Bartley & Spears, P.C. - Attourneys at Law


Richard E. Bartley was born in Annapolis, Maryland, on December 12, 1944. Mr. Bartley graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1968 and thereafter attended South Texas College of Law where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1972. Mr. Bartley was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972 and is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Bartley is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Greater Houston and Austin chapters of the Community Associations Institute. Mr. Bartley is a member and past chairman of the C.A.I. Legal Committee and Legislative Action Committee.

Walter E. Spears was born in Aransas Pass, Texas in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A&M University in 1983 and thereafter received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at the University of Houston Law Center in 1986. Mr. Spears was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988 and is also licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas as well as before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Spears is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, Real Estate, Litigation and Construction Sections, the Federal Bar Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, the Community Association Institute and the Greater Houston Chapter of the Community Association Institute.

Mr. Spears is a member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation.

Mr. Spears is also a member of the Board of Directors of Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 261 and serves as a boys and girls youth sports coach for the Northwest Harris County YMCA.

Neil H. McLaurin, IV, was born in Houston, Texas in 1971. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998, and is also admitted to practice before United States District Courts in the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Texas Districts. Preparatory education: Vanderbilt University (B.A. English, 1994); Legal education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1997). Member, Community Associations Institute, Legal Committee. In addition to the general representation of associations, Mr. McLaurin has also been retained as an expert witness in property owners’ association litigation. Email:

Reported Cases:

• Haas v. Ashford Hollow Cmty. Improvement Ass'n, 209 S.W.3d 875, 880 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 2006, no pet.)
• Dilston House Condo Ass'n v. White, 230 S.W.3d 714, 718 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, no pet.)
• Brightwater Homeowners Ass'n v. Baca, No. 01-13-00812-CV, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 12036 (App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, no pet.)

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