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TAA Education Conference & Lone Star Expo

Mock Trial

Friday, April 27
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Before you actually get sued (or have to sue someone) find out what your day in court will really be like. At some point in your career as an independent rental owner, you’ll find yourself in front of a justice of the peace or at the county court. Whether you’ve crossed that bridge already or not, preparing for and attending a trial can be a time-consuming, intimidating process. Take part in this mock trial for an insider’s look at what to expect—all the drama, none of the risk.

Howard Bookstaff

Hoover Slovacek LLP

Howard Bookstaff is the head of the multi-family practice at Hoover Slovacek LLP and has concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, landlord/tenant law, condominium law, and community association law for over 25 years. Mr. Bookstaff has been honored to serve as general counsel of the Houston Apartment Association since 1995.


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Kim McGregor

McGregor Properties

Kim McGregor is owner of McGregor Properties. He’s a past president of the Austin Apartment Association and a former executive committee member for TAA.


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Jerry Carlton

Glast, Phillips & Murray

Jerry Carlton is with Glast, Phillips & Murray and has over 20 years of experience in the practice of employment, real estate, and commercial litigation. Jerry’s practice in real estate includes daily advising of property managers and property owners related to a wide spectrum of property management issues, including evictions, landlord/tenant litigation, fair housing claims and more.


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Bill Warren

Founder and Senior Attorney
Warren Law Firm

Bill Warren is the firm founder and senior attorney at Warren Law Firm. With over 35 years of experience, Bill is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Bill frequently appears before state and federal courts and shares his insight through client consultation, lectures, seminars and scholarly articles on legal issues from fair housing to trial practices. Bill is Of Counsel for the Texas Apartment Association.


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Gregory Johnson

Whispering Hills Apartments

Gregory Johnson owns Whispering Hills Properties in Killeen. Gregory serves on the Killeen Housing Authority, Killeen Planning and Zoning Commission, and Development District of Central Texas. Gregory is chair of TAA's Independent Rental Owners Committee and a past president of the Apartment Association of Central Texas. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Gregory joined the Texas Army National Guard where he was deployed overseas to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom.


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David Patronella

Justice of the Peace
Harris County, Precinct 1, Place 2

Judge Patronella took the bench as presiding judge of Harris County Justice of the Peace Court (Precinct 1, Place 2) in 1989.He was nominated by Commissioner Lee and unanimously approved by Harris County Commissioners Court. He was elected in 1990 and re-elected every four years since.

Judge Patronella serves as Justice of the Peace for Precinct One, Place Two, supervising a staff of thirty three clerks and presiding over one of the busiest courts in the state. He brings to the job four terms of experience in the Texas House of Representatives where he authored over sixty pieces of legislation and was Chairman of Harris County’s Legislative Delegation. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Patronella was a civil attorney in private practice. He has also completed two terms as chairman of the Justice of the Peace Section for the State Bar of Texas.


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