Attorney Profiles

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John W. Lilley III, of Counsel


Jack has practiced law in Texas since 1990 with a focus on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts. His practice is based in Dallas, but many of his matters have been litigated across the United States. His cases vary widely, but include disputes in the areas of contracts, employment, outsourcing, technology, industrial construction, securities, SEC investigations, director and officer liability, accounting malpractice, real estate, franchising, banking, and consumer transactions. Jack’s practical experience includes first and second chair jury and bench trials, appeals, injunctions, sophisticated motion practice, depositions, engaging and managing forensic accountants and other experts, mediations, arbitrations, and management of major document productions and discovery plans, including those with significant electronic discovery. Jack has also acted as outside general counsel, advising privately held clients on a broad range of issues, including employment, premises liability, and insurance coverage.

Representative Matters

  • Represented international construction, engineering and procurement contractor in $75 million contract litigation involving the construction of a chemical processing facility.
  • Represented a leading technology outsourcer in numerous claims involving contract disputes.
  • Represented professionals from publicly traded companies in investigations brought by the SEC following restatements of the companies’ financial statements.
  • Represented the liquidating trustee of a publicly traded company pursuing accounting malpractice claims and director and officer claims following the restatement of the company’s year-end financial statements.
  • Represented a major waste disposal company in False Claims Act case brought by the federal government.
  • Represented a large family restaurant chain in litigation against its information technology outsourcer.
  • Represented numerous companies in litigation involving covenants not to compete, unfair competition, breaches of fiduciary duties, wrongful termination, and other employment related matters.


  • Preemptive Federal Declaratory Judgment Actions: Beating the Other Side to the Courthouse
    Texas Bar Journal, March 2009, Vol. 72, No. 3.


  • University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Juris Doctor, May 1990 GPA: 3.561, Class Rank: Top 10%; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; National Moot Court Team Moot Court Board; Edward M. Friend Award for Oral Advocacy
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, May 1986; Political Science and Broadcast Journalism Majors; GPA: 3.7, cum laude


  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Corporate Committee, 1998 to 2003
  • Professional Members League, 2003 to 2008
  • Theatre Three, Board of Directors, 2004 to 2006
  • Leadership Arts 2003-2004, Dallas Business Committee for the Arts

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