Attorneys

Secretary
Virginia Villareal
Telephone
(214) 347-8312

Current Scope of Practice

General litigation practice with primary focus on civil appellate matters, complex litigation, and insurance coverage. Extensive experience before Texas intermediate courts of appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Practice also includes representing corporate, institutional, and individual clients in federal and state district courts across Texas. Nature of cases handled include insurance law and coverage, personal injury, contractual indemnification, construction defects, bad faith, contract disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, first amendment, patent infringement, antitrust, complex commercial matters, and general business disputes.

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law at Austin; J.D. 1989
  • Georgetown University, Washington; Cum Laude, B.S.B.A. 1986, Major: Accounting, Minor: Government

Past Employment

  • Touchstone, Bernays, Johnston, Beall, Smith & Stollenwerck, L.L.P., Partner, 1992 - 2006
  • Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, Associate, 1989 - 1992 

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, 1990
  • State Bar of California, 1989
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1989
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts of Texas
    • Northern District
    • Southern District
    • Eastern District
    • Western District
  • U.S. District Courts of California
    • Northern District
    • Eastern District
    • Central District
    • Southern District
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
    • Member, Diversity Law Institute (LCA)
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute (LCA)
  • Defense Research Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to Legal Leaders Texas' Top Rated Lawyers list by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell for excellence in appellate law, business and commercial, and general practice (2016 through 2018)
  • Named Appellate Lawyer of the Week by Texas Lawyer magazine in the April 28, 2014 and April 20, 2015 issues.
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars 2004 by Texas Monthly magazine
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2005, 2012 - 2021 by Thomson Reuters. An honor bestowed on less than 5% of the practicing attorneys in the State of Texas.
  • Selected for inclusion in 2014 through 2021 Super Lawyers Business Edition (International) for his Appellate practice.

Representative Cases

  • In re Red Dot Bldg. Sys., Inc., 504 S.W.3d 320 (Tex. 2016)
  • Henkel v. Norman, 441 S.W.3d 249 (Tex. 2014)
  • Blackstone Medical, Inc. v. Phoenix Surgicals, L.L.C., 470 S.W.3d 636 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2015, no pet.)
  • Plasma Fab, LLC v. BankDirect Capital Finance, LLC, 468 S.W.3d 121 (Tex. App. - Austin 2015, pet. granted)
  • Childress Engineering Servs., Inc. v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 456 S.W.3d 725 (Tex. App. - Fort Worth 2015, no pet.)
  • Taylor v. Acxiom Corp., 612 F.3d 325 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Cooper v. Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of Am., 254 S.W.3d 689 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2008, no pet.)
  • Nall v. Plunkett, 404 S.W.3d 552 (Tex. 2013)
  • Nationwide Ins. Co. v. Elchehimi, 249 S.W.3d 430 (Tex. 2008)
  • Energy Servs. Co. of Bowe, Inc. v. Superior Snubbing Servs., Inc., 236 S.W.3d 190 (Tex. 2007)
  • Trinity Universal Ins. Co. v. Brainard, 216 S.W.3d 809 (Tex. 2006)
  • Dunagan v. Coleman, 427 S.W.3d 552 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2014, no pet.)
  • Hall v. Domino's Pizza, Inc., (Tex. App. - El Paso 2014, pet. denied)
  • Dallas Market Center Dev. Co. v. Liedeker, 958 S.W.2d 382 (Tex. 1997)
  • Liptak v. Brunson, 402 S.W.3d 909 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2013, no pet.)
  • Webb v. Maldonado, 331 S.W.2d 879 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2011, pet. denied)
  • American Home Shield Corp. v. LaHorgue, 201 S.W.3d 181 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2006, pet. denied)
  • Stroop v. Northern County Mut. Ins. Co., 133 S.W.3d 508 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2004, pet. denied)
  • Walker Engineering, Inc. v. Bracebridge Corp., 102 S.W.3d 837 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2003, pet. denied)
  • RRR Farms, Ltd. v. American Horse Protection Ass'n, 957 S.W.2d 121 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.] 1997, pet. denied)
  • Vanderlinden v. USAA Property & Cas. Ins. Co., 885 S.W.2d 239 (Tex. App. - Texarkana 1994, writ denied)

Representative Clients

  • AIG
  • Texas Farm Bureau
  • Wal-Mart
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • The Auto Club (AAA Texas, LLC)
  • GEICO