FOUNDATION

FOUNDATION

The seeds of our law firm were planted on August 13, 1913, when the Houston Daily Post announced that Maurice Hirsch planned to open a law office.

In 1927, when Mark Westheimer joined Maurice Hirsch as a partner, Hirsch & Westheimer took on the name by which we are recognized today. With the continuity of our practice since 1914, we stand today as a historical landmark in Houston’s business and legal community.

For much of the 20th Century, General Hirsch and Mr. Westheimer left their imprint upon the business and civic development of our great city of Houston which, through much of that period, had one of the most rapidly growing economies in America. Whether it was the Houston Symphony, the Boy Scouts, the United Way, The Museum of Fine Arts or the plethora of other community and civic organizations, they worked tirelessly to provide support to those groups. They built our law firm on the same principles that guided their personal lives: stability, hard work, service, professionalism and loyalty. Their example continues as our benchmark.

If our founders returned to the firm today they would notice that those same values remain at the core of our practice. Their culture of stability, hard work, service, professionalism and loyalty has now passed to a new generation of attorneys born years after General Hirsch and Mr. Westheimer prepared their last legal agreement. While they would hear many familiar names among the clients of the firm, they would also see that the firm has expanded its list of clients to now embrace clients not just from Houston but across the United States.

In their tradition of stability they would also witness that the attorneys at Hirsch & Westheimer are long term members of the firm despite the trend of the last decade for attorneys to move from firm to firm. That is a testament to the quality of life at our firm and the quality of the attorneys who practice here, many of whom are recognized leaders in areas ranging from real estate, to corporate transactions, to estate planning, to creditors’ rights and litigation.

We are ready to demonstrate how these ideals will positively affect the handling of your business and personal legal requirements.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Former Texas District Court Judge Jeff Shadwick Joins Hirsch & Westheimer

HOUSTON, TX - February 11, 2019 - Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C. is proud to announce that Jeff Shadwick, former Judge of the 55th Judicial District Court for Harris County, has joined the firm as a shareholder in the firm’s litigation group. Following his [more]

HBA Living History Project delves into ADR expert Michael Wilk's creative problem solving ascent

He's earned a spot as one of the most respected in the business of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Through Houston Bar Association's Living History Project, Michael Wilk discusses with Eric Mettenbrink about how he's paid his dues and risen in his profession as a [more]

Firm Principal, Joe Roady lends his perspectives on law for the Houston Bar Association's Living History Project

Eric Mettenbrink  interviews  Hirsch & Westheimer's very own Joe Roady for the Houston Bar Association's Living History Project. View full video here: Joe Roady interview. More than two decades ago, the Houston Bar Association’s Historical Committee [more]

Michael Wilk participated in panel discussion before the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association regarding disclosures, discovery and motion practice in the arbitration context

On November 14, 2017, Michael Wilk served on a panel of experienced arbitrators in a presentation to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association. The program was entitled Disclosures, Discovery and Motions, Oh My, and included [more]

Michael Wilk was a facilitator at the AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education course entitled Red Flags and Risk Areas: Challenges to Arbitrator Authority

Michael Wilk, a mediator and arbitrator, was a facilitator at the AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education course entitled Red Flags and Risk Areas: Challenges to Arbitrator Authority, held at the AAA Regional Office in Houston, Texas on October 25, 2017. The [more]

Michael S. Wilk Will Join Senior Judge Elizabeth Ray on November 14, 2017, in a Panel Discussion Before the Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Michael S. Wilk will be joining Senior Judge Elizabeth Ray on November 14, 2017, in a panel discussion before the Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section about arbitration, including the procedural steps taken by advocates and the [more]

David Sucec is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of the State Bar of Texas and is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas. There are more than 100,000 attorneys [more]

William “Pat” Huttenbach’s article “How and Why Bank Deposit Agreements are Enforceable and How Banks Can Better Draft Deposit Agreements to Possibly Limit Future Losses” is published in the November 2016 editions of Banker’s Digest

William “Pat” Huttenbach, a litigation attorney concentrating on commercial banking matters, recently published parts 3 and 4 of his article “How and Why Bank Deposit Agreements are Enforceable and How Banks Can Better Draft Deposit Agreements to Possibly [more]

Hirsch & Westheimer supports non-profit dedicated to supporting our troops.

