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.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1997||07/18/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Houston Top Lawyer||Houstonia Magazine||2013|
|Volunteer of the Year||Meyerland Soccer Club||2012|
|Rice University Alumni Builders Award||Rice University||2006|
|Shareholder||Hirsch & Westheimer, PC||1996 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Texas Association of Bank Counsel||Chair||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section||Vice Chair||2014 - Present|
|Rice University Alumni||Chair||2014 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1997 - Present|
|University of Houston Law Center||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Rice University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Top Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses||2012|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Banking Deposit Agreements||2012|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||UCC Update||2012|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Paperless Banking and New Rules Regarding Same and How to Prevent Your Bank from Suffering Losses||2010|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Top Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses||2010|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Banking Deposit Agreements||2010|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Banking Deposit Agreements||2009|
|Independent Bankers Association of Texas||Top Ten Cases All Banks Should be Aware of in Trying to Prevent Losses||2009|
|Compass Bank v. Haji Gul Khan||Judgment 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 al||Resolved at Mediation|
|Fonseca v. Compass Bank||Judgment in favor of Compass Bank|
|Abbas Yazdchi and Habibolah Yazdchi vs. Bank of America||Judgment in favor of Bank of America|
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Wed Jan 02 2013
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