Business Litigation

From shareholder derivative suits to breach of contract actions to subprime mortgage litigation, our Business Litigation practice is as diverse and vital as the commercial marketplace itself. Every day in cases filed in courthouses and arbitration forums throughout Texas and across the country, our trial attorneys help clients resolve business disputes of all sizes and varieties.

We handle litigation and trials for national and regional banks, securities issuers, underwriters and broker-dealers, real estate developers and investors, private equity firms, hedge funds and investors, energy companies and royalty owners, tech giants and start-ups, and a myriad of firms engaged in today’s ever-evolving and increasingly complex business and commercial marketplace. Our trial lawyers prosecute and defend contract, securities, finance, employment, IP, media, insurance, class actions, antitrust, defamation, unfair competition, and a variety of other types of commercial litigation.

Recently, our business litigators were tapped in a nationwide class action involving alleged underpayment of policy benefits by insurers; complex securities claims against directors of a failed multi-billion dollar subprime mortgage lender; a federal court jury trial of a dispute over an option to purchase a network affiliated television station; breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference claims arising from an unsuccessful corporate merger; misrepresentation claims at a start-up technology firm; an antitrust action against a national poultry processor; disputes involving Texas oil & gas rights owners; and a host of other commercial and business matters.

The practice group includes six members of the American College of Trial Lawyers and dozens of attorneys ranked in national or statewide top-lawyer directories. Partners in the section have an average of 25 years of courtroom experience, as well as diverse backgrounds in industries ranging from accounting, aviation, oil and gas, journalism and academia.

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Samuel S. Allen

Samuel S. Allen

Partner, San Angelo
325.481.2558

Amy L. Baird

Amy L. Baird

Partner, Houston
713.752.4525

Minoo S. Blaesche

Minoo S. Blaesche

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6160

Shelisa E. Brock

Shelisa E. Brock

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6058

Marilyn Brown

Marilyn Brown

Partner, Austin
512.236.2379

S. Brad Brown

S. Brad Brown

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5819

Edwin Buffmire

Edwin Buffmire

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5939

Stephen Calhoun

Stephen Calhoun

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7713

Carolyn Campion

Carolyn Campion

Associate, Houston
713.752.4385

C. Wade Cooper

C. Wade Cooper

Partner, Austin
512.236.2220

Amanda N. Crouch

Amanda N. Crouch

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7784

John K. Edwards

John K. Edwards

Partner, Houston
713.752.4319

David Folsom

David Folsom

Partner, Texarkana
903.255.3251

Sean F. Gallagher

Sean F. Gallagher

Associate, Austin
512.236.2014

Noah M. Galton

Noah M. Galton

Partner, Austin
512.236.2026

Josué J. Galván

Josué J. Galván

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7794

Gracie Garcia

Gracie Garcia

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7217

Luke J. Gilman

Luke J. Gilman

Partner, Houston
713.752.4350

Jeffrey R. Gilmore

Jeffrey R. Gilmore

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7285

Joel R. Glover

Joel R. Glover

Associate, Houston
713.752.4226

Peter C. Hansen

Peter C. Hansen

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2319

Sara K. Harris

Sara K. Harris

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6074

Breck Harrison

Breck Harrison

Partner, Austin
512.236.2315

Jeff T. Harvey

Jeff T. Harvey

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7715

Albon O. Head, Jr.

Albon O. Head, Jr.

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7230

Heather M. Heartfield

Heather M. Heartfield

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4245

Jon Mark Hogg

Jon Mark Hogg

Partner, San Angelo
325.481.2560

Harris Huguenard

Harris Huguenard

Associate, Houston
713.752.4235

Monte F. James

Monte F. James

Of Counsel, Austin
512.236.2066

William R. Jenkins

William R. Jenkins

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7214

Gavin B. Justiss

Gavin B. Justiss

Research Attorney, Dallas
214.953.6033

John A. Koepke

John A. Koepke

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6005

Justin V. Lee

Justin V. Lee

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6072

Tim S. Leonard

Tim S. Leonard

Partner, Houston
713.752.4439

Julia W. Mann

Julia W. Mann

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7761

Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer

Of Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6134

Danica L. Milios

Danica L. Milios

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2346

David T. Moran

David T. Moran

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6051

David C. Myers

David C. Myers

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6036

Brad Nitschke

Brad Nitschke

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6045

Brian H. Oates

Brian H. Oates

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5935

Jack Pew, Jr.

Jack Pew, Jr.

