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Dwight Francis

Partner
Dallas
F: 469.391.7554

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., Augusta University, 1989
  • Texas
  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Overview
Honors
Experience
Thought Leadership
Memberships

Overview

Dwight M. Francis is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Dallas office.

Areas of Practice

Dwight has devoted his career to class actions and other complex corporate litigation and has extensive courtroom experience. He has both defended and prosecuted suits involving claims of theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual and business relations, directors and officers disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and many other commercial litigation disputes in federal and state courts across the country.  Dwight has defended numerous class actions asserting violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), unfair competition, false advertising, and other business torts.

Employing a unique approach to litigation matters, Dwight tailors his representation directly to his clients' needs and goals. Early on, Dwight conducts a case assessment. During this assessment, he works with the client to define its goals and to prepare a case strategy so that those goals may be met whether through alternative dispute resolution, summary judgment or trial on the merits of the case.

This approach has been effectively used by Dwight in his role as national counsel for numerous entities. As national counsel, he manages outside counsel and serves as lead trial counsel. Dwight’s clients are in various industries, including insurance, oil and gas, health care, manufacturing, airlines, motor club, third-party administrators and others.

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2016-2018
  • Award of Excellence, Dallas Bas Association
  • Texas Rising Star, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, 2004-2005

Experience

  • Lead counsel in successful defense against a multibillion-dollar class action lawsuit for alleged violation of privacy laws
  • Represented client against claims by plaintiffs seeking damages of over $80 million based on allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, tortious interference and business disparagement
  • Represented the general partner in an automobile dealership in a case involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy
  • Defended commercial landlord in tenant dispute regarding amount of usable leased space and alleged overcharges to the tenant over a four-year period, resulting in favorable verdict for client; See Concrete Productions v. Pinehurst/Fairmount Partners
  • Obtained dispositive summary judgment in breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty matter
  • Represented association defendants in multidistrict litigation that also included class action cases in various states, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas
  • Defeated plaintiff's attempts to certify a nationwide class action against a national motor club
  • Successfully obtained dissolution of a temporary restraining order and bar of any further injunctive relief after several homeowners procured an ex parte TRO shutting down a client's multi-million dollar land development and construction project
  • Successfully obtained injunctive relief and other extraordinary remedies, including temporary and permanent injunctions and pre-judgment writs of garnishment for numerous clients
  • Successfully prosecuted fraudulent transfer of assets resulting in a verdict including a $2.5 million punitive damage award; prior to entry of judgment, matter settled on very favorable terms
  • Negotiated and concluded mid-trial highly advantageous settlement in breach of contract and fiduciary duty suit stemming from non-payment of royalty interest to deceased third party 
  • Cyber intrusions and related state and international reporting, and PCI compliance

Reported Cases

  • Hydroscience Technologies, Inc. v. Hydroscience, Inc., 401 S.W. 3d 783 (Tex.App.--Dallas May 7, 2013)
  • Taylor v. Acxiom Corp., 612 F.3d 325 (5th Cir. (Tex.) 2010)
  • Eicken v. USAA Federal Savings Bank, 498 F.Supp.2d 954 (S.D.Tex. 2007)
  • Myers v. Alliance for Affordable Health Services, 318 F.Supp.2d 1055 (D.Colo. 2004)
  • In re UICI “Association-Group" Insurance Litigation, 305, F.Supp. 1360 (2004)
  • Huie v. DeShazo, 922 S.W.2d 920 (Tex. 1996)
  • NEPC, Inc. v. MEI, LLC, 2013 WL 3816718, (S.D.Tex. 2013)

Thought Leadership

Media Mentions

Memberships

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Fellow, Texas Bas Foundation
  • Former Director, Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Barrister, The Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2004-2007
  • Former Co-Chair, Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2003-2004
  • Former Vice President And Treasurer, J.L Turner Legal Association, 2003-2004