Daniel L. Bates

Loves Jury Trials

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Commercial Litigation
  • Jury verdicts taken in cases involving:

    • wrongful death and personal injury
    • products liability
    • breach of warranty
    • construction defects
    • contracts and commercial transactions
    • oil and gas
    • professional negligence
    • toxic torts including chemical exposure
Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Largest trade mark infringement jury verdict and judgment in Texas history ($56.3 million) involving fraudulent procurement and registration of client’s trademark in water works industry.

Appeals
  • On October 15, 2014, Dan presented oral argument before the Supreme Court of Texas on behalf of a royalty owner against the owner of the executive rights and oil & gas operator. This was Dan’s 3rd oral argument before the Texas Supreme Court.

    Argued two cases in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  One case involved toxic tort case involving chemical (formaldehyde) exposure. The second case involved a license agreement concerning the Dickies® brand of work clothes and related products.

     

BIO

A founder of the firm, Dan pursues excellence in everything. He has found this especially difficult on the golf course, but in over thirty-five years in the courtroom and countless trials, he is a truly accomplished trial lawyer. His clients count on the fact that he is always prepared and never backs down. His adversaries comment that he is tough but fair and always professional.

Dan loves his wife, Shelli, their three grown children, and all the memories built by the “Fab Five,” especially snow skiing. A private pilot since 1985, Dan took special pleasure in obtaining his instrument and multi-engine ratings as a matter of aviation professionalism. He has been privileged to lead students for many years in Bible Study Fellowship. Most recently, Dan and Shelli have been Executive Directors of the Miss Fort Worth Scholarship Organization, a local to Miss America, the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. He has focused on interview training with success as one of their titleholders was crowned Miss Texas 2013. Dan loves people and loves the law because it deals with the relationships among people.

A loud rap on the jury room door followed by the bailiff approaching the bench, verdict in hand, is always a thrilling moment which Dan relishes.   Surprisingly, only a very small percentage of attorneys experience this with any regularity.  Dan considers it is a high privilege to be among that small group of lawyers.

  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Texas, (1978)
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, (1979)
    • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, (1983)
    • The Supreme Court of the United States, (1985)
    • United States District Court, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, (1986)
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, (1986)
  • Education
    • Wabash College and Southern Methodist University, (B.F.A., 1975)
    • Texas Tech University, (J.D., 1978)
  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Super Lawyers – Civil Litigation Defense” by Thomson Reuters, (2011 – 2017)
    • “Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel” by Thomson Reuters, (2010)
    • “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters, (2003 – 2010)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2001 –  2015)
    • “Attorneys of Excellence” by Fort Worth Business Press, (2003)
  • Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas, Member, Litigation Section
    • College of State Bar of Texas
    • Tarrant County Bar Association
    • Member Phi Delta Phi (Honors Fraternity)
    • Colonial Country Club
    • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
    • Beta Theta Pi
  • Board Certification

    Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1987

  • Experience
    • Served as Briefing Attorney to Senior Associate Justice Joe Spurlock, 2nd Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, 1978-1980.
    • Argued two cases in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  One case involved toxic tort case involving chemical (formaldehyde) exposure. The second case involved a license agreement concerning the Dickies® brand of work clothes and related products.
D Bates Dan Bates flying to cut a jury and take a verdict. Circa 1990 something.

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