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William R. Jenkins

William R. Jenkins

Biography

William R. Jenkins, Jr. has a state and national trial and appellate practice. Mr. Jenkins has handled many significant cases, including successfully defending several shareholder suits related to the merger of a Texas real estate investment trust with a New York investment company. His practice focuses on disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, internal business disputes, and real estate and construction matters.

Mr. Jenkins, a fourth generation Texan, was raised in Fort Worth. He attended Arlington Heights High School and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Development, and Finance. Mr. Jenkins' work ethic and drive were acquired from his parents, two physicians who were instrumental in forming what is now known as The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

After graduation, Mr. Jenkins' experience in real estate transactions and construction increased while working in Dallas at General Electric Capital Corporation in its Residential Construction Lending Division, which loaned money for land development and construction. While Mr. Jenkins always thought law was interesting, it was not until he worked with lawyers while at G. E. Capital that he discovered that the law was his calling. He thought he would pursue a career in real estate transactions until he participated in JW's moot court program during his summer clerkship. It was then that he discovered that litigation was his passion.

After law school, Mr. Jenkins became an associate in the Dallas JW office. His docket consisted of a variety of lawsuits and appeals, including a week long products liability trial in Marshall, Texas, that resulted in a defense verdict and a trial in Corpus Christi, Texas, involving a collision between a train and a pickup truck. Mr. Jenkins received valuable training and mentoring from some of the best and brightest trial lawyers in Texas while in the Dallas JW office.

After three years Mr. Jenkins had the opportunity to move to his home town and help grow the Fort Worth JW office. He continued to try cases and handle appeals in a variety of matters, but the subject matter of his cases became more focused on his other interests— real estate, construction and corporate matters. Mr. Jenkins has consistently provided his clients with excellent results, either through trial or resolution prior to trial. In one case Mr. Jenkins was successful in saving a client approximately $1 million by trying a lawsuit for a company that had guaranteed 13 real estate leases located in eight states. He also successfully argued an appeal to the United States of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit involving nine guarantees of real estate leases, absolving his client from over $8 million in claimed damages. Through another trial, Mr. Jenkins was able to secure a judgment in favor of his client related to an indemnity agreement between a corporation and one of its former subsidiaries that was spun out to the public.

Mr. Jenkins has also represented clients in some unusual matters. In one notable case, he represented a major league baseball club against a claim of violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The suit alleged that the club's stadium failed to comply with the ADA as it applies to handicapped parking and wheelchair seating. Mr. Jenkins obtained summary judgment in favor of his client, saving the club several million dollars. He also succeeded in obtaining dismissal of two other lawsuits alleging violations of the ADA related to the configuration of the same stadium.

In another matter, this one involving a contract dispute, Mr. Jenkins represented a seller of land against claims of fraud and negligent misrepresentation. The suit, brought by a purchaser/developer, alleged over $20 million in damages. He employed pretrial strategies to negotiate a favorable settlement for his client.

Mr. Jenkins' recent representations include:

    • Representing a limited partner of a real estate development venture that resulted in a $10 million verdict for his client

 

    • Representing a purchaser of a commercial real estate tract in retrieving his earnest money resulting from a breach of the sales contract by the seller

 

    • Defense of a major real estate development firm against claims that a prior contract to purchase property existed as well as fraud in a real estate transaction

 

    • Prosecution of a lawsuit to determine whether an oil and gas lease had expired due to failure of operator to produce

 

    • Defense of a major real estate development firm in an action involving claims of fraud, misrepresentation, and contractual disputes

 

    • Representation of an equipment manufacturer in an appeal of a $10 million judgment

 

    • Defense of a national banking association in actions alleging breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and negligence related to trust accounts

 

  • Prosecution of a securities fraud matter on behalf of a convertible debenture holder

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Representative Matters

  • SIGNIFICANT CASES TAKEN TO TRIAL

  • George F. Cravens, M.D. and Center for Neurological Disorders Hospital, LP, et al., v. Richard Myers and Realty Capital Corporation, et al. (Tarrant County District Court) Obtained a judgment for over $10 million after a five week trial in this fraud case where the defendants represented that they had specific knowledge as to the development of surgical hospitals

  • Agent Systems, Inc., v. DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Tarrant County District Court) Represented the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in a eight day trial regarding whether Agent Systems or the authorities had breached a contract for fare collection devices. Successfully obtained a jury verdict that Agent Systems breached the contract.

