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William J. Dyer

William J. Dyer

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Litigation, Personal Injury, Appeals, Libel & Slander… more 

About Me

With blue-chip law school credentials and a Fifth Circuit judicial clerkship under my belt, I spent the first half of my career to date practicing at large national law firms representing primarily Fortune 500 clients. Since then, I've practiced alone or in small firms, typically representing smaller companies and sometimes individuals.


 


I'm proud to have been the "first-chair" or lead lawyer in almost three dozen trials on the merits — including over 25 jury trials — in the state and federal courts. Those cases have had amounts in controversy ranging from just $200 to well over $200 million.


 


Indeed, two of the first-chair lawsuits I've tried to a conclusion were "bet the company" cases for publicly traded corporate clients — meaning if I'd lost, those companies would have closed their doors, laid off all their officers and employees, and liquidated all their assets at fire-sale prices.


 


I've also been among counsel of record — sitting in something other than a "first-chair" role, but learning my craft from some very good lawyers — in more than a dozen additional trials on the merits (including ten more jury trials).


 


Additionally, I've been lead counsel or among counsel of record in more than a dozen additional injunction or other contested evidentiary hearings. I've participated in eight contested corporate takeovers. And I've been lead appellate counsel, or had major roles in, more than a dozen appeals. (Note: the total number of cases I've listed above is a very, very rough estimate; it would be more accurate simply to say "many hundreds" if I were only counting cases in which I've had some significant involvement, or "more than a thousand" if I were counting all cases with which I've had even minor involvement.)


 


Larger cases handled by senior lawyers tend go to trial only very rarely, and as much as I enjoy going to trial, circumstances just don't permit me to try as many cases now as I did when I was a young pup. But I manage to keep the rust knocked off: Since 2005, I've tried eight cases, including four first-chair jury trials that went to verdict.


 


PERSONAL INFO: I was born on November 27, 1957, and reared in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas — a small town about an hour's drive south of Lubbock in the Texas Panhandle. Since 1980, when I finished up with college and law school in Austin, I've been a proud Houstonian.


 


I'm divorced with four fabulous, bright, healthy kids — two boys and two girls, ages 26 to 19. When not plotting fiendish cross-examinations or bragging about my court triumphs, I'm a fan of online computer games; I read (mostly history and fiction); and I play the trumpet (not too badly) and the piano (not so well).


 


I'm also the sole author and perpetrator of BeldarBlog — "the online journal of a crusty, long-winded trial lawyer, bemused observer of politics, and internet dilettante." It reflects my personal politics, which are generally irrelevant to my law practice. It also reflects my views on laws, lawyers, and lawyering, and it serves as a repository for many of my "trial lawyer war stories."


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Litigation: 25%
    35 years, 600 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    35 years, 600 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    35 years, 600 cases
  4. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 5%
    35 years, 600 cases
  5. Other: 30%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($1-500/hour), Contingent (1-99%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (120 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Grant Matthew Scheiner

    Bill Dyer is a ferocious trial lawyer with a razor-sharp intellect. His ability to immerse himself in the micro-details of a case is one of Bill's greatest strengths. I have often told colleagues that if I were putting together a "dream team" of civil litigators, Bill would be my first selection.

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    Grant Scheiner Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I have worked with Mr. Dyer on many cases. His courtroom, legal analysis, advocacy and writing skills are superior. I place him in the top 5 lawyers I've ever known in any practice area.

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    Michael Floreani Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of William J. Dyer

1800 St. James Place, Suite 105
Houston, TX, 77056-4109

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198005/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board Certified - Civil TrialTexas Board of Legal Specialization2010
Outstanding ParticipantNational Institute for Trial Advocacy, National Session1985
Chancellor (top 16 students)Chancellors Society, Texas Law School1980
Member (top 10% of class)Order of the Coif, Texas Law School1980
American Jurisprudence Award in Advanced Constitutional LawWest Publishing Co.1979
American Jurisprudence Award in Business AssociationsWest Publishing Co.1978
American Jurisprudence Award in TortsWest Publishing Co.1978
Special Honors in Plan IIPlan II Interdisciplinary Honors Program1977
Outstanding Student AwardCactus (UT-Austin Yearbook)1977

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of William J. Dyer2006 - Present
Of CounselBroemer & Associates2005 - 2006
Of CounselWeisblatt & Associates2002 - 2005
PrincipalLaw Office of William J. Dyer2001 - 2002
Of CounselStrong, Pipkin, Bissell & Ledyard1999 - 2001
PrincipalLaw Office of William J. Dyer1993 - 1999
ShareholderThompson & Knight1992 - 1993
PartnerWeil Gotshal & Manges1989 - 1991
AssociateWeil Gotshal & Manges1988 - 1988
AssociateBaker Botts1981 - 1987
Law ClerkJudge Carolyn D. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit1980 - 1981
Summer AssociateSullivan & Cromwell1980 - 1980
Summer AssociateThompson & Knight1979 - 1979
Summer AssociateBaker Botts1979 - 1979
Summer AssociateGraves, Dougherty, Hearon, Moody & Garwood1978 - 1978

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate SpecialistsMember2012 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2009 - Present
Bar of the United States Supreme CourtMember1991 - Present
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of TexasMember1988 - Present
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of TexasMember1988 - Present
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of TexasMember1988 - Present
HBA Litigation SectionMember1981 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitMember1980 - Present
Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of TexasMember1980 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1980 - Present
Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitMember1980 - Present
Texas Law ReviewBook Review Editor, Member1978 - 1980
Phi Kappa PhiMember1977 - 1977
Phi Beta KappaMember1977 - 1977
Longhorn BandTrumpet Section Leader, Member1975 - 1979

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Greyhound Lines, Inc. v. NLRB (In re Eagle Bus Mfg. Co.)Defeated NLRB & Greyhound's Union on $200M+ claims
Galperti Inc. v. Galperti S.r.A. & Allied Fitting LPWon injunction hearing, leading to quick dismissal
FETA v. Millicom Incorporated & Vodafone PLCComplete defense verdict after six-week jury trial

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas Law ReviewNote, Community Property Rights and the Business Partnership1979

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD with High Honors (top 5%)1980
University of Texas at AustinPlan II Interdisciplinary Honors ProgramBA with High Honors1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
South Texas College of Law's Texas Insurance Law Symposium - HoustonInsurance-Generated Ethical Concerns in Civil Litigation2009
South Texas College of Law's "Just Ethics" CLE Luncheon Series - HoustonInsurance-Generated Ethical Concerns in Civil Litigation2009
South Texas College of Law's Third Annual Seminar on Advanced Business Litigation - HoustonThe Tactical Use – and Misuse – of Motions to Disqualify1990
South Texas College of Law's Third Annual Seminar on Advanced Business Litigation - DallasThe Tactical Use – and Misuse – of Motions to Disqualify1989