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John R. Walker

Litigation Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1989
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Admiralty and maritime
    Jones Act, vessel seizure and liens, cargo damage claims, and maintenance and cure claims.

    34 years

  2. Employment and labor

    34 years

  3. Insurance
    Insurance Coverage Analysis, Reservation of Rights, and Declination Letters.

    34 years

  4. Litigation
    Personal Injury Litigation, primarily arising from employment.

    34 years

  5. Workers compensation
    Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentality Act (NFIA) and Defense Base Act (DBA).

    34 years

For the past 30 years, John R. Walker has identified solutions to legal and practical challenges to corporations and insurance interests.  These challenges include maritime, insurance and worker's compensation claims in defense of corporations and insurance interests in a nationwide practice. During this time, his practice has expanded to include a wide range of challenges experienced by corporations and insurance interests.  These include products liability, professional liability, commercial litigation, insurance coverage dipsutes, and employment law. Following the sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon and BP Oil Spill in 2010, he was retained by vessel owner defendants in personal injury lawsuits arising from the spill and clean-up operations.

Additionally, John R. Walker is regularly retained by insurance interests and employers to defend claims under the Jones Act, 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.  He frequently conducts continuing education programs and seminars for both insurance professionals and employers.

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Posted by Tim | January 5, 2010
John R. Walker Review
I have worked as a Catastrophic Workers' Compensation Claims Specialist for the past eleven (11) years. Is this capacity I am exposed to a myriad of complex issues. While my goal is to ultimately steer clear of litigation, unfortunately there are times when it cannot be avoided. Due to the extensive nature of a catastrophic injury, the issues that arise in conjunction with such injury can be extremely complicated with tremendous exposure. When you do get involved in litigation with these claims, you need an attorney that not only is technically sound and covers all bases, but also knows how to come across as caring and compassionate to a jury. When I first met John approximately ten (10) years ago, he did a lot of coverage work for our company. I must say there is no one better at handling a coverage matter for you. He is diligent, resourceful, and creative beyond belief in coming up with ideas and solutions to keep you out of hot water. I cannot say how many times he has creatively helped our company get out of a tough situation that we felt was hopeless. John does his homework and then some to come up with innovative ideas to help his client. Approximately four (4) years ago I found myself involved in a dispute that wound up in front of a jury. While I had used John exclusively for my coverage and research matters, I had never seen him in action in the courtroom. I did not hesitate to have him defend me and was quite pleased with his performance. The case was a very complicated matter that required intricate skill in presentation to the jury. John was cool, calm, and treated everyone with respect. However, when it was time to get tough with their witnesses, he handled that beautifully as well. In the end, my company was quite pleased with the results. I have discovered throughout my years in the claim business, you can find good research attorneys that cannot litigate and good litigators that cannot help you outside of the courtroom. John has the rare ability to be good at both and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs help with any insurance related matter.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kelley, Kronenberg
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Smith & Carr
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Shareholder
  • Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Murphy & Walker, LLC
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Brown Sims Wise & White
  • 1989 - 1999
  • Law Clerk 3L
  • Brown Sims Wise & White
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Law Clerk 2L
  • Lorance & Thompson, PC
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Summer Clerk 1L
  • Hinds Meyer Billings & Solomon, PC
  • 1986 - 1986
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  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Baylor University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Veronica Landry v. SEII
  • Prevailed
  • Coleman v. AAFES (ALJ 2017)
  • Prevailed
  • Cuellar v. Travelers Indemnity Co.
  • Prevailed.
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  • Houston Mariners Club
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Texas Law Review
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1989
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer 2015
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Wills Trusts and Estates
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1989
  • Top Ten Oralist - Moot Court
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1988
  • Law Review
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1988
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  • Corporate Counsel Review
  • The Contingent Workforce in Texas - What Every Corporate Counsel Using Temporary, Contract, or Leased Employees Needs to Know
  • 2010
  • Corporate Counsel Review
  • Spoliation of Records in Texas and the Corporate Records Retention Policy
  • 2001
  • Corporate Counsel Review
  • What Every Corporate Counsel Using Temporary Employees Needs To Know
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Texas Dept of Insurance
  • Professional Ethics in DBA Claims Handling
  • 2018
  • Contract Claims Services, Inc.
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2017
  • Contract Claims Services, Inc.
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2016
  • Broadspire, a Division of Crawford & Co.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • 2015
  • Contract Claims Services, Inc.
  • Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act
  • 2015
  • Marriot Claims Services
  • Food Borne Illnesses
  • 2014
  • Annual Update
  • Occupational Illness and Infectious Diseases
  • 2014
  • LHWCA Seminar
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
  • 2013
  • Contract Claims Services, Inc.
  • Negotiation and Social Security Disability Offsets
  • 2013
  • CEU Institute - Travelers Insurance Co.
  • Workers Compensation - The Basics
  • 2012
  • CEU Institute - Gallagher Bassett
  • Medical/Legal Documentation - Interpreting Investigative Information
  • 2012
  • Lorman Education Services
  • The Records Retention Policy
  • 2011
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Spoliation and the Corporate Records Rentention
  • 2010
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"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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