Al Alsup is a co-founder of Houston-based Brown, Fowler & ALSUP P.C., which specializes in the practice of mortgage banking and residential real estate law, including mortgage loan document preparation, federal and state regulatory compliance, and related real estate, title, and closing matters. He retired from day-to-day law practice in 2014 and today serves as Emeritus Counsel to the firm.
He was a frequent speaker on residential real estate and mortgage lending law before industry and professional audiences and has chaired or served on the faculties of such industry educational conferences as the annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and the annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law (Chairman 1999), where in past years he has presented papers on federal and state mortgage lending regulations and Texas homestead law. He is the author of “The Art of Refinancing the Venerable Texas Homestead” (Vol. 58, No. 10 Texas Bar Journal 1020, November, 1995), “Pitfalls in Texas Home Equity Lending” (52 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 437 Fall, 1998), “The New and Improved Texas Reverse Mortgage” (55 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 189 Spring 2002), “Texas’ New Home Equity Reform Amendment” (Vol. 59 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 322 Fall, 2005), “Lines of Credit Under Texas Home Equity and Reverse Mortgage Law” (State Bar of Texas, 28th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, July, 2006), “Preparation of Documents Affecting Title to Texas Real Property as the Unauthorized Practice of Law” (Vol. 61 Consumer Fin. L.Q. 475 Spring 2008), and numerous other articles appearing in various trade and professional publications. He was the founding Editor and an author of Texas Mortgage Lending Law & Practices Deskbook, a legal text first published by the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association in 2000, and a three-term member of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate Forms Committee, publisher of the Texas Real Estate Forms Manual.
Al is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A.) and its School of Law (J.D.) and is a member of the State Bar Associations of Texas and Georgia. He was Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas until his retirement in 2014. He has served as an officer and director of several trade and professional organizations vitally concerned with legislative and public policy issues affecting home mortgage law and practices, including notably the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, which honored him with the 2002 Larry E. Temple Distinguished Service Award, the 2010 Reverse Mortgage Day Distinguished Service Award, and the 2014 Honorary Life Member Award. He was selected for listing as a Texas Super Lawyer in the field of Real Estate Law for each of years 2008 — 2013, until his retirement from active practice in 2014.