Dallas Bar Association

Business Litigation Section

The Business Litigation Section focuses on non-personal injury litigation issues. The Section's members practice in all areas ranging from employment litigation, antitrust, trademark, trade secrets, contract disputes, RICO, franchising litigation, securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, banking, and D&O liability, to business torts, generally. The Section's meetings and programs focus on procedural and trial skills as well as substantive legal subjects.

Meeting Schedule:

Second Tuesday of each Month at the Belo at Noon. Program begins at noon (lunch buffet available for purchase) and normally concludes by 1:00 PM and one hour of CLE is typically provided.

Section News:


Section Officers:

Name: Craig Haynes
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Thompson & Knight LLP
Firm Address: 1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-969-1700
Email:  craig.haynes@tklaw.com

Name: Charles Sartain
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Looper, Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Firm Address: 1601 Elm Street, Suite 4600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-954-4135
Email: csartain@lrmlaw.com

Name: Bobby Rubarts
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Koning Rubarts LLP
Firm Address: 1700 Pacific Avenue, Ste. 1890
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-751-7900
Email: bobby.rubarts@koningrubarts.com

Name: Linda Dedman
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Dedman Law, PLLC
Firm Address: 12225 Greenville Ave.
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75243
Business Phone: 214-361-8885
Email: ldedman@coveragelawdallas.com

Name: David Kent
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Sedgwick, LLP
Firm Address: 1717 Main Street, Suite 5400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 469-227-4658
Email:  david.kent@sedgwicklaw.com

Name: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: Board Advisor
Firm: Johnston + Tobey, P.C.
Firm Address: 3308 Oak Grove Avenue
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214-741-6260
Email:  http://rltobey@jtlaw.com

Section Membership:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Business Litigation section, please send a letter of request and a $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201

Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

Section Downloads:


Oct. 2013 "The Science and Art of Winning (or at least not losing) Your Case During Jury Selection," John W. Bickel, II and Theodore O. "Ted" Prosise, Ph.D..pdf968.24 KB
May 2013 - "Federal Litigation Update," David Coale (Lynn Tilltotson Pinker & Cox) (pdf)1.58 MB
April 2013 - "Now That You Are in Arbitration: Top 10 Tips" (Power Point), Robert Tobey (Johston Tobey) & Dawn Estes (Estes Okon Thorne & Carr)1.53 MB
April 2013 - "Now that You Are in Arbitration: Top 10 Tips" (paper), Robert Tobey (Johnston Tobey) & Dawn Estes (Estes Okon Thorne & Carr)86.92 KB
Dec. 2012 - "An Amazing Couple Of Years at the U.S. Supreme Court," Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Univ. of Calif. Irvine School of Law) (pdf)292.42 KB
May 2012 - "Insurance Essentials for Business Litigators," Linda Dedman (Dedman Law) & Tarron L. Gartner (Cooper & Scully) (pdf)2.08 MB
April 2012 - "A Minority Shareholder's Rights from the Beatles Perspective: Its a Long and Winding Road . . ." Ladd Hirsch (Diamond McCarthy) (pdf)4.18 MB
Feb. 2012 - "You Posted WHAT on Facebook?! And, Now It's Admissible at Trial! (part 1)," Peter S. Vogel (Gardere Wynne Sewell) (pdf)12.52 MB
Dec. 2011 - "The Ethical Attorney: Avoiding Malpractice and Honoring the Law," Robert Robey & Coyt Randall Johnston (Johnston Tobey) (MS-Word)291 KB
Dec. 2011 - "The Ethical Attorney: Avoiding Malpractice and Honoring the Law," Robert Tobey (Johnston Tobey) (pdf)1.77 MB
Sept. 2011 - "10 New Issues in Business Torts that Every Trial Lawyer Should Know," Brian P. Lauten (Sawicki & Lauten) (Power Point)727 KB
Sept. 2011 - "Top 10 Emerging Issues Facing Trial Lawyers in Business Torts and Commerical Litigation," Brian P. Lauten (Sawicki & Lauten) (MS-Word)340 KB
June 2011 - "Proving and Defending Lost Profit Damages," Hon. Martin J. Lowy (101st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas) (pdf)1.12 MB
May 2011 - "The Making of 'The Social Network': Defamation, Misappropriation and Theft of Ideas as Art," Paul C. Watler (Jackson Walker) (pdf)1.5 MB
April 2011 - "Blinking on the Bench: How Judges Make Decisions," Prof. Jeff Rachlinski (Cornell Law School) (Power Point)1.08 MB
April 2011 - "Blinking on the Bench: How Judges Decide Cases," Rachlinski, Guthrie & Wistrick, Cornell Law Review (2007) (pdf)456.03 KB
Jan. 2011 - "Susman's Trial Agreements and Agreed Motion in Limine (form)," Steve Susman (Susman Godfrey) (MS-Word)50.5 KB
Jan. 2011 - "Susman's Pretrial Agreements with Opposing Counsel (form)," Steve Susman (Susman Godfrey) (MS-Word)55 KB
Dec. 2010 - Adventures in Error Preservation." Scott Stolley and Debbie Alsup (Thompson Knight) (pdf)378.11 KB
Sept. 2010 - "Fifth Circuit Update and aFew Recent Supreme Court Cases," Hon. Catharina Haynes (5th Circuit) and Leslie Chaggaris (Thompson Knight) (pdf)1.67 MB
Aug. 2010 - "Collaborative Law in Business Litigation: Something New and Different," Anne K. Shuttee (pdf)1.46 MB
March 2010 - "Lost Profits: An Attorney Guide to Dealing with Damages Experts," Karl Weisheit, CPA, CFF, CVA (Hagen Streiff Newton Oshiro) (pdf)1.18 MB
Dec. 2009 - "Texas Supreme Court Update: The Train Has Left the Station; Is It on the Right Track?" Joe Cox (Patton Boggs) (Power Point)651.17 KB
June 2009 - "Removal Based on Diversity: Breadcrumbs for Thought," William E. Marple (Jones Day) (pdf)78.32 KB
Oct. 2009 - "Jury Selection in Texas State Courts," Hon. Jim Jordan (44th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas) (Power Point)135.95 KB
April 2009 - "The Financial Crisis: Are There Any Good Claims to Assert?" Terry Oxford (Susman Godfrey) (Power Point)1006.5 KB
March 2009 - "Practice Tips for a Successful Real Estate Workout," Ken Hambrick (Freddie Mac) (Power Point)177 KB
Dec. 2008 - "If You're Going to the Courthouse, Please File This for Me: Ten documents which must be filed in the trial court to preserve error for appeal," Chad Ruback (pdf)126.93 KB
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