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Thomas W. Stephen
  "A live-long native of Houston"
Education:   
  • Graduated in 1995 from St. John’s School 
  • Graduated in 1999 from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Economic and a minor in Spanish.  Participated in multiple education abroad programs, living with a native family in Oaxaca, Mexico, and studying for a semester at King’s College in London, England.    
  • Graduated in 2002 from the University of Houston Law Center, clerking as an intern for two years with Ret. Honorable Letitia Z. Paul in the U.S. Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Courts.

Experience: 
  • 2002: Joined the Texas Savings & Loan Department, a state-regulatory agency in Austin, Texas, as Assistant to General Counsel.   
  • 2004: Returned to his hometown to practice alongside his father, W. Michael Stephens.
  • 2004 - 2019: Thomas W. Stephens Law Firm  
  • 2010 to 2014: Assisted the law firm of Hicks Thomas & Lillienstern LLP in Houston, Texas as a contract attorney in commercial litigation consisting of contract disputes between oil and gas exploration and production companies, inclusive of offshore FPU and FSO charter agreements, and related oil and gas servicers in state, federal, and arbitration proceedings. 
  • 2005 - present: Qualified mediator serving pro bono work as a mediator in cases before the Justice Courts. 

Practice Areas: 
  • Administrative/government law 
  • Business organization formations and compliance consulting
  • Occupational license compliance and consulting
  • State franchise and federal income tax filing preparation and reporting
  • Commercial contract formation; consumer law, inclusive of FDCPA, ECOA, TILA, RESPA, FCRA, TCPA, and DTPA
  • Collections
  • Eminent domain/condemnation; landlord/tenant disputes; property tax assessment review and protests; commercial and residential real estate financing, closings, and related transactions
  • Capital/asset protection consulting
  • Individual estate/probate planning and proceedings; trusts, wills, and contingency documents preparation; 
  • Representing corporate and individual clients in administrative and civil litigation proceedings, inclusive of hearings appearances, discovery, depositions, motions, trials, and appeals. 

Publications: 
“Regulatory Compliance: Analyzing the TSLD’s Examination Process,” The Texas Mortgage Press, July 2005, vol. 11, no. 7   

Member: 
Upper Kirby Foundation (a Non-Profit Corporation), d/b/a Levy Park Conservatory, Houston, Texas. Former Board Director, 2009 – 2018.