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
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.
South Texas College Of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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
Legal Answers
74 Questions Answered

Q. My wife was injured while being a volunteer on an out of town school trip. Might she be covered by the school's WC?
A: This is a difficult area of the law in Texas and you need a Texas answer, sorry about that.. Here is what DWC says: Generally, an injury is not compensable if it arose out of voluntary participation in an off-duty recreational, social, or athletic activity that did not constitute part of the IW's work-related duties, unless the activity is a reasonable expectancy of or is expressly or impliedly required by the employer. Section 406.032(1)(D). Such an injury is compensable if (1) participation in the activity is expressly or impliedly required by the employer; or (2) the employer derives some benefit from the activity, other than the health or morale of the IW; or (3) where the injury takes place at the place or immediate vicinity of employment while the IW is required to hold himself or herself in readiness for work, and the activity takes place with the employer's express or implied permission. Mersch v. Zurich Insurance Co., 781 S.W.2d 447 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth 1989, writ den'd). If the IW establishes that any one of the above three factors was present at the time of the injury, the injury is compensable. APD 000062. Whether the IW's injury is compensable under one of the three factors is a question of fact for the HO to resolve. APD 971330.. So if your employer expressly or implicitly expected you to volunteer, you may have a claim. Hope this helps.
Q. What has to be proven to get convicted of burglary of a building in Texas?
A: According to the Penal Code of Texas Sec. 30.02. BURGLARY [of a building] occurs where (a) A person without the effective consent of the owner, the person: (1) enters ...a building (or any portion of a building) not then open to the public, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault; or (2) remains concealed, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault, in a building ...; or (3) enters a building .... and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or an assault. (b) For purposes of this section, "enter" means to intrude: (1) any part of the body; or (2) any physical object connected with the body. Hope this helps.
Q. Got hurt on the job on 11/19/15. Got MRI , I have 2 herniated disc and sciatica ,was out of work for 4 months.
A: You may have a fight on your hands but you should still be entitled to benefits. I am not sure how anyone could tell you had been drinking from a telephone call but it appears you did the right thing telling them you could not come to work. As for termination, an employer can fire you for any reason, as long as it is not a "bad reason" such as the result of race or filing a wc claim.
Q. I filed a workers' comp claim, but my employer wasn't paid up on the insurance. Now what?
A: First to be sure, call Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers Compensation, 1800 252-7031 and ask if your employer is covered. If the employer is not covered you have a PI claim.
Q. If you are receiving workers comp and find out if you have cancer can the company stop your comp payments?
A: It could based on the fact your inability to work is solely the result of cancer and not your job injury. But that would be not only cold hearted, it would be difficult to prove the job injury has NOTHING to do with the disability.
Q. Why is it so hard to hire a workers comp attorney in Texas?
A: Wow you seem to have significant injuries that were logically caused by your employment. As long as the employer has no defense (intoxication, horseplay...) you seem to have a viable case. The IC could allege "Act of God" (i.e. turbulence) however, I doubt that defense would work because as a "flight attendant" you are at a greater risk of being injured due to turbulence. But to the real crux of the problem, IW's lawyers are "seemingly" paid the same as IC lawyers but lets dig a little deeper shall we. The DWC "pretend"s that the lawyers are on equal footing and even has the backing of the Texas Supreme Court in "Garcia". Lawyers for IW are limited to being paid 25% of the recovery of income benefits. So regarding a recovery of income benefits that nets $1,000 the lawyer gets paid $250, IF HE WINS! Let's calculate the REAL disparity with all the crap striped away! How much would a IC lawyer make on the same case? SImilar to the IW lawyer the IC lawyer is authorized to be paid $150 an hour. Also the IC lawyer and the IW lawyer are both allowed by DWC rules to bill 2.5 hours for communication each month with their "clients" and an additional 3.0 hours for dispute resolution with the other parties each month. Let's say it takes 3 months from the dispute, beginning with a BRC and through a CCH. DWC allows actual time in a BRC (generally about 30 minutes) plus 2 hours to prepare for the BRC. In addition DWC allows actual time (about 2 hours) in a a CCH plus 4 hours to prepare for the CCH. Got it? So for 3 months the attorneys can bill ((2.5 X 3) + (3.0 x 3) + 2.5 BRC + 6 CCH) =25 hours.Now ignoring the fact that IW's are typically very concerned about their future employment/medical treatment and want to discuss their case much more than 2.5 hours a month; we will "pretend" 2.5 hours communication a month is more than sufficient to ease the concerns of the IW, whose job is not in WC. On the other hand the IC lawyer is dealing with an adjuster whose job is WC. Who do you think will need their hand held, (and rightfully so)? Now each lawyer is entitled to be paid $150 an hour for their 25 hours of work, or $3,750. But we have to worry about that pesky "pretend" word again because if the lawyers for IW's lose, they no get paid! (sic) But they could still get a partial win as in my example of winning $1,000. To actually win and cover the attorney fees the IW attorney must win $15,000 ($3,750/.25) . Many cases do not involve that amount of money to begin with but lawyer for IC's do not have to concern themselves with the amount in dispute. Another pesky problem is that if the IW's lawyer does not have their fees approved by DWC before the IC makes payment to the IW, the lawyer does not get paid fees. IW's lawyers cannot recover fees from IW. The IC lawyer does not have to worry about recovery limited to 25%, losing or not having fees paid before the IC issues payment to the IW. Oh yes, I can see exactly why the Supreme Court of Texas, supposedly the smartest court in Texas, cannot find a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution in the current WC Act.
Q. I was out getting a sandwich on my lunch break and fell crossing the street on my way back to work.
A: Probably, its called the "personal comfort doctrine" when a person must do obvious tasks for their own comfort and well being it still falls within wc. The DWI Decision Manuel states: Personal Comfort Doctrine. To be compensable, an injury does not have to occur while the IW is actually performing work or some duty for the employer. Such an injury may be found compensable if it occurred while the IW was engaged in an activity to administer to his or her "personal comfort." The Supreme Court of Texas has described the "personal comfort" doctrine in the following terms: An employee need not have been engaged in the discharge of any specific duty incident to his employment; rather an employee in the course of his employment may perform acts of a personal nature that a person might reasonably do for his health and comfort, such as quenching thirst or relieving hunger; such acts are considered incidental to the employee's service and the injuries sustained while doing so arise in the course and scope of his employment. Yeldell v. Holiday Hills Ret. and Nursing Ctr., Inc., 701 S.W.2d 243, 245 (Tex. 1985). I hope this helps, good luck. Whether an injury is compensable under this exception is a question of fact for the HO to resolve. APD 012957.
Q. Is a company obligated to purchase a workman's comp policy if all its employees are 1099?
A: No, Texas is one of the few states that allows employers to "opt out" of wc so if there are no employees they do not even hav eyto opt out.
Q. I was treated unfairly by the police. How do I know if they violated my rights?
A: It depends on the facts. Are you alleging a Constitutional violation such as due process, equal protections, right to remain silent ...that resulted in charges being filed on an arrest? Are you a minority? How do you believe you were mistreated? Was there disparate treatment because a protected class? Courts bend over backward to find "good faith" immunity for the po-po. For police misconduct I have always felt it is best to have the Texas Attorney General's Office investigate because they do not have a dog in the fight so to speak.. Good luck.
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