Baker Wotring Attorneys

Profile Image of Judith L. Ramsey
Profile Image of Judith L. Ramsey
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Appeals
Contact Information
Baker · Wotring LLP
700 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 980-1700 Main
(713) 980-1700 Direct
(713) 980-1701 Fax
Education

J.D. from South Texas College of Law

B. A., Trinity University

Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Southern District of Texas

Western District of Texas

Of Counsel

Judith L. Ramsey

Profile Image of Judith L. Ramsey
Judith L. Ramsey joins Baker Wotring after many years as Chief of the General Litigation Section for the City of Houston Legal Department.  She and her team handled litigation and appeals critical to the City, and won tough cases – benefitting not only the citizens of the City of Houston but local governmental entities in general.   
 
Ms. Ramsey has experience in the business and political aspects of local governance, which allows her to offer thoughtful, innovative, and positive solutions to issues facing these entities.  While at the City, she was also involved in legislative issues, proposing revisions to existing statutes and testifying in support of such revisions.
 
Prior to her public service, Ms. Ramsey represented clients in the private sector primarily in commercial and personal injury litigation and appeals. She knows how to work both sides of the docket, having started her career with a well-known and well-respected plaintiff’s attorney.  Ms. Ramsey has handled appellate arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the 1st, 14th, and 4th Courts of Appeals.  She is licensed in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. 
 
Ms. Ramsey received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where she served as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Journal, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Trinity University.
 
She also served as the President of the San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section, and has spoken and presented papers at a number of CLEs, including the Advanced Insurance Seminar, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Eminent Domain Institute’s Houston Eminent Domain Conference, and the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. As an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, she taught a course in Business Law.
 
Her extensive litigation and appellate experience include:
  • Constitutional challenges to public official’s actions, ordinances, and charter provisions
  • Ultra vires and mandamus claims against public officials
  • Eminent Domain / Inverse Condemnation
  • Tort Claims Act and all resulting immunity issues
  • Election contests
  • Texas Public Information Act
  • Governmental contracting issues and contract enforcement
  • Environmental issues
  • Permitting issues
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Temporary restraining order and temporary injunction hearings
  • Contract and other commercial disputes
  • Personal injury and premises claims
  • Insurance disputes
  • Community property disputes
As General Litigation Section Chief at the City of Houston Legal Department, Ms. Ramsey was counsel for the City and involved in a wide range of significant matters, including:
  • Constitutional challenge to Houston’s provision of City benefits to same-sex couples
  • Houston Equal Rights Ordinance litigation
  • Pension litigation involving pension systems, involving claims of ultra vires, mandamus, constitutionality, contract, and more
  • Constitutional challenge to City’s Charitable Feeding Ordinance
  • Constitutional challenges to City’s encampment ordinance
  • Challenge to the City’s term limits charter amendment
  • Election contests both related to candidates and measures
  • Challenge regarding City tax and revenue cap charter amendments
  • Constitutional challenge to City’s news rack ordinance
  • Constitutional challenge to City’s taxicab ordinance
  • Challenges to City’s game room ordinances
  • Texas Public Information Act mandamus actions and appeals
  • Bond validation matter
  • Construction disputes
  • Challenge to Air Pollution Abatement ordinance
  • Challenge to ordinance relating to concrete crushing facilities
  • Successful negotiation with a concrete crushing entity to elevate its efforts to abate environmental effects
  • Participated with Harris County in Chapter 125 nuisance case
  • Successful in obtaining grant of Texas Citizens’ Participation Act motion
  • Constitutional challenge to City propane regulations
  • Constitutional challenge to dangerous building finding by Building and Standards’ Commission
  • Texas Tort Claims Act section 101.106 appeals
  • Texas Tort Claims Act litigation and immunity issues
  • Open Meetings Act claim
  • Eminent domain litigation
  • Inverse condemnation litigation
  • Allegations of violations of Texas Natural Resources Code and Antiquities Code
  • Affirmative claims against vendors and contractors
  • Review proposed ordinances and suggest revisions to existing ordinances
  • Challenges to permitting process
  • Water rights litigation
  • Sign code disputes

