Amarillo law firm donates fees to Wayland

October 7, 2013

PLAINVIEW -- The law firm of Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP (BMWB), based in Amarillo, recently made a donation of over $5,000 to Wayland Baptist University. The donation represented BMWB’s attorneys’ fees for assisting Wayland in negotiating the terms of an easement across a portion of land owned by the university. The easement allows Southwestern Public Service the access it needs to install transmission lines.

BMWB attorney Tyler Topper, who graduated from Wayland with a business degree in 2005, presented the check to university President Dr. Paul Armes. Topper, originally from Wayland graduated from Baylor Law School in 2009 and has worked with BMWB, primarily in real estate law, for the past four years. Topper said he was happy to donate the attorney’s fees.

“When I was [at Wayland], I was here because of the generosity of others, and that allowed me to do what I do now,” Topper said. “I’ve always wanted to eventually give back to Wayland. I couldn’t write a $5,000 check out of my own account, but this way I could use the firm to give back to the community and give back to Wayland.”

Dr. Armes expressed his gratitude and said the funds would be used for scholarships. He also explained that the work BMWB did for the university more than tripled the amount of compensation that was originally offered by the utility company.

Topper said BMWB specializes in easement condemnation matters.