JOHN R. WALKER is a Partner in SBSB's Houston office. For the past almost twenty-five years, it has been my privilege to represent insurance and employer interests focusing on the defense of claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Act, the Defense Base (DBA), the Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) Instrumentalities Act, the Jones Act, and General Maritime and Admiralty Law. Additionally, John also has extensive experience in First Party Insurance Defense matters, representing employers, insurance carriers, and third parties in State, Federal and Appellate courts. Prior to joining the firm, John handled First Party Insurance Defense, Maritime, and Admiralty suits in state and federal courts. John has published several legal articles in the Corporate Counsel Review, including: The Contingent Workforce in Texas - What Every Corporate Counsel Using Temporary, Contract, or Leased Employees Needs to Know (Corp. Counsel Rev. 2010). He is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Education courses for insurance carriers and regularly presents seminars on a wide variety of civil litigation matters. John obtained his undergraduate degree from Baylor University where he was Commodore of the Sailing Team. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law, where he participated in South Texas Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.