  • Mega Contractors, Inc. v. the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Administrative Trial) Represented the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in an administrative trial related to the contract to build bus passenger shelters in downtown Fort Worth.

  • Tandy Corporation v. Tandycrafts, Inc. (Tarrant County District Court) Prevailed at trial on behalf of Tandy Corporation in trial related to the interpretation of an indemnity agreement that effected the outcome of Tandy's (now RadioShack) liability on claims that it was liable to land owners as a result of alleged guarantees of hundreds of Color Tile store leases across the United States.

  • Betas (Ill.) Realty Group, Ltd. et. al v. Tandy Corporation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented Tandy Corporation (now RadioShack) in trial of case involving guaranty of 13 leases in 8 states. Successfully limited the damages award to approximately one third of the pretrial demand, saving the client approximately $1 million.

  • Snodgrass v. Great Dane Trailers, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas) Received unanimous defense verdict on behalf of trailer manufacturer in a products liability action pending in Marshall, Texas.

  • Haynes v. Gerber Products Co. and Albertsons, Inc. (Tarrant County District Court) Defense verdict on behalf of manufacturer of baby cereal and the retailer on allegations that the cereal was contaminated with wood splinters which choked an infant during feeding.

  • Isaac v. Southern Pacific Transportation Co. et al. (Nueces County District Court) Successfully limited liability of defendants in railroad grade crossing accident to 50% as a result of trial.

  • David Wilbanks and Mark Coker v. Falconstor AC, Inc. and Falconstor Software, Inc. (United Stated District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented the defendants in the trial of this lawsuit related to a payout provision in a stock purchase agreement. The case was resolved before the completion of trial.

  • JP Morgan Chase v. Alemat Corporation and Rickie W. Long (Tarrant County District Court) Obtained a 1.8 million judgment in a bench trial of this loan/guaranty lawsuit.

  • CASES RESOLVED PRIOR TO TRIAL

  • Cote v. Bank One, N.A. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas) Won summary judgment on behalf of a banking association related to claims of mismanagement of trust investments.

  • Amalgamated Gadget, L.P. v. HealthSouth Corp. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas/U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit) Represented holder of $22 million of convertible debentures in securities fraud case. Defeated motions to transfer venue and to dismiss in both the trial court and the Fifth Circuit to keep case in the Texas court when all other securities cases against the defendant were pending in Alabama. Successfully negotiated a settlement prior to conducting depositions.

  • Gerald W. Haddock v. William F. Quinn, John C. Goff et al. (Tarrant County District Court) obtained ruling from the trial court that Haddock was required to present his claims in court as opposed to arbitration. Successfully defended appeals to the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court. The underlying dispute is continuing in the Tarrant County District Court.

  • Fort Worth Northbrook, Ltd. v. SPX Corporation and BDT Engineering Corporation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented landowner in lawsuit against tenant for breach of contract, conspiracy and fraud. Obtained seven figure settlement at court ordered settlement conference prior to initiation of discovery.

  • Sargent v. Vitality Foodservice, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas/U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit) Represented several defendants in a case involving breach of contract and fraud claims based upon alleged oral agreement to purchase companies for $6 million. Won summary judgment on behalf of defendants as to all claims.

  • Meleyco Partnership No. 2 v. Tandy Corporation, (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas/U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit) Obtained summary judgment exonerating an alleged guarantor from over $8 million in damages related to a breach of nine real property leases in three states. Summary judgment was affirmed on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

  • Lakota v. Starstruck Promotions (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented concert promoter in Americans with Disabilities Act claims related to Reunion Arena in Dallas. Obtained pretrial dismissal that the plaintiff recover nothing.

