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

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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HDBD Attorneys Score Major Jury Trial Victory in High-Stakes Commercial Litigation Case

Harris County, TX  – Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer attorneys Jeff Patterson, Clayton Callen, and Tyler Stuart, serving as lead defense counsel, secured a complete defense verdict last week in favor of Navistar, Inc., a heavy-duty truck and engine manufacturer and Texas Trucks, an authorized Navistar dealer, in a seven-day jury trial involving the company’s 2010 EPA 13L MaxxForce engines. This is a major bellwether victory for Navistar in the defense of MaxxForce litigation cases pending across the nation. The HDBD team was assisted by Kevin Jakopchek of Latham & Watkins, as well as Jonathan Bunge and Daniel Lombard of Quinn Emanuel.

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Current News

Nine Attorneys from HDBD Selected for the 2018 Texas Rising Stars® List


Once again, a substantial number of attorneys from Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP have earned recognition from their peers by being selected for inclusion in the 2018 Texas Rising Stars® list. Awarded to fewer than 2.5% of lawyers statewide, the Rising Stars designation recognizes attorneys who are under the age of 40, or who have been in practice for no more than 10 years. These annual selections are based on a rigorous, multiphase process, including peer nominations and review, and independent research. Nine of the firm’s attorneys received this recognition, including partners Thomas Jacks and Stephanie Roark, who have each been selected for five or more consecutive years.

HDBD congratulates its attorneys listed in Texas Rising Stars 2018:

About Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer

Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP is a Texas-based law firm specializing in civil litigation and trials, with offices in Dallas, Corpus Christi and Houston.  The firm’s attorneys pride themselves on providing uncompromising excellence to their clients in a variety of areas, including products liability, commercial litigation, class action and multidistrict litigation, intellectual property, personal-injury defense, premises liability, labor and employment, insurance coverage, healthcare, construction, and dealer/franchise litigation. For more information about HDBD, visit

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Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer Featured In DBA’s Headnotes for DVAP Support


The partners of Harltine Dacus Barger Dreyer strongly believe in the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and its mission of ensuring legal aid to those in the Dallas area who cannot otherwise afford it. Through the Dallas Bar Association‘s annual Equal Access to Justice Campaign, law firms across Dallas are given the opportunity to contribute to making this enormous mission a reality. Read the article on the front page of Headnotes below to see why we, like so many other area law firms, give.

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Eight HDBD Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©; Kyle Dreyer and Richard Crews named “Lawyer of the Year”


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 2018 edition. Founding partner Kyle H. Dreyer and partner Richard W. Crews were both named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” for Dallas and Corpus Christi, respectively. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

 HDBD congratulates its listed Best Lawyers in America:

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