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Invicta Law Firm is a boutique real estate and commercial litigation law firm headquartered in Houston, Texas.

We solve your complex real estate and commercial problems throughout the State of Texas.

Invicta Law. Legally Real.™

Invicta Law Firm is a boutique real estate and commercial litigation law firm headquartered in Houston, Texas.

We solve your complex real estate and commercial problems throughout the State of Texas.

Our Services

"Invicta" means "Invincible" in Latin.

Title and Possession to Real Estate

Real Estate and Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Deals and Advice

Invicta Law Firm in Houston, Texas, was founded by attorney Alicia Matsushima to provide personalized attention and cost-effective assistance to clients in their real estate and commercial matters.  Invicta’s clients include title closing agents, title insurers, property owners, homeowners’ associations (HOA’s), real estate agents and brokers, developers, investors, house “flippers,” mortgage lenders, secured creditors of real and personal property, lien holders, and buyers and sellers of real estate. 

We clear title and possession to real estate.

"Terra Invicta" means "Unconquered Earth" in Latin.

A title defect or “cloud” on title often arises from a gap or “break” in the chain of title.  The gap or “break” can be caused by, for example, an unrecorded deed the chain of title, a missing signature on a deed from a prior owner of the property (such as a spouse or an heir), or an unreleased lien caused by a mortgage, a judgment, or unpaid ad valorem taxes. 


The title defect or “cloud” on title usually exists on the property for years and is only discovered when the owner wants to sell or refinance the property and a title search is conducted by a title company.  The sale or refinance of the property cannot continue until the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of the title company.

 

Invicta Law Firm’s founder, Alicia Matsushima, has represented a national title company since 2001 and has been litigating complex title claims to real property since 2001.  The types of title defects that Alicia has resolved include the following:

Forgeries or fraud in real estate documents.
Errors in the property description in conveyance and encumbrance documents.
Fraudulent transfers of property under Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (TUFTA), Tex. Bus. Com. Code § 24.001 et seq.
Missing or unidentified heirs in the chain of title.
Missing signature of a spouse or necessary party in conveyance and encumbrance documents.
Prior unsatisfied liens and encumbrances, including tax liens, deed of trust liens, and judgment liens.
Adverse possession claims.
Deed of a deceased person’s property not including all heirs.
Missing or unrecorded deeds in the chain of title.
Claims of trespassers and “squatters” on property.
Invalid liens against real estate, including mechanic’s liens.

We litigate real estate and commercial lawsuits.

"Magna Est Veritas" means "Truth is Mighty" in Latin.

Invicta Law Firm handles general commercial litigation that often covers complex real estate issues.  The firm's owner, Alicia Matsushima, has over two decades of litigation experience.  The real estate matters that the firm handles includes the following:

Statutory real estate fraud under Tex. Bus. Com. Code § 27.01 and common law fraud in connection with a real estate transaction.
Homeowners' association matters, including the collection of unpaid assessments.
Lien priority issues.
Fraudulent transfers of property under Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (TUFTA), Tex. Bus. Com. Code § 24.001 et seq.
Partition of real estate.
Encroachment and boundary issues.
Breach of express and implied warranties of title.
Declaratory judgments regarding real estate rights and validity of real estate instruments.
Breach of closing protection letter issued by title insurance company.
Breach of fiduciary duty against escrow officer.
Breach of contract by purchaser or seller of real estate, including specific performance of contract.
Defense of real estate professionals against TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) ethics complaints and lawsuits.

We advise and represent buyers and sellers of real estate.

"Et a Paciscor" means "Make a Deal" in Latin.

Invicta Law Firm provides cost-effective counsel to those who need their questions answered in connection with a real estate matter. Invicta advises investors, developers, realtors, and buyers and sellers of real estate.  Invicta often reviews and counsels clients regarding their rights under various real estate contracts and conveyance documents, such as purchase agreements, mortgages, loan documents, commercial leases, and deeds.  Invicta also assists investors with their due diligence investigation prior to making a significant real estate purchase.  When disputes arise in a real estate transaction, Invicta assists clients in resolving the dispute in hopes that they can avoid a costly lawsuit.

 

We understand that our clients’ cases are often time sensitive and involve significant sums of money.  Invicta’s clients are often small investors who are on a strict budget and timeline and need effective counsel without breaking the bank.  We are proud of our successful track record in providing cost-effective assistance to small investors and individuals in connection with their real estate needs.  

Meet Alicia.

"Sui Generis" means "Unique" in Latin.

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The first (and only) attorney in her family and a world traveler, Alicia brings her work ethic, creativity, and over 24 years of experience in meeting your legal needs.


