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J. Brown, III, Shareholder and Director, is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law with highest
honors (J.D., summa cum laude, 1968) and was conferred a Masters
of Law by New York University (LL.M, 1969) the following year
after completing post-graduate studies with a concentration
in real estate law. Sam was Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas
Law Journal, 1967-1968, and was elected to the Order of Lytae
in 1968, an honorary legal fraternity of students with the highest
standings in their law school class. He also was a member of
Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity. His undergraduate studies were
completed at Baylor University (B.A., 1964).
entered the private practice of law in Houston in 1969 immediately
upon completion of his graduate law studies. He was a founding
partner of Lee, Brown & Wylie where he represented a major
Houston-based savings association as general counsel in real
estate, mortgage finance, and general business matters throughout
the 1970's during some of Texas' most spectacular growth. He
carried on his practice until co-founding Brown & Fowler,
P.C. with Bob Fowler in 1981 to represent the interests of North
American Mortgage Company, Texas' then top-producing mortgage
Brown is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is licensed
to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District
of Texas. Among his professional memberships are the Houston
Bar Association, Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Texas
Mortgage Bankers Association, and Houston Mortgage Bankers Association.
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K. Fowler, Shareholder and Director, is a graduate of the
South Texas College of Law with high honors (J.D., magna cum
laude, 1980) after having been conferred a Masters of Business
Administration from Oklahoma State University (M.B.A., 1968)
and having worked successively as a financial analyst and in
corporate real estate management for two Fortune 500 companies
for some eight years before deciding to enter law school and
redirect his career. His undergraduate studies were also completed
at Oklahoma State University (B.S., 1966).
Bob entered the private practice of law in Houston in 1980 immediately upon completion of his law studies. He co-founded Brown & Fowler, P.C. with Sam Brown the next year to represent the interests of Texas’ largest mortgage banking firm and has been in private practice representing mortgage lenders continuously ever since.
He is a member of
the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.
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Alton Alsup retired from practice January, 2014, and now serves Of Counsel to the firm. He is
a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A.)
and The University of Texas School of Law (J.D.) and is a member
of the State Bar Associations of Texas and Georgia. He is Board
Certified in Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board
of Legal Specialization and practices exclusively in the field
of residential real estate and mortgage lending law. Before
entering private practice, he had served as a judicial law clerk,
state’s attorney, and corporate counsel to a publicly
held real estate development and management company.
Al was a
frequent speaker on residential mortgage lending law and regulations
before industry and professional audiences, including conventions
and seminars of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America,
National Association of Mortgage Brokers, Texas Mortgage Bankers
Association and its Houston, San Antonio, and Austin chapters,
Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Texas Savings and
Community Bankers Association, National Association of Professional
Mortgage Women, National Association of Home Builders, Texas
Land Title Institute, The Conference on Consumer Finance Law,
The State Bar of Texas, the South Texas School of Law, and The
University of Texas School of Law.
has served on the Planning Committees and Conference Faculties
of the Advanced Real Estate Law Course sponsored by the State
Bar of Texas and the annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage
Lending Institute sponsored by The University of Texas School
of Law (Chairman 1999), where in past years he has presented
papers on federal and state mortgage lending regulations and
Texas homestead law. He is the author of “The Art of Refinancing
the Venerable Texas Homestead” (Vol. 58, No. 10 Texas
Bar Journal 1020, November, 1995), “Pitfalls in Texas
Home Equity Lending” (52 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 437
Fall, 1998), “The New and Improved Texas Reverse Mortgage”
(55 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 189 Spring 2002), “Texas’ New Home Equity Reform Amendment” (59 Consumer Fin. L.Q. Rep. 322 Fall, 2005), “Preparation of Documentation Affecting Title to Texas Real Property as the Unauthorized Practice of Law” (61 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 475 Fall, 2007), and other articles
appearing in various trade and professional publications. He
was the founding Editor of Texas Mortgage Lending Law &
Practices Deskbook, a legal text originally published by the
Texas Mortgage Bankers Association in May, 2000, and he currently
serves on the Real Estate Forms Committee of the State Bar of
Texas, publisher of the Texas Real Estate Forms Manual, a two-volume
legal forms and practice guide for Texas attorneys.
Al also has served as an officer or director of several trade and professional organizations vitally concerned with legislative and public policy issues affecting home mortgage law and practices, including notably the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association (Board of Directors 1996–2002; 2004–2007; Executive Committee 2001–2002 and 2004–2005; Chairman, Regulatory Compliance and Legal Issues Committee 1993–1999, and recipient of the 2002 Larry E. Temple Distinguished Service Award and the 2010 Reverse Mortgage Day Distinguished Service Award). He has been selected for listing as a Texas Super Lawyer in the field of Real Estate Law as published in Texas Monthly magazine for each year 2008–2012.
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Aaron Polasek, Shareholder and Director, graduated from South Texas College of Law (J.D. 1999) after undergraduate studies at Austin College (B.A. 1995). He interned with the firm for two years while completing his law studies and has been employed by the firm as an attorney since his 1999 graduation. He was elected a Director and became a shareholder of the firm in 2010. He is Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association (Member: Real Property, Probate and Trust Section), the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Houston Mortgage Bankers Association.
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Logan Hastings, Associate Attorney, graduated from the South Texas College of Law with high honors (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013). Logan earned a Transactional Skills Certificate in Real Estate, was an Articles and Notes Editor on Currents International Trade Law Journal, and was elected to the Order of Lytae, an honorary legal fraternity of students with the highest standings in their law school class. He was also a nationally recognized Varsity Moot Court Advocate and he served on the Board of Advocates. His undergraduate studies were completed at Texas A&M University (B.S. 2010). He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.
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Joshua Verkerk, Associate Attorney, graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D. 2013)
where he served on the University Board of Appeals and White Book Review Committee, and was selected by the
Executive Committee as the University’s Head Honor Advocate. His undergraduate studies were completed at the
University of Texas at Austin (B.A. 2008), where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society and an
officer of the UT Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He is a National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions
(NAFCU) Certified Compliance Officer and before coming to the firm served as counsel for a financial institution for
five years. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.
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