Walter is a trial lawyer with considerable experience defending challenging matters in notoriously difficult jurisdictions. He has tried cases involving premises owners, product manufacturers, and insurance companies to verdicts in courts throughout the country, including Texas, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. His first chair trial lawyer skills have developed through an active practice that has involved toxic tort litigation (including both products and premises liability claims), general personal injury cases, and complex commercial matters. He has amassed considerable experience representing major petrochemical companies and oil refiners defending claims of exposure to asbestos and benzene by employees and contractors working on various premises. Through that work, he has acquired special expertise in investigating, challenging, and often disproving factual claims. In a time when trial experience has become extremely rare, Walter is quite proud that he has tried twenty-two civil cases to jury verdict, eleven as first chair.
Walter has demonstrated the ability to master dense topics quickly. Correspondingly, Walter is regularly called upon to assist in trials at the last minute on matters ranging from thorny intellectual property disputes to those involving complicated medical issues.
Prior to founding Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC, Walter was a trial partner at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, where he practiced since finishing law school. Prior to law school, Walter worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on helping companies such as Sprint and Compaq Computer Corporation improve their customer relationship management systems.
When not striving to win his next trial or otherwise solve his clients’ problems, Walter serves as a husband, father of two, baseball coach, Bellaire Little League board member, and usher at his church.
Hayden v. 3M Company, et al, 2015-3732 (New Orleans, LA, 2016). Trial counsel for Marathon Petroleum Company, L.P. defending premises liability action related to Marathon’s Louisiana refinery. Settled under favorable terms prior to trial.
Moore v. Chevron Corporation, et al., No. BC 554233 (Los Angeles, CA, 2015). Trial counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in products liability action related to claimed asbestos exposure in the oil fields near Bakersfield. Settled favorably during second week of trial.
Nichols v. AMF, Inc. et al, 1122-CC01820 (St. Louis, MO, 2014). Trial counsel for BASF Corporation in premises liability death case related to its Freeport, Texas plant seeking $21 million in compensatory along with punitive damages. Following a three-week jury trial, BASF earned a defense verdict.
Sherman v. Georgia Pacific, et al., No. N11C-01-271 ASB (Wilmington, DE, 2014). Trial counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in products liability mesothelioma case, which resulted in a defense verdict after three weeks in front of a jury.
Kirby v. Georgia Pacific et al., No. 2008-CA-003459 A (Washington, D.C., 2010). Trial counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in products liability lung cancer case, which resulted in a jury reaching a defense verdict after two weeks of trial.
Union Carbide Corp. v. Smith, 313 S.W.3d 370 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2009, pet denied).
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., May 2004
Honors and Activities: Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Houston Law Review; The Order of Barristers
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, M.B.A., May 1998
Graduated with Honors
Baylor University, Waco, Texas, B.A., May 1993
Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Texas Chapter Editor, January 2015, ‘16, and ‘17.
Limits on Sponsor Liability in Clinical Investigations, Drug, Device & Biotech IADC Newsletter, June 2006.
Admissions and Affiliations
State Bar of Texas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
State Bar of California, United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Houston Bar Association
Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2007 – 2009, 2014.
Testified in front of the Texas House of Representatives Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee related to proposed changes to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 95. March 28, 2017.