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Sally Dahlstrom

Sally Dahlstrom is a solutions-oriented trial lawyer who counsels clients in complex commercial litigation matters. Sally regularly represents clients in high-stakes 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.

But when litigation is inevitable, Sally is fully prepared to go to trial or arbitration and to fight for a company and its officers. To that end, she recently won a trial victory in a high-stakes franchise case in Texas federal court and has litigated high-stakes cases in federal and state courts across the country.

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  • Successfully trying cases to judgment for organizations involving franchise disputes
  • Representing franchisors in disputes related to breaches of license and franchise agreements
  • Representing franchisors in disputes related to Lanham Act violations
  • Representing international hotel chains in litigation matters for franchised and managed hotels
  • Defending and resolving multiple lawsuits against the prominent founder of a major independent oil and gas company from claims about buyouts of other investors
  • Representing foreign and global corporations in cross-border disputes
  • Representing lenders in various lawsuits involving oil and gas interests
  • Obtaining dismissal of franchisee’s counter-claims and summary judgment on franchisor’s claims on behalf of national franchisor resulting in complete franchisor victory in federal court, including award of attorneys’ fees
  • Dallas Bar Association, Franchise Law and Distribution Section, Secretary (2020-2022)
  • 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
  • Ronald McDonald House Young Friends of Dallas
  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022-2023
  • "Ethics of Joint Representation of the Franchisor, the Franchisee, and Their Officers, Employees, and Affiliates," co-author, International Franchise Association, 54th Annual Legal Symposium, May 15 - 17, 2022.
  • "Why Can’t We be Friends - Civility in the Court Room and at the Negotiation Table," co-author, American Bar Association, 44th Annual Forum on Franchising, October 13-15, 2021.
  • “Franchise Law,” co-author, SMU Annual Texas Survey, Volume 7, Fall 2021.
  • “Hot Topics in Franchise Law – Year in Review,” presenter, webinar, December 15, 2020.
  • "W-7 The Evolution of Litigating Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claims," co-author, American Bar Association, 43rd Annual Forum on Franchising, October 27-30, 2020.
  • “Franchise Law,” co-author, SMU Annual Texas Survey, Volume 6, Fall 2020.
  • "Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19," co-author, Franchising.com, September 15, 2020. 
  • “Franchise Law,” co-author, SMU Annual Texas Survey, Volume 5, Fall 2019.
  • “Franchise Law,” co-author, SMU Annual Texas Survey, Volume 4, Fall 2018.
  • “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.

Education

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

Clerkships

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

Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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

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

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

Press Release
American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Recognizes Sally Dahlstrom as Future Leader
November 04, 2022

Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Sally Dahlstrom this week received the Future Leader Award from the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising during the group’s 45th annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. The Forum on Franchising is the preeminent forum for the study and discussion of the legal aspects of franchising. Its goals include enhancing the professional growth of forum members and promo [...]