMember2014 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1989 - Present
Texas Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
South Texas Law ReviewMember1987 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Roberto Hinojosa v. HAS Marine Services, Inc. (ALJ 2015)Prevailed on all issues.
Jessie Watson v. Rail Switching Services (ALJ 2015)Prevailed on all issues in longshore hearing loss claim.
Maxey v. Suderman Contracting Stevedores, Inc. (ALJ 2015).Prevailed on all issues in hearing loss claim.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Corporate Counsel ReviewThe Contingent Workforce in Texas - What Every Corporate Counsel Using Temporary, Contract, or Leased Employees Needs to Know2010
Corporate Counsel ReviewSpoliation of Records in Texas and the Corporate Records Retention Policy2001
Corporate Counsel ReviewWhat Every Corporate Counsel Using Temporary Employees Needs To Know1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Baylor UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Contract Claims Services, Inc.Annual Case Law Update2016
Broadspire ServicesTexas Ethics for Adjusters2016
TXANS 2015 Annual Nonsubscriber ConferenceCase Law Update2015
Contract Claims Services, Inc.Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act2015
BroadspirePost-Traumatic Stress Disorder2015
Monthly Meeting - Houston Claims AssociationSocial Media2014
Marriot Claims ServicesFood Borne Illnesses2014
Houston Claims AssociationSocial Media in Claims Investigation2014
Annual UpdateOccupational Illness and Infectious Diseases2014
Annual Longshore ConferenceLongshore Jeopardy2014
LHWCA SeminarLongshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act2013
LHWCA and Texas Workers CompensationLongshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act2013
Contract Claims Services, Inc.Negotiation and Social Security Disability Offsets2013
Apportioning Multiple Injuries and Structured SettlementsApportioning Multiple Injuries - Structured Settlements2013
CEU Institute - Travelers Insurance Co.Workers Compensation - The Basics2012
CEU Institute - JI SpecialtiesSocial Media2012
CEU Institute - Gallagher BassettMedical/Legal Documentation - Interpreting Investigative Information2012
LormanThe Records Retention Policy2011
Lorman Education ServicesSpoliation and the Corporate Records Rentention2010
Document Retention and DestructionCorporate Records Retention2009