Teri A. Walter

Teri A. Walter

Walter Law Firm PC
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  • Texas
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Ms. Walter is an experienced trial lawyer, with a practical, business-oriented approach to handling cases. Her practice focuses on business litigation matters, including contracts, leases, construction, real estate, collections and Deceptive Trade Practices case and business owners' disputes. It Feels Good to Prevail!

1997 to Present President, Walter Law Firm, P.C., Houston, TX

2011 to 2012 Burleson, LLP, Houston, TX
Senior Counsel. Business litigation matters, including contracts, leases, collections, construction, real estate title, DTPA, fraud. Preparation of oil and gas title opinions.

1991 to 1996 Whittington, Pfeiffer & Vacek, Houston, TX
Associate Attorney. Represented Plaintiffs and insured Defendants in personal injury, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation matters.

1989 to 1990 Baker, Brown, Sharman & Parker, Houston, TX
Associate Attorney. Commercial litigation and personal injury defense.

1986 to 1989 Smith, Wright & Weed, P.C., Houston, TX
Associate Attorney 1988 - 1989; Legal Assistant/Litigation Section 1986-1988. Commercial litigation involving banks, savings & loans, and title company.

Professional:
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, 2006
Admitted to practice State of Texas 1988,
U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Texas 1989, Western District of Texas 2011
Licensed Real Estate Broker - 1995

Practice Areas
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals
Bankruptcy
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Consumer Law
Personal Injury
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Homeowners Association, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, American Express
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For clients with matters in our practice areas, I typically do a free phone screening, and offer a 1 hour, $200 consultation if needed to review applicable documents and discuss the actions needed in your situation, and expected results. Most matters are handled on an hourly basis, with an initial retainer that varies depending on what actions are anticipated within the first 30-90 days of the engagement.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 20815100
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Walter Law Firm PC
Current
Education
University of Houston Law Center
J.D. (1988) | Law
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Honors: Top 25% of Class
Activities: Moot Court, and Mock Trial participant, multiple years, and worked full time as a paralegal during the entire course of study.
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University of Houston - Main Campus
B.A. (1985) | Economics
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Worked full time during the entire course of study.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Des Moines Area Community College
A.A. (1979) | Legal Assistant
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Activities: Worked full time during entire course of studies.
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Awards
Cougar 100
University of Houston
An award given to the 100 fastest growing companies owned or managed by University of Houston graduates.
Top Lawyers 2020
H Texas Magazine
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Houstonia Magizine
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Houstonia Magazine
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Houstonia Magazine
Women of Excellence
Federation of Houston Professional Women
Tiffany Star
Association of Women Attorneys
Movers & Shakers Award
Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce
Professional Associations
Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
Member, Past President
- Current
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Association of Women Attorneys
Member, Past President
- Current
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College of the State Bar
Member
- Current
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State Bar of Texas  # 20815100
Member
- Current
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Houston Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Common Title Problems, Real Estate Investor Summit, The Woodlands, Texas
Investor Events
Presentation to investors regarding common real estate title problems and how to solve them.
Ten Commandments of Clear Contract Writing, Lunch & Learn, Houston, TX
Houston Paralegal Association
Secure Your Legal Rights - Texas Mechanic's Liens, Educational Seminar, Houston, TX
Womens Contractors Association
Mechanic's Liens Update, Educational Seminar, Houston, TX
Womens Contractors Association
Evaluating Mechanic's & Materialmans' Liens, In House Education, Houston, TX
K Hovnanian of Houston, LLC
Contracts, Online Radio Show, Houston, TX
Business Skills Radio
Choosing a Business Entity, Online Radio Show, Houston, TX
Business Skills Radio
Certifications
Civil Trial Law
Texas State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Walter Law Firm, PC Website
Legal Answers
303 Questions Answered
Q. A wife was awarded the prop after the divorce from her husband. She never changed deed. She did a ToDD. What happens to
A: The person who acquired the property from your wife by a transfer on death deed now owns whatever part of the property your wife owned, subject to any liens that may exist (such as mortgages or unpaid taxes). If your wife got 100% of the property in the divorce, and didn't transfer any of it before her death, then 100% of the property transfers to the grantee on the deed.
Q. What can I file saying that my neighbor agrees to let me put a business sign on their property?
A: A signage easement would certainly work, but you could also do a lease for the area you need to place your sign, or even just get written permission to place the sign on your neighbors property.
Q. How do I fight an affidavit of lien by the AC contractor?
A: I certainly agree that you should notify the contractor about the problems, and request warranty service.

As to the lien, in order for the contractor to get a valid lien against homestead property, there must be a written contract, signed by both spouses. If there is not (and many contractors are careless about this), then the lien is invalid.

If there is an invalid lien against your property, you have three options:

1. Do nothing - the lien will become dormant and unenforceable in a year. If the contractor files suit to enforce the lien before then, you can respond with a counterclaim for their breach of the contract, and for removal of the lien.

2. If you need to sell or refinance the property, you'll probably want to bond around the lien. This means posting a bond to cover the lien; the bond replaces the property as security for the debt.

3. The most expensive option is to file suit to remove the lien, but this can be done at any time before the lien goes dormant.
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Contact & Map
Walter Law Firm PC
1111 North Loop W
Ste 1115
Houston, TX 77008
Telephone: (713) 529-2020
Fax: (713) 529-2266
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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