  • Pat McMurray v. Mobil Oil Co. and Mobil Pipeline Co. (Wise County District Court) Represented the pipeline owner in a dispute over the scope of a "blanket" pipeline easement with a disgruntled property owner. Was able to successfully negotiate a resolution.

  • S. Javaid Anwar v. Mobil Pipeline Co. (Midland District Court) Successfully negotiated a settlement on behalf of the pipeline owner in a lawsuit related to the alleged destruction of neighboring properties from cathodic protection devices surrounding the pipeline.

  • Steven Wallace v. James Dimon, et al. (United States District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented the defendants in successfully obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit. Obtained a nationwide sanction that prevented Wallace from filing any lawsuits in any federal District Court without first presenting the claim to the presiding judge and obtaining permission to file suit.

  • Gerald W. Haddock v. Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, et al. (Tarrant County District Court) Represented the companies in various claims brought by Haddock as well as counterclaims brought by the companies. The court granted summary judgment disposing of all claims. Haddock appealed and later dismissed the appeal.

  • Jose Gomez, derivatively on behalf of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company v. Richard E. Rainwater, et al. (Tarrant County District Court) Represented the officers and directors of a real estate investment trust in a shareholder derivative lawsuit resulting from a merger agreement. Successfully prevented plaintiff from obtaining injunctive relief which resulted in a nuisance value settlement approved by the trial court.

  • Edward Tansey, et al. v. Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, et al. (Tarrant County District Court) Successfully obtained dismissal of this class action lawsuit by a shareholder resulting from a agreement by Crescent to merge into another entity before any discovery.

  • Diane Haddock, derivatively on behalf of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company v. Richard E. Rainwater, et al. (United States District Court, Northern District of Texas) Secured voluntary dismissal of this shareholder derivative lawsuit alleging back dating of stock options after the filing of a motion to dismiss.

  • Trademark Retail, Inc. v. The Woodlands Land Company, LP, et al. (Tarrant County District Court) Successfully defended land owner in claims related to a multi-million dollar mixed use development. Strategies employed in this alleged fraud in a real estate transaction lawsuit resulted in a favorable settlement for the Woodlands.

  • Richard Frame v. Crescent TC Investors, L.P. (United Stated District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented owner of multi-million dollar mixed use development located in Uptown Dallas in an Americans with Disabilities Act case. Successfully resolved the lawsuit with minimal litigation costs.

  • BB Aledo Bailey Ranch, LLC et al. v. Bailey Ranch, L.P. and Elm Fork Properties (Parker County District Court) Represented the purchaser/assignor of the last large tract of land in Aledo, Texas in this lawsuit brought by the assignee of the contract alleging that the owner of the property had made misrepresentations related to the condition of the property. Successfully resolved this matter during a court ordered summary jury trial, which was the first time such a dispute resolution procedure was ordered in Parker County.

  • D&D Power LLC v. Walker Centrifuge Services, LLC et al. (Wise County District Court) Represented the lessee of oil field centrifuges used to clean fracing fluid in claims of breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • Roughriders Baseball Partners, L.P. & City of Frisco v. HKS, Inc. & David M. Schwarz Architectural Services, P.C. (Collin County District Court) Represented owners of the Frisco Rough Riders in claims related to the design of the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Representation resulted in a successful resolution of the design issues.

  • Michael McPhail et al. v. First Command Financial Planning, Inc., et al. (United States District Court, Northern District of Texas) Represented the recipient of an overbroad third-party subpoena in a miscellaneous action to compel production of documents. Succeeded in quashing the subpoena and was awarded $35.485.60 in attorneys' fees by the judge.

  • Terry M. Black, et al. v. Gamesa Wind US, LLC, et al., (Jack County District Court) Represented land owners in lawsuit related to the negative impact of nearby wind farms on the value of their property.

