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COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS LITIGATION
Designated as a Master Trial Advocate by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and recognized as a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly each year since 2008, Jason Dennis solves problems for clients and takes cases to trial. He combines creative legal strategies with courtroom talent and experience to resolve complex litigation. He also applies his Master’s degree in Business Administration to better understand cases and to produce more efficient business solutions for his clients. Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, Jason aggressively pursues the case to resolution. Often that resolution comes at trial where Jason has successfully tried cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators in state and federal courts. When faced with an adverse trial court result, clients also turn to Jason to successfully argue and brief their appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Although some surveys estimate that 99 percent of cases settle, Jason regularly takes multi-million dollar cases to trial. Having a trial lawyer in your corner not only serves the client in the courtroom, but having a lawyer and firm known to take a case to trial leads to more favorable settlements.
SOME REPRESENTATIVE TRIALS
- Appointed as special counsel to represent the bankruptcy Trustee of Ronco in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the directors and officers of the company.
- Tried a labor arbitration that resulted in an important judgment for his clients.
- Defended a securities fraud lawsuit against a real estate developer resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Represented a real estate developer in an action against his partners that resulted in a favorable settlement after a successful injunction hearing.
- Tried a multi-million dollar minority oppression case in Dallas County.
- Represented an insurance broker against deceptive trade practices claims.
- Represented an investor in a securities fraud lawsuit against an investment bank resulting in a confidential settlement.
- Tried a multi-million dollar securities fraud lawsuit in state court on behalf of several hedge funds.
- Defended several individuals and companies during investigations by the SEC and CFTC.
- Defended a complex breach of contract and tortious interference jury trial for a national franchisor. After cross-examination of the plaintiffs, their counsel immediately offered to settle the case for less than 10 percent of their pre-trial demand.
- Prosecuted to verdict a case involving an oral partnership agreement. The jury awarded his client a significant judgment. When the defendants tried to hide their assets, Jason pursued them with a separate fraudulent transfer action and obtained an injunction against the transfer of any assets. Click here to read the East Texas Trial Report.
- Obtained a favorable settlement in a securities fraud action against a financial institution.
- Obtained anther favorable settlement in a case alleging deceptive insurance practices.
- Tried a bench trial involving a securities fraud claim against several individuals and their bank resulting in a substantial judgment.
Jason is equally at home in front of appellate courts and juries. He has argued before the Texas Supreme Court and other appellate courts in Texas, New York, and South Carolina. In addition to state courts of appeal, Jason is equally at home in the federal courts of appeal. He has prosecuted and defended appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, and Federal Circuit.
Jason argued a case of first impression regarding contempt power of the court before the Texas Supreme Court.
Jason argued an oil and gas case before the Fourteenth Court of Appeals and obtained a reversal of a significant judgment.
Jason argued a multi-million dollar insurance coverage case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Commercial and Business Litigation, Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Insurance Litigation, Securities Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Energy Litigation, and Appellate Litigation.
SAMPLE WRITING AND TEACHING
- How to Recover Attorneys’ Fees in Texas published by Texas Lawyer (2011, 2013 and 2014)
- Real Estate Litigation (CLE Presentation)
- Post-Closing Issues in Real-Estate Litigation (CLE Presentation)
- Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (CLE Presentation)
- Court Applies Successor in Interest Liability Under CERCLA, SE Envtl. L.J. (Fall 1997)
EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Jason attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1992. He moved on to Davidson College as a Kelley Scholar and Bank of America Scholar, graduating in 1996. Jason then concurrently attended the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and Moore School of Business. In 2000, Jason graduated Order of the Coif, Cum Laude, and Order of the Barristers from the School of Law, and graduated from the Moore School of Business with an International Masters in Business Administration. As part of his program, Jason spent six months working for a law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Following his formal education, Jason began his legal career by clerking for the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan, Jr., in the Eastern District of Virginia, known as the “Rocket Docket.” During his clerkship, he was responsible for 13 trials and countless motions. After focusing on trial skills, Jason went on to clerk for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where he worked on more than 50 appeals before the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits and observed more than 100 oral arguments.
Jason began his private practice in 2002 with the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in their Washington, D.C. office. He spent two years working on white collar criminal cases, SEC enforcement litigation, class action litigation and general civil litigation. In 2004, he moved to Dallas, Texas and joined Lynn Pinker & Cox, LLP where he has focused on complex business litigation and taking cases to trial as an associate and partner.
Mr. Dennis is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Texas, South Carolina and the District of Columbia. He has also been admitted to practice before the following federal courts: the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits; the United States District Courts for District of South Carolina, District of D.C., Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas and Western District of Texas. In addition, Mr. Dennis has been specially admitted to other state and federal courts across the country for specific cases.
Jason was born and raised in South Carolina. He is married to Sarah, and they have a daughter, Maren, and son, Ean.