Andrea Barr

Andrea Barr

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Ford + Bergner LLP
 | 700 Louisiana Street, 48th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-260-3926
Fax: 713-260-3903
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Andrea Barr joined Ford + Bergner LLP in 2019 and focuses her practice on fiduciary, probate and trust litigation.

    Ms. Barr's experience includes handling several commercial real estate transactions, commercial, probate, dram shop liability litigation, and a bill of review proceeding.  Ms. Barr’s practice focuses on complex negotiations and litigation involving questions of real estate and probate matters. Ms. Barr also has experience in probate, trust, and guardianship administrations.

    While pursuing her law degree, Ms. Barr participated as a student attorney in the transactional clinic at the University of Houston Law Center where she formed entities and drafted agreements related to entity formation, employment, and sales of stocks. While serving as an intern appellate brief writer at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, she filed five (5) successful appellate briefs and created a new system with the Fourteenth and First Court of Appeals to retrieve records and evidence.

    During and after law school, Ms. Barr worked for a sole practitioner firm where she was able to get hands-on experience drafting and arguing a bill of review proceeding setting aside an agreed judgment and family settlement and release agreement by summary judgment motion practice in Harris County Probate Court One. 

    Representative Matters

    • Successfully represented client in compelling estate accounting for 22-year period 
    • Represented client in bill of review proceeding setting aside agreed judgment and family settlement and release agreement in probate proceeding
    • Draft special exceptions in fiduciary claim case resulting in dismissal of defendant
    • Represented former executor in ancillary proceeding and pursued enforcement of an arbitration provision contained in a will resulting in a published court of appeals opinion with dissent and subsequently, settled the $250,000 claim against her client for $3,000 (Ali v. Smith, 554 S.W.3d 755 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2018, no pet.))
    • Won motion for summary judgment for subcontractor against general contractor and successfully defended appeal to uphold judgment (Albertelli Constr., Inc. v. Ram Industries Acquisitions, LLC, No. 05-18-01529-CV (Tex. App.-Dallas May 15, 2020)).
    • Successfully defended against $8 million dollar action for conspiracy, DTPA violations, theft, conversion, negligence, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty by summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas resulting in dismissal of all claims and an award of $91,476.30 in attorneys’ fees and expenses
    • Acted as second chair on two-week trial defending claims against former agent under statutory durable power of attorney and independent executor, including voir dire, direct examination, and drafting all pre-trial and trial materials
    • Identified and secured necessary evidence prior to an alcohol provider’s server’s deposition in a wrongful death proceeding resulting in testimony showing the Safe Harbor Defense is unavailable as a matter of law
    • Drafted opinion letters for brokerage firms on trust, probate, power of attorney, and other related issues under Texas fiduciary law
    • Negotiated several purchases of acreage for series limited liability companies including easement agreements, mineral rights, and private road(s)
    • Represented companies and private individuals in royalty disputes

     

     

    About Andrea Barr

    Admitted: 2013, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://fordbergner.com/texas-lawyers/andrea-barr/

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Guardianship Ad Litem Attorney, Current

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Real Estate, Probate, & Trust Law Section Leadership Academy, Texas State Bar, Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Section State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section Houston Bar Association, Probate Section Attorneys in Tax and Probate Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, 2020

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Donate and/or Volunteer for Golden Beginnings and/or Houston Golden Retriever Rescue (2010)-2020 Donate and/or Volunteer for SPCA
    • Mentorship Program at University of Houston Law Center, 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presented a continuing legal education program covering identifying your client, avoiding conflicts of interest, structuring fee agreements, and keeping clients informed that included ethical rules as well as case law., Presenter, National Business Institute How to Administer an Estate: How to Uphold Ethical Standards (Identifying Your Client, Avoiding Conflicts of Interest, Structuring Fee Agreements, and Keeping Clients Informed), 2020

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Successfully defended against $8 million dollar action for conspiracy, DTPA violations, theft, conversion, negligence, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty by summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas resulting in dismissal of all claims and an award of $91,476.30 in attorneys’ fees and expenses, 2019
    • Won motion for summary judgment for subcontractor against general contractor and successfully defended appeal to uphold judgment (Albertelli Constr., Inc. v. Ram Industries Acquisitions, LLC, No. 05-18-01529-CV (Tex. App.-Dallas May 15, 2020))., 2020
    •   Represented former executor in ancillary proceeding and pursued enforcement of an arbitration provision contained in a will resulting in a published court of appeals opinion with dissent and subsequently, settled the $250,000 claim against her client for $3,000 (Ali v. Smith, 554 S.W.3d 755 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2018, no pet.)), 2018

    Educational Background:

    • University of Houston, Bachelor of Science, Psychology (2010) magna cum laude, 2010
    • University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 2013
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    Office Location for Andrea Barr

    700 Louisiana Street
    48th Floor
    Houston, TX 77002

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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