  • Peter Wilson, et al. v. Buffalo Studios, LLC, et al. (Orange County, California Superior Court) Represented company in claims by company investors that agreements to combine limited liability companies were entered into based upon various misrepresentations.

  • Buffalo Studios v. Diluted Studios, et al. (United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas) Representing company in claims that intellectual property related to games played on Facebook were taken by former employees of the company and used for their benefit.

  • Clay Allison Langdon and Lee Kendall Langdon v. Bank One, N.A. (Travis County District Court) Represented trustee of irrevocable trust in claims related to the management of the affairs of the trust.

  • APPELLATE PRACTICE

  • Amalgamated Gadget, L.P. v. HealthSouth Corp. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas/U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit) Represented holder of $22 million of convertible debentures in securities fraud case. Defeated motions to transfer venue and to dismiss in both the trial court and the Fifth Circuit to keep case in the Texas court when all other securities cases against the defendant were pending in Alabama. Successfully negotiated a settlement prior to conducting depositions.

  • Meleyco Partnership No. 2 v. Tandy Corporation, (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas/U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit) Obtained summary judgment exonerating an alleged guarantor from over $8 million in damages related to a breach of nine real property leases in three states. Summary judgment was affirmed on appeal to the Fifth Circuit. (44 Fed. Appx. 651)

  • Steven Wallace v. Bank One Trust Company, N.A. (Texas Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth) Successfully represented defendants in an appeal of a judgment dismissing plaintiff's claims. (2006 WL 744295)

  • Gerald W. Haddock v. William F. Quinn et al. (Texas Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth/Texas Supreme Court) Successfully represented appellees/real parties in interest in an appeal by Haddock of the trial court's order that Haddock could not compel arbitration. The Fort Worth Court of Appeals held that Haddock had waived his right to arbitrate. (287 S.W.3d 158)

  • Toshiba Machine Co. of America v. S.P.M. Flow Control (Texas Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth/Texas Supreme Court) Represented Toshiba in an appeal of an adverse jury verdict both in the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. (180 S.W.3d 761)

  • GeoComm International, Ltd. et al. v. Manuel Vazquez Arroyo (Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio) Successfully represented client in appeal which affirmed the award of a temporary injunction in his favor. (1996 WL 81918)

  • Partagas Properties, Ltd. v. Al Boenker et al. (Texas Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth) Represented appellees in appeal of the grant of a temporary injunction by the Parker County District Court. The matter was successfully resolved after oral argument but before an opinion was rendered.

  • Ronald Sargent v. Vitality Food Service Inc., et al. (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit) Represented several defendants in a case involving breach of contract and fraud claims based upon alleged oral agreement to purchase companies for $6 million. Removed case to federal court based upon fraudulent joinder and successfully defended motion to remand at trial court and the Fifth Circuit Court. (62 Fed. Appx. 557)

  • Stephen P. Wallace v Ronald J. Saffa, et al. (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit) Successfully represented several defendants in an appeal of the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Wallace for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and the imposition of sanctions against Wallace. (273 Fed. Appx. 394)

  • Edith L. Jackson v. John R. Thibodeau et al. (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit) Represented appellees in this appeal where the court of appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit related to a trust for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and the entry of an injunction preventing several individuals from brining any further litigation without first obtaining leave of court. (2008 WL 5068648)


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Organization Membership

Mr. Jenkins is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Jenkins is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He has been a Barrister in the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court and a Council Member for the Computer & Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Community Involvement

Mr. Jenkins has been on the executive committee of the board of the Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, was a commissioner of the Board of Building Appeals for the City of Southlake, Texas, and also served on the Affordable Housing Subcommittee for Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Mr. Jenkins has also participated in Leadership Fort Worth.


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Peer Recognition

Mr. Jenkins has been named a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine.


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Practice Areas
Education

B.B.A. Real Estate and Urban Land Development as well as Finance, The University of Texas at Austin

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Bar Admissions

  • 1992, Texas
Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
 
 
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