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6096

Joseph P. Regan

Joseph P. Regan

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7271

Ashley Scheer

Ashley Scheer

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6016

Jack E. Skaggs

Jack E. Skaggs

Partner, Austin
512.236.2343

Devanshi Somaya

Devanshi Somaya

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5873

Matthew J. Swantner

Matthew J. Swantner

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7782

Len A. Wade

Len A. Wade

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7263

Paul C. Watler

Paul C. Watler

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6069

Brittany A. Weaver

Brittany A. Weaver

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7279

Scott  A. Wheatley

Scott A. Wheatley

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7224

Jay K. Wieser

Jay K. Wieser

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7249

Jackson Walker Star

Austin Yancy

Associate, Houston
713.752.4346

Zachary C. Zurek

Zachary C. Zurek

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7757

  • In re: the W. T. Waggoner Estate. 46th District Court, Wilbarger County (2016). Represented the court appointed receiver in the sale of the Waggoner Ranch and successfully devised a strategy to end the litigation.
  •  United States ex rel. Parikh, M.D. v. Citizens Med. Ctr. 5th (2014). Successfully represented the relators in a qui tam lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act against a South Texas hospital. The parties agreed to settle claims brought under the Act for a total of $23,550,000. The district court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling. The defendants sought panel rehearing and later en banc rehearing; however, the Fifth Circuit rejected both motions for rehearing. The case was settled on May 7, 2015.
  • Hoffman v. Martinez, et al., D. Tex (2014). Secured a complete victory for its clients when the judge dismissed with prejudice all claims against David Martinez and Studio Capital Inc. The judge later signed a take-nothing amended judgment and assessed costs against the plaintiff in a high-profile case involving the sale of a Mark Rothko painting from a major benefactor of the Dallas Museum of Art. The judge’s ruling was the latest development in the case, which was tried before a jury in December 2013. Jackson Walker served as lead trial counsel and local counsel during the jury trial, which also resulted in a favorable verdict for the client. Case dismissed September 2014; currently on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.
  •  BSAG, Inc. and Bob Stallings Nissan of Baytown v. Nissan North America, Inc., 127th District Court, Harris County (2014). Representing the plaintiffs, won a jury verdict for over $9.5 million against Nissan North America, Inc. for breach of a settlement agreement. The jury found that Nissan breached an agreement to settle the underlying lawsuit, which involved claims of fraud, tortious interference, and breach of an asset purchase agreement for the sale of a Baytown Nissan dealership to plaintiffs. Only days later, before a jury trial of the underlying claims, Nissan and Jackson Walker’s clients reached a confidential settlement.
  •  New Process Steel, L.P. v. Jimmy C. Kollaja, 164th District Court, Harris County (2014). Representing client New Process Steel as Plaintiff, prevailed after a three-week jury trial on theft and breach of fiduciary duty claims against New Process Steel’s former Senior Vice President of Finance.
  •  Hawkins v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., D. Tex. (2013). As lead counsel, Jackson Walker successfully represented JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in a putative class action case involving home equity loan modifications. The suit sought to invalidate “at least thousands” of class members’ home equity loans, on the alleged grounds that the modifications violated various provisions in the Texas Constitution. The court dismissed the class action complaint and held that the home equity loan modifications did not violate the Texas Constitution. Plaintiffs appealed the decision; in 2015 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal, remanding to district court as to one claim to determine if a single restructured loan with an alleged balloon payment involved an increase in the obligations created by the original note. Dismissal of putative class action affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but remanded to district court as to one claim to determine if a single restructured loan with an alleged balloon payment involved an increase in the obligations created by the original note. On remand, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her claims.
  • Tejas Casing, Inc. v. IPSCO Tubulars, Inc.,D. Tex (2013). Successfully represented IPSCO Tubulars Inc. in a breach of contract case brought by Tejas Casing Ltd. At the conclusion of a two-week jury trial, the Jackson Walker trial team secured a judgment in favor of IPSCO, denying any recovery to Tejas on its multimillion-dollar claim and awarding thousands of dollars to IPSCO on its counterclaim. Plaintiff sued IPSCO Tubulars for breach and repudiation of a two-year contract, alleging that IPSCO failed to supply minimum quantities and an alleged premature and unfounded notice of termination cause.
  • Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. v. BHD FW, Inc. 5th (2013) won victory for client, the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc., when the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas in Dallas reversed the trial court’s order denying BBB Dallas’ motion to dismiss pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), the state’s anti-SLAPP statute. On appeal, the court cited one previous cases involving the TCPA that were successfully argued by Jackson Walker on behalf of the BBB. Jackson Walker previously obtained the first court victory under the TCPA just two months after the new law went into effect.
  • Southern Chemical Corporation v. Celanese, Ltd., 190th District Court, Harris County (2012). Won a significant victory for its client in a lawsuit over a methanol supply contract important to Celanese’s operations in the United States and Mexico. The plaintiff sued over the contract, alleging fraudulent inducement, tortious interference with contract, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract, and they also sought early termination of the parties’ 10-year agreement. At the conclusion of a four-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Celanese, finding that they did not violate the terms of the contract and that the agreement should continue until its expiration. The jury also awarded Celanese $558,198 on its counterclaim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Republic First Bank vs. Jemal, D. Penn. (2012). Defended Southwest Securities and its broker in a multi-million dollar fraud case brought by Republic First Bank of Philadelphia. Plaintiff claimed that Jackson Walker’s clients misrepresented the value of a customer’s assets, allowing the customer to obtain millions of dollars in loans from the bank.  The plaintiff sought over $33 million in RICO damages, in addition to claims for fraud, conspiracy and concerted tortious conduct.  The jury returned a take-nothing verdict in favor of both Southwest Securities and its broker after a two-week trial.
  •  Esperanza Properties, L.P. & Louis Scott Felder v. Serengeti Resort, LLC and Lori Hagee, 216th District Court, Kendall County (2012). Secured a take-nothing verdict for its client in a highly contested dispute between two limited partners arising from the management and sale of millions of dollars in partnership property. The weeklong jury trial focused on numerous allegations of breach of fiduciary duty brought by a limited partner against Jackson Walker’s client, who was also a limited partner and sole director of the general partnership at issue. The principal focus was on whether the general partner had the authority to enter certain transactions and whether those transactions resulted in a breach of fiduciary duty. The plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
  • Texas Beef Group, et al. v. Oprah Winfrey,D. Tex. (2000). Obtained a jury verdict for clients, Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Productions, after a six-week jury trial over claims she had engaged in unlawful agricultural product disparagement and defamation. The verdict was affirmed on appeal. 201 F.3d 680, 5th Cir.
  • In re: Simmons Family Trust Litigation, St. Ct. (1998). Represented one of the plaintiffs in a trust litigation related to substantial asset amassed by corporate raider and executive. After an eight-week trial ended with a hung jury, the parties entered into a settlement that totaled approximately $100 million. The case was covered in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • Kaepa, Inc. v. Achilles Corporation,D. Tex (1998). Won a take nothing judgment after a ten-week jury trial in a case filed by San Antonio based Kaepa, Inc. against Tokyo based Achilles Corporation, a Japanese corporation which is a leading manufacturer and distributor of shoes in Japan, and a maker of many industrial products. Kaepa sought $90 million in damages for breach of contract and fraud in connection with the distribution of Kaepa athletic shoes in Japan.

