November 9, 2020 – Promissory Note and Release of Deeds of Trust – Trial
Client received three properties in divorce, and owed a $100k Note to her ex-husband, secured by the properties. Note was overpaid, and Ex-husband refused to release his liens. After a 1 day trial, judgment was entered for client declaring the liens invalid, and awarding attorneys’ fees.
October 15, 2020 – Judgment affirmed – Appeal
First Court of Appeals affirms Judgment in client’s favor against surveying company that accepted payment for a project, and refused to perform the work.
August 8, 2020 – No interference with Child Custody – Summary Judgment
Client, a friend of the mother, was accused by father of interference with child custody. Court granted a no-evidence Summary Judgment, awarding damages to client on a counterclaim for filing a frivolous suit.
August 1, 2020 – No Interference with Child Custody – Trial
Client, an attorney, was accused by the opposing party in a custody modification case, of interference with child custody, by failing to continued to comply with a superceded court order. Bench trial found no liability, and awarded sanctions against the accusing party.
September 11, 2019 – Temporary Injunction – Injunction
Dispute between shareholders of a small corporation, arising from the 75%shareholder’s continuous demands for distributions and company payment of his personal debts and obligations. Temporary Injunction denied the majority shareholder any power to direct employees, vendors or clients of the company, to make changes to the board or directors, and from access to the business premises until the case is resolved.
July 1, 2019 – Declaratory Judgment – Fraudulent Deed – Trial
Son in law forged a deed to house owned by client, who was his mother in law, transferring the property to his wife, then forced his wife to sign a deed transferring the house to a limited liability company owned by him. The deed to the company was declared void, and client recovered a judgment for the house and attorney’s fees.
April 2, 2019 – Foreclosure of Mechanic’s Lien – Judgment
Filed Mechanic’s lien for a contractor client whose work was not paid for, and obtained a judgment foreclosing the lien and granting attorneys’ fees.
March 14, 2019 – Pre Judgment Garnishment – Judgment
Pre Judgment Garnishment and judgment obtained for client whose husband had moved $500,000 in separate property out of a joint account, threatening to take the money out of the country. The garnishment stopped the transfer, and husband did not answer the suit, resulting in a default judgment in the client’s favor.
March 5, 2019 – Deceptive Trade Practices / Breach of Contract – Surveyor – Trial
Jury Trial resulted in a judgment in favor of customer of surveyor, where survey company’s employee accepted payment for project, kept the funds personally; survey company refused to perform the work. UPDATE: Judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals on October 15, 2020.
December 13, 2018 – Fraudulent Deed – Trial
Bench Trial resulted in judgment in favor of property owner who agreed to purchase a house for a couple who could not qualify for a mortgage. Couple was to get their own financing and purchase the house in a year, after credit was improved. Later, two forged deeds were filed purporting to grant title to the couple. After trial, title was restored to client, along with a judgment of more than $37,000.00.
August 22, 2018 – Deceptive Trade Practices – Realtor – Trial
Bench Trial resulted in a judgment in favor of home buyer for the amount of her realtor’s commission on the purchase, where home buyer did not receive title.
December, 2017 – Houstonia Magazine featured Teri A. Walter as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Litigation
October 3, 2017 – Collections, Sale of Goods – Settled
Settlement resulted in a total payment to the firm’s client of $130,000.00
July 25, 2017 – Sanctions Overturned – Restrictive Covenants – Appeal
The First Court of Appeals reversed the trial court decision which had awarded $120,000.00 in sanctions and an injunction against the firm’s client.
October 12, 2017 – Judgment Affirmed – Real Estate Title – Appeal
The First Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment in favor of the firm’s client, confirming her title to a house she purchased, and awarding her attorneys fees as an offset to the remaining debt on the property.
July 11, 2017 – Mechanic’s Lien – Settlement
A case filed to enforce a mechanic’s lien filed on behalf of a client was settled, resulting in a payment to the firm’s client of $40,000.00.
February 2, 2017 – DTPA – Custom Leather Coat – Trial
Ms. Walter prevailed in a jury trial over a custom leather coat which was misrepresented to the firm’s client.
December, 2016 – Houstonia Magazine featured Teri A. Walter as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Litigation
March, 2016 – DTPA – Air conditioning Contractor
The firm settled a DTPA case against an air conditioning contractor, awarding $68,500.00 to our client for their damages and attorneys fees. December, 2015 Houstonia Magazine featured Teri A. Walter as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Litigation
May 27, 2015 – Ms. Walter is named President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
February 2, 2015 – The firm collected a judgment for approximately $526,000.00.
October 20, 2014 – Promissory Notes, Limited Partnership, Fraud – Summary Judgment
Clients lent money and invested in a purported limited partnership which owned a storage facility. Borrower defaulted on a series of Promissory notes (purportedly secured by the storage facility); Limited Partnership was found not to exist. Obtained summary judgment for more than $500,000.00, which included $200,000.00 in punitive damages.
December, 2014 – Houstonia Magazine featured Teri A. Walter as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Litigation
December, 2013 – Houstonia Magazine featured Teri A. Walter as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers, Litigation
October 1, 2013 – The firm moved to new, larger space at 1111 North Loop West, Suite 1115, Houston, TX 77008
February 4, 2013 – DTPA – Roofing leak – Trial
Represented homeowner who had roof replaced. New roof leaked from the date of installation, but roofing company refused to replace or repair, despite an 8 year warranty, and the company’s own inspection confirmed the leak. Court awarded the full cost of replacement roof, plus interest, court costs and attorneys’ fees.
October 15, 2012 – Partition of Real Property – Trial
Represented widower who had inherited ½ interest in house from his deceased wife. The wife’s ex-husband sued for child support not previously awarded, attempting to acquire Widower’s interest in house. Court found that widower had a ½ interest in the property.
June 18, 2012 – No Breach of Commercial Lease, no fraud – Trial
Represented landowner in suit by tenant alleging that landlord’s refusal to grant a substantial utility easement over landlord’s property, for the benefit of tenant’s adjoining property. After a three day trial, jury found in favor of landowner on all counts.
December 13, 2011 – Collections – Summary Judgment Affirmed – Appeal
The 14th Court of Appeals Affirmed a Summary Judgment in favor of creditor client in a collections matter; Judgment was paid in full out of funds escrowed from sale of debtor’s property.
March 30, 2011 – Collections/Lender Liability – Trial and Settlement
Represented Bank in promissory note deficiency case with lender liability counterclaim in excess of $2M. Case settled on the third day of trial.
March 31, 2010 – Promissory Note – Judgment
Judgment entered for client on deficiency balance due on Promissory Note, for approximately $17,000 due, plus attorneys’ fees.
September 9, 2009 – Promissory Note – Judgment
Judgment entered in favor of client on defaulted promissory Note for approximately $48,000, plus attorneys’ fees.
August 28, 2009 – No fraudulent lien – Trial
Represented ex-wife in claim by ex-husband of fraudulent lien. After a 3 day trial, the jury found that a notice of unpaid child support lien was not fraudulent for mentioning a property which ex-husband claimed was homestead.
July 20, 2009 – Promissory Note – Trial
After one day trial, judgment was awarded to client on breach of a promissory note, for approximately $17,000, plus attorneys’ fees.
October 2008 – No contract with church – Trial and Settlement
Represented Defendant Church which had been convinced to sign a “contact” to provide lifetime pay to deceased pastor’s wife without receiving any consideration. After jury trial, case was settled for 10% of the amount demanded.
September 2008 – Ms. Walter receives Woman of Excellence Award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women
August 2008 – Builder – fraud in settling construction defects claim – Trial
Represented buyer of a new home that had significant plumbing problems. Builder agreed to buy the house back, then refused to close. After three day trial, jury unanimously found that builder had breached the settlement agreement, and had fraudulently induced buyer to settle, and awarded full value of settlement, plus attorneys fees and punitive damages. Total award of more than $375,000.00.
January, 2008 – Ms. Walter accepts position as Treasurer of the Federation of Houston Professional Women
July 11, 2007 – Neighbor wants house moved – Trial
Client’s neighbor sued, claiming Client’s house was constructed in the wrong location, encroaching on the neighbor’s property. Neighbor wanted the house moved 13 feet to the east, at an estimated cost of more than $100,000.00. After a one day trial, the court found in favor of Client.
June 4, 2007 – Lender Liability / Deceptive Trade Practices – Agreed Judgment
Represented bank in suit by borrower claiming Deceptive Trade Practices as a result of truck repossession. The parties entered into an Agreed Judgment in favor of bank after investigation revealed that documents submitted in support of borrower’s claims were forged.
March 28, 2007 – Teri A Walter accepts position as President of the Association of Women Attorneys.
January 29, 2007 – Slip and Fall; apartment stairway – Trial
Plaintiff slipped and fell on an apartment stairway, breaking her elbow, and sought in excess of $660,000.00 in damages. After a three day jury trial, the court awarded a judgment in the amount of only $10,575.16 against the firm’s client, the apartment complex.
December 31, 2006 – Teri A. Walter becomes Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
December 7, 2006 – Home Remodeling/Mold Remediation Deceptive Trade, Theft, Contract – Trial
Plaintiff made multiple claims against the firm’s client, a remodeling company, in connection with a contract to remediate mold and remodel Plaintiff’s house, seeking a total of $144,000.00 in damages. After a three day jury trial, the court found against Plaintiff and in favor of Client on all counts.
October 2, 2006 – Non-payment of sales taxes on computer software – Trial After a one day trial, the court awarded judgment in favor of the firm’s client, a software vendor, in the amount of $1,745.97, plus attorneys fees, for unpaid sales taxes.
