Barsalou, W. Austin
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W. Austin Barsalou

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Biography

Austin Barsalou is a frequent speaker and author on the subjects of deed restriction enforcement and maintenance fee collection and teaches continuing legal education on HOA law for the Texas Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association and other organizations. He previously served as a director on the Board of the Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute for three years. Austin is currently the chairman of the Legal Committee for the Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. He is also a member of the Common Interest Ownership Committee of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1979
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1975
    • Major: Philosophy

Professional Associations

  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1990
  • Real Estate Advisory Commission, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2017 to Present
  • Board Certified, Residential Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005 to Present
  • Board Certified, Property Owners Association Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2018 to Present
  • Common Interest Ownership Committee, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas, Chair, 2014-2018, Member, 2019 to Present
  • Community Associations Institute, Houston Chapter, Legal Committee Chair, 2013 to Present
  • Northgate Crossing Municipal Utility District No. 2, Past President and Board Member
  • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Property Owners Association Committee of the State Bar of Texas, Chair, 2009 to 2010
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy ("NITA"), 1990

Classes and Seminars

  • From Declarant to Property Owners Association: A Checklist for the Seamless Transition of a Development, presented at the 30th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, in Houston, Texas , 2019
  • Board Leadership Development Workshop, Instructor – Legal, College Station, Texas, February 17, 2018.
  • Annual Legal Seminar, Community Associations Institute, Houston Chapter, Program Director, 2013 to Present
  • Hot Tips and Current Developments, Presented at the 35th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas, in San Antonio, Texas 2013
  • Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Homeowners Associations, Presented at the State Bar College Summer School, in Galveston, Texas 2009
  • Texas Uniform Planned Community Act, Presented at the 18th Annual Real Estate Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, in Houston, Texas, 2007
  • Mixed Use Developments - Single Site CC&Rs, Presented at the 28th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas, in San Antonio, Texas, 2006
  • The Homeowner Association Wars: The Community Association’s Viewpoint, Presented for the Houston Bar Association in Houston, Texas, 2003
  • Chapter 209 of the Texas Property Code, Presented at the 35th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute, University of Texas Law Continuing Legal Education, in Austin, Texas, 2001
  • Enforcement of Private Land Use Regulations: Point/Counterpoint – Community Association’s Viewpoint, Presented at the 22nd Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas, in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas , 2000

Practice Areas

  • Homeowners' Associations
  • Condo Associations
  • Commercial Maintenance Associations
  • Single Family HOA Law
  • Collecting Assessments
  • Enforcing Deed Restrictions
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities Law
  • Business Formation
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Acquisitions & Sales

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982