Results & News

Since the founding of our firm in 1994, we have achieved an enviable record of success in notable cases across the country. The following verdicts and decisions offer a representative summary of recent cases in which the firm obtained favorable results for our clients. Each case we handle involves a variety of unique factors, and the verdicts and decisions presented here do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

Recent Verdicts & Decisions

HDBD Attorneys Darrell Barger, Staci Vetterling Secure Defense Verdict in $200 Million Construction/Wrongful Death Jury Trial

MAVERICK COUNTY, TXDarrell Barger and Staci Vetterling, along with co-counsel from Thompson Coe and Langley & Banack, obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a firm client, one of the largest heavy civil contractors in the country and fastest-growing road builders in Texas, in a road construction zone case. Mr. Barger is a partner in the firm’s Corpus Christi and Houston offices and Mrs. Vetterling is Of Counsel in the Houston office.

This lawsuit stems from a catastrophic, multiple-fatality automobile accident which occurred in October 2014 near the southern terminus of Highway 277 in South Texas. The roadway was under construction, and traffic was stopped. A truck driver, another co-defendant in the case, crashed his tractor trailer into the stationary traffic at a high rate of speed, resulting in a multiple-vehicle pileup and three fatalities.

Plaintiffs alleged that our client, hired by the Texas Department of Transportation to widen Highway 277, negligently executed the traffic control plan. In addition, Plaintiffs claimed gross negligence, arguing that the alleged deviations in the traffic control plan were the result of an attempt to make up time on the delayed project. After an 11-day trial, the jury found that our client was in compliance with TxDOT’s Traffic Control Plan, assigning 0% liability to our client and total liability on the truck driver co-defendant.

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Supreme Court of Texas Sides With HDBD Attorneys in ‘Latent Injury’ Suit

In a case that reached the Texas Supreme Court, HDBD partners Michael Terry and J. Reid Simpson, of the firm’s Corpus Christi office, secured a successful verdict on behalf of the firm’s client, the world’s largest oilfield services company. As reported by Law360, the Supreme Court of Texas shot down claims against the firm’s client by a man who says he developed skin cancer from exposure to chemicals at a well site, ruling the trial court correctly found the claims had been filed too late and that an appellate court was wrong to try to revive them.



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HDBD Attorneys Persuade Texas Court of Appeals to Send Civil Damage Claims to Arbitration

Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer attorneys Brian Rawson, Stephanie Roark, and Roy McKay successfully petitioned on appeal for civil damage claims against the firm’s client, a publicly-traded hospitality company, to be moved to arbitration. Arguing to Texas’ Fifth Court of Appeals, HDBD attorneys moved to compel arbitration citing a provision in a lease agreement the plaintiff signed stating that any dispute arising from “working at the [establishment]” would be decided by binding arbitration. Although a trial court originally denied the motion to compel arbitration, a three-judge panel on the Texas Court of Appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision.

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Current News

HDBD Elects Tyler Stuart and Clayton Callen to Partnership, Larry Grayson Elected to Managing Partner


Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Dallas attorneys Clayton Callen and Tyler Stuart to partners in the firm, effective immediately.

“Tyler and Clayton have both exhibited the kind of judgment, work ethic and trial skills we want in our partners,” said managing partner Larry Grayson. “Their promotion to partnership is well-deserved and strengthens our firm.”

Tyler Stuart’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, automotive and equipment product liability, personal injury defense, contracts, warranty, fraud and deceptive trade practices. Before joining the firm in 2015, Tyler gained significant litigation experience at a notable firm in Dallas assisting in all areas of the firm’s commercial and personal injury litigation practice. During that time, Tyler served as lead associate on a case involving a dispute over natural gas rights and received a jury verdict of $38 million for the client.

Tyler earned his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. from Baylor University in 2003.

Clayton Callen focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation and political law. He has litigated a wide range of cases in state and federal courts across the country. This includes extensive litigation experience in cases involving complex commercial matters, products liability, constitutional law, election law, and “whistle-blower” claims under the False Claims Act, at both the trial court and appellate court levels. Additionally, Clayton serves as part of the national trial team for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, implementing strategies for and managing litigation pending nationwide. Clayton has been recognized among Super Lawyers® “Texas Rising Stars” by Thompson Reuters five times since 2012.

Clayton earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Southwest Baptist University.

Additionally, the partnership has elected Larry Grayson to serve as Managing Partner of the firm’s four offices.  In addition to being one of the seven founding partners of the firm, Larry served as the firm’s first Managing Partner from 1994 to 2011.

Larry Grayson has represented clients throughout the State of Texas in a variety of cases, including wrongful death suits, insurance coverage and commercial disputes, product liability suits, dram shop litigation, wrongful termination and employment claims, as well as general negligence actions. Along with representing automotive, truck and heavy-duty equipment manufacturers, Larry has obtained successful outcomes for various retailers and suppliers in a wide range of industries. He has also served on defense steering committees in mass tort litigation. In addition to maintaining an active trial practice, Larry serves as the firm managing partner, a position he previously held for almost a decade after founding the firm.

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Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP Receives Tier 1 Ranking on 2019 Edition of U.S. News—Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List


Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP is pleased to announce it has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms” published by U.S. News—Best Lawyers®. This makes the 9th consecutive year that HDBD has been awarded a Tier 1 ranking – every year since the inception of the publication. Firms selected for this list are recognized for their professional excellence, based on ratings from clients and other lawyers. In addition to our Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation in both Dallas and Corpus Christi, the firm has also been recognized for several other top-tier practices across all offices. See below for the full rankings.

  • Metropolitan Tier 1
    • Corpus Christi
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Dallas/Fort Worth
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Metropolitan Tier 2
    • Corpus Christi
      • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
    • Houston
      • Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3
    • Corpus Christi
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
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Several HDBD Partners Again Included in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America©; Corpus Christi Office Receives “Top-Listed” Award


The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., has selected eight Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP attorneys for inclusion in their 2019 edition. Furthermore, the firm’s Corpus Christi office received Best Lawyers‘ “Top-Listed” award for Personal Injury Defense Litigation. This special designation is granted to the firm with the most Best Lawyers listed in a particular metroplex.

 HDBD congratulates its listed Best Lawyers in America:

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