KENT E. WESTMORELAND
May 17, 1949 - October 15, 2009
Hall Maines Lugrin, P.C. is saddened to announce KENT E. WESTMORELAND passed away peacefully on the 15th of October 2009, at the age
of 60. Kent was one of the founding shareholders of Westmoreland Hall (now Hall Maines Lugrin) where he remained until his passing.
Kent was born on the 17th of May, 1949, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was raised in Dallas, Texas, where he attended St. Mark's School. He received a
Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Southern Methodist University and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and
Beta Alpha Psi honoraries. While at SMU he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and the SMU Golf Team. After graduating from college, Kent
entered the U.S. Naval Reserves where he served until 1977. Kent received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law,
and was a member of Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity.
His word was his bond and he was a true gentleman lawyer. He was a partner at the firm of Griggs & Harrison until he opened the Houston office
of Phelps Dunbar in 1990, serving as Managing Partner. Kent was a well-known and respected member of the Houston and Texas Bar Associations.
He was a Proctor of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and member of the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute. He was an active
member of the Houston Mariner's Club and was a Life Fellow of both the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations.
Kent's law practice included the handling of significant insurance coverage matters, particularly in the energy sector. He was one of the leading
legal experts in the country on well control matters and he handled hundreds of well blowout cases. He lectured frequently on marine and energy
insurance law at seminars and conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway. Kent was both a formidable opponent and a
staunch ally. He was a zealous advocate for his clients, and had a long- standing successful representation of various syndicates and Underwriters
at Lloyd's of London and other London market insurance companies.
Kent loved sports, both as a participant and spectator. He started playing golf as a teenager and was the youngest winner of the Spring Valley
Country Club Championship at the age of 17. He enjoyed playing golf throughout his life. As a college student he took up tennis and participated in
many tournaments at River Oaks Tennis Club and the Metropolitan Racquet Club. He also participated in rugby and softball leagues. He loved to fish,
whether wade fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, or float fishing in the creeks of Oklahoma. Kent was an avid Astros, Rockets, and UT Longhorn sports
fan and in recent years looked forward to his annual trips to Astros spring training and the NCAA College World Series. He was a supporter of the
Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation.
Kent is survived by his wife, Kathy Westmoreland; his daughters, Megan and Shannon; his sister, Bryn Westmoreland Walthall; his nephew, Kent
Westmoreland and his wife Amy; nieces, Blair Meyers and her husband Kyle, and Paige Runnells.
Kent was a sentimental and loyal man who will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues.