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Phillip W. Bechter 
phone 713-752-0017
fax 713-752-0327

Phillip has a broad-based civil trial practice in state and federal court. He is experienced in commercial, employment, insurance coverage, wrongful death, governmental immunity, personal injury, admiralty, and construction litigation, and also handles appeals and workplace investigations. Phillip is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, all federal district courts in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has won numerous arbitrations and also had success in matters in the courts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado and Kansas, as well as before a number of regulatory agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Commission on Human Rights, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Labor.

Phillip grew up in Houston and began his legal career in 1993. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston in 1990, and magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1993, where he was a member of the Law Review, received American Jurisprudence Awards for academic excellence, and was the recipient of academic scholarships.

Phillip has authored legal articles on insurance coverage and admiralty law and given seminars on workplace investigations and governmental immunity. He is active in the legal community and a member of the Houston Bar Association and State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Labor & Employment Sections).

Areas of Practice:
Civil Litigation and Appeals
Commercial Litigation
Labor and Employment
Insurance Coverage
Indemnity and Additional Insurance Obligations
Defense of Emergency Services Providers/Governmental Units
Workplace Investigations
Wrongful Death
Personal Injury and Premises Liability Defense
Litigation Percentage:
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1993
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1993
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards for Academic Excellence
Honors: Order of the Lytae
Honors: Academic Scholarships
Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Member, 1992 - 1993

University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA, 1990
Bachelor of Science
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Published Works:
Insurance Coverage Disputes, An Overview (Co-Author), University of Houston

Recent Developments in the Law and Effect on the Marine Industry, (Co-Author), Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Texas

Texas Bar Foundation

Houston Bar Association

Bellaire Little League, 2009 - 2010
Board of Directors

Birth Information:
Jennings, Louisiana

Office Location

Schwartz, Junell,
Greenberg & Oathout, LLP

Two Houston Center
909 Fannin Street, Suite 2700
Houston, Texas 77010

713-752-0017 Telephone
877-752-2477 Toll Free
713-752-0327 Fax

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