Alicia Matsushima < ah-LEE-see-ya  mat-soo-SHE-mah > was born in New York City and spent her early years living in Los Angeles, California, and London, England. The daughter of a mechanical engineer, Alicia grew up as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia and became a world traveler in her teens. Alicia’s international travel and multi-cultural background gives her a unique perspective in practicing law.

 

Alicia graduated from law school at the University of Notre Dame in 1997, where she completed trial advocacy taught by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and two externships as a public defender and a mediator. During her second year of study, Alicia lived abroad in Notting Hill, London, England, and participated in the Concannon Program of International Law at Notre Dame’s London campus.  From 2002-2004, Alicia proudly served her alma mater and held the positions of Regional Coordinator and Student Recruitment Director for the Notre Dame Asian Pacific Alumni Board of Directors.  In 2011, Alicia obtained her UK law license and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

 

After graduating from law school in 1997, Alicia passed the Texas bar and lived primarily in Houston, as the oil industry brought her family to Texas. Alicia obtained her law license on November 7, 1997 and has practiced law in Texas for over 24 years. After working at several commercial litigation firms for 15 years where she honed her litigation skills, Alicia opened her own law practice in 2012 and has never looked back. Alicia enjoys owning her own business and has developed a diverse clientele as a successful rainmaker in her field.  She believes that the greatest benefit of being your own boss is that you can reap the rewards of your own hard work–and the sky is the limit.

 

Alicia founded the Invicta Law Firm to provide personalized attention to her clients in the areas of real estate, title, and commercial litigation. Alicia’s law practice caters to a vast array of clients, ranging from individuals and small family-owned businesses to large, “Fortune 500” companies. Alicia’s key to success is her tenacity, work ethic, and attention to detail.  Her goal is to provide her clients with an unparalleled experience that is specifically tailored to the complexities of each case.

 

In 2019, Alicia was honored as a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a designation granted to only one-third of 1% of lawyers practicing in the State of Texas each year based on their outstanding professional achievements in their field of law.  

 

From 2016 through 2021, Alicia has been recognized by her peers as one of Houston’s best commercial attorneys by Houstonia Magazine.  She is also a member of the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

 

Alicia loves the big city life and is proud to call the diverse city of Houston her home for over two decades now.  In 2015, Alicia bought her “forever” home in the Washington Corridor area of Houston, where she lives with her three rescue dogs. During her free time, she enjoys watching “The Beautiful Game,” especially the English Premier League and Argentina football, drinking coffee, driving her customized Jeep, and spending time with her friends and family.  

 

Alicia invites you to reach out to the Invicta Law Firm for your real estate and commercial needs.  She looks forward to working with you.  

Alicia's Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor, 1997
Notre Dame Concannon Programme of International Law, London, England, 1995-1996
Baylor University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1994

Alicia's Licenses

State of Texas, 1997
United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
Solicitor to the Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2011

Alicia's Memberships and Activities (Past and Present)

State Bar of Texas, Texas Land Title Association (TLTA), Defense Research Institute, Houston Bar Association, Association for Women Attorneys, Women’s Energy Network, Women’s CEO Project, Notre Dame Alumni Club of Houston Diversity Coordinator, Notre Dame Alumni Board of Directors Regional Coordinator for Asian Pacific Alumni, Notre Dame Alumni Board of Directors Student Recruitment Director for Asian Pacific Alumni, Second Baptist Church, Houston Tornadoes Women’s Semi-Professional Soccer Team, Election Clerk for River Oaks Precinct 217, Psi Chi National Honor Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Christian Legal Society, Business Network International, Asian American Bar Association of Houston, Law Society of England and Wales, Solicitor’s Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, Houston Bar Foundation Sustaining Life Fellow.

Problems Solved.

"Dictum Factum" means "What is Said is Done" in Latin.

Alicia Matsushima is proud of her track record and the results she gets for her clients. She has handled a vast array of real estate and commercial matters, including the following:

