The Best Lawyers in Dallas

Our list of the best lawyers in Dallas.

To compile our list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas, we asked lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to designate their primary area of practice. We then asked them to nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm in their area of practice, keeping the following question in mind: which Dallas lawyers, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best? Answers may include co-counsel, lawyers you have observed in court, and opposing counsel.

After the votes were tallied, a panel of eminent lawyers met with our editors to evaluate the Best Lawyers in Dallas 2007 list. Self-nominations were not counted. The panel’s anonymity was assured to allow the lawyers to speak freely about issues regarding their peers that would only be known to the legal community. Voting was conducted exclusively at www.dmagazine.com.

After this list was completed, we turned a copy over to our sales staff. The sales department cannot add or subtract from the list. They in turn offer full-profile advertisements to the winners. The editors have no idea who purchases these ads, which are found in a special advertising section somewhere else in the magazine. If lawyers decline to buy an ad, they are still listed below. No one can buy an ad in this special section unless he or she is included in this list.

Note: The law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist was in the midst of dissolving as we went to press. The laywers listed at that firm were voted on for their work on its behalf, so our listings reflect this.

APPELLATE

Nina Cortell
Haynes and Boone

Charles T. Frazier Jr.
Cowles & Thompson

Deborah Hankinson
Law Offices of Deborah Hankinson

P. Michael Jung
Strasburger & Price

Jeffrey S. Levinger
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal

Julia Pendery
Pendery Law Firm

Chad Ruback
The Ruback Law Firm

BANK LENDING

O. Paul Corley Jr.
Thompson & Knight

Roderick Goyne
Baker Botts

Thomas Higier
Cowles & Thompson

James R. Littlejohn
Winstead

Elmer Murphey
Strasburger & Price

Dan Nicewander
Gardere Wynne Sewell

Emeline Yang
Winstead


BANKRUPTCY & WORKOUT

Robert D. Albergotti
Haynes and Boone

C. Mark Brannum
Winstead

Jason Brookner
Andrews Kurth

Bill Finkelstein
Hughes & Luce

Charles R. Gibbs
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Jack Kinzie
Baker Botts

E. Lee Morris
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

Patrick Neligan
Neligan & Foley

Robin Phelan
Haynes and Boone

Mark Ralston
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

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
Haynes and Boone

William A. Brewer III
Bickel & Brewer

Craig Budner
Hughes & Luce

David Coale
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal

Jim Coleman
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal

Jim E. Cowles
Cowles & Thompson

John R. Crews
Crews, Shepherd & McCarty

Mark Davenport
Figari & Davenport

William Dawson
Vinson & Elkins

Ernest Figari Jr.
Figari & Davenport

Charles Gall
Jenkens & Gilchrist

G. Michael Gruber
Gruber, Hurst, Johansen & Hail

Randy Johnston
Johnston Tobey

George Kryder
Vinson & Elkins

Jay Madrid
Winstead

David R. McAtee
Haynes and Boone

Mike McKool Jr.
McKool Smith

Tom Melsheimer
Fish & Richardson

Aimee Williams Moore
Baker Botts

Robert Mow
Hughes & Luce

Rod Phelan
Baker Botts

Richard Sayles
Sayles Werbner

Jon Shepherd
Crews, Shepherd & McCarty

David Shuford
Shuford Law Firm

William D. Sims
Vinson & Elkins

Victor Vital
Haynes and Boone

Mark Werbner
Sayles Werbner

Robert J. Witte
Winstead

Fletcher Yarbrough
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal

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

Kevin L. Kelley
Gardere Wynne Sewell

Ray Khirallah
Thompson & Knight

Carl Klinke
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

Paul Martin
Vinson & Elkins

Randall M. Ratner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Harry M. Roberts
Thompson & Knight

Ann Saegert
Haynes and Boone

Patricia Stanton
Baker Botts

Kevin A. Sullivan
Winstead

James Wallenstein
Jenkens & Gilchrist

CONSTRUCTION    

Joe Canterbury
Canterbury, Stuber, Elder, Gooch, & Surratt

Michelle I. Rieger
Winstead

CORPORATE FINANCE/
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Andrew Baker
Baker Botts

Michael Boone
Haynes and Boone

Jeffrey S. Cash
Cash Klemchuk Powers & Taylor


R. Scott Cohen
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Terry Conner
Haynes and Boone

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 Mathews
Hunton & Williams

Don McDermett
Baker Botts

Dudley Murrey
Andrews Kurth

Karen S. Nelson
Haynes and Boone

Alan J. Perkins
Gardere Wynne Sewell

Gregory Samuel
Haynes and Boone

Larry Schoenbrun
Gardere Wynne Sewell

Janice V. Sharry
Haynes and Boone

Richard A. Tulli
Gardere Wynne Sewell

Brian Woram
Centex Corp.

