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Umphrey, Walter

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490 Park StreetBeaumont, TX, 77704 -2947
Phones: 409-299-5178 / 866-672-2585
Fax: 409-838-8888
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Walter Umphrey began his legal career as a prosecuting attorney in Jefferson County after graduating from Baylor Law School. Umphrey ultimately became the Chief Felony Prosecutor for the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. In 1969, Umphrey and David Provost joined forces and opened Provost Umphrey Law Firm.

Throughout his storied career, Walter has obtained many significant verdicts. In the 1990’s, Umphrey was chosen to lead the group of lawyers selected to represent the...

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Walter Umphrey began his legal career as a prosecuting attorney in Jefferson County after graduating from Baylor Law School. Umphrey ultimately became the Chief Felony Prosecutor for the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. In 1969, Umphrey and David Provost joined forces and opened Provost Umphrey Law Firm.

Throughout his storied career, Walter has obtained many significant verdicts. In the 1990’s, Umphrey was chosen to lead the group of lawyers selected to represent the State of Texas against tobacco companies. The five trial lawyers won a $17.3 billion verdict in the case.

Walter is Board Certified in the areas of Personal Injury Trial Law and Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Walter Umphrey is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of American Board of Trial Advocates and a long-time member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

He was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2003-2008, an honor only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected for annually. In June 2000, Umphrey was recognized as one of the Top Texas Lawyers of the 20th century in the Texas Lawyer publication "Legal Legends: A Century of Texas Law and Lawyering." For its special anniversary issue, June 28, 2010, Texas Lawyer also named Mr. Umphrey as one of the twenty-five greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century. Texas Lawyer names lawyers that have made outstanding contributions within the twenty-five years the newspaper has been published.

Beyond the practice of law, Walter has provided unwavering support to important civic and community causes. He serves as Director of the National Wildlife Association, Director of the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center, Director of both Texas Regional Bancshares, Inc., and Texas State Bank. Just recently, the newest cancer institute in Southeast Texas was named the Walter Umphrey Cancer Center. Umphrey helped build the new Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center on the banks of the Brazos River at Baylor University, which is hailed as a state-of-the-art educational facility.

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Qualifications
Bar Admissions
TexasU.S. District Court Eastern District of TexasU.S. District Court Southern District of TexasU.S. Court of Appeals 5th CircuitU.S. Supreme Court
Specialties and Certifications
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Certified in Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Other Affiliations
American Board of Trial Advocates (Member) Port Arthur Bar AssociationJefferson County Bar AssociationTexas Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Association for JusticeAmerican Bar AssociationState Bar of TexasNational Wildlife Association (Director) LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center (Director) CBFH, Inc. (Chairman of the Board and Director) Community Bank of Texas (Senior Chairman of the Board and Director) Texas State Parks and Wildlife Commission, 1991 - 1997 (Former Vice Chairman)
Honors
Texas Lawyer, One of the Twenty-Five Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century., June 28, 2010The Blackstone Award, Jefferson County Bar AssociationFellow, International Society of BarristersTexas Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, 2003, 2004, 2006-2013One of the Top Texas Lawyers of the 20th Century, Texas Lawyer publication & Legal Legends: A Century of Texas Law and Lawyering, 2000The Best Lawyers in America® US News, 1991 - 20152014 Local Litigation Star for Insurance and Personal Injury, Benchmark Litigation2013 Local Litigation Star for Insurance and Personal Injury, Benchmark LitigationMartindale-Hubbell: AV RatedFellow, Texas Bar Foundation Member, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2011
Past Positions
Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Prosecuting Attorney (Ultimately Chief Felony Prosecutor)
Education
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, 1965
J.D.
Baylor University
Fees
Offers Free Initial Consultation
Office Information
Address
490 Park Street
Beaumont, TX 77704-2947
Phone
409-299-5178866-672-2585
Fax
409-838-8888
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