Random Profile: Timothy C. Ross, Houston

Best thing about being a lawyer: Being able to help the construction community and frequently dealing with interesting and cutting-edge legal issues that affect the construction industry.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? Jimmy Buffett – I have always wanted to fly fish off the wing of an amphibious plane that I just landed in a remote bay.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Dealing with society’s negative perception of lawyers and the services they provide

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I would likely be a contractor, building either offshore drilling rigs/vessels or custom homes.

Family: Alicia (wife), Ella (daughter – 4.5 years old), Thomas (son – 2 years old), and Keen (dog – black lab – 6.5 years old).

Areas of practice: Construction law and construction litigation.

Education: B.S. in Construction Science from Texas A&M University (2001) and J.D from South Texas College of Law (2006).

Culinary talent: Very little other than grilling (especially ribs and fish).

Most important career lesson: Get it in writing.

Favorite saying/quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller (played by Matthew Broderick) from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Pet peeve: Committing to do something and not following through.

Favorite TV program: Sport Fishing Television.

The last movie I saw: The Help – an excellent movie.

Favorite food type: Tie between Seafood and Mexican food.

Favorite restaurant: Brennan’s.

Hobbies: Offshore and bay fishing, golf and playing guitar. 

If I had more time, I would: Spend it with my family on our boat working at improving my fishing skills.

Community Involvement: Attend church at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church; member of the Texas A&M University Construction Industry Advisory Council; member of the Houston Contractors Association; member of the Associated General Contractors of America; council member of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section; member of the Coastal Conservation Association.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The increasing accessibility to substantial amounts of information through the internet, social media, electronic monitoring and databases, etc…, which I believe has created opportunities to gain advantages in litigation.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? I suspect that: 1) businesses will increase the involvement of lawyers earlier in disputes/projects/deals to help businesses avoid the increasing costs associated with litigation/arbitration; 2) more cases will be resolved by alternative dispute resolution and fewer cases will actually be tried; and 3) more lawyers will “specialize” as federal, state, and local laws continue to become more complex.

Timothy is an associate of Porter Hedges LLP.

You can also view Timothy's TexasBar.com profile.


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