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William B. Short

William B. Short Jr.

also known as Bill Short

Practice areas:

Litigation, Construction & Development, Business, Arbitration, Real Estate

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About Me

Since 1969, Bill's litigation and transactional practice has primarily involved the construction industry and has focused on representing all phases and members of the construction process, including owners, lenders, contractors, suppliers, specialty contractors, sureties, and design professionals, including the mediation and arbitration of construction disputes, in both public and private projects (commercial, industrial, institutional, residential).


 


Since 1987, Bill has frequently served as an arbitrator and a court-appointed or party-selected mediator in construction and commercial disputes involving delays, contract interpretation, change orders, design defects, negligence and insurance claims, real estate transactions, mechanic’s lien claims, defective plans and specifications, and bond claims (public and private projects).  Bill's experience as an arbitrator includes service as the chair of arbitration panels for construction cases involving millions of
dollars in aggregate claims, as well as probate and employment disputes.


 


Bill has been rated "AV" - the highest designation for expertise and ethics - by his peers through the Martindale Hubbel peer review system every year since 1979 (the first year he was eligible for peer review).

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1969

  1. Construction & Development: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Real Estate: 5%
  5. Arbitration: 5%

Attorney Endorsements

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    Top notch, fantastic attorney who gets good results for his clients. An honor and pleasure to have worked with him.

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    Stephen Hines General Practice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Coats Rose

5420 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Ste 600
Dallas, TX, 75240-6230

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 196905/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2013
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2012
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2012
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Dallas Construction Lawyer of the YearThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2011
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2009
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2008
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2007
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2006
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Leading Attorney in Construction LawChambers & Partners2005
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2005
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1991
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1989
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1988
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1987
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1986
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1985
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1984
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1983
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1982
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1981
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1980
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1979

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
DirectorCoats | Rose, PC2008 - Present
PartnerFord Nassen & Baldwin, PC2006 - 2008
AttorneyWilliam B. Short, Jr., PC2005 - 2006
PartnerShort How & Frels, PC1980 - 2005
PartnerAllen, Knuths, Bracken & Short1969 - 1980

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Dispute Resolution Section CouncilN/A2011 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionChair2009 - 2009
Association of Attorney-Mediators, North Texas ChapterCouncil2009 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionVice Chair2008 - 2008
Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionProgram Chair2007 - 2007
Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionCouncil2007 - 2010
SMU Dedman School of Law, Mediation ClinicVolunteer Co-Mediator / Trainer2007 - 2008
Association of Attorney-Mediators, North Texas ChapterPresident2006 - 2006
Global Collaborative Law CouncilBoard of Directors2006 - 2012
Global Collaborative Law CouncilAdvisory Board2005 - 2005
Association of Attorney-Mediators, North Texas ChapterSecretary2004 - 2005
Texas Mediator Credentialing AssociationCredentialed Advanced Mediator2004 - 2012
Dispute Mediation ServicesPro Bono Mediator & Arbitrator1997 - 2010
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionChair1995 - 1996
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionVice Chair1994 - 1995
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionTreasurer1993 - 1994
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionCouncil1992 - 1993
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law SectionChair1988 - 1988
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionCouncil1988 - 1989
AAA National Roster of Arbitrators & MediatorsN/A1987 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law SectionCouncil1980 - 1982
Dallas Bar Association, Fee Disputes CommitteeChair1978 - 1981
Dallas Bar Association, Ethics CommitteeChair1976 - 1976
Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation SectionN/AN/A
State Bar of Texas, Business Law SectionN/AN/A
State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust SectionN/AN/A
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionN/AN/A
Association of Attorney-Mediators, North Texas ChapterN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Construction CommitteeN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionN/AN/A
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of TexasSustaining MemberN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasCharter Scholar of the Endowment Fund for ProfessionalismN/A
Dallas Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionN/AN/A
Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionN/AN/A
Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate SectionN/AN/A
Dallas Bar Association, Real Property Law SectionN/AN/A
Dallas Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionN/AN/A
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law SectionN/AN/A
Texas Bar FoundationSustaining Life FellowN/A
Texas Center for Legal Ethics and ProfessionalismSustaining MemberN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasFellowN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasHonored Endowment Fund ScholarN/A
Dallas Volunteer Attorney ProgramN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Lindsey H. Whitten, et al. v. Alling & Cory Co., 526 S.W.3d 245 (Tex. App. - Tyler 1975)N/A
Jensen Construction Co. v. Dallas County, 920 S.W.2d 761 (Tex. App. - Dallas 1996)N/A
Geoffrey Young v. Travis Ward, 917 S.W.2d 506 (Tex. App. - Waco 1996)N/A

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas ADR SectionArbitration Roundtable2009
Forensic Expert Witness Association Fall WorkshopUse of Experts in ADR - Mediation and Arbitration2008
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section Basic CourseDispute Resolution Through Litigation and Arbitration, Including the Use of Experts2008
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Construction Law JournalCollaborative Law: It's Here and the Consequences Are, Too2008
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section SeminarConstruction Mediation - Trends and Tips2006
Association of Attorney Mediators, Summer Attorney-Mediator TrainingQuicksand in the Canyon - Mediating Impasse in the Collaborative Process2006
State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Basic CourseOverview of the Construction Industry2005
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section NewsletterResponsibility for Defective Plans and Specifications1999
Dallas Bar AssociationResponsibility for Defective Plans and Specifications1997
University of Texas School of LawInsurance - An Overview for the Construction Process1989
Dallas Bar AssociationMechanics Liens1982

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor1969
Southern Methodist UniversityReal EstateBA - Bachelor of Arts1966

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2013
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2012
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2011
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2010
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2009
Basic Course in Construction LawSpeaker2008
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2008
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2007
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2006
Basic Course in Construction LawSpeaker2005
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2005
Basic Course in Construction LawSpeaker2004
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2004
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2003
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2002
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2001
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer2000
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1999
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1998
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1997
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1996
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1995
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1994
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1993
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1992
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1991
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1990
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1989
Annual Construction Law ConferencePresiding Officer1988