Carrie Huff

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1988, cum laude; Notes and Comments Editor, The Journal of Air Law & Commerce; Order of the Coif; The Barristers

B.S., Business Administration (Accounting), Drake University, 1985, summa cum laude

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, United States District Judge, Northern District of Texas, 1988-89

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Profile

Carrie Huff has practiced more than 25 years at Haynes and Boone representing clients in complex commercial litigation. Carrie has extensive experience in securities and shareholder litigation, class actions, fiduciary disputes and professional ethics/liability of lawyers.

Carrie frequently represents corporations and their officers and directors in defending shareholder derivative suits and securities class actions. Carrie also has defended class actions involving a variety of claims such as alleged breach of contract, negligence and statutory violations. In addition, Carrie has defended trustees against claims alleging breach of fiduciary duties and other claims of trust management. For example, Carrie has successfully represented the trustees of two large Texas family trusts in multi-court litigation against allegations of mismanagement, breaches of fiduciary duty and civil RICO violations related to the sale of a trust-owned corporation. This frequent headline-grabbing family dispute was resolved through a global settlement of related litigation in federal, state district and probate courts.

Carrie also has represented lawyers and law firms in malpractice suits and disqualification proceedings. Carrie advises outside and in-house counsel regarding ethical issues such as conflicts of interest, attorney-client privilege and the unauthorized practice of law. Carrie has earned the respect of her peers in the area of attorney ethics and serves as an Assistant General Counsel of the firm. Carrie also is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory

In addition to practicing law, Carrie is active in the legal profession and the community. Carrie frequently speaks and writes on topics relating to securities issues, corporate governance, attorney-client privilege and ethics. Carrie has served many years on the Council for the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section.  As an avid arts supporter, Carrie also enjoys serving on the Board of the Dallas Winds.

Year in Review

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW – CLASS ACTION LITIGATION

The inaugural Class Action Litigation Year in Review focuses on key federal court decisions issued this year on class action issues. It does not attempt to catalogue every case, but rather, the focus is on a big picture overview of key cases and trends on issues that cut across all types of class actions.

Selected Client Representations

  • Defense of Merger and Acquisition Litigation.

    Representation of Adams Golf and its board of directors in shareholder class action suit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with board approval of acquisition by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Resolved by disclosure settlement.

    Representation of independent directors of Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. in multiple suits arising from the company's announced acquisition. Played a significant role in defeating the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction to halt the transaction and in obtaining the subsequent voluntary dismissal of all actions.
  • Attorney Disqualification. Assisted the appellate team in affirming an order disqualifying opposing counsel. In re RSR Corporation, 405 S.W.3d 265 (Dallas Court of Appeals 2013).
  • Defense of Trust Fiduciary Litigation. 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.
  • Defense of Auction Rate Securities Suit. Defended a major broker-dealer firm sued in Texas state court under the Texas Securities Act for selling auction rate securities. The case was settled before trial.
  • Defense of Oil and Gas Accounting Class Action. Defended oil and gas companies in a class action lawsuit brought by royalty and working interest owners challenging the accounting for oil and gas severance taxes in Texas. Obtained favorable settlements for each client before a hearing on class certification.
  • Dismissal of Red-Light Camera Class Action. Defended red-light camera company in federal class action challenging failure to obtain Texas private investigator license, alleging negligence per se, and seeking monetary and injunctive relief. Obtained dismissal of the suit that was affirmed on appeal. Bell v. American Traffic Solutions, Inc., No. 09-10722, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 6001 (5th Cir. Mar. 23, 2010).
  • Defense of Accounting Restatement Case. Obtained dismissal and denial of class certification for a large pump manufacturer in a federal securities suit alleging accounting misstatements and false earnings projections, which was remanded for further proceedings after appeal and then settled.
  • Dismissal of Securities Class Action. Obtained dismissal of a putative securities class action against a company that provides wireless communications services, its chief executive officer, its chief financial officer and two outside directors alleging misrepresentations and omissions regarding the company's subscriber numbers and their effect on accounts receivable and revenue. In re Alamosa Holdings, Inc. Sec. Litig., 382 F. Supp 832 (N.D. Tex. 2005). As a result of the dismissal of the federal securities action, the plaintiffs in a related shareholder derivative case voluntarily dismissed their claims. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Bar Association 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Texas Bar Foundation 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Council, State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section

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