Select Appellate Cases

  • Lauder, Inc. v. City of Houston, 670 F.3d 664 (5th Cir. 2012) (First Amendment challenge to a City of Houston newsrack ordinance)
  • Greater Houston Small Taxicab Co. Ass’n, Inc. v. City of Houston, 660 F.3d 235 (5th Cir. 2011) (42 USCA § 1983 / equal protection challenge to City of Houston’s plan to distribute taxicab permits)
  • Chisholm v. Chisholm, 209 S.W.3d 96 (Tex. 2006) (family law matter; alleged agreed judgment held improperly entered without wife’s consent to property division and without strict compliance with terms of the agreement)
  • Sw. Resolution Corp. v. Watson, 964 S.W.2d 262 (Tex. 1997) ((Indorsement page on note and guaranty held to be firmly affixed as a matter of law and thus negotiable)
  • In the Interest of J.S.P., 278 S.W.3d 414 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2008, no pet.) (family law matter; partial reporter’s record appeal; court declining to impose a blanket prohibition on trial court’s ability to appoint a third party to assist in deciding issues relating to possession and access)
  • Nast v. State Farm, 82 S.W.3d 114 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2002, no pet.) (DTPA case against insurance company; summary judgement upheld on breach of warranty and gross negligence)
  • DuBose v. Workers Med. P.A., 117 S.W.3d 916 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2003, no pet.) (summary judgment in favor of physician reversed)
  • Milliorn v. Fin. Plus, Inc., 973 S.W.2d 690 (Tex. App.—Eastland 1998, no pet.) (foreclosure sale held to have been performed in a commercially reasonable manner)
  • Ireland v. Franklin, 950 S.W.2d 155 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1997, no writ) (temporary injunction upheld; covenant not to compete held to be ancillary to an otherwise enforceable trade secret clause of at-will employment contract)
  • Secure Props. v. City of Houston, No. 14-11-00051-CV, 2012 WL 113070 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 12, 2012, no pet.) (affirming judgment which upheld the City of Houston Building and Standards Commission’s decision as to procedural due process challenge and substantial evidence review, in part)
  • Odutayo v. City of Houston, No. 01-12-00132-CV, 2013 WL 1718334 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 18, 2013, no pet.) (affirmance of grant of jurisdictional plea on claims of selective enforcement)
  • City of Houston v. Cogburn, No. 01-11-00318-CV, 2014 WL 1778279 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] May 1, 2014, no pet.) (reversal and render on City’s jurisdiction plea; open and obvious condition naturally occurring)
  • City of Houston v. Song, No. 14-11-00903-CV, 2013 WL 269036 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 24, 2013, pet. denied) (reverse and render on City’s jurisdictional plea relating to inverse condemnation claim)
  • Noyes v. Noyes, No. 04-08-00627-CV, 2009 WL 2520972 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Apr. 12, 2009, no pet.) (motion to enforce agreed divorce decree; court held to have jurisdiction)
  • In the interest of C.A.K., No. 04-08-00304-CV, 2009 WL 1800612 (Tex. App.—San Antonio June 24, 2009, no pet.) (affirming an arbitration award requiring party to pay for Parenting Coordinator services)
  • In re C.F. Jordan, No. 04-08-00894-CV, 2008 WL 5251303 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Dec. 17, 2008, orig. proceeding) (mandamus denied)
  • Dennis v. Giles Grp., Inc., No. 04-07-00280-CV, 2008 WL 183062 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Jan. 23, 2008, no pet.) (reversing grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant as a non-manufacturing seller on plaintiff’s product liability claim)
 
 
 
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Appeals
Contact Information
Baker · Wotring LLP
700 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 980-1700 Main
(713) 980-1700 Direct
(713) 980-1701 Fax
Education

J.D. from South Texas College of Law

B. A., Trinity University

Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Southern District of Texas

Western District of Texas

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