Defense of Adverse Possession Lawsuit for a National Bank.
Obtained successful defense jury verdict as the lead counsel for a national bank in an adverse possession case; plaintiff alleged that the bank’s deed of trust lien was void because plaintiff had acquired ownership of the property under the ten-year bare possession statute.
Quiet Title of Property with Unknown Heirs.
Successfully cleared title to a property in Burleson County with a “break” in the chain of title in 1916, resulting in over 100 potential heirs to the property; summary judgment obtained under the theories of adverse possession and quiet title.
Real Estate with Missing or Void Deed in Chain of Title.
Successfully cleared title for multiple property owners with a “break” in the chain of title caused by a missing or void deed or unknown heirs of a prior owner; summary judgments obtained under the theories of adverse possession, prior possession not abandoned, and superior title out of a common source.
Validity of Lender's Deed of Trust Lien.
Obtained defense bench trial judgment in Harris County as lead counsel for a lender in a declaratory judgment claim asserted by borrower that challenged the validity of the bank’s deed of trust lien against the property.
Representation of Homeowners' Associations.
Successfully represented several Homeowners' Associations (HOA's) in connection with the election of HOA board members, the interpretation and amendment of the HOA's governing documents, the collection of assessments, and the enforcement of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCR's) under the Texas Property Code, including the Texas Residential Property Owners Protection Act (Chapter 209).
Boundary and Encroachment Disputes.
Successfully represented multiple landowners in boundary disputes and encroachment matters against the adjoining landowners.
Void Foreclosure Deed in Chain of Title.
Successfully represented a national mortgage lender in a dispute arising from a void foreclosure deed in the chain of title of the property.
Real Estate Fraud and Undisclosed Lien against Real Property.
Successfully represented the buyer in a complex, multi-party real estate fraud case arising from an undisclosed deed of trust lien against the purchased property; claims asserted included multiple business torts, including breach of warranty of good title, breach of implied warranty against encumbrances, statutory real estate fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence of the closing agent in the closing of a real estate sales transaction.
Dispute regarding the practices of a Collection Agent for a Homeowners' Association for Unpaid Assessments.
Obtained bench trial judgment in Harris County as lead counsel for the property owners in a dispute against the homeowners’ association's collection agent regarding its practices in collecting unpaid regular and special assessments; HOA's collection agent was found liable for its failure to comply with Chapter 209 of the Texas Property Code.
Landlord-Tenant Disputes under Commercial Lease.
Successfully represented commercial landlords in disputes with tenants over unpaid rent.
Eviction-Forcible Detainer against Trespassers.
Successfully recovered possession of the leased premises for landlords in multiple eviction cases and appeals; recovered possession of an investment property from a trespassing family member of the seller who refused to vacate the premises after the property was sold; recovered possession of a foreclosed property from the borrower who defaulted on the loan and refused to vacate the property after the foreclosure sale.
Contract Negotiation for the Lease and Sale of Property.
Successfully represented tenants and landlords in connection with the negotiation of commercial, triple-net leases and buyers of sellers of commercial and residential real estate; draft of agreements and related documents.
Representation of Real Estate Professionals.
Successfully defended a real estate agent in a TREC complaint asserted by the seller of the property; defended home inspector in DTPA lawsuit; represented real estate agent and broker in claim to recover lost commission.
Post Judgment Collection and Domestication of Foreign Judgments for Creditors.
Successfully prosecuted and settled multiple foreign judgments for a national commercial equipment finance company under the Texas Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act; post-judgment collection for multiple lenders.
Collections and Creditors' Rights.
Successfully obtained judgments and favorable settlements for multiple private lenders in collection lawsuits against the borrowers and guarantors who default on their loans; successfully represented secured creditors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including cash collateral matters, motions to lift stay, and adversary proceedings.
Errors in Legal Description of Property in Deed of Trust.
Successfully cleared title to property in Harris County for a private lender whose foreclosure only covered half of the mortgaged property due to an incomplete property description in the deed of trust.
Right to Access and Easement Agreements.
Obtained successful defense bench trial judgment in Harris County as lead counsel for a property owner in a dispute over the use of a public road under an easement agreement.
Partition of Real Property among Co-Owners and Heirs.
Represented multiple co-owners in connection with the partition of real property, obtained a judgment of partition of the property by sale.
Forged Deeds and Releases of Lien.
Successfully litigated title to property affected by a forged deed and a forged release of lien in the chain of title.

Let's Talk.

"Veni, Vidi, Inveni" means "I came, I saw, I found" in Latin.

Invicta Law Firm is centrally located in the Rice Village area of Houston at 2525 Robinhood Street, Houston, Texas 77005, one block east of Kirby Drive, next to Starbucks.  Parking is free outside the building and in the street.  You may also use the parking lot across the street.  Our clients enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the office, which looks like an art gallery and not a typical law office.  We have great coffee!  We look forward to your visit.

Invicta Law Firm

2525 Robinhood Street, Ste. 208

Houston, Texas 77005

Office: 713.955.4559

Fax: 713.588.2418

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Unless otherwise specified, the attorneys listed on this Website are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and e-mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

Invicta Law Firm

2525 Robinhood Street, Ste. 208

Houston, Texas 77005

713.955.4559

info@invictalawfirm.com

Se habla español.

 

Legally Real.™

Website by Alpha Dog Marketing 2021.

Unless otherwise specified, the attorneys listed on this Website are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and e-mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

Invicta Law Firm

2525 Robinhood Street, Ste. 208

Houston, Texas 77005

713.955.4559

info@invictalawfirm.com

Se habla español.