Roy Lee Warren

Roy Lee Warren

Law Office of Roy L Warren, 512 392-5188
  • Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation...
  • Texas
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Roy was born and raised in Texas, graduating from Texas City High School. The same night his HS class held its graduation ceremony Roy was in North Dakota getting married at just 18 years old to his sweetheart, Laurie from Walhalla, North Dakota. They met one summer when they were just 15 years old. After his parents and family went back to Texas, Roy and Laurie stayed in contact by writing letters (occasionally speaking on the phone) until Roy was able to go to ND (after HS) to get married.
Then after their marriage, they lived and worked in ND where they went through life's school of "hard knocks". After learning some hard lessons from "life's school", such as #1. even though (much to his surprise) some work weeks consist of more than 100 hours, it is a "hard", "hard" living on minimum wage. He worked for various farmers and ranchers, (who are exempt from paying over-time), working enough to be almost up to the level of âflat brokeâ! But he grew up and learned to be a man and work like a man. He also learned to be a trucker, driving 18-wheelers, (aka semi-trucks). Earning money as a trucker allowed him to earn enough money to help his wife through college to become a license vocational nurse, LVN.
One day, returning from a "long haul trip" to Colorado, Roy discovered his spouse, Laurie, had sold everything they had in the world. She told him it was his turn to attend college! Although he had much trepidation, (at the time they had two children and it had been 10 years since he had been in HS) he enrolled at University of North Dakota.
While attending UND he earned accolades and academic scholarships and graduated with honors in just 3 years. He earned one of the first degrees for "Bachelors of Accountancy", ever issued by the University of North Dakota. He then took and passed the certifying exam to become a CPA. By this time Roy and Laurie, now had four children, and moved back to Texas so he could enroll in law school at South Texas College of Law, located in downtown Houston.
While attending STCL he worked with the Law firm of Alton Todd in Alvin Texas. Roy credits his success to the mentorship of Alton Todd where Roy learned to be a not only a good lawyer, but also a professional.
Over the past 20 years as a lawyer, Roy has proven to be creative, successful, and well regarded by clients, peers and judges alike. Throughout his life and career he has demonstrated he is intelligent, resilient, and a winner. He had to fight, scratch and claw his whole life coming from humble but noble beginnings. He is never judgmental of anyone for mistakes, always being respectful. He is just the kind of lawyer you need because he cares, understands, and will compassionately fight for his clients because he knows how, from fighting his whole life.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Bankruptcy
Additional Practice Areas
  • Expert Witness Regarding Insurance
  • Various other case
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    My fee depends on the type of case, for instance defending a criminal charge I must charge a retainer, personal injury cases I take on a contingency fee so you do not have to pay up front, workers compensation depends on the situation but if you think your do not need a lawyer ask yourself why the carriers have them.
  • Contingent Fees
    My contingent fees for workers compensation is 25%; for PI cases my fees are 1/3 of the recovery at most.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    With respect to criminal defense I must charge by the hour but I always give defendants a cap that my total charge for fees will never surpass; unless there is some extraordinary circumstance (which so far in 25 years has never happened).
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/Lawyer
Law Office of Roy L. Warren,
- Current
With respect to worker's compensation few people can match my experience. I have been involved with more than 4,000 worker's compensation cases by: (1) representing injured workers (IW) at all levels, including judicial review (jury trial); (2) working for insurance carriers, (3) teaching or moderating WC to other attorneys (3) working as administrative Judge for the Appeals Panel with DWC reviewing cases to ensure legal and factually sufficient reasons to affirm or reverse; (4) testifying as an expert witness on WC matters. Also I represent those charged with crimes whether it’s a traffic violation, misdemeanor, murder, or First Degree Felonies. Regarding Personal Injury cases, I have represented people for violation of Constitution rights, injured in automobiles, slip and falls, injured when sitting on a broken toilet seat, and I even assisted people with having their tortoises returned
Education
Houston College of Law Houston
J.D. / Law (1991)
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South Texas College of Law
J.D. / Law
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Honors: Received American Jurispudence Award for Excellence in Property Law I and also Property Law II. Received award for highest grades in Civil Rights and Civil RICO.
Activities: While at UND I was elected as a Student Senator and I was appointed to be the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. I was also a member of VITA. While at STCL I was a member of the moot court team and was a quarter finalist.
University of North Dakota
B.A. / Accounting
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Honors: Awarded Accounting Department Scholarship for excellence in Accounting; Graduated in top 15%, Named to Honor Society Beta Alpha Psi; Named to deans list and National Deans list on multiple occassion.
Activities: I was elected Student Senator at UND and was also elected to be the Chair of the Appropriations Committee.
Awards
10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Texas
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Based on Client Satisfaction
10 Best DWI Attorneys in Texas
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Board Certified in Workers' Compensation Law
State Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified in Worker's Compensation Law 2005-2015
Certified Public Accountant
The North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants
Professional Associations
Worker's Compensation Section of the Texas State Bar
Board Certified in Worker's Compensation
- Current
State Bar of Texas
Litigation Section of the Texas State Bar
- Current
Activities: Member
Texas State Bar # 20888685
Member
- Current
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
CPA
- Current
Activities: Member as a CPA
The North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Public Accountant
- Current
Activities: After passing the CPA examine I joined th North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants
USAA Amatuer Boxing Asssociation
Trainer/Judge
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Activities: As a certified boxing instructor with U.S.A.A. I trained amateurs in boxing. I was also certified to judge the events.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Suing IC for Medical Benefits
Lawyer.com
Appeals Panel Decision No. 030664
TWCC
Speaking Engagements
Adjusting Workers' Compensation Cases, Workers Compensation, Radisson Hotel San Antonio
Texas Mutual Insurance
Moderated the event as well as presented other WC topics with other speakers.
Adjusting Workers' Compensation Cases, Workers Compensation, Radisson Hotel San Antonio
Texas Mutual Insurance
Moderated the event as well as presented other WC topics with other speakers.
Certifications
Board Certified in Worker's Compensation
by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Public Accountant
The North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
106 Questions Answered