October 19, 2006 – Appeals Court Affirms Judgment on misplaced fence Texas Court of Civil Appeals, 13th District, Affirms the judgment of the trial court in favor of the firm’s client, whose neighbor claimed to own a part of Client’s lot due to a fence which was not on the property line.
June 29, 2006 – House returned to Heirs – Appeal
Texas Court of Civil Appeals, 13th District reverses and renders the decision of the trial court, resulting in the firm’s clients regaining ownership of property in Wharton County. Property had belonged to their grandmother, and was claimed by a stranger who received a deed from the grandmother’s Guardian, who deeded the property without court approval.
March 22, 2006 – Teri A Walter elected President Elect of the Association of Women Attorneys.
June 17, 2005 – Improper platting – Settlement
Represented Seller of real property in suit by developer/Buyer alleging that the property had been improperly platted, making it impossible to build the townhouses which had been designed for the site. After completion of discovery, case settled for 1% of the amount demanded.
March 23, 2005 – Teri A Walter elected Treasurer of the Association of Women Attorneys.
March 15, 2005 – Unpaid Construction Costs – Trial
After a one day trial, the court awarded judgment in favor of the firm’s client, a construction company, the amount of $32,326.75 for unpaid construction costs.
December 1, 2005 – Walter Law Firm, P.C. is Certified as a Woman-Owned Business by the Womens Business Enterprise Alliance.
November 19, 2004 – Fence placement does not create ownership – Trial
After a 2 day jury trial, the court awards judgment in favor of the firm’s client. Client sought to regain possession of the property deeded to her, which her next-door neighbor claimed was hers due to a fence which was not placed on the property line.
November 1, 2004 – Firm changes name to Walter Law Firm, PC
October 8, 2004 – No breach of LLC Member Agreement – Settlement
After 2 days of trial, All claims against client by LLC and other members were dismissed, and payment was made to client on her counterclaim.
May 4, 2004 – Long Term Disability Policy – Settled
Represented client against an insurance company on a long term disability policy. After depositions were taken, case was settled for the full value of the policy, plus attorneys’ fees.
December 30, 2001 – Homebuilder Limited Partnership – Summary Judgment
Represented Defendant homebuilder against claims by a limited partner for breach of contract, fraud and negligence. After completion of discovery, Court awarded Summary Judgment in favor of homebuilder, and claimant surrendered her limited partnership interest in settlement of homebuilder’s counterclaim.
November 16, 2001 – Ms. Walter receives Movers and Shakers award from the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce
January 1, 2001 – The firm incorporates as Walter Burdzinski & Company, PC
August 25, 2000 – Pipe threading machine injury – Trial
Plaintiff sought damages of $50,000 due to a hand injury on a pipe threading machine. After a two day jury trial, the court finds that the firm’s client, Plaintiff’s employer, was not responsible for the injuries.
May 11, 2000 – Car Wreck – Trial
After a one day trial, the court awards a judgment of to the Plaintiffs in connection with injuries they sustained in a car accident with the firm’s client. Plaintiffs had sought a total of $130,000.00, but received $7,500.00
March 2, 2000 – Engineering Negligence – Trial
After a one day trial, the court finds that the firm’s client, an engineering company, was not negligent in connection with a structural engineering inspection for the Plaintiffs. Plaintiffs had sought damages of $46,000.00 for loss of value and estimated repair costs for their home.
February 2, 2000 – Premises liability – injured in robbery – Trial
Plaintiff had sought damages of $31,000.00 for injuries suffered during a robbery at an apartment complex. After a three day jury trial, the court finds that the firm’s client, the apartment complex, was not responsible for the injuries.
June 22, 1999 – Home Inspector; Deceptive Trade Practices – Trial
Plaintiffs sued a home inspector, along with the seller and real estate agent, alleging violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had represented the foundation to be a slab; the foundation was actually a pier & beam foundation, in which the sellers had filled the crawl space filled with concrete, and sought damages of $90,000.00. During the 2nd day of a jury trial, the court awards a directed verdict, finding no liability against the firm’s client, the home inspector.
April 21, 1999 – Contractual Child support from Estate – Appeal
The Court of Civil Appeals holds that the firm’s client, mother of a child whose father was deceased, should receive contractual child support from the deceased father’s estate, in compliance with a court order entered before the father’s death.
March, 1997 – Theft of Trees – Settlement
Represented 11 clients in case of trees clear cut from vacant residential lots.
January 1, 1997 – Walter, Burdzinski & Company, L.L.P. begins serving clients from its offices at 3730 Kirby Suite 520, Houston, Texas, with partners Teri A. Walter and M. Edward Burdzinski
The cases cited above are a sample of the types of matters which were tried or appealed by the firm, and the results obtained. No representation or warranty is made regarding the outcome of any matter which may be undertaken.