William (“Pat”) Huttenbach grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, before receiving his B.A. from Rice University in 1992.
Pat began law school in 1994 by attending South Texas College of Law, and in his first year, he received the top grade in five of ten classes. In 1996, he clerked for the Honorable Lynn Bradshaw-Hull in the Harris Civil County Court at Law No. 3. Pat graduated from the University of Houston Law Center magna cum laude in 1997. He currently is a litigation attorney concentrating on civil matters at Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C. Pat has been recognized as a Houston “Top Lawyer” in the area of business law (Houstonia Magazine 2013 and 2015). In 2014, Pat joined the Business Law Section for the State Bar of Texas UCC Committee as a vice chair, which is currently revising commentary for Articles 3, 4 and 9 of the Texas Uniform Commercial Code. He also served as the Chair for the 2014 Texas Bankers Association Legal Conference. Pat also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Banking Counsel (the “TABC”). In 2017, he was nominated for and accepted the position of Vice President of the Board of Directors for the TABC. Pat is rated AV by Martindale and Hubbell, and a 10.0 (Superb) by AVVO.
If banks have a depository operations issue, Pat has handled several hundred cases regarding same. He has successfully defended banks from lawsuits totaling over $100,000,000. He has answered over 210 lawsuits involving UCC sections 3, 4 and/or 4A issues. He has also personally answered over 2,000 garnishment lawsuits. Pat has been asked to be an expert witness on issues concerning UCC sections 3, 4 and 4A. Pat has written numerous articles on banking topics, and has given numerous speeches, including speeches on how to better protect banks in litigation through updated deposit agreements. He has also given UCC update speeches and given speeches on other UCC issues. Pat also routinely handles many other types of lawsuits against banks including lender liability claims, FCRA claims, FDCPA claims, Texas Finance Code claims, and other alleged wrongful debt collection claims, and Pat has handled many disputes concerning construction lending litigation.
Pat has also defended many other types of businesses, including hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and various other businesses. For example, Pat helped the United States of America Chess Federation defend against a $25,000,000.00 lawsuit by some board members against other board members for defamation, libel and slander, tortious interference and various other claims. If your business has been faced with a demand letter, he is generally able to defend your business with regard to same. If you are worried about a threatened or pending lawsuit (i.e., if you are having trouble sleeping at night due to a lawsuit or a potential lawsuit against your business), Pat is likely the type of lawyer you need and please feel free to contact him for a free consultation.
To provide more specifics, Pat has experience with complex commercial litigation, including tortious interference claims, insurance claim litigation, fidelity and surety insurance coverage, DTPA claims, injunctions, employment law, landlord-tenant disputes, probate matters, property disputes, real estate tax litigation, breach of contract, business torts, construction law disputes, defamation, libel and slander, and other general business matters.
Pat has represented clients in state courts, federal courts, mediations, arbitrations, and other federal and state agencies, including responding to OCC complaints and discrimination claims presented to the EEOC and the City of Corpus Christi Human Relations Commission. He has also written briefs and argued before the Texas Courts of Appeals. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Western, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Pat believes that his very competitive rates set him apart from other attorneys. He believes that he adds value to banks and other businesses by offering a very competitive rate while still providing top quality legal services.