Theodore C. Houdek Profile

As a lawyer for more than 19 years, Ted has focused his efforts on helping and defending vulnerable people.  Whether it be defending Soldiers facing courts-martial or helping to secure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children, Ted has focused his court-room advocacy and legal writing skills on helping those in need.  Ted has extensive experience, primarily in the fields of juvenile law and military justice defense.  He has represented the Missouri Department of Social Services in numerous juvenile court and probate proceedings, including permanency hearings, termination of parental rights cases, adoptions, and guardianships.  For roughly 12 years, Ted served in the US Army as an officer/judge advocate, both on active duty and in the Reserves.  During those 12 years, Ted served three tours as a Trial Defense Counsel, representing Soldiers before courts-martial, adverse administrative boards, and in other military justice matters.  But Ted’s skills are not limited to just the courtroom, as he has exceptional leadership and legal writing skills.  While on active duty in the US Army, Ted served as the chief legal advisor to a heavy infantry brigade commander during a 15-month combat deployment to Ramadi, Iraq.  During the deployment, he provided the commander advice on all matter of legal issues and was part of a team that helped restart Ramadi’s dormant criminal courts.  Ted’s legal writing skills have helped him throughout every stage of his career and helped him earn two Master of Laws or LL.M. degrees, one of which was earned from Leiden University Law School in Leiden, Netherlands – a school located at the heart of public international legal studies.  Ted is excited to join Will’s team and will continue to use his skills and extensive experience to help those in need.  

  • LL.M. in Advanced Studies in Public International Law with a specialization in Peace, Justice, and Development, Universiteit Leiden Law School, Leiden, Netherlands

  • LL.M. in Military Law, The US Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • J.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri

  • B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

  • Kansas City Missouri Bar Association
  • Kauffman Scholar Mentor; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas City
  • License to Practice as an Attorney and Counselor at Law, State of Missouri
  • Missouri Bar Association

  • April 2014 to January 2017 – Legal Counsel, Division of Legal Services, Missouri Department of Social Services, Independence, Missouri. Represent the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, in family/juvenile court proceedings in 25 counties throughout northwest Missouri and provide legal advice to Children’s Division caseworkers and supervisors. Drafted findings of fact and conclusions of law in termination of parental rights cases and a de novo judicial review case.
  • January 2014 to March 2014 – Family Law Associate, Levy Craig Law Firm, Kansas City, Missouri. Conducted legal research and prepared discovery documents in family law cases.

  • September 2012 to August 2013 – Student, Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program, Universiteit Leiden Law School, Leiden, Netherlands. Enrolled as a full time student and earned a LL.M. degree in Advanced Studies in Public International Law with a specialization in Peace, Justice, and Development.

  • December 2010 to July 2012 Associate Corporate Counsel, VSR Financial Services, Inc. Provided legal advice and services to a securities broker-dealer firm in Overland Park, Kansas, with 275 FINRA registered representatives. Advised on all legal matters related to the sale of securities and provision of investment advisory services, served as the first line supervisor of all litigation and mediation activities, coordinated litigation efforts with outside counsel, and represented the company in four FINRA arbitrations. Supervised one paralegal and one legal assistant.

  • May 2010 to Present Trustee, Bruce C. Houdek, P.C., Kansas City, Missouri. Appointed by the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, to close the law practice of Bruce C. Houdek and dissolve the professional corporation.

  • February 2010 to April 2010 Student, LL.M. Program, University of Aberdeen School of Law, Aberdeen, Scotland. Enrolled as a full time student studying to earn a LL.M. degree in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice. Withdrew from the program to address family matters.

  • August 2008 to January 2010 Legal Counsel, Division of Legal Services, Missouri Department of Social Services, Saint Joseph, Missouri. Represented the

    Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, in family/juvenile court proceedings in 22 counties throughout northwest Missouri and provided legal advice to Children’s Division caseworkers and supervisors. Drafted findings of fact and conclusions of law in termination of parental rights cases. Supervised one clerical staff member.

  • January 2004 to July 2008 Officer-Judge Advocate, US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

    June 2006 to July 2008: Brigade Judge Advocate, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Served as the senior legal advisor to the commander of a heavy infantry brigade. Advised the

    commander and command staff on all legal issues arising in the conduct of military operations and supervised the processing of all

    legal actions for the brigade. During the brigade’s 15 month combat deployment to Ramadi, Iraq, I was given the additional duty of executing the brigade’s Rule of Law mission which sought to restart the provincial criminal court in Ramadi and develop the local police force. Supervised two junior officer-judge advocates and seven Soldier-paralegals.

    August 2005 to May 2006: Student, LL.M. Program, The US Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia. Enrolled as a full time student and earned a LL.M. degree in Military Law.

    October 2004 to July 2005: Senior Defense Counsel, US Army Trial Defense Service, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea. Supervised the operation of an office which provided military justice defense services to a community of approximately 2,000 Soldiers. Represented Soldiers before courts-martial, administrative boards and non-judicial punishment actions. Supervised two junior officer-judge advocates and two Soldier-paralegals.

    January 2004 to September 2004: Chief of Client Services, Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea. Supervised the operation of an office which provided legal advice and representation to a community of approximately 5,000 Soldiers and civilians. Held the additional duty of Claims Officer and investigated and adjudicated claims filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Supervised two junior officer-judge advocates and three Soldier-paralegals.

  • January 2003 to January 2004 Associate, Bruce C. Houdek, P.C., Kansas City, Missouri.

    Engaged in the general practice of law with a focus on criminal defense and family law.

  • January 1998 to December 2002 Officer-Judge Advocate, US Army Judge Advocate General’s  Corps.

    January 2002 to December 2002: Appellate Counsel, US Army Government Appellate Division, Ballston, Virginia. Represented the US Army before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Drafted appellate briefs and argued two cases before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

    September 2000 to December 2001: Trial Defense Counsel, US Army Trial Defense Service, Fort Lee, Virginia. Operated an office which provided military justice defense services to a community of approximately 2,000 Soldiers. Represented Soldiers before courts-martial, administrative boards, and in non-judicial punishment actions. Supervised one two Soldier-paralegals.

    August 1999 to August 2000: Trial Counsel, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Served as the senior legal advisor to the commanders of a field artillery brigade and an attack aviation brigade. Advised the commanders on all legal issues arising in the conduct of military operations, supervised the processing of all legal actions, and represented the US Army before courts-martial and administrative boards. Supervised six Soldier-paralegals.

    January 1999 to July 1999: Group Judge Advocate, US Support Group-Haiti, Port au Prince, Haiti. Served as the senior legal advisor to the commander of the US Support Group-Haiti, which conducted humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti. Advised the commander on all legal issues and supervised the processing of all legal actions. Supervised one Soldier-paralegal.

    May 1998 to December 1998: Legal Assistance Attorney, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Provided legal advice and representation to a community of approximately 10,000 Soldiers and civilians

  • August 1994 to May 1997 Student, University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri. Enrolled as a full time student and earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree.

  • August 1988 to May 1992 Student, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, Missouri. Enrolled as a full time student and earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science and Philosophy.