Fred

Wahrlich

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700 Milam Street, Suite 2700
Houston, TX 77002-2806

Overview

Fred has represented individuals and businesses for more than 30 years in a wide variety of business and commercial litigation matters, including complex contract disputes, fraud, business torts, energy litigation, business divorces, real estate disputes, Uniform Commercial Code violations, banking and financial service litigation, as well as multi-district litigation. Fred has served as Assistant General Counsel for an independent oil and gas company and currently serves as General Counsel to three Firm Clients who are companies serving real estate development, logistics and transportation and a children’s charity.

Although his business litigation practice is varied, many of Fred’s recent cases involve disputes between Lenders and Borrowers, fiduciary duty disputes, complex contract/business tort disputes over real estate, mineral interests and environmental responsibilities.

While Fred maintains an active litigation practice, he understands his clients need more than a good litigator. They need an attorney who is both capable of going to trial as well as resolving disputes efficiently and cost-effectively. Fred is dedicated to client service, and makes an effort to learn his clients’ businesses, which in turn enable him to provide better, more customized legal advice to protect critical business interests.

Fred’s wife, Janet, is also an attorney as well as a real estate developer. Their son, John David, is an Eagle Scout and graduate of Texas A&M University.

Education

Admissions

Achievements

  • H Texas Magazine – Lawyers for People (2009); Top Lawyers (2009-2014)
  • Madison Who’s Who (2006-2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®, Peer Review RatedTM
  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition (2008); Texas Super Lawyers (2006-2007, 2013-2017)
  • Memberships

    • Alliance for Children & Families (Former Director)
    • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
    • Boys & Girls Harbor (Director and Chair of Board Selection and Officer Nominations Committees; former Chairman of the Board)
    • Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Houston Bar Foundation (Sustaining Life Fellow)
    • Joyful Toyful Fiesta, Inc. (Chairman of the Board and President)
    • State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy, Business Law, Health Law, Litigation and Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Sections
    • Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
    • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
    • The College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Theater Under the Stars (Former Director)
  • Clerkship

    • Justice Sam Bass, First Court of Appeals, Houston (Briefing Attorney, 1984-1985)
    • US Army, JAGC Specialist Five Lawyer’s Assistant (Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 1977-1982)

Overview

Fred has represented individuals and businesses for more than 30 years in a wide variety of business and commercial litigation matters, including complex contract disputes, fraud, business torts, energy litigation, business divorces, real estate disputes, Uniform Commercial Code violations, banking and financial service litigation, as well as multi-district litigation. Fred has served as Assistant General Counsel for an independent oil and gas company and currently serves as General Counsel to three Firm Clients who are companies serving real estate development, logistics and transportation and a children’s charity.

Although his business litigation practice is varied, many of Fred’s recent cases involve disputes between Lenders and Borrowers, fiduciary duty disputes, complex contract/business tort disputes over real estate, mineral interests and environmental responsibilities.

While Fred maintains an active litigation practice, he understands his clients need more than a good litigator. They need an attorney who is both capable of going to trial as well as resolving disputes efficiently and cost-effectively. Fred is dedicated to client service, and makes an effort to learn his clients’ businesses, which in turn enable him to provide better, more customized legal advice to protect critical business interests.

Fred’s wife, Janet, is also an attorney as well as a real estate developer. Their son, John David, is an Eagle Scout and graduate of Texas A&M University.

Experience

  • Financial Institution Litigation

    Defended a financial institution for lending practices resulting from the alleged misuse of collateral owned by a third party and claims for damages of $1.5 MM, resulting in a 

  • Non-Profit Dispute + Appeal

    Represented an incorporated non-for-profit organization against the City of Morgan’s Point regarding the use and development of property owned by the Charity, resulting in a

  • Energy + Banking Representation

    Represented an individual in a dispute with her limited partners and lenders over the obligations of the other limited partners to meet their financial obligations for the

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