Ross Spence

Ross Spence has more than 30 years of experience in litigation and bankruptcy. He has successfully tried a number of jury and non-jury cases in both federal and state courts throughout the country. His litigation experience includes cases involving breach of contract, director and officer liability, environmental liability, energy, real estate, insurance, fraudulent transfers, veil piercing, legal and accounting malpractice, construction, non-compete, trade secrets, trademarks, as well as other areas of the law. Ross also has experience in handling disputes between insureds and their insurers over coverage, duty to defend, prompt payment, and insurance bad faith. He has also given seminar presentations on issues involving the tripartite relationship between insurers, insureds, and defense counsel. He has extensive experience representing clients, including creditors, creditors' committees, and trustees in connection with virtually all aspects of bankruptcy and debt restructuring. He has handled bankruptcy matters, including adversary proceedings, in all four districts of Texas as well as a number of other states.

Ross has handled arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, ICDR, LCIA, and other arbitration organizations under the Federal Arbitration Act, the Texas Arbitration Act, and other laws. He has handled litigation and appeals concerning arbitrability of particular disputes and motions to vacate awards. Ross has also handled confirmation of arbitral awards and motions to vacate same. He often serves as an expert witness on attorneys' fees and also serves as an arbitrator of fee disputes between clients and their attorneys.

Ross has negotiated, drafted, and litigated mineral assignments, joint operating agreements, earnest money contracts, purchase and sale of companies and assets, non-compete agreements, licenses, foreign joint ventures, and many other types of transactions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Voted one of the Top Attorneys in Texas as published in Texas Monthly
  • Selected to Super Lawyers each year from 2009-2018
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
  • Past Chairman and Director of Houston Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Past Chairman and Arbitrator for the Houston Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Claims
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Sample Publications and Presentations


  • University of Texas (J.D. cum laude, 1986)
  • University of Virginia (B.S., cum laude, 1982)
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Phone: 713-335-4832
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