Julia W. Mann
As an experienced litigator, Julia Mann helps clients solve their problems in crisis situations. Whether it is a dispute with a customer, a supplier, an employee or even their own business partner, Julia utilizes her knowledge of the client’s industry combined with the avenues for dispute resolution to reach an outcome consistent with the client’s business goals.
It is Julia’s investment in the relationship that keeps clients returning when disputes arise. Her practice encompasses contractual disputes, professional liability claims, actions to protect company’s proprietary information, and business torts such as fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference. Representing clients on both sides of the docket, Julia has appeared in matters in 40 counties across the States of Texas and Oklahoma.
A significant portion of Julia’s practice focuses on the oil and gas industry. Such experience includes representation of mineral interest owners in suits for lease termination, recovery of royalties and establishment of title. Julia has represented oil and gas operators in disputes involving joint business partners, service providers and working interest owners. Julia’s experience includes cases unique to South Texas such as defending an independent petroleum engineering company in litigation regarding ownership of a mineral estate involving a land grant made by the Government of Spain in 1767. As the value of mineral interest holdings have continued to rise and begin their transition to the next generation, Julia has developed particular experience in the area of fiduciary litigation. Julia handles claims by and against trustees, estate administrators, beneficiaries, and closely-held family businesses, in all areas related to trusts, estates, and probate matters.
B.A., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., magna cum laude, St. Mary’s University School of Law
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
The depth and breadth of Julia’s practice includes leading Texas industries such as Energy, Agriculture, Technology, Insurance and Financial Institutions:
- Represented non-operating working interest owner in litigation against operator to recover damages caused by conducting operations in excess of those approved by the authority for expenditures.
- Represented corporate trustees and landowner in litigation to establish title by adverse possession to acreage leased by court-appointed receiver.
- Represented oil and gas company in dissolution of partnership with co-venturers and settlement of claims.
- Represented oil and gas operator in disputes with joint venture partners over construction of drilling rig.
- Defended an independent oil and gas exploration and development company in a breach of contract action centered on an oil and gas prospect.
- Jury verdict for executor and beneficiary defeating claims of lack of capacity and undue influence.
- Represented beneficiary in contest involving the interpretation of a will, particularly as related to the treatment of a surface estate and mineral estate.
- Represented a second-generation beneficiary of a trust in challenge to trustee’s capacity, and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Represented trustee in title to mineral interest.
A highly regulated industry from not only the inputs such as seeds and chemicals, but also the resulting perishable commodity, agriculture clients encounter a wide range of legal issues. Julia’s experience includes disputes related to the sale and application of products, credit agreements for financing of purchase and production from crops, and drift claims. Julia’s environmental agriculture experience includes private party enforcement actions, toxic tort claims, professional negligence, personal injury and property damage claims.
Julia has represented both companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters related to breach of contract and debt collection claims, including: collecting accounts, promissory notes and guarantees through default judgment, summary judgment and bench trials before both state court and bankruptcy court through adversary proceedings. Such representation has included defending fraudulent transfer, wrongful foreclosure, usury and liability claims.
- In re Estate of Kenneth Andrews, No. 18-04-0239-CVW – obtained jury verdict upholding last will and testament and defeating claims of undue influence
- Brad Aery, et al v. Hoskins, Inc., et al, No. 04-14-00807-CV – upheld summary judgment in favor of client on deed interpretation issue related to proper allocation of royalties.
- In re Helena Chemical Co., 286 S.W.3d 492 (Tex. App., 2009) – successful petition for writ of mandamus as related to trial court denial of motion to strike plea in intervention in toxic tort action.
- In re SI Restructuring, Inc., 532 F.3d 355 (5th. Cir., 2008) & In re SI Restructuring, Inc., 542 F.3d 131 (5th. Cir., 2008) – successfully overturning order of bankruptcy court subordinating debts of Schlotzsky’s Inc. to officers, directors and largest shareholders of the company prior to bankruptcy including disgorgement of attorney’s fees to provide fund for client’s secured claims.
- In re Kenwood Communications, No. 04-02-00377-CV (Tex. App. – San Antonio, 2003, pet. denied) – successfully compiling enforcement of arbitration agreement.
- Elias Diaz Vega v. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. SA-03-CA-D558-FB; In the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division – summary judgment on in favor of employer client on age and race discrimination claim.
- In re Reliant Surgical, L.P., No. 04-06-00065-CV (TX 2/22/2006) (TX, 2006) – upholding order of trial court granting motion to compel arbitration of claims.
In 2018-2019, Julia served as the President of the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court, leading the chapter to earn Platinum Status for the first time in its history. In recognition of this accomplishment, she will accept an award at the Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States, hosted by Justice Neil Gorsuch. In 2013, Julia was selected to the “Outstanding Lawyer” list published by the San Antonio Business Journal in the category of Litigation. Julia was featured in the “40 Under 40” list in 2008 and has been named a San Antonio Best Lawyer by S.A. Scene on multiple occasions. In 2014, Julia was part of the team awarded the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Organization Leadership Award, which recognizes women leaders and organizations that encourage women to achieve their full potential.
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- Ranked for Litigation: General Commercial – Texas: San Antonio & Surrounds, 2021
- Top Women Lawyer Award, Texas Diversity Council, 2021
- Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2012-2020
- The Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020 – Super Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.)
- Commercial Litigation, 2018-2021
- “Best S.A. Lawyers” List, San Antonio Scene, 2017-2020
- Business Litigation
- Energy & Oil & Gas
- Environmental Litigation
- “San Antonio’s Outstanding Women in Law,” San Antonio Scene, 2021
- Who’s Who in Energy, 2012-2015
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Presenter, “Is the Sky Falling with the Oil Prices,” South Texas Women’s Energy Network (2015)
- Presenter, “Opportunities and Obstacles in the Wake of Falling Oil Prices,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) South/Central Texas Chapter
- Co-author, “Cost-Shifting,” Essentials of E-Discovery, State Bar of Texas (2014)
- Co-author, “Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions,” Essentials of E-Discovery, State Bar of Texas (2014)
- Moderator, “Judicial Wrap-Up” panel, eDiscovery in Your Case, State Bar of Texas (2014)
- Author & Speaker, “Practical Tips for an Effective Litigation Hold”
- Author & Speaker, “The Decision Tree Method of Litigation Risk Analysis,” Legal Assistant University (2003)
- Co-author, “Franchise Law,” 56 SMU Law Review 1753 (2003)
- Co-author, “Franchise Law,” 55 SMU Law Review 1057 (2002)
- Co-author, “Preserving and Protecting Privileges and Immunities Under the Federal Rules,” Southern Methodist University School of Law, Federal Civil Practice Seminar (1995)
- Author, “Congressional Reform: Can Term Limitations Close the Door on Political Careerism,” 24 St. Mary’s Law Journal 1361 (1993)
In the News
- “Women in Law: Raising the Bar,” San Antonio Woman (May 22, 2019)
- “Women Partners Take Lead at Jackson Walker, Pillsbury Texas Offices,” Texas Lawyer (March 7, 2019)
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Former Board Member
- Federal Bar Association
- Fifth Circuit Bar Association
- South Texas Women in Energy
- Guest Speaker
- William S. Sessions American Inns of Court, President
- Leadership San Antonio Class 2011
- National Charity League – San Antonio Rose Chapter, President
- Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Founder’s Council