William Lewis Sessions -
Principal - Dallas
Lewis Sessions has 35 years of experience successfully representing businesses and individuals as lead counsel in complex disputes before state and federal trial courts, state and federal appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, and arbitration panels in domestic and international forums. He has extensive experience with a broad spectrum of legal disputes, including: complex commercial matters; residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructural construction; business torts; contracts; corporate and partnership agreements; bankruptcy; oil and gas exploration, production and transport; real estate developments and projects; merchant services and ISO disputes; broker-dealer and securities disputes and litigation; non-compete and employment contract disputes, health care provider disputes, and intellectual property rights enforcement.
Education and Credentials
- Baylor University (J.D., 1978)
- Southwestern University (B.A., 1975)
- Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991 - present
- AV rated, Martindale Hubbell, 1984 - present
Admissions to Practice
- U. S Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- Texas state courts
- Lead trial counsel for domestically dependent Native American tribe in state court lawsuit against its lawyer for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with effort to establish legal tribal casino. Unanimous jury verdict in client's favor.
- Co-lead trial counsel for national chain marine theme amusement park in San Antonio, Texas in defense of 54-plaintiff wrongful termination and invasion of privacy claims arising from a large reduction in force. Obtained “take nothing” judgment in client's favor.
- Lead trial counsel for West Texas oil and gas property developers in federal jury trial involving defense of claim for oil and gas partnership interest. Obtained “take nothing” judgment in clients' favor.
- Lead trial counsel for West Texas oil and gas firm in defense of 26 lawsuits in state and federal court in Texas and Oklahoma involving investor disputes over ownership interests in successful oil field projects, including suit with 100+ parties seeking adjudication of rights to oil and gas field. Cases resolved in bankruptcy plan of reorganization.
- Lead counsel for international construction firm against international gas turbine manufacturer in ICDR arbitration involving delay claims resulting from multiple systemic failures and malfunctions of a 715 MW combined cycle combustion gas turbine and steam turbine power generating plant in Granbury, Texas. Arbitration award in client’s favor, case subsequently settled.
- Co-lead trial counsel for South Texas banking chain in jury trial against construction firm and subcontractors for defective construction of 9-story office building. Obtained verdict in clients' favor.
- Lead trial counsel for largest Native American-owned construction firm in connection with claims and litigation arising from construction of three projects at Shepherd AFB, construction of the Texas A&M University Equinine Center, and academic buildings at the University of Texas at El Paso. Obtained favorable results.
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- San Antonio Bar Association, Director, 1988-1991
- San Antonio Bar Foundation, Co-Founder; Chairman of Board, 1995-1996, Sustaining Fellow
- American Judicature Society, Director (1988-1992); Executive Board (1989-1990)
- Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines, 2004 - 2006, 2012, 2013
- American Inns of Court, Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn, Master (2007 - present)
- American Inns of Court, William S. Sessions Inn, President (1997-1998) Master (1986 - 2005)
Civil Trial Law