Our Lawyers

Our attorneys offer a remarkable breadth of trial experience. All of the partners have tried cases to jury verdict, and the majority of the partners are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in one or more areas of litigation (Don Jackson – Civil Trial, Personal Injury Trial, Eileen O’Neill – Civil Appellate, Civil Trial, Paul Smith – Personal Injury Trial, Tim Lee – Civil Appellate) — a distinction few firms can match.

This is a listing of all the attorneys practicing at Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow, LLP. Each listing contains biographical information on the lawyer, along with areas of practice, memberships and affiliations. You will also find an e-mail link to contact each lawyer.

Timothy Lee

With 30 years of successful experience handling appeals and legal matters in Texas state and federal courts, Tim Lee has developed the ability to communicate with judges about complex legal questions confidently and effectively. That experience, combined with a natural gift for writing and an educational background in communications and composition, allows him to have an impact, whether through written or oral advocacy, on how a court rules on issues that are important to his clients.

Tim has represented plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and organizations in more than 100 appeals, involving employment, contract, construction, personal injury, products liability, insurance, toxic tort, real property, oil and gas, maritime and railroad matters. He has also participated as the “law lawyer” in some of the largest and most significant trials the firm has handled. He has taken part in numerous multi-week trials, appeared in hearings in a multitude of district courts across Texas and worked with trial teams on a wide variety of matters.

Finally, Tim provides insurance coverage advice to insurance companies, third-party administrators, policyholders and attorneys with clients whose interests are affected by the presence or absence of insurance. He has been involved in insurance litigation for nearly 18 years and knows the real-life implications of insurance coverage.

Litigation, particularly complicated litigation, is time-consuming and expensive. Tim’s clients do not want to be billed for services they do not need and do not want to fight battles they do not need to fight or cannot win. They should have no tolerance for lawyers who do not always remember what the client wants. Clients deserve the maximum impact at the least cost and disruption, which is what Tim tries to deliver. He seeks results at the least cost possible, whether that means handling a small problem or dealing with a legal catastrophe. Sometimes it means exploiting advanced technology, sometimes it means deploying the right employees on the right tasks and sometimes it means long hours of personal attention to the client’s problems.

The vast majority of Tim’s clients are repeat clients, and he suspects they would describe him as calm, analytical, experienced, supportive  … and perhaps a little quirky. He thinks they would agree he knows that when a client hires a lawyer, it is about the client, not the lawyer.

Tim is a voracious reader with a drive to learn something new and update those things which are old. He and his delightful wife Kathy have a special interest in New Mexico and own a second home there. The good things in life, according to Tim, include music, dogs, wine, Pueblo pottery, Hawaiian shirts, good friends and trusted colleagues.

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Admitted To Bar



J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1983
B.S., Illinois State University, 1977

Board Certification

Civil Appellate Law (Texas Board of Legal Specialization)


State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Law, Insurance Law, Labor and Employment Law

Notable Results

Ware Jackson’s Michelle Meriam and Timothy Lee affirm judgment on appeal on behalf of incapacitated client.

Ware Jackson’s Timothy Lee represented the Marshall Family Defendants in the successful appeal of the long-running Anna Nicole Smith case against them. The Houston First Court of Appeals largely affirmed the trial court’s judgment, which was entered more than a decade ago.

Partners Eileen O’Neill and Tim Lee successfully represented oilfield services company in bill of review case to set aside default judgment for over $500,000 in case where summary judgment was eventually obtained on plaintiff’s claim.

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