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Raymond E. Walker Practice Overview

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Mr. Walker's practice focuses on commercial and insurance litigation, including class actions. He began with an externship with the Hon. Jerry Buchmeyer during law school. After law school, Mr. Walker served as a law clerk to the Hon. David Folsom in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which developed a reputation as a “rocket docket” with a heavy load of patent and other complex commercial cases.

Since joining the firm as an associate, Mr. Walker has represented individuals and businesses across the country in a wide range of matters, from assorted business, partnership, and employment disputes to consumer class actions. Mr. Walker also routinely represents major life, health, and disability insurers, as well as their third-party administrators. Matters typically involve: benefit claims (state law and ERISA); preferred provider and network disputes; policy rescissions and related agent and policyholder fraud; subrogation and overpayments; reinsurance disputes; and other assorted contract and tort claims.

Highlights

  • Mr. Walker was a key member of the legal team that obtained certification of a class of eBay Motors sellers alleging, among other things, that eBay overcharged final value fees based on its uniform, published fees schedules. After a federal court in California certified the class, which was upheld on appeal, eBay agreed to its first-ever class action settlement involving all-cash payments to certain eBay customers.
  • In a bench trial, Mr. Walker (along with Doug Butler) successfully tried claims of a national insurance company against a preferred provider network for repricing errors on hospital charges for a number of patient-insureds.
  • In a putative class action, Mr. Walker obtained a summary judgment in favor of a defendant title and escrow services company against investors who were allegedly duped into participating in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.
  • Mr. Walker obtained a summary judgment in favor of a national life insurance company sued by an employer sponsored pension plan complaining that the insurance and annuity products used for funding caused the plan to incur additional tax liability and penalties as a purported abusive tax shelter.
  • After a local business obtained a TRO prohibiting a high-line automotive dealer based in Houston from competing in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Walker (along with Keith Verges) successfully fended off a request to expand the TRO into a temporary injunction.

Education

  • JD, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, cum laude, 2002
    SMU Law Review
    SMU ABA National Negotiation Team, 2001
    SMU ABA International Client Counseling Team, 2000
    Board of Advocates “Excellence in Advocacy Award,” 1999-2000
  • BA, Texas A&M University, 1995

Honors

  • Named a Texas Rising Star (Texas Monthly, 2010 - 2013)

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association