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."
Hourly ($1-500/hour), contingent (1-99%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (120 minutes), Pro bono (10%)
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1980||09/22/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Civil Trial||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2010|
|Outstanding Participant||National Institute for Trial Advocacy, National Session||1985|
|Chancellor (top 16 students)||Chancellors Society, Texas Law School||1980|
|Member (top 10% of class)||Order of the Coif, Texas Law School||1980|
|American Jurisprudence Award in Advanced Constitutional Law||West Publishing Co.||1979|
|American Jurisprudence Award in Business Associations||West Publishing Co.||1978|
|American Jurisprudence Award in Torts||West Publishing Co.||1978|
|Special Honors in Plan II||Plan II Interdisciplinary Honors Program||1977|
|Outstanding Student Award||Cactus (UT-Austin Yearbook)||1977|
|Principal||Law Office of William J. Dyer||2006 - Present|
|Of Counsel||Broemer & Associates||2005 - 2006|
|Of Counsel||Weisblatt & Associates||2002 - 2005|
|Principal||Law Office of William J. Dyer||2001 - 2002|
|Of Counsel||Strong, Pipkin, Bissell & Ledyard||1999 - 2001|
|Principal||Law Office of William J. Dyer||1993 - 1999|
|Shareholder||Thompson & Knight||1992 - 1993|
|Partner||Weil Gotshal & Manges||1989 - 1991|
|Associate||Weil Gotshal & Manges||1988 - 1988|
|Associate||Baker Botts||1981 - 1987|
|Law Clerk||Judge Carolyn D. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit||1980 - 1981|
|Summer Associate||Sullivan & Cromwell||1980 - 1980|
|Summer Associate||Thompson & Knight||1979 - 1979|
|Summer Associate||Baker Botts||1979 - 1979|
|Summer Associate||Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, Moody & Garwood||1978 - 1978|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists||Member||2012 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||2009 - Present|
|Bar of the United States Supreme Court||Member||1991 - Present|
|Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas||Member||1988 - Present|
|Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas||Member||1988 - Present|
|Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas||Member||1988 - Present|
|HBA Litigation Section||Member||1981 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||1981 - Present|
|Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit||Member||1980 - Present|
|Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas||Member||1980 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1980 - Present|
|Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit||Member||1980 - Present|
|Texas Law Review||Book Review Editor, Member||1978 - 1980|
|Phi Kappa Phi||Member||1977 - 1977|
|Phi Beta Kappa||Member||1977 - 1977|
|Longhorn Band||Trumpet Section Leader, Member||1975 - 1979|
|ONCA Petroleum Development v. PPI Technology Services||Secured defense verdict after jury trial|
|Galperti Inc. v. Galperti S.r.A. & Allied Fitting LP||Won injunction hearing, leading to quick dismissal|
|Southeast Keller Corp. v. Francotyp-Postalia||Secured excellent confidential settlement|
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|Texas Law Review||Note, Community Property Rights and the Business Partnership||1979|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD with High Honors (top 5%)||1980|
|University of Texas System, Austin||Plan II Interdisciplinary Honors Program||Other - Bachelors||1977|
|South Texas College of Law's Texas Insurance Law Symposium - Houston||Insurance-Generated Ethical Concerns in Civil Litigation||2009|
|South Texas College of Law's "Just Ethics" CLE Luncheon Series - Houston||Insurance-Generated Ethical Concerns in Civil Litigation||2009|
|South Texas College of Law's Third Annual Seminar on Advanced Business Litigation - Houston||The Tactical Use – and Misuse – of Motions to Disqualify||1990|
|South Texas College of Law's Third Annual Seminar on Advanced Business Litigation - Dallas||The Tactical Use – and Misuse – of Motions to Disqualify||1989|