About Us

“Big Ships Turn Slowly”

HDBD’s story begins in 1994, with seven lawyers in a big city law firm. They could see the legal industry was changing. They knew they needed to evolve with it, and adapt quickly to their clients’ needs. But management at the Big Firm resisted, saying, “Well, you know, big ships turn slowly.”

So they set out on their own. Their goal: to create a smaller firm, full of sharp and talented lawyers willing to take on any case, and dedicated to serving their clients’ interests. Over the years, the firm has nurtured its growth selectively, bringing in talented attorneys from top regional and international law firms, and graduates of top law schools. Today, HDBD has over 80 attorneys and offices in Dallas, Houston, and Corpus Christi. While the firm has its roots in Texas, it is known for its litigation prowess in high-profile cases nationwide.

HDBD’s founders are proud of their success in rejecting outdated approaches and attitudes, and embracing a smarter, more efficient approach to the practice of law. And they have not forgotten their origins. Big firms, like big ships, turn slowly. At HDBD, we’re different.

“We’re not litigators. We’re trial lawyers. There’s a difference.”

At HDBD we have many speakers who are available to book for presentations on their area of expertise. Our speakers have expertise in a range of topics such as Construction Law, Labor and Employment Law, Trial Techniques and Toxic Tort Litigation.

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Our Speakers

  • Darrell L. Barger

    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 is available to present on a variety of trial-technique topics.

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  • Richard Crews

    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.

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  • Kyle Dreyer

    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 30+ 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.

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  • Larry Grayson

    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:

    Larry's other presentations have included:

    • 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
    • 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.

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  • Wendy May

    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.

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  • Jeff Patterson

    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
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  • Marshall Rosenberg

    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.

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  • Mike Terry

    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.

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  • Adrienne Russell

    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.

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