Albon O. Head, Jr.
Albon O. Head, Jr. is a partner in the Fort Worth office. Mr. Head has practiced in the federal and state courts in Texas and in numerous other jurisdictions since 1971, specializing in a variety of matters including complex business litigation, contract disputes, tax matters, fiduciary liability, real estate conflicts, toxic tort and environmental defense, personal injury and products liability defense, eminent domain and condemnation, pipeline and right-of-way litigation, railroad litigation, intellectual property and franchise litigation. He has conducted trials for major oil companies in defending environmental claims relating to abandoned tanks and abandoned refineries. He also has handled the defense of class actions brought against banks and publicly traded companies by shareholders and former employees.
Mr. Head is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier association of experienced litigators in America. He is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He is a founding Master of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court and is past president of the Fort Worth chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Mr. Head is past chairman of the board of the SMU Athletic Forum and the Doak Walker National Running Back Award. He is also active in many civic and charitable organizations including the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate and is a director of Fort Worth Sister Cities International. He is a director of and past chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Fort Worth Opera, and past chairman of YMCA Camp Amon G. Carter. He is past president of the SMU Alumni Association and served as a member of the SMU Board of Trustees. Mr. Head currently serves on the Executive Board of SMU's Dedman School of Law and chairs the University's Distinguished Law Alumni Award committee. He also is a member of the Executive Board of the SMU-in-Taos campus. In 1999, Mr. Head was appointed to the board of directors of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation by Governor George W. Bush, was reappointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2001, and served as chairman. At the request of Congresswoman Kay Granger, Mr. Head served as chairman of Fort Worth's Base Realignment and Closure ("BRAC") task force in 2006—2007. He also serves as a committee member and legal counsel for the U.S.S. Fort Worth, LCS 3 (Littoral Combat Ship) Commissioning Committee.
Mr. Head was named a Distinguished Alumni of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2003 and was honored with the SMU Lettermans' Association Silver Anniversary Mustang Award in 2010. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation and Railroad Law. Mr. Head was named a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters (2003-2015) and was included in the Top 100 for Texas and the Top 100 for Dallas-Fort Worth. He was named a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine from 2004-2015 and as an "Attorney of Excellence" and a "Power Attorney" by the Fort Worth Business Press. He was also honored by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition for being a "Super Lawyer in Business Litigation."
Speeches / Publications
Mr. Head is co-author of "Junk Science Revisited: The Exclusion of Expert Testimony," 40 The Chronicle 104, Nat'l. Assoc. Railroad Trial Counsel, March/April 1995; and "Admissibility of Expert Scientific Testimony," 14 The Advocate 316, State Bar of Texas, Fall 1995. He also has lectured at professional seminars and conferences regarding evidence and procedure.
B.A., Southern Methodist University (TX)
J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law