Hirsch & Westheimer is proud to have provided pro bono work to assist Help for America’s Heroes transition to an independent organization as the non-profit’s mission and outreach grow. Help for America’s Heroes is a project started by Bryanna Harmon, a [more]

William “Pat” Huttenbach’s article “How and Why Bank Deposit Agreements are Enforceable and How Banks Can Better Draft Deposit Agreements to Possibly Limit Future Losses” is published in the October 2016 editions of Banker’s Digest

William “Pat” Huttenbach, a litigation attorney concentrating on commercial banking matters, recently published an article in Volume 148, No. 15 and Volume 149, No. 16 of Bankers Digest.  Pat’s article, “How and Why Bank Deposit Agreements are Enforceable [more]

RUPERT BARRON, WILLIAM “PAT” HUTTENBACH, AND JACOB STEPHENS TO ADDRESS THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BANK COUNSEL’S 40TH ANNUAL CONVENTION IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

Hirsch & Westheimer is a proud sponsor of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel’s 40th Annual Convention. This year’s convention is being held in Austin, Texas at the Hotel Granduca Austin, from  September 22-23, 2016. In addition to the firm’s [more]

Michael J. Durrschmidt has been credentialed by the nationally recognized AA White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston Law Center

Michael J. Durrschmidt has been credentialed by the nationally recognized AA White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston Law Center, following comprehensive training in mediation. To learn more about the firm's alternative dispute resolution [more]

Montye Holmes, ACP attending the 2016 NALA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV

Hirsch & Westheimer paralegal Montye Holmes, ACP, will attend the 2016 NALA Conference & Expo, where she will give a presentation for her final project in the NALA LEAP program of leadership training.  A Rice University Paralegal Program graduate, Ms. [more]

Eric Mettenbrink published an article in June 27, 2016 Bankers Digest

Eric Mettenbrink, a commercial banking and real estate attorney, recently published an article in the Volume 148, No. 24 of Bankers Digest.  Eric’s article, “Home Equity Lending: Supreme Court of Texas Strengthens Borrower’s Ability to Challenge the Validity [more]

Eric Mettenbrink published an article in June 20, 2016 Bankers Digest

Eric Mettenbrink, a commercial banking and real estate attorney, recently published an article in the Volume 148, No. 23 of Bankers Digest [June 20, 2016 Bankers Digest].  Eric’s article, “Home Equity Lending: Supreme Court of Texas Stengthens Borrower’s [more]

Michael S. Wilk to be honored by the Houston Bar Association and HBA Auxiliary for Fifty Years of Service

The Houston Bar Association and HBA Auxiliary is honoring its members who have reached 50 years of law practice at the 2016 Annual Dinner Meeting on May 19, including our firm President, Michael S. Wilk. In 1991, Michael incorporated Alternative Dispute [more]

Michael S. Wilk to address the Houston Paralegal Association at its 13th Annual Spring Continuing Legal Education Conference on April 29, 2016

Michael S. Wilk is speaking at the Houston Paralegal Association’s 13th Annual Spring Continuing Legal Education Conference on April 29, 2016, at the Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas on the topic of “Helping Attorneys and Their Clients [more]

Montye Holmes to Address the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations at its Annual Leadership Conference

Hirsch & Westheimer paralegal Montye Holmes, ACP, will attend the Leadership Conference at the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations on April 9, 2016, where she will give a report on behalf of the Houston Paralegal Association as its [more]

Hirsch & Westheimer is a proud sponsor of the Texas Bankers Association’s 42nd Annual Legal Conference in San Antonio, Texas

Hirsch & Westheimer is a proud sponsor of the 42nd Annual Bankers Legal Conference, April 7-8, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Rupert Barron and William “Pat” Huttenbach, partners in the firm’s Litigation and Banking and Financial Institutions practice [more]

William “Pat” Huttenbach has been selected as Chair of the Program Committee for the Texas Association of Bank Counsel

Hirsch & Westheimer is proud to announce William “Pat” Huttenbach was selected to chair the Program Committee for Texas Association of Bank Counsel (TABC). In October of 2015, Pat was selected to serve on the TABC Board of Directors and the Program [more]

Michael S. Wilk facilitated an AAA panel discussion on the topic of “eDiscovery: Arbitration in a Digital World”

Michael S. Wilk facilitated a half-day training on the topic of “eDiscovery: Arbitration in a Digital World” on March 15th as part of the American Arbitration Association’s (“AAA”) continuing education offerings. The panel focused its discussion on the [more]

Michael J. Durrschmidt served as a panelist with the Moller-Fitz Inns of Court on the topic of law firm insolvencies

On February 24, Michael J. Durrschmidt participated in a panel discussion regarding law firm insolvencies with the Moller-Foltz Inns of Court at the Junior League of Houston. The America Inn of Court was founded in 2004 in order to promote excellence in legal [more]