July 30, 2019
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Jonathan Neerman and Mike Laussade Present Regulatory Challenges for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers During Compliance Workshop

As compliance officers and in-house counsel for both broker-dealers and investment advisers attempt to navigate today’s tough regulatory challenges, Jackson Walker partnered with the ACA Compliance Group to host a complimentary workshop discussing topics relevant to both groups.

May 6, 2019
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Joe Regan and Adam Plumbley Boost Trial & Appellate Litigation Practice in Fort Worth

With backgrounds focused on energy and eminent domain, Joseph P. Regan and Adam L. Plumbley expand the scope of the Chambers USA-ranked Trial & Appellate Litigation practice to handle eminent domain and real property disputes, primarily involving pipelines.

March 6, 2019
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Up and Coming: 34 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2019 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” List

Jackson Walker is excited to congratulate our 34 attorneys who were named to Thomson Reuters’ 2019 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list.

January 18, 2019
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A Tribute to Don Griffis: Celebrating 50 Years of Dedication to the Legal Profession and Service to the San Angelo Community

For nearly two decades, including time as Managing Partner of the San Angelo office and as Chair of the San Angelo Litigation Practice Group, Don Griffis served the Jackson Walker Leadership Team and the San Angelo office with dedication, compassion, and a strong dose of professionalism topped with a unique laugh and a donnish sense of humor.

October 5, 2018
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Brett Kutnick Joins Jackson Walker’s Trial & Appellate Litigation Practice in Dallas

Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome appellate attorney Brett D. Kutnick as a partner in the Dallas office.

September 6, 2018
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56 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2018 “Texas Super Lawyers” List by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has named 56 Jackson Walker attorneys to its 2018 ‘Texas Super Lawyers’ list.

August 24, 2018
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Experimental Aircraft Association Honors Justin Lee at The Gathering

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) honored Justin V. Lee for his service as a pilot and commander of an Army Chinook unit in Afghanistan at its fundraiser gala dinner, The Gathering.

August 20, 2018
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Edwin Buffmire Elected to Antitrust and Business Litigation Section Council

Jackson Walker associate Edwin Buffmire has been elected to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section Council.

August 16, 2018
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Ross Forbes to Serve on Wake Forest University School of Law’s Board of Visitors

As a member of the Board of Visitors, Ross will advise the Dean, the faculty, and the students on ways to improve the School of Law’s educational enterprise. This includes leadership and guidance regarding career services, admissions, curriculum, clinics, fundraising, and the law school’s strategic plans.

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