Michael Wortley
Vinson & Elkins

Jeffrey A. Zlotky
Thompson & Knight

CRIMINAL DEFENSE  

James “Jim” Burnham
Law Offices of Jim Burnham

Daniel Clancy
Clancy, Ethington, Nancarrow, and McClain

Kevin Clancy
Clancy, Ethington, Nancarrow, and McClain

Kenda Culpepper
Culpepper & Pruitt

Ronald Goranson
Ronald L. Goranson

Paul Johnson
Law Offices of Paul Johnson

Martin LeNoir
Law Office of Martin LeNoir

Ward Maedgen
Law Offices of Ward Maedgen

George Milner
Milner & Finn

Reed Prospere
Prospere, Russell & Dean

James A. Rolfe
Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl

Toby Shook
Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl

Barry Sorrels
Sorrels, Udashen & Anton

Christie Williams
Mills & Williams

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Scott Deatherage
Thompson & Knight

Joseph F. Guida
Guida, Slavich & Flores

ERISA

Vicki Blanton
JCPenney

E. Philip Bush
Locke Liddell & Sapp

Barry Cowan
Winstead

Greta E. Cowart
Haynes and Boone

T. David Cowart
Jenkens & Gilchrist

Felicia A. Finston
Vinson & Elkins

Nancy Wyman Furney
Hallett & Perrin

Thomas M. Hoffman
Hughes & Luce

J. Mike Holt
Thompson & Knight

John Kober
Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Bruce Pingree
Baker Botts

Charles F. Plenge
Haynes and Boone

Jason Ray
Vinson & Elkins

Robert Stokes
Baker Botts

Henry Talavera
Jenkens & Gilchrist

FAMILY LAW

Jeffrey Anderson
Anderson, Anderson & Anderson

Angie Bain
Goranson, Bain, Larsen & Greenwald

Carla M. Calabrese
Calabrese Associates

Kevin R. Fuller
Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson

Tom Goranson
Goranson, Bain, Larsen & Greenwald

Tom Greenwald
Goranson, Bain, Larsen & Greenwald

Jennifer Stanton Hargrave
Verner & Brumley

Jody Johnson
Allison & Johnson

Paula Larsen
Goranson, Bain, Larsen & Greenwald

Beth Maultsby
Goranson, Bain, Larsen & Greenwald

Kelly McClure
McClure Duffee & Eitzen

Mike McCurley
McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson & Downing

John V. McShane
McShane & Davis

Kathryn Murphy
Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson

Tom Raggio
Raggio & Raggio

Ike Vanden Eykel
Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson

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

Ira Matsil
Slater & Matsil

David McCombs
Haynes and Boone

John McDowell
Hughes & Luce

V. Bryan Medlock Jr.
Sidley Austin

William Munck
Munck Butrus

Wes Musselman
Fish & Richardson

Michael D. Pegues
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

Bart Showalter
Baker Botts

Steven H. Slater
Slater & Matsil

Bruce Sostek
Thompson & Knight

Andre Szuwalski
Jenkens & Gilchrist

 

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT  

Theodore C. Anderson
Kilgore & Kilgore

Kim Askew
Hughes & Luce

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

Michael Maslanka
Ford & Harrison

Yona Rozen
Gillespie, Rozen, Watsky & Jones

Mark A. Shank
Hughes & Luce

LAND USE & ENVIRONMENT


Arthur J. Anderson

Law Offices of Arthur Anderson

William S. Dahlstrom
Jackson Walker

Allison Exall
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Susan Mead
Jackson Walker

Dwight “Ike” Shupe
Hughes & Luce

Kirk R. Williams
Winstead

Robert Brown
Brown & Hofmeister

MEDIATION


Hesha Abrams

Abrams Mediation & Negotiation

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

Timothy Ammons
Cowles & Thompson

Frank L. Branson
Law Offices of Frank L. Branson

Rob Crain
Crain Lewis

Jerry Fazio
Owen & Fazio

Scott B. Frenkel
Frenkel & Frenkel

Laura Benitez Geisler
Jones Geisler

Ralph “Red Dog” Jones
Jones Geisler

Stephen Malouf
The Law Office of Stephen Malouf

Andy Payne
Payne Mitchell Law Group

Jeff Rasansky
Rasansky Law Firm

David L. Sargent
Hermes Sargent Bates

Paula Sweeney
Howie & Sweeney

Windle Turley
Turley Law Firm

Dr. Douglas Wood
The Law Firm of Douglas Wood

TAX

R. Brent Clifton
Locke Liddell & Sapp

David Cowling
Jones Day

Jeff W. Dorrill
Hughes & Luce

Michael Frankel
Ernst & Young

William H. Hornberger
Jackson Walker

Vester Hughes
Hughes & Luce

Donald P. Lan
Kroney Morse Lan

Mary McNulty
Thompson & Knight

Emily Parker
Thompson & Knight

Matthew R. Schindel
Haynes and Boone

R. David Wheat
Thompson & Knight

TRUSTS & ESTATES

Stephen Akers
Bessemer Trust Company

John F. Bergner
Winstead

Santo Bisignano
Bisignano & Harrison

Tom Cantrill
Hunton & Williams

John M. Collins
Haynes and Boone

Debbie Cox
Chase Bank

Michael L. Graham
The Graham Law Firm

Jim Hartnett Jr.
The Hartnett Law Firm

Kathryn Henkel
Hughes & Luce

Robert H. Kroney
Kroney Morse Lan

Edward V. Smith III
Graham & Smith

Larry Wolfish
Wolfish & Newman

WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE/ ANTITRUST

Jerry L. Beane
Andrews Kurth

Paul Coggins
Fish & Richardson

Bob Davis
Hughes & Luce

Jay Ethington
Clancy, Ethington, Nancarrow, and McClain

Gregory Huffman
Thompson & Knight

Barry F. McNeil
Haynes and Boone

Chuck Meadows
Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau

Tom Mills
Mills & Williams

Michael Uhl
Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl

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