Connell Foley LLP, a leading full-service law firm with 130 lawyers and seven offices across the Mid-Atlantic Region, provides sophisticated counsel in established and emerging areas of law to Fortune 500 corporations, middle-market and start-up entities, and entrepreneurs. Established in 1938, the firm has attained an enviable record of achievement in litigation, corporate law and a broad range of industry practice areas, including: alternative dispute resolution, antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, class actions, commercial litigation, construction, corporate, cyber security and data privacy, employment and labor, environmental, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property, product liability and mass torts, professional liability, real estate and land use, special education, taxation and estate planning, and white collar criminal defense.
With the continuity of its practice since 1914, Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C. stands today as a historical landmark in Houston’s business and legal community. The Firm’s banking and financial institutions attorneys regularly provide litigation and transactional services to a broad range of clients including state, regional and national banks, mortgage lenders, loan servicers, finance companies, credit card issuers, federal credit unions and trust companies. H&W also regularly represents clients throughout and beyond the State of Texas in matters ranging from counseling executors of multi-million dollar estates, to advising sellers in stock and asset transactions, to representing upstream oil and gas companies in complex multiparty litigation.
H&W’s clients include individuals, families, trusts, estates, major financial institutions and American and foreign business interests engaged in real estate development and management, aviation, upstream oil and gas, construction, insurance, retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing and merchandising.
Brendan Judge, chair of Connell Foley’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, is an experienced litigator with a focus on banking, commercial, construction and subrogation law, and trust and estates litigation. His in-depth knowledge of these areas enables him to identify the key issues early on and create favorable, tailored solutions for his clients. Highly knowledgeable about bank fraud issues, Brendan has represented financial institutions in more than 150 cases involving check fraud, unauthorized banking transactions and other banking issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code. In addition to his fraud work, Brendan’s varied practice includes serving as class action counsel for national corporations, trade associations and financial institutions on matters involving constitutional issues, lender liability claims and alleged violations of consumer fraud and other consumer protective statutes. He also serves as national counsel for insurance clients in banking related cases.
Rupert Barron is a business, banking and UCC partner in the Litigation, Banking and Financial Institutions practice groups of H&W. Rupert regularly represents national, regional and local banks, brokerage firms, credit unions and companies throughout Texas and other jurisdictions, in state and federal litigation and AAA and FINRA arbitrations. Having represented financial institutions over 25 years, his practice includes litigation of disputes involving UCC Articles 3 and 4 (negotiable instruments), 4A (funds transfers), 5 (letters of credit), ACH and NACHA / electronic payment disputes, commercial and consumer account disputes, lender liability, mortgage and wrongful foreclosure disputes, as well as prosecuting loan and deficiency suits for bank special assets and collections departments. Rupert also regularly advises financial institutions in the drafting and revision of deposit account control agreements, blocked account agreements, and deposit agreements. Rupert is a past Director of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, and a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.