Q. I'm almost a year into my claim. The nurse case manager told me it I should retire before my year is up
A: That seems a bit fishy to me that the NCM would give you advice to retire? If you have no lawyer assisting you you should call DWC and ask for an ombudsman to be assigned to you case. You need to ask for reconsideration on the denial of surgery (w/i the time limits imposed) and if denied again ask that an independent review organization (IRO) be appointed to determine if surgery is necessary. Good luck to you.
Q. Had spinal fusion last year and recently hurt my back at work. Can I get denial turned around?
A: Surgery can be very expensive so you can expect a fight from the insurance carrier. You need to either hire a lawyer to help with your claim or ask DWC to appoint an ombudsman to assist you. Good luck.
Q. I had personal leave days. I was told I had to use my leave days 4 a not at fault injury on the job for WC to pay. True?
A: I am having a great deal of difficulty understanding your question. Are you asking if the employer can tell you to use your personal leave days after you were injured at work? Whether that would be proper depends on who your employer is. Governmental entities give employees a choice of taking leave, but it seems you're saying your employer orders you to take it? As I understand your question that would be improper because you earn your leave. The law prohibits employers from requiring employees to pay for their own wc insurance so in essence the employer violates that law by requiring an employee to take earned leave.
Q. Injured in 2013, no longer w/company. I have a Doc for my injury, but company joined network. Do I have to switch?
A: I am not 100% either on this question. I agree you should call DWC, and speak with an ombudsman or lawyer for injured workers at DWC. You can look on the website posted below: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/hmo/mcqa/glossary.html
Q. Can I still recieve a impairment rating if I resigned while on light duty?
A: Yes, one has nothing to do with the other. An IR is given by a medical provider for permanent impairment to your body. Receiving IIBs does not require you to be off or on work. You get IIBs regardless. Once you get an IR you may receive 3 weeks of IIBs for each percentage point of benefits.
Q. Does workers comp have to give me notice before terminating my weekly benefits?
A: I can guess who the IC is. I am sorry for your difficulty. No they do not have to notify you before they just stop benefits. In fact if you are certified as being at MMI and the %$#^ medical provider back dates your MMI date the IC could even say you have been overpaid. For instance, assume the doctor says you are at MMI as of July 27, 2016, and assigns you a 2% IR (3 weeks of benefits for each % so 6 more weeks (2 x 3) after MMI). Also assume you have been paid through today. The IC stops benefits immediately with no warning to you claiming you have been overpaid. That is why I now handle very few wc cases. I hope that scenario does not happen to you but it is not uncommon.
Q. Multiple fractured ribs. Dr trying to send me to work after two weeks. What can I do? We don't have light duty positions
A: Unfortunately your employer is probably in a "network"? A network is an entity of medical providers that is approved by the IC and employer. You have your choice of medical provider as long as you choose one of the doctors they have said you can choose. (What a deal!) If your employer does not have light duty available and the doctor released you to light duty then you should be getting wc benefits. If the doctor puts you on restrictions and your employer is willing to abide by the restrictions it will send you what is called a "bona fide offer" of employment. Very strict rules must be followed for the offer to be valid. You probably need a lawyer to assist you, or you can call DWC and ask it to appoint an ombudsman to "assist you". They assist you, not represent you and even DWC stats show lawyers have better success helping injured workers than the ombudsmen. But hey, the ombudsman help is free. Ombuddies are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. Some are quite good some are...well something else? Good luck.
Q. How do I appeal a workmanship comp denial? I got a second opinion from a neutral doctor and want to appeal
A: I'm not clear as to what you are asking. Was there a CCH and you lost or are you asking how to appeal a preauthorization request. If you want to appeal a preauth you must ask for reconsideration within the time limits. If you just want to fight the IC's denial of medical benefits for the ACL tear you need to request a BRC and perhaps advance to a CCH. I would strongly suggest hiring a wc lawyer to assist with that endeavor. Good luck.
Q. lawyer worked a total of 8 hours before being dismissed for not filing paper work correctly can they still collect 25%?
A: They can collect up to 25% a week for the time (8 hours) approved by DWC but the amount is limited by the actual time expended and approved working on your case. Previously the hourly rate was $150 per hour but that amount has been increased. You could send the lawyer a certified letter and request they waive the fee if you feel they did not assist you.
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