Teresa E. Porter

Teresa E. Porter

Associate

Ms. Porter is a native Houstonian. Prior to obtaining her law degree, she worked in various aspects of the legal field as a law clerk, mediation coordinator, and legal assistant. In law school, she was active in the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and served as Secretary (2008-2009) and President (2009-2010). Ms. Porter also interned for Justice Tim Taft at the First Court of Appeals.

During her career, she has gained experience on both sides of the bar and began working at prominent plaintiff’s firms representing a diverse group of clients in personal injury cases, first party hurricane lawsuits, and BP Oil Spill litigation. She also handled estate and settlement matters on a toxic tort case involving over 2,000 plaintiffs and heirs.

In 2015, Ms. Porter joined Sheehy, Ware & Pappas and has successfully defended individuals and companies in a variety of disputes involving premises liability claims, commercial trucking accidents, personal injury, and other general liability claims. She is also a member of the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation section.

Community Activities

Ms. Porter has been involved with OCA-Greater Houston, a civil rights organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. She served as Vice-President (2010) and Treasurer (2011) and co-chaired OCA’s National Convention when it was held in Houston.

She enjoys the arts and regularly attends events supporting the Houston art community. She co-founded The Passion Party, a family-friendly art and food event which featured local artists, music, and food vendors and raised funds for Project Row Houses, an arts and culture non-profit organization.

In 2018, she joined the Board of Directors of Lawndale Art Center, a contemporary art space with a focus on exhibiting work by local area artists.

  • Successfully defended premises owners including restaurateur, gas station owner, and shopping mall owner against a wide variety of premises liability claims.
  • Represented trucking company clients against negligence and gross negligence claims.
  • Successfully concluded case for homeowners against claims of invasion of privacy, trespass, defamation of character, and nuisance.
  • Defended large refining corporation in asbestos litigation.
  • Represented construction companies in breach of contract and construction defect claims.
  • Handled subrogation claims to successful conclusion.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2010)
  • Tulane University (B.A., cum laude, 2003)

Legal Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Honors
  • CALI Excellence in the Future Award
  • Japan-Tulane Friendship Award
  • Newcomb College Oak Wreath Leadership and Community Service Award
  • Tulane Housing and Residence Life Excellence Award

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas