Thad Behrens is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Thad specializes in navigating clients through a major business crisis. When the stakes are highest, the pressure is great and the public spotlight shines bright, clients turn to Thad to calm the waters and chart the path to the best possible outcome. He is valued by his clients not only for his outstanding courtroom skills and creative strategic thinking, but also for his clear-eyed judgment and exceptional “bedside manner.” He considers it his job to shoulder the burdens and worries associated with big litigation so his clients can focus on their business.
As Chair of the firm’s national Class Action Defense Practice Group, Thad has scored major class action victories for some of the most recognizable companies in the United States. For example, Thad recently led the firm’s successful defense of the National Football League in a consumer class action brought by ticketholders to Super Bowl XLV—first obtaining a denial of class certification and then winning the subsequent federal jury trial against the remaining individual plaintiffs. Prior to that, Thad led BP Products North America, Inc. to victory by defeating class certification in a $10 billion environmental class action brought by property owners who claimed to have been harmed by alleged air emissions from one of the company’s oil refineries. Following the denial of class certification, the individual plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims.
In his more than 18 years of practice, Thad has also developed particular expertise in all forms of shareholder and securities litigation. He has successfully represented companies, boards of directors and executives in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative cases, M&A litigation, tender offer litigation and proxy contest lawsuits. Thad has amassed an impressive record of winning such cases at early stages, including through dismissals and denials of class certification.
Outside of the office, Thad is a recognized leader in the community. He is a former president of the Dallas Federal Bar Association, a current member of the board of the Dallas Education Foundation, an alumnus of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s famed Leadership Dallas program and a former barrister with the esteemed Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court. He has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2015 and D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" for Class Action, 2016.