Tom Barron has tried over eighty cases to verdict, obtaining several million -dollar jury awards for his clients, which include multi-national corporations and individuals alike. His trial practice focuses primarily on business litigation in both state and federal courts, with a strong emphasis on breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. The firm also has significant trial experience in general contract litigation, shareholder derivative actions, landlord/tenant disputes, trade secret and non-competition cases, will contests, legal malpractice defense, construction law matters, and claims under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices- Consumer Protection Act. The firm also prosecutes and defends special proceedings, such as temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions, pre-judgment garnishment and attachment, contempt proceedings, and all other forms of extraordinary relief. He has also successfully prosecuted and defended appeals to both the Texas courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. Representation of clients has also included binding arbitrations and mediations before both state and federal alternative dispute tribunals.
-Obtained a $2,300,000.00 verdict against the purchaser of a chain of foreign automobile repair facilities in Dallas state district court.
-Received a $1,700,00.00 jury award, including $1,000,000.00 in punitive damages, on behalf of a shareholder in a shareholder derivative action in Denton state district court.
-Won a $1,000,000.00 jury verdict for a local film distributor against two former officers and directors for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in Dallas County district court.
-Successfully defended an outside director in a multi-million dollar securities fraud suit after a two-week jury trial in Dallas federal court.
-Secured a take-nothing jury verdict on a $1,000,000.00 fraud suit against a regional commuter airline relating to the sale of an airplane in Dallas County district court.
-Procured a defense verdict on behalf of a lawyer accused of malpractice after a six-week jury trial in Bexar County district court.
-Successfully defended a will proponent against claims of undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity after a five -week jury trial in Denton County probate court.
-Reversed a $500,000.00 verdict for trade secret violations on appeal to the Fifth Court of Appeals at Dallas, later affirmed by the Texas Supreme Court in a published opinion..
-Reversed a treble damages finding in a landlord/tenant matter on appeal to the Amarillo Court of Appeals in a published opinion.
-Affirmed a jury award, which included treble damages, in a landlord/tenant matter on appeal to the Dallas Court of Appeals in a published opinion.
-Obtained eight consecutive take-nothing jury verdicts in deceptive trade practices/breach of warranty actions on behalf of a mobile home manufacturer.
ABOUT TOM BARRON
Tom Barron is a native of Tyler, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 as the Outstanding Student in the College of Communication and accepted a graduate assistantship for the academic year 1982-3. In 1983, he joined the staff of then- State Comptroller Bob Bullock, serving as a speechwriter in the Tax Information Division. He graduated from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1987.
Upon graduation, he joined the Maxwell, Godwin and Carlton law firm in Dallas, where he practiced for six years in its commercial litigation section, being named Participating Associate in 1991. He moved to the Dallas office of True, Rhode and Sewell in 1993, where he was Of Counsel to the firm. His own law practice opened in 1997.
Tom is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western districts and the Western District of Oklahoma.
Tom has served as the President of the Parish Council of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, as well as serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of the Disciples of Trinity, a group working with the terminally ill. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He is a member of the Dervish Club, Dallas, Texas and Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.