TBA Texas Legislative Update

I had the privilege of attending the Texas Bankers Association’s 2017 Legislative Update at the Brook Hollow Country Club in Dallas this morning. This very informative presentation on recent Texas and federal banking legislation was led by Celeste Embrey, John Heasley, and Eric Sandberg of TBA. For those who were not able to attend, below is a brief recap of some of the highlights.

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Texas Bankers Hall of Fame and Bank Executives’ & Directors’ Seminar

On April 27 and 28, I had the privilege of attending the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame and Bank Executives’ & Directors’ Seminar hosted by Sam Houston State University. I would like to congratulate the five Hall of Fame honorees: B.A. Donelson, Jack Griggs, George Martinez, Milton McGee, Jr., and the late Milton Payne. I enjoyed hearing about all of their incredible accomplishments and contributions to community banking in Texas. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition!

Just like last year, the Seminar provided valuable information to the community bankers in attendance. As an attorney representing community banks, I was most interested in the bank regulatory panel. The panel was again moderated by Sam Golden, formerly with the OCC and now a bank consultant with Alvarez & Marsal. The panelists were Bobby Davenport (Texas Department of Banking), Nathan Heizer (FDIC), Bernadette Hernandez (OCC), and Robert Triplett (Federal Reserve). For those who were not able to make it to the Seminar, I have recapped some of the most helpful information that the regulators shared:

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Bankers Digest Article: Five Best Practices to Minimize Vendor-Information Security Risks

My article in the Independent Banker Magazine, Five Best Practices to Minimize Vendor-Information Security Risks, was reprinted in the September 19, 2016 issue of Bankers Digest. Thank you to the ICBA for allowing me to share this article with additional community bankers and to Bankers Digest for the honor of including this article in this week’s newsletter. The Bankers Digest reprint is available here.

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Texas court rejects statute of limitations defense, finds note valid

I’m proud to have represented Northeast Bank in securing a judgment to confirm the validity of a $5 million commercial loan in a Harris County, Texas court. The case began last year, when the Borrower claimed that its $5.6 million note was barred by the statute of limitations and need not be repaid. Northeast Bank filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit, asking the court in Houston to reject the Borrower’s arguments and confirm the validity of the loan. In a complete victory for Northeast Bank, the court confirmed the validity of the loan, rejected the Borrower’s claims, and awarded the bank its attorneys’ fees.

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