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John Volney

Over the past 20 years, John Volney has represented entrepreneurs, professionals, high-tech companies, financial institutions, real estate developers, media companies, manufacturers, and others in all types of business disputes and complex litigation in both state and federal courts in Texas.

John’s experience particularly shines in litigating complex multi-party cases and prosecuting and defending class action lawsuits. He has argued appeals before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Dallas Court of Appeals, and has defended cases before the Texas Supreme Court. His successful cases include representing a Saudi Arabian Prince in a federal court jury trial, defending an international media company from defamation claims in state court, and prosecuting claims related to the takeover of a publicly-traded company by a group of Philadelphia-based mobsters.

John received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1997, and his B.A. (Plan II), with high honors, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Before joining LPHS, he spent four years working exclusively on plaintiffs’ contingency fee cases, including consumer class actions against the life insurance and workers’ compensation industries, catastrophic personal injury cases, and toxic torts. In 1998-1999, John traveled extensively in West Africa, the Philippines, and Costa Rica to distribute settlement funds to banana workers injured by the toxic pesticide DBCP.

John lives in Dallas with his wife Lori and his children Sarah and Andrew.

  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. (Plan II), high honors
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.
  • John successfully represented a Saudi Arabian prince in a federal court jury trial in which the client obtained a judgment against an Irving-based technology company and one of its principals for more than $3 million.
  • John successfully pursued and settled claims on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee against a group of Philadelphia-based mobsters and their associates arising out of the illegal takeover of a publicly-traded company.
  • John defended a Dallas-based technology company in federal court against breach of contract and business tort claims brought by a former business associate.
  • John successfully defended a large manufacturer of smart phones in a federal court consumer class action.
  • John represented the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic and PVC pipe in multiple lawsuits in the state of Texas, including cases involving construction defects, products liability and personal injury.
  • John obtained summary judgment on a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim involving a “take or pay” gas supply contract and then successfully upheld that summary judgment at the Dallas Court of Appeals.
  • In addition to the above, John has advised lawyers in disciplinary and related proceedings before the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Attorney General's office.
  • Galitski v. Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, 2015 WL 5319802 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 11, 2015)
  • FPL Energy, LLC v. TXU Portfolio Management Co., LP, 426 S.W.3d 59 (Tex. 2014)
  • Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., 444 S.W.3d 283 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2014)
  • Rice v. Malouf, 2013 WL 3771446 (Tex. App.– Amarillo July 8, 2013)
  • Abbott v. Law Office of Patrick J. Mulligan, 440 Fed. Appx. 612 (10th Cir. 2011)
  • Arete Partners, L.P. v. Gunnerman, 594 F.3d 390 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • AssistMed, Inc. v. Conceptual Health Solutions, Inc., 2006 WL 1489422 (N.D. Tex. May 11, 2006)
  • Gunnerman v. Basic Capital Management, Inc., 2006 WL 411805 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2006, no pet.)
  • Canales Martinez v. Dow Chemical Co., 219 F.Supp.2d 719 (E.D. La. July 16, 2002)
  • "Texas Super Lawyer," by Super Lawyers, 2020-2021
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. (Plan II), high honors