Andrea L. Uresti Barr | Trust Attorney in Houston | RMO Lawyers
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Andrea L. Uresti Barr

MANAGING ATTORNEY

Andrea L. Uresti Barr launched and serves as Managing Attorney of RMO’s Houston office. A seasoned probate litigator, Andrea’s area of practice includes defending and prosecuting causes of action on behalf and against heirs, beneficiaries, fiduciaries, and creditors in probate, trust, guardianship, and power of attorney proceedings.  Andrea also handles contested estate, probate, and trust administrations.

In the context of probate litigation, Andrea has experience handling several commercial real estate transactions (including acreage), commercial and dram shop liability litigation, equitable and statutory bill of review proceedings, and appeals.

Andrea defends wrongfully accused fiduciaries but also prosecutes fiduciaries who have abused their position, including experience handling several commercial real estate transactions (including acreage), commercial and dram shop liability litigation, equitable and statutory bill of review proceedings, and appeals. Andrea also has extensive experience pursuing and defending will contests and trust contests, including claims for incapacity, undue influence, financial elder abuse, fraud and forgery.

Andrea is from College Station, Texas, and moved to Houston, Texas in 1999.  She graduated from University of Houston and University of Houston Law Center.  While pursuing her law degree, she 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, liability, and employment.  While serving as an intern appellate brief writer at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, she filed five successful appellate briefs and created a new system with the Fourteenth and First Court of Appeals to retrieve records and evidence.  She also served as Chief Articles Editor for the Houston and Business Tax Law Journal in 2012 to 2013 and was elected Editor of the Year for 2012 to 2013.  She was a member of the University of Houston Law Center Moot Court Team as a brief writer. She received the Samson Memorial Animal Law Scholarship in 2012 to 2013.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomas Reuters, Rising Star, Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney, 2019-2022
  • Texas Monthly: The Top Women Attorneys in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomas Reuters, 2019-2022
  • Ones to Watch, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Houston,  Best Lawyers in America(2022)
COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
  • Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate Section
  • Member, Houston Association of Woman Attorneys
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association
  • Member, UHLC Hispanic Law Alumni Steering Committee
  • Member, Attorneys in Tax and Probate
  • Founding Member and Associate, Texas Probate Law American Inn of Court
  • Member, Provisors (HOU-1)
  • Certified Guardianship Ad Litem Attorney, Current

EDUCATION

  • University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctorate
  • University of Houston, Bachelor of Science, Psychology. magna cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust and Litigation Sections
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Secured a summary judgment on breach of contract and prompt payment claims for damages, penalty interest, and attorneys’ fees plus, separately, appellate attorneys’ fees, and successfully defended on appeal (Albertelli Constr., Inc. v. Ram Industries Acquisitions, LLC, No. 05-18-01529-CV (Tex. App.-Dallas May 15, 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.))
  • 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 recovering $91,476.30 in attorneys’ fees and expenses
  • Drafted and successfully argued a motion for new trial on an equitable fee forfeiture proceeding
  • Secured transfer of cases related to a probate proceeding to statutory probate court
  • Drafted and argued jurisdiction briefing resulting in a statutory probate court finding the original county court lacked jurisdiction to enter certain orders under the Texas Estates Code
  • 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
  • Drafted and argued special exceptions in fiduciary claim case resulting in dismissal of all claims against client
  • Negotiated a court-approved settlement of fiduciary claims valued at $250,000 against former independent executor client for $3,000
  • 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
  • Negotiated several purchases of acreage for series limited liability companies including easement agreements, mineral rights, and private road(s)
  • Successfully examined accounting expert in fiduciary litigation to identify improper basis, ipse dixit, and to limit testimony at trial
  • Represented companies and private individuals in royalty disputes
  • Secured abatement of a sanctions order until motion for reconsideration was heard

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • How to Uphold Ethical Standards, How to Administer an Estate, National Business Institute, 2021
  • How to Think Like a Firm, University of Houston Law Center, Ladies’ Alliance of Recent Alumnae, 2021
  • Written Discovery, Houston Association of Legal Professionals CLE, 2021
  • Lunch with a Lawyer, University of Houston Law Center, 2021
  • Newly Admitted Students Welcome Reception, University of Houston Law Center, 2021
  • Drafting Written Discovery and Amendments to Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Fort Bend Law Library Attorney Lectures Series, 2021
  • Drafting Written Discovery, Johnson County Bar Association, 2021
  • Legal Ethics, Trusts from A to Z, National Business Institute, 2021
  • Social Media Initiative and Membership Recruitment of Target Demographics, Real Estate Probate and Trust Law (REPTL) Section, 2021
  • Leadership Academy Presentation, Texas State Bar, 2021
  • Drafting Written Discovery for Probate, Texas Probate Study Group, 2021
  • Civil Trial Case Presentation, National Business Institute, 2021
  • Attorneys’ Fees, Texas Probate Law American Inn of Court, 2021
  • Attorneys’ Fees in Contested and Uncontested Fiduciary Matters, Attorneys Tax and Probate, 2022
  • How to Get Paid, Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate, Texas State Bar, 2022
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