Construction Law

Construction defects

Foundation issues

Labor & Employment Law

Employment agreements and disputes

Employment discrimination

Covenants not
to compete

Trial Techniques

Jury Selection

Trial Strategies
and Tactics

Toxic Tort Litigation


Hydraulic fracturing


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A trial lawyer for more than 36 years, Darrell is a partner in the firm's Corpus Christi office. His accomplishments as a trial lawyer have been recognized by his peers, who have elected him as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been selected for the Texas Super Lawyers list for ten consecutive years, and was honored by Best Lawyers as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Corpus Christi. Darrell qualified as one of the five Personal-Injury finalists for the 2012 Go-To-Guide, published by Texas Lawyer. He is available to present on a variety of trial-technique topics.

Angela’s practice focuses on insurance and coverage matters. She is available to present on insurance law topics, including coverage disputes, general negligence and commercial claims.

Richard has been litigating cases for more than 30 years, primarily defending personal injury cases, including products liability, premises liability, professional liability, and toxic torts. He has served as an instructor for a number of State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education courses. He is available to present on litigation skills as well as numerous practice-specific topics.

A founding partner of the firm, Kyle has served as lead trial counsel in virtually every state, and has successfully tried many complex cases over the course of his 28 year legal career. He is a nationally respected authority in the field of trial law, and a frequent presenter on a variety of trial-related subjects, skills and strategies. He has served as adjunct professor at Baylor Law School and was selected for the faculty of the International Association of Defense Counsel 2012 Trial Academy.

Larry is a partner at HDBD with more than thirty years of trial experience. He serves on the Products Liability Law Webinar Advisory Board for Strafford. One of his recent webinar presentations is entitled:

  • Product Liability Recalls on the Rise: Legal Strategies—Preparing for Recalls, Defending Litigation and Leveraging Case Developments

He presented at the ACI’s 5th Annual Automotive Product Liability Litigation Conference:

  • Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Navigation/Other Electronic Devices and Beyond: How Defense Counsel Can Use the Distracted Driver Defense as a Shield in Products Cases

Larry's other presentations have included:

  • Crashworthiness: Defending Against Plaintiff Claims Relating to Automotive Design
  • Simplifying Critical Issues for the Jury
  • A Focus on Accident Reconstruction

Larry is available to speak about trial strategies and techniques, automotive product liability, deceptive trade practices and warranty litigation, and toxic torts.

Wendy is an experienced trial attorney who has defended against a number of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful-death claims, as well as toxic-exposure cases. She is also called on for crisis-management services and to advise on policy directives and national product recall campaigns. Wendy is a member of the National Center for State Courts Lawyers' Committee. She has presented at the Texas State Bar – Bar Leader Conference and other programs, in addition to presentations for the Product Liability Advisory Council and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Jeff is the Managing Partner of the firm, and he is available to speak about patent litigation, product liability, fire and casualty, and employment litigation. He recently presented at the ACI Fire and Casualty Claims and Litigation Conference:

  • National Fire Protection Association’s 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

He is also an instructor of CLE courses, including:

  • Specializing in the Art of Voir Dire
  • The Preparation of Foreign and Domestic Corporate Representatives
  • The Ethics and Efficiencies of Time-keeping

Marshall practices Construction Law, and has presented a variety of continuing legal-education programs on construction related topics. He is on the Board of the Foundation Performance Association and has in-depth knowledge of building foundation issues and the legal challenges associated with foundation defect claims.

Adrienne's practice focuses on litigation, transactional, and compliance matters involving business and commercial law, automotive and equipment product liability, personal injury defense, contracts, warranty, fraud, deceptive trade practices, intellectual property, and copyright and trademark registration.

Mike is a highly experienced trial attorney, most well-known for his defense of asbestos cases. He recently presented as a panelist at Masters of the Courtroom: Elite Trial Attorneys Share Their Methods. He is available to present on topics such as Toxic Tort Litigation and advanced trial techniques.



April 3-5, 2013

ABA 2013 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Conference, Phoenix, Arizona [expand/collapse]

This program will feature leading figures from industry, in-house counsel, and trial and appellate lawyers covering the issues that are on the cutting edge of what is happening in both the industry and the courtroom. Among the faculty are top notch trial lawyers from throughout the country, along with senior in-house counsel for manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, General Motors, Toyota, Chrysler, Magna, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Isuzu, Navistar, Polaris Industries, Kawasaki, TRW, Continental Tire, and Meritor. Larry Grayson will be speaking about the developing legal issues in the world of automotive products liability. Kyle Dreyer is a co-moderator for the presentation "Bridging the Divide: Plaintiff and defense counsel ethics, civility, and mediation summit."

April 30-May 1, 2013

ACI: Controlling Litgiation Costs, Chicago, Illinois [expand/collapse]

This forum is designed to help firms get more value from their clients on litigation matters and how to keep existing corporate clients while staying at their top of their "go to" list. Kyle Dreyer was invited to speak for the presentation "Value Based Fee Structures and Alternative Fee Arrangements as Litigation Cost Control Initiatives: Implementing Proven Alternatives to the Billable Hour and How These Alternatives Can Be Used to Reduce Spend and Improve Quality in a Class of Cases Despite Skepticism About Their Workability."

June 6-7, 2013

ACI: Automotive Production Liability Litigation, Chicago, Illinois

This is the American Conference Institute's 6th installment of the essential summit that shapes the future of products liability strategies for leading litigators and in-house counsel in the automotive industry. Larry Grayson was invited to give a presentation on "Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Navigation/Other Electronic Devices and Beyond: How Defense Counsel Can Use the Distracted Driver Defense as a Shield in Products Cases and New Liability Theories Being Advanced."

October 23-24, 2014

38th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, Austin, Texas

Adrienne Russell gave a presentation entitled "Litigation Hold Letters." How to draft them, why we have them, and litigation over them.