In the News

Texas Super Lawyers Features 91 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

Ninety-one Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers have been recognized in the Texas Super Lawyer 2013 award listing. >>

Haynes and Boone Obtains Denial of Class Certification for NFL in Super Bowl Ticket Case

Lawyers from Haynes and Boone, LLP have scored a major victory on behalf of the National Football League, successfully defeating a motion seeking to certify a class action in a lawsuit by Super Bowl XLV ticketholders concerning alleged issues with temporary seating. The firm had earlier obtained dismissal of most of the claims in the case.

The lawsuit had sought in excess of $5 million in damages on behalf of four proposed classes: ticketholders who were denied seats, ticketholders who were delayed in gaining pre-game access to their seats, ticketholders who were relocated to lesser quality seats, and ticketholders who allegedly had obstructed views. The NFL made voluntary reimbursement offers to all ticketholders in the first three groups shortly after the game, and the vast majority accepted. >>

Haynes and Boone Highlighted in Chambers USA 2013

Haynes and Boone, LLP has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013, an annual law firm directory. Chambers highlighted 19 of the firm’s practices along with 51 individual firm lawyers in their rankings.

The firm’s Bankruptcy/ RestructuringFranchising and Intellectual Property practices each earned national rankings. >>

D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” List Includes 16 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

DALLASD Magazine has recognized 16 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers in its “Best Lawyers in Dallas” annual listing. >>

Texas State Bar Honors George W. Bramblett, Jr. with Luther H. Soules III Award

DALLAS – The Texas State Bar Litigation Section has awarded Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner George W. Bramblett, Jr. with the Luther (Luke) H. Soules III Award, which recognizes Texas legal practitioners who demonstrate outstanding professionalism and community impact.

“George is a prime example of the best in lawyering, client service and community service,” said Terry Conner, managing partner. “We can all learn from George as we continue to provide the highest possible client service, and improve our profession and communities.” >>



Recent Publications

Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013

The Haynes and Boone Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013 outlines recent (and upcoming) Supreme Court decisions as well as notable rulings from federal courts of appeal and district courts in the past year that affect private securities litigation, including the areas of class certification, loss causation, scienter, duty to disclose, pleading falsity, preemption, standing and statutes of limitations. The Review also discusses government enforcement cases and trends, and key state law rulings in shareholder derivative and fiduciary litigation. >>



George W. Bramblett Jr.

Partner

Dallas


2323 Victory Avenue
Suite 700
Dallas, Texas 75219
T +1 214.651.5574
F +1 214.200.0374

Areas of Practice

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1966, Captain, National Moot Court Team, Journal of Air Law and Commerce
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1963

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
George W. Bramblett Jr.

George Bramblett is a trial lawyer. He has been involved in high profile, high stakes litigation in Texas. He was selected Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Dallas Bar Association for 2001.

He has had an extensive and diverse trial practice for more than thirty years. He has represented clients in the full range of business, commercial and tort litigation. He also has significant experience in the general area of securities and shareholder litigation.

In 2013, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz appointed Mr. Bramblett to the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC) to screen and recommend to the Senators nominees for vacancies on the federal bench and in U.S. Attorney offices in Texas. In 2009, Mr. Bramblett was selected to receive the Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary's 27th annual Justinian Award honoring dedication to community service. Mr. Bramblett was named one of The Best Lawyers in America in Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; and Securities Law from 2009-2014. He has been in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years. He was named a Texas Super Lawyer each year from 2003 to 2014, and one of the Top 10 lawyers in the state in 2003 and 2004 according to Texas Monthly magazine. He also was named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine each year from 2003 to 2009 and in 2011, 2013.

His engagements include the following:

  • Currently defending the National Football League in putative class action lawsuit alleging claims of breach of contract and fraud against the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys for allegedly not providing prescribed seats to ticketholders at the Super Bowl XLV game. Read more.
  • Representation of trustees of two large trusts in multi-court litigation against allegations of civil RICO violations, claims of mismanagement related to sale of trust-owned corporation and other breach of fiduciary duty claims. Resolved through global settlement of related litigation in federal, state district and probate courts.
  • Dissolved a temporary restraining order to allow an American sports investment company to close a $476 million transaction to acquire a mainline English Premier League football club. Read more.
  • Obtained order to dismiss claims by the son of philanthropist Wendy Reves in a claim that he was defrauded out of a portion of his mother's estate, which included an art collection valued at $400 million and a villa in France. Schroeder claimed that the executor, lawyer and others collectively committed constructive fraud. Mr. Bramblett represented the executor in the case. Read more.
  • Defended major broker-dealer sued in Texas State Court under the Texas Securities Act for selling auction rate securities. Case settled prior to trial in the Fall of 2011. See Amended Petition.
  • Won decision in the Texas Supreme Court for directors of Lancer Corporation in a shareholder derivative suit challenging the Board's approval of a merger and acquisition transaction, setting precedent on shareholder demand requirements under Texas corporate law. In re Schmitz, 285 S.W.3d 451 (Tex. 2009). Read more.
  • Obtained a dismissal on the morning of trial in state district court on behalf of a physician-owned hospital and its executives defending against a doctor who claimed fraud, tortious interference, negligent misrepresentation, and conspiracy.
  • Representation of Exxon in its successful claim for insurance coverage against certain underwriters at Lloyds of London growing out of the Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
  • Prevailed in school finance litigation on behalf of property rich districts in Texas; system was declared unconstitutional; legislature was given deadline to correct constitutional deficiencies; litigation involved a six-week trial and two opinions from the Texas Supreme Court. West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD v. Neeley, 107 S.W.3d 558 (Tex. 2003); 176 S.W.3d 746 (Tex. 2005).
  • Secured temporary injunction for nationwide protection against business disruptions and tortious conduct at annual shareholders meeting and business operations which resulted in a consent judgment against Greenpeace Inc. Exxon Mobil v. Greenpeace, 133 S.W.3d 804 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2004).
  • Representation of Trustees against claims of breach of trust, fiduciary duties by claimed beneficiaries who attempted to block and disrupt transactions by the Trustee.
  • Defended and obtained summary judgment on behalf of major real estate management company of class action seeking over $100 million in damages for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Kondos v. Lincoln Property, 110 S.W.3d 716 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2003).
  • Successful representation of major national law firms in legal malpractice cases involving business and securities matters.
  • Representation of lawyers in a dispute growing out of dissolution of a law firm.
  • Defense of major investment banking firm in securities fraud class action involving Enron Corporation. Regents of the University of California v. Credit Swisse First Boston, Cause. No. 06-20856 (5th Cir. March 19, 2007, cert. pending).
  • Representation of mortgage real estate investment trust that invested in mortgage securities in twenty-four consolidated suits brought as class action alleging federal securities law violations.
  • Successful defense of claims under employee retention plan Biko v. Siemens, __ S.W.3d __ (Tex. App.-Dallas 2007).

Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Texas State Chair)
  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates (President of Dallas Chapter)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Barristers
  • Master and Former President, William Mac Taylor American Inns of Court (112th)

Professional Recognition

  • Recipient of the Distinguished Fiji Award from Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 2014
  • Recipient of the Luther (Luke) H. Soules III Award for Outstanding Service to the Practice of Law, 2013
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers' 2013 Dallas Litigation Lawyer of the Year
  • Distinguished Alumnus of SMU, 2010
  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2009-2014 as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for Litigation: General Commercial
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2013, a Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer - Business Litigation, 2010-2012, and a Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region Super Lawyer - Business Litigation, 2010-2013
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary Justinian Award, 2009
  • Recognized as a Best Business Lawyer in Dallas for Business Litigation, D Magazine, 2009, 2011-2012
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers' 2011 Dallas Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.)
  • Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Award, 2008
  • SMU Law School Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice, 2001
  • Anti-Defamation League, Jurisprudence Award, September 2005
  • Dallas Bar Association: Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2001
  • Hall of Fame, Baylor College of Dentistry, 2003
  • Fall Commencement Speaker, University of North Texas, December 1994

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, The Hillcrest Foundation 2008
  • Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of the Texas College and University System of Texas 1983-1991
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Baylor Oral Health Foundation 1994-
  • Board of Trustees, Southwestern Medical Foundation 1997-
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Alliance for Higher Education, Chair 1999-2000

Selected Representative Experience


Summary Judgment in American Airlines Center Litigation
Obtained complete summary judgment on breach of fiduciary duty claim asserted by companies controlled by Mark Cuban.

Defense of the National Football League in Consumer Class Action
Defeated class certification for the National Football League in lawsuit alleging claims of breach of contract and fraud against the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys for allegedly not providing prescribed seats to ticketholders at the Super Bowl XLV game.

Rouse v. Texas Capital Bank, N.A., 394 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2011, no pet.)
Obtained $7 million summary judgment for client bank on guaranty claim.

Anland North, L.P., Anland North Commercial, L.P., Anland 10, L.P., and Anland South, L.P. v. Center Operating Company; No. 05-12-00128-CV, 2012 WL 2045371 (Tex. App.—Dallas, no pet.) (mem. op.)
Reversed temporary injunction on ground that agreements concerning parking lot rights were not enforceable as a matter of law, after court of appeals' ruling, opponent dismissed its suit.

In re Schmitz, 285 S.W.3d 451 (Tex. 2009)
In a significant victory for businesses that elect to incorporate under the laws of Texas, obtained the first ruling by the Texas Supreme Court on the strict statutory prerequisites for commencing shareholder derivative litigation. Clarified that a shareholder demand letter must provide meaningful notice of a corporation’s supposed wrongdoing.

Frozen Food Express Derivative Litigation
Represented special litigation committee of one of the country's largest temperature-controlled transportation services companies in investigating breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from related-party transactions.

Neeley v. West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District, 176 S.W.3d 746 (Tex. 2005)
Persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to strike down the Texas public school finance system on constitutional grounds; this decision was the culmination of a four- and-a-half year effort, including a previous successful appeal to the Texas Supreme Court and a successful five-week bench trial.

