Sally Dahlstrom



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Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2014, with honors; American Indian Law Review, Note and Comment Editor; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Board of Advocates

B.S., Strategic Communication, Texas Christian University, 2011, cum laude

  • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Court No.1, Summer 2010 and Summer 2011



Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico


Sally Dahlstrom is a solutions-oriented trial lawyer who counsels clients in complex commercial litigation matters. Sally regularly represents clients in multimillion-dollar lawsuits in state and federal courts and arbitrations across the country.

She has handled disputes on a variety of topics ranging from franchise and distribution networks, oil and gas transactions, trademark infringement, trade secrets, contracts, fraud, defamation, business disparagement, and disputes about the sale of major businesses. Sally’s diverse group of clients include major hotels, restaurant groups, food and beverage franchisors and distributors, major oil and gas companies and privately-owned independents, and media/entertainment groups.

In her franchise practice, Sally routinely defends claims by individual franchisees, under franchise statutes, for rescission, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, misrepresentation and interference, enforcing terminations, and bankruptcy litigation. Sally has particular experience in the area of injunctions, especially regarding trademark infringement and enforcement of restrictive covenants against franchisees, dealers, distributors, or licensees.

In her oil and gas practice, Sally represents major oil and gas companies and privately-owned independents in a wide range of matters including cases arising under operating agreements, lease and trespass disputes, royalty litigation, and complex title disputes. Sally also provides pre-litigation counsel to her oil and gas clients, and advises on litigation risk for oil and gas transactions. Additionally, during her time in the legal group of a large public oil and gas company, Sally gained not only subject-matter experience, but unique insight into in-house counsel and business concerns, making her a more effective advocate for her clients.

Sally takes a common-sense, business-oriented approach to each case whether it requires a strongly-negotiated settlement, or the aggressive defense or prosecution of her client’s claims. An accomplished litigator, Sally realizes that the best result – an early victory – is often obtained through motion practice. For example, she recently won complete dismissal of a breach of contract and fraud suit against a major hotel franchisor and obtained summary judgment against sellers of a business to a major work wear manufacturing company for fraud which was then mutually settled.

When not serving her clients, Sally is dedicated to serving her community. Sally stays active in local college and alumni groups and enjoys her membership in several bar associations.

Year in Review

Media and Entertainment Law - Year in review

Media and Entertainment Law

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Haynes and Boone Media and Entertainment Law Year in Review. The Media and Entertainment Practice Group of Haynes and Boone represents a broad range of clients in all facets of media and entertainment, intellectual property, open government and First Amendment litigation, counseling and legislative matters. We are proud to provide a summary of our accomplishments and activities in 2019, and to highlight some of the trends impacting the media and entertainment industry.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (current)
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Programming Committee (2018-2020)
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division and ABA Forum on Franchising
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association, Franchise Law and Distribution Section, Secretary (2020)
  • Ronald McDonald House Young Friends of Dallas

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19," co-author,, September 15, 2020. 
  • “Franchise Law,” co-author, SMU Annual Texas Survey, Volume 3, Fall 2017.
  • "Fifth Circuit Update," co-author, Appellate Advocate (State Bar of Texas Appellate Section), Spring 2017.
  • “Fifth Circuit Update,” co-author, Appellate Advocate (State Bar of Texas Appellate Section), Winter 2017.
  • “Franchise Law,” co-author, SMU Annual Texas Survey – Volume 2, Fall 2016.
  • “Trademark Infringement Claims in Keyword Advertising,” co-author, Franchise Law Journal Vol. 36, No.1, Summer 2016.
  • "Fifth Circuit Update," co-author, Appellate Advocate, (State Bar of Texas Appellate Section), Spring 2016.
  • "Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update,"co-author, Appellate Advocate (State Bar of Texas Appellate Section), Fall/Winter 2016.
  • “May I See Your ID? How Voter Identification Laws Disenfranchise Native Americans’ Fundamental Right To Vote,” Comment, 37 Am. Indian L. Rev. 597, 2013.

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