Doug Dodds has a wealth of experience in complex business litigation and is the managing partner of the firm. A past chair of the Litigation Section, he has represented clients in lawsuits and claims involving legal malpractice, contract disputes, class actions, misappropriation of trade secrets, deceptive or fraudulent sales practices, antitrust, business torts and numerous other commercial disputes. Doug represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in Texas. He has represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 Corporations, to some of the largest law firms in Texas, to individuals involved in business disputes.  Doug has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, (2005-2015).

Professional Liability Litigation 

Doug has extensive experience in legal malpractice and professional liability litigation. For example, he represented beneficiaries of trusts that owned mineral interests underlying a ranch in South Texas in an action for breach of fiduciary duties against the trustees and in a malpractice action against the law firm representing the trusts. In addition, Doug represents national and local law firms in malpractice actions, breach of fiduciary duty actions and class actions.

Oil & Gas/Energy Litigation

Doug’s experience in oil and gas litigation includes:

  • Representing an independent oil and gas exploration company in a misappropriation of confidential information.
  • Representing numerous oil and gas clients in disputes regarding alleged drainage, payment of royalties, marketing, development and other lease covenants.
  • Representing a South Texas family against a major oil company on a royalty claim in Duval County.
  • Defending a mining company against collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He obtained a summary judgment, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit.

 

Insurance Litigation

Doug has represented numerous health insurance companies in disputes with the state and/or claimants. He has also represented multiple life insurance companies in class actions involving sales practices. In some cases, he defeated the class allegations and in others, Doug negotiated favorable class settlements for his clients.

In addition, Doug has represented many different technology companies in a variety of disputes. These matters have included licensing disputes, as well as class action claims of securities fraud in which a class action settlement was obtained. Other cases involved claims regarding notebook computer manufacturing by a Fortune 500 company and defending a $6 million claim by a startup company over funding and support obligations, resulting in a take-nothing judgment for the client.

Financial Services

Doug has represented an automobile lending company in a breach of contract case against a company that was expected to fund business operations. He also defended a national credit company against plaintiffs who sought nationwide class of parties lease agreements.

  • Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation (2005-2015)

  • Austin Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association (Oil and Gas Litigation Committee, Business Torts Litigation Committee, Antitrust Law Committee and Class Action Committee)
  • Helping Hand Home for Children (Community Advisory Board, 2011-15)
  • Anti-Defamation League (Steering Committee)
  • Greater Austin Crime Commission (Board of Directors)
  • Headliners Club (Board of Trustees)