Greenpeace, Inc. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 133 S.W.3d 804 (Tex. App. —Dallas 2004, pet. denied)
Upheld a nationwide temporary injunction preventing illegal and tortious conduct by Greenpeace against ExxonMobil facilities following an unlawful entry by Greenpeace activists at ExxonMobil headquarters.

Kondos v. Lincoln Property Co., 110 S.W.3d 716 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2003, no pet.)
In a case of first impression under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, obtained reversal of an order certifying a class of more than 60,000 members who alleged “junk faxing” by a company that owns apartment complexes.

Bolle, Inc. v. American Greetings Corp., 109 S.W.3d 827 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2003, pet. denied)
Successfully defended a judgment setting aside an agreement on the basis of mutual mistake, in a case challenging the application of a contractual release given in one case to unrelated litigation pending in another state.

West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District v. Alanis, 107 S.W.3d 558 (Tex. 2003)
Obtained a ruling reinstating a constitutional challenge to Texas’ public school finance system, following the lower courts’ dismissal of the case on ripeness grounds.

Intelect, Inc. Securities Litigation
Successfully opposed class certification in an action brought under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against a manufacturer of fiber-optic, multi-service access platform products and video communication products arising out of a restatement of the company’s quarterly financial results. The court denied class certification on the ground that the proposed class representatives were inadequate. Umsted v. Intelect, Inc., 2003 WL 79750 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 7, 2003).

Exxon Corp. v. Lloyds of London, No. 93-40252, (189th Dist. Ct., Harris County, Tex.)
Acted as counsel in charge of legal proceedings (including summary judgments, privilege disputes, removal and remand, and the jury charge) for Exxon Corporation in its suit against Lloyds of London for failure to provide insurance coverage for the grounding of the Valdez; the trial resulted in a judgment for $420 million.

City of Dallas v. Continental Airlines, Inc., 735 S.W.2d 496 (Tex. App. - Dallas 1987, writ denied)
Obtained summary judgment entitling Continental Airlines to fly out of Dallas Love Field and successfully defended that judgment on appeal.

Chapter 11 Representation - ASARCO LLC
Represent Americas Mining Corp., the corporate parent of ASARCO LLC, a copper miner and smelter which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Corpus Christi, Texas with approximately $10 billion in claims. Following Chapter 11 filing, ASARCO filed a fraudulent transfer action against Americas Mining Corp., seeking recovery of several billion dollars. Successfully confirmed parent's plan in three-week contested confirmation hearing resulting in dismissal of all fraudulent transfer claims.

Online Publications

01/28/2014 - Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013
The Haynes and Boone Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013 outlines recent (and upcoming) Supreme Court decisions as well as notable rulings from federal courts of appeal and district courts in the past year that affect private securities litigation, including the areas of class certification, loss causation, scienter, duty to disclose, pleading falsity, preemption, standing and statutes of limitations. The Review also discusses government enforcement cases and trends, and key state law rulings in shareholder derivative and fiduciary litigation.

01/30/2013 - Securities Litigation Year in Review 2012
The Haynes and Boone Securities Litigation Year in Review 2012 outlines Supreme Court decisions and rulings from Circuit and District Courts that affect securities class action cases, including class certification issues.

In 2012, Haynes and Boone’s Securities Class Action Defense and Shareholder Litigation Practice Group defended targets, directors and acquirors in a number of M&A-related suits. Our docket also included class actions arising from initial public offerings, shareholder derivative suits, minority/majority shareholder cases and limited liability company disputes.

02/03/2012 - Securities Litigation Year in Review 2011
The Haynes and Boone Securities Litigation Year in Review 2011 outlines Supreme Court decisions and rulings from Circuit and District Courts that affect securities class action cases, including class certification issues.

05/22/2009 - Haynes and Boone Represents Victorious Directors in Texas Supreme Court Ruling on Shareholder Derivative Suits and Demand Letters
Today the Texas Supreme Court issued a ground-breaking ruling on shareholder derivative suits against Texas corporations. The decision, In re Schmitz, et al., represents the first ruling by the highest court in Texas on the strict statutory prerequisites for commencing shareholder derivative litigation established by the 1997 amendments to the Texas Business Corporations Act (and subsequently incorporated into the more recent Texas Business Organization Code). The Court’s decision represents a significant victory for businesses that elect to incorporate under the laws of Texas. Haynes and Boone, LLP represented the directors of Lancer Corporation, the victorious parties in this case.

07/20/2006 - Analysis of Texas Supreme Court's opinion in Neeley et al. v. West Orange-Cove et al., 176 S.W.3d 74

11/28/2005 - Analysis of Texas Supreme Court’s opinion in Neeley et al. v. West Orange-Cove et al.

03/10/2005 - I Can’t Find This in the *!?#%* PJC! Jury Questions and Instructions That The Business Litigator Needs - But Aren’t In The PJC.
Pattern instructions do not and cannot contain all possible jury questions and instructions a court or practitioner may need in a case. Why not? Reasons vary, including...

01/01/2001 - The Court's Charge