John Stayton has extensive experience representing clients in Texas appellate courts and in appeals from judgments in civil lawsuits. John assists lawyers within the firm in assessing and developing legal arguments to advance, preparing summary judgment motions and jury charges, and in drafting and presenting post-verdict and post-judgment motions.

General Litigation 

John’s broad experience includes:

  • Working on briefs and motions in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas in a case involving the location of a boundary between Laguna Madre and adjacent land. After first ruling for the opposing party, the Supreme Court reversed itself and ruled in client’s favor.
  • Working for the defendant on post-trial motions in a complex alleged tort, breach of contract, and possible forgery of $33-million promissory note case. The trial court set aside judgment and granted the defendant’s motion for a new trial. The case was settled under confidential terms.
  • Working on a variety of pre-trial motions, charge and post-trial motions in a case over a long-term fuel supply contract. The case was settled after verdict.
  • Representing a church in a dispute with its removed pastor, including the preparation and trial of a temporary injunction hearing and jury trial on merits. The judgment favorable to the church was set aside when higher church authorities reinstated the pastor. Representation continued after reinstatement and a subsequent second removal of the pastor (affirmed by highest church authorities) in new litigation over ownership and control of church property.
  • Analyzing many potential theories of liability and defenses in a suit by a landowner lessor against the client lessee. The matter involved an oil and gas lease that was more than 60 years old and covered hundreds of thousands of acres. The case settled before trial.