Montye B. Holmes is published in the January/February edition of NALA Facts & Findings magazine

Hirsch & Westheimer is proud to announce that the January/February edition of Facts & Findings magazine features an article by our long-time paralegal, Montye B. Holmes. Montye’s article offers tips to legal professionals on how she uses Word to make work [more]

Hirsch & Westheimer recognizes October 23 as Texas Paralegal Day

The State Bar of Texas was the first bar association in the United States to create a separate paralegal division, and since 2005 our Texas legislature has recognized October 23 as Texas Paralegal Day. In celebration, Hirsch & Westheimer, PC honors our [more]

General Maurice Hirsch’s contributions to the arts profiled in The Houston Lawyer

The Hon. Mark Davidson, MDL judge and judge (retired) of the 11th District Court, featured General Maurice Hirsch’s contributions to the arts in the September/October 2015 Edition of The Houston Lawyer, in his monthly column “Houston Lawyers Who Made a [more]

William “Pat” Huttenbach has been named to the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Bank Counsel (TABC)

William “Pat” Huttenbach has been named to the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Bank Counsel (TABC) for the three year term running October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2018. Pat will serve on the Program Committee for 2015-2016. The TABC was [more]

Michael S. Wilk and Michael J. Durrschmidt are Thomson Reuters’ recognized Texas Super Lawyers in 2015

Michael S. Wilk and Michael J. Durrschmidt are Thomson Reuters’ recognized Texas Super Lawyers in 2015. Annually, Thomson Reuters publishes a list of Texas Super Lawyers based on surveys of the more than 55,000 attorneys across the state who have been licensed [more]

William “Pat” Huttenbach will address the Texas Association of Banker’s Counsel on October 1, 2015, on the topic of “2015 Case Law Updates and Examples of How Your Bank May Be Able to Reduce Exposure on Potential Future Losses”

The Texas Association of Bank Counsel is holdings its 39th Annual Convention at the Ritz Carlton, in New Orleans on October 1-2, 2015. The TABC convention is open to attorneys who represent state, national and savings banks and other financial service providers, [more]

David E. Sewell, volunteer fire fighter, EMT and attorney, responds to a house fire

David E. Sewell, volunteer fire fighter, EMT and attorney, responded to a house fire during the early hours on September 28, 2015. In addition to representing volunteer and combination fire departments on a broad spectrum of labor and employment and other legal [more]

William "Pat" Huttenbach to Speak at Texas Association of Bank Counsel Convention

William “Pat” Huttenbach will speak during the 39th Annual Texas Association of Bank Counsel Convention, at the Ritz Carlton, in New Orleans on October 1-2, 2015. Pat will speak on the topic of “2015 Case Law Updates and Examples of How Your Bank May Be Able [more]

Montye Holmes Received Her Advanced Certified Paralegal Certification

Hirsch & Westheimer, PC is proud to announce that Montye B. Holmes successfully completed the Advanced Paralegal Certification program on discovery and is now credentialed as an “Advanced Certified Paralegal.” The Advanced Certified Paralegal program is [more]

Montye Holmes, longtime Hirsch & Westheimer Paralegal, has been named President-Elect of the Houston Paralegal Association

Hirsch & Westheimer, PC is proud to announce that Montye Holmes has been named President-Elect of the Houston Paralegal Association for the 2015-2016 calendar year. A Rice University Paralegal graduate, Ms. Holmes has worked in the legal field for over 30 [more]

Eric Mettenbrink published an article in Bankers Digest

Eric Mettenbrink, a civil litigator, recently published an article in Bankers Digest, [December 2, 2013 Bankers Digest].  Eric’s article, “Golden Parachute Severances and Violations of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act” can be found at pages 3 and 6. [more]

Paralegal Receives Highest Award Bestowed by Local BSA Council

Paralegal Montye Holmes recently received the highest honor bestowed to adult volunteers for the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America.  The Silver Beaver Award is bestowed for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered adult [more]

Hirsch & Westheimer Lawyers are Recognized

Michael S. Wilk and Michael J. Durrschmidt  are Thomson Reuters' recognized Super Lawyers in 2013. Annually, Thomson Reuters publishes a list of Texas Super Lawyers based on surveys of the more than 55,000 attorneys across the state who have been licensed to [more]

William "Pat" Huttenbach, recently gave the UCC Update speech at the Texas Bankers Association Legal Conference.

One of the Firm's Shareholders, William "Pat" Huttenbach, recently gave the UCC Update speech at the Texas Bankers Association Legal Conference. Click here to read a copy of the paper he wrote to coincide with the speech. [more]