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Walter D. Roper






Walt D. Roper graduated from Baylor University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He attended the Tulane University School of Law, from which he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1992. Mr. Roper is admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court, and state district and appellate courts. Walt has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, as well as the U.S. District Court, and District of Arizona. He is a former President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Advocates and received an award from the Texas Trial Lawyers Association for his efforts in fighting for victims' rights in the 1997 Texas Legislative Session. In addition, Mr. Roper has served on the Board of Directors of both the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and he is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Walt focuses his practice on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, with a heavy concentration in medical malpractice, nursing home, and products liability litigation. Mr. Roper has also handled numerous class action and multi-plaintiff litigation, focusing on consumer rights, healthcare retirement benefits, and other workplace benefits. In addition, he has also been involved in numerous toxic tort cases. His practice has covered a broad range of issues involving science, the environment, and natural resources, including risk assessment, groundwater contamination, lead poisoning, and environmental aspects of international trade. Mr. Roper has successfully resolved cases involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (known also as ERISA), Medicare, healthcare, insurance, regulated industries, and personal injury. He has been appointed lead counsel in several nationwide class actions.


Areas of Practice

  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
  • Class Actions
  • Drugs & Medical Devices
  • Complex Litigation
  • Consumer Rights
  • Healthcare Retirement Benefits
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Tort

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1992
  • Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Baylor University
    • B.A. - 1989


  • "International Liability: When Is It An Issue and How To Avoid It?" Fifth Annual Conference, Texas, Mexico Bar Association, Mexico City, 1998
  • "Preparing, Trying and Settling Auto Collision Cases", State Bar of Texas, Dallas, 1995
  • Co-Author, Managing Complex Litigation for the 9th Annual Page Keeton Products Liability and Personal Injury Law Conference, 11/02/1995
  • Lecturer, Topic of Nursing Home Litigation at the Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s "Staying in the Current" Seminar, 11/08/2000
  • Speaker “Forum Non Conveniens for Toxic Tort Liability in Louisiana,” at the Environmental 2000 Conference: Law, Science and the Public Interest, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell Featured Peer Review Lawyer*
  • Selected for recognition on the Texas Super Lawyer list, published by Thomson Reuters, Legal, in the field of Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2003-2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Former President of Board of Advocates
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association

*AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards