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The Best Lawyers in Dallas

Big D has plenty of attorneys, but which are tops at what they do? Following an extensive survey of their peers, we present a list of nearly 240 Dallas lawyers who’ve been identified as the cream of crop.
By D Magazine |

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Dallas has long been known for the number and quality of its lawyers. With its large, growing population; its extensive court system; and its national reputation as a business center, the city is a magnet for attorneys of every specialty. But, which of Dallas’ many lawyers are the very best at what they do? That’s what D Magazine, an affiliated publication, determines for its readers each year with its Best Lawyers in Dallas list.

That list, which we are presenting here to the readers of D CEO, was compiled following a rigorous survey. First, D asked lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to identify their primary practice area. Then it asked them to nominate three lawyers—two outside their firm, and one within their firm in their area of practice—for this list.

The key criterion they were asked to keep in mind: Which Dallas lawyers whose work you’ve seen firsthand would you rank among the current best? Their answers could include lawyers they’ve witnessed in court, co-counsel, or opposing counsel. Voting was conducted exclusively at dmagazine.com.

After the votes were added up, D editors met with a panel of esteemed attorneys to evaluate the Best Lawyers in Dallas 2008 list. Self nominations were thrown out, and the panel’s anonymity was guaranteed to allow for a free-wheeling, uncensored discussion of the nominees’ merits.   

After the Best Lawyers list was completed, D turned it over to the D/D CEO sales staffs, which were not allowed to add names to or subtract names from the list. The sales staffs offered advertisements to the lawyers on the list, and those are found in a special advertising section elsewhere in this magazine.

The editors don’t know who bought those ads and, if lawyers declined to buy an ad, they were still included on the list. Finally, nobody could buy an ad in the special section unless he or she had made the list.      

Appellate

 
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Coporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions

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Criminal Defense

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Family Law

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Franchise & Development

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Intellectual Property

 

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Labor & Employment

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Personal Injury

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Tax

 
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Trusts & Estates

 
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Other Specialties

 

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Appellate

  • Nina Cortell
    Haynes and Boone
  • Charles T. Frazier Jr.
    Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend
  • Deborah Hankinson
    Law Offices of Deborah Hankinson
  • David F. Johnson
    Winstead
  • P. Michael Jung
    Strasburger & Price
  • Jeffrey S. Levinger
    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
  • Julia F. Pendery
    Pendery Law Firm
  • Chad Ruback
    The Ruback Law Firm

 

Bank Lending

  • O. Paul Corley Jr.
    Thompson & Knight
  • Rick Goyne
    Baker Botts
  • Thomas Higier
    Higier Allen & Lautin
  • James R. Littlejohn
    Winstead
  • Elmer Murphey III
    Strasburger & Price
  • Dan L. Nicewander
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Emeline Yang
    Winstead

Other Specialties

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Bankruptcy & Workout

  • Robert D. Albergotti
    Haynes and Boone
  • Jason Brookner
    Andrews Kurth
  • Bill Finkelstein
    K&L Gates
  • Charles R. Gibbs
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Jack Kinzie
    Baker Botts
  • E. Lee Morris
    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr
  • Patrick Neligan
    Neligan Foley
  • Michael Massad
    Hunton & Williams
  • Robin Phelan
    Haynes and Boone
  • Mark Ralston
    Ralston Law Firm
  • Judith Ross
    Baker Botts
  • Dan Stewart
    Vinson & Elkins

 

Business Litigation

  • Charles “Rodney” Acker
    Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Charles L. Babcock
    Jackson Walker
  • M. Scott Barnard
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • George W. Bramblett Jr.
    Haynes and Boone
  • William A. Brewer III
    Bickel & Brewer
  • Craig W. Budner
    K&L Gates
  • David Coale
    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
  • Jim Coleman
    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
  • Jim E. Cowles
    Cowles & Thompson
  • John R. Crews
    Alston & Bird
  • Mark Davenport
    Figari & Davenport
  • Bill Dawson
    Vinson & Elkins
  • Ernest Figari Jr.
    Figari & Davenport
  • G. Michael Gruber
    Gruber, Hurst, Johansen & Hail
  • Michael Hurst
    Gruber, Hurst, Johansen & Hail
  • Randy Johnston
    Johnston Tobey
  • George Kryder
    Vinson & Elkins
  • Monica Latin
    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
  • Jay Madrid
    Winstead
  • David R. McAtee III
    Haynes and Boone
  • Mike McKool
    McKool Smith
  • Tom Meisheimer
    Fish & Richardson
  • Aimee Williams Moore
    Baker Botts
  • Bob Mow
    K&L Gates
  • Rod Phelan
    Baker Botts
  • Richard Sayles
    Sayles Werbner
  • Jon G. Shepherd
    Alston & Bird
  • David W. Shuford
    Shuford Law Firm
  • William D. Sims
    Vinson & Elkins
  • Victor Vital
    Baker Botts
  • Mark Werbner
    Sayles Werbner
  • Robert J. Witte
    Winstead
  • Fletcher Yarbrough
    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal

Other Specialties

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Commercial Real Estate

  • Patrick M. Arnold
    Powell Coleman & Arnold
  • William T. “Chip”
    Cavanaugh Jr.
    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr
  • Kevin Cherry
    Cherry, Petersen & Landry
  • W. Robert Dyer Jr.
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Steve Jenkins
    Haynes and Boone
  • Kevin L. Kelley
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Ray Khirallah
    Thompson & Knight
  • Carl Klinke
    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr
  • Randall M. Ratner
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Harry M. Roberts
    Thompson & Knight
  • Mark Sloan
    Thompson & Knight
  • Ann Saegert
    Haynes and Boone
  • Patricia Stanton
    Baker Botts
  • Kevin A. Sullivan
    Winstead
  • James Wallenstein
    Hunton & Williams

 

Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Andrew Baker
    Baker Botts
  • Michael Boone
    Haynes and Boone
  • J. Jeffrey Cash
    Cash Klemchuk Powers & Taylor
  • Jeffrey A. Chapman
    Vinson & Elkins
  • R. Scott Cohen
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Terry Conner
    Haynes and Boone
  • Gilbert Friedlander
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Glen Hettinger
    Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Thomas Hughes
    Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Mary R. Korby
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Neel Lemon
    Baker Botts
  • Brian M. Lidji
    Lidji & Dorey
  • John Martin
    Baker Botts
  • Joseph Clarke Mathews
    Hunton & Williams
  • Don J. McDermett Jr.
    Baker Botts
  • Karen S. Nelson
    Haynes and Boone
  • Alan J. Perkins
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Greg R. Samuel
    Haynes and Boone
  • Larry Schoenbrun
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Janice V. Sharry
    Haynes and Boone
  • Richard A. Tulli
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Michael Wortley
    Vinson & Elkins
  • Jeffrey A. Zlotky
    Thompson & Knight

Other Specialties

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Criminal Defense

  • Jim Burnham
    Law Offices of Jim Burnham
  • Daniel Clancy
    Clancy, Ethington, Nancarrow,
    and McLain
  • Kevin Clancy
    Clancy, Ethington, Nancarrow,
    and McLain
  • Kenda Culpepper
    Culpepper & Pruitt
  • Ronald Goranson
    Ronald L. Goranson
  • Ward Maedgen
    Law Offices of Ward Maedgen
  • Reed Prospere
    Prospere and Russell
  • James A. Rolfe
    Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl
  • Toby Shook
    Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl
  • Barry Sorrels
    Sorrels, Udashen & Anton
  • Christie N. Williams
    Mills & Williams
     

Environmental Law

  • Diana C. Dutton
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Allison K. Exall
    Curran Tomko Tarski
  • Joseph F. Guida
    Guida, Slavich & Flores
  • Fran Phillips
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • John Slavich
    Guida, Slavich & Flores

Other Specialties

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ERISA

  • E. Philip Bush
    Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
  • Barry W. Cowan
    Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Greta E. Cowart
    Haynes and Boone
  • T. David Cowart
    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
  • Felicia A. Finston
    Vaker Botts
  • Nancy Wyman Furney
    Winstead
  • James Griffin
    Jackson Walker
  • Thomas M. Hoffman
    Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • J. Mike Holt
    Thompson & Knight
  • Bruce D. Pingree
    Baker Botts
  • Charles F. Plenge
    Haynes and Boone
  • Jason Ray
    Vinson & Elkins
  • Robert J. Stokes
    Baker Botts
  • Henry Talavera
    Hunton & Williams
     

Family Law

  • Jeffrey O. Anderson
    The Anderson Law Firm
  • Angie Bain
    Goranson, Bain, Larsen,
    Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy
  • Carla M. Calabrese
    Calabrese Associates
  • Kevin R. Fuller
    Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson
  • Tom P. Goranson
    Goranson, Bain, Larsen,
    Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy
  • Tom A. Greenwald
    Goranson, Bain, Larsen,
    Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy
  • Jennifer Stanton Hargrave
    Verner & Brumley
  • Jody L. Johnson
    Allison & Johnson
  • Paula Larsen
    Goranson, Bain, Larsen,
    Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy
  • Kelly McClure
    McClure Duffee & Eitzen
  • Mike McCurley
    McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson & Downing
  • John V. McShane
    McShane & Davis
  • Kathryn Murphy
    Goranson, Bain, Larsen,
    Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy
  • Tom Raggio
    Raggio & Raggio
  • Ike Vanden Eykel
    Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson

Other Specialties

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Franchise & Development

  • Deborah Coldwell
    Haynes and Boone
  • Ann Hurwitz
    DLA Piper
  • Earsa R. Jackson
    Strasburger & Price
  • Joyce Mazero
    Haynes and Boone
  • Cheryl Mullin
    Cheryl Mullin & Associates 

Intellectual Property

  • Jeffrey M. Becker
    Haynes and Boone
  • Elisabeth Evert
    Hitchcock Evert
  • John Flaim
    Baker & McKenzie
  • J. Kevin Gray
    Fish & Richardson
  • Darin Klemchuk
    Cash Klemchuk Powers & Taylor
  • Robert M. Manley
    McKool Smith
  • David McCombs
    Haynes and Boone
  • John McDowell
    K&L Gates
  • V. Bryan Medlock Jr.
    Sidley Austin
  • Kevin Meek
    Baker Botts
  • Stanley Moore
    Winstead
  • William A. Munck
    Munck Butrus Carter
  • Michael D. Pegues
    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr
  • Bart Showalter
    Baker Botts
  • Bruce Sostek
    Thompson & Knight
  • Andre Szuwalski
    Gardere Wynne Sewell

Other Specialties

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Labor & Employment

  • Theodore C. Anderson III
    Kilgore & Kilgore
  • Kim J. Askew
    K&L Gates
  • J. Derek Braziel
    Lee & Braziel
  • Jennifer Burr Altabef
    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
  • Ron Chapman Jr.
    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
  • Keith A. Clouse
    Clouse Dunn Khoshbin
  • W. Gary Fowler
    Jackson Walker
  • Stephen E. Fox
    Fish & Richardson
  • Hal Gillespie
    Gillespie, Rozen, Watsky & Jones
  • Dan Hartsfield
    Baker Botts
  • Monte K. Hurst
    Hermes Sargent Bates
  • Mary Goodrich Nix
    Gordon & Rees
  • Michael P. Maslanka
    Ford & Harrison
  • Yona Rozen
    Gillespie, Rozen, Watsky & Jones
  • Mark A. Shank
    K&L Gates
  • Jennifer Trulock
    Baker Botts

Land Use & Environment

  • Arthur J. Anderson
    Winstead
  • William S. Dahlstrom
    Jackson Walker
  • Susan Mead
    Jackson Walker
  • Dwight “Ike” Shupe
    K&L Gates
  • Kirk R. Williams
    Winstead
  • Robert F. Brown
    Brown & Hofmeister

Other Specialties

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Mediation

  • Mary Burdin
    Burdin Mediations
  • Christopher Nolland
    Law Offices of Christopher Nolland
  • Will Pryor
    Will Pryor Mediation & Arbitration
  • Ross Stoddard
    Ross W. Stoddard III

Personal Injury

  • Charla Aldous
    Aldous Law Firm
  • Frank L. Branson
    Law Offices of Frank L. Branson
  • Rob Crain
    Crain Lewis
  • Jerry T. Fazio
    Owen & Fazio
  • Scott B. Frenkel
    Frenkel & Frenkel
  • Laura Benitez Geisler
    Jones Geisler
  • Ralph C. “Red Dog” Jones
    Jones Geisler
  • Stephen F. Malouf
    The Law Office of Stephen F. Malouf
  • John H. Martin
    Thompson & Knight
  • Andy Payne
    Payne Mitchell Law Group
  • Jeff Rasansky
    The Rasansky Law Firm
  • David L. Sargent
    Hermes Sargent Bates
  • Paula Sweeney
    Howie & Sweeney
  • Windle Turley
    Turley Law Firm
  • Dr. Douglas M. Wood
    The Law Firm of Dr. Douglas Wood

Tax

  • R. Brent Clifton
    Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
  • David Cowling
    Jones Day
  • Jeff W. Dorrill
    Haynes and Boone
  • William H. Hornberger
    Jackson Walker
  • Vester Hughes
    K&L Gates
  • Donald P. Lan
    Kroney Morse Lan
  • Mary McNulty
    Thompson & Knight
  • Emily A. Parker
    Thompson & Knight
  • Matthew R. Schindel
    Haynes and Boone
  • Kevin Thomason
    Thompson & Knight
  • Josh Ungerman
    Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau
  • R. David Wheat
    Thompson & Knight

Other Specialties

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Trusts & Estates

  • Stephen Akers
    Bessemer Trust Company
  • John F. Bergner
    Winstead
  • Santo Bisignano Jr.
    Bisignano & Harrison
  • Tom Cantrill
    Hunton & Williams
  • John M. Collins
    Haynes and Boone
  • Michael L. Graham
    The Graham Law Firm
  • Jim Hartnett Jr.
    The Hartnett Law Firm
  • Kathryn Henkel
    K&L Gates
  • Robert H. Kroney
    Kroney Morse Lan
  • Lawrence M. Wolfish
    Wolfish & Newman

 

White Collar Defense/Antitrust

  • Jerry L. Beane
    Andrews Kurth
  • Paul Coggins
    Fish & Richardson
  • Bob Davis
    K&L Gates
  • Jay Ethington
    Clancy, Ethington, Nancarrow,
    and McClain
  • Gregory Huffman
    Thompson & Knight
  • Bill Mateja
    Fish & Richardson
  • Barry F. McNeil
    Haynes and Boone
  • Charles M. Meadows Jr.
    Meadows, Collier, Reed,
    Cousins & Blau
  • Tom Mills
    Mills & Williams
  • Matthew Orwig
    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
  • Michael Uhl
    Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl

Other Specialties

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