Elrod, PLLC

Elrod, PLLC

David Elrod founded our firm based on a simple idea: provide clients superior representation with personal service, reasonable fees and without unnecessary overhead.

Firm Overview

David Elrod also established the firm in order to make a commitment to the profession: to ensure the continuation of experienced trial lawyers. Since then, our experience, hard work and commitment to our ideals have resulted in Elrod being recognized as a premier national trial firm with outstanding results, including recovering over half a billion dollars for our clients in commercial and business disputes, and successfully protecting our clients from crippling liabilities and bet-the-company cases.

Our history is one of major success

The firm has played key roles in significant litigation from coast to coast, from the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for energy clients in two of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history in New York and Texas, to the trial of software defect and licensing cases in Oregon, and the defense of multi-million dollar liability claims.

Widely recognized for our achievements

Our success has earned us the gratitude of our clients and the respect of our peers. Members of our team have been recognized as "Texas Super Lawyers" in Texas Monthly magazine, the "Top 15 Defenders" of Dallas Businesses in the Dallas Business Journal, "Texas Super Lawyer Rising Stars" and D Magazine's "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40."

Elrod, PLLC is an "AV" rated firm. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system is based on the confidential opinions of other lawyers and judges. The system evaluates lawyers and law firms in the United States and Canada. An "AV" rating is the highest possible rating and takes into consideration both legal ability and ethical standards. We are proud to have achieved this highest rating and acknowledgement of our exceptional professional abilities.

Elrod, PLLC is also listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers generated by Martindale-Hubbell. For over 90 years, the Bar Register has been a unique guide to the legal community's most eminent professionals. According to Martindale-Hubbell, It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.
Main Office
Main Office
500 N. Akard, Ste. 3000
Dallas  TX  75201
Phone
  • 214-855-5188
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Over the years, the firm has earned a reputation for successful results in complex cases and "bet-the-company" matters, but Elrod has broad-based experience handling all types of disputes, whether large or small.
We understand the importance of "getting to the courthouse first" and have experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in contract disputes, tort and fraud actions. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients throughout the U.S. on cases that have made the list of ALM's Top 100 Verdicts. We are often able to obtain favorable results in such challenging areas as fraud and fraudulent inducement, aviation recovery, contractual indemnity and other complex cases.

DAVID W. ELROD

Founding member David W. Elrod has more than 30 years of experience with trying complex commercial, business and bet-the-company cases.

His extensive trial background includes representing both companies and individuals in a wide variety of commercial and business litigation, including the prosecution and defense of claims relating to oil and gas, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, director and officer liability, indemnity, employee whistleblowers, professional malpractice, and fraud.

His exceptional successincluding being one of the few attorneys in Texas to defend a company by trying a civil RICO case to verdicthas earned him numerous distinctions. He has been recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" for nine straight years, was included in a "Best Lawyers in Dallas" list in D Magazine, and in 2008 was named as one of only fifteen "Defenders" by the Dallas Business Journal. Mr. Elrod is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor accorded to less than one percent of attorneys licensed to practice in any jurisdiction.

EDUCATION
J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1978
Order of the Coif
Editor, Oklahoma Law Review
B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1974
Phi Kappa Phi

BAR ADMISSIONS
-State Bar of Texas 1978
-Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District Courts of Texas
-United States Tax Court
-United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
-United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

HONORS & AWARDS
-Selected as a "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly magazine, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
-Selected as one of fifteen "Defenders" of Dallas businesses by the Dallas Business Journal, 2008
-Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" in D Magazine, 2011
-Fellow, American Bar Foundation
-Life Senior Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
-Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
-Dallas Business Journal's "Who's Who" in litigation in Dallas
-Dallas Business Journal's "Who's Who in Energy"
-Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
-AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
-Successfully represented several natural gas pipelines owned by TransCanada Pipelines in the Calpine bankruptcy proceedings filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, recovering over $400 million dollars on their breach of contract claims.
-Successfully represented Kern River Gas Transmission Company, a Berkshire Hathaway company, on its substantial breach of contract claim filed in the Mirant Corporation bankruptcy proceeding filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. Following an eight day trial, recovered $107 million for Kern River and $63.5 million for an affiliate of TransCanada Pipelines in the Mirant bankruptcy.
-Successfully represented Gas Transmission Northwest Corporation in a two-week arbitration hearing in Portland, Oregon against SunGard Energy Systems. The arbitration panel entered a unanimous 3-0 award in favor of the corporation for $16.1 million, which included amounts that the client had paid SunGard on the project, plus attorneys' fees. The dispute related to a failed project to develop custom software.
-Successfully represented TransCanada Pipelines in the Androscoggin Energy, LLC bankruptcy proceedings filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, recovering more than $24 million for the client. The disputes related to the disputed liquidation of the pipelines' claims under long term contracts for natural gas transportation.
-Successfully defended U.S. Brass Corporation as lead counsel against $1 billion in potential losses arising from a country-wide product defect recall. Negotiated a settlement that was less than 3% of the potential loss.
-Successfully represented Southern Pacific Transportation Company, St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad in personal injury and property damage class actions arising out of arsenic contamination of the soil and water in Commerce, Texas.
-Successfully represented an energy company in a federal RICO case and obtained a defense verdict after a six-week jury trial.
-Successfully obtained what was, at the time, the largest judgment ever issued in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas in an oil and gas dispute. See Matter of Fender, 12 F.3d 480 (5th Cir. 1994).
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PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association (Business Law, Litigation and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Sections)
-Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
-Federal Bar Association
-American Bankruptcy Institute
-Texas Bar Foundation
-Dallas Bar Association (Appellate, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law, Business Litigation, and Environmental Law Sections)
-American Gas Association
Education
  • University of Oklahoma
    J.D.

BRIAN A. FARLOW

Brian A. Farlow has extensive experience with handling a variety of complex commercial and business litigation matters involving insurance, reinsurance, business torts and contractual disputes.

Mr. Farlow's broad civil litigation experience encompasses includes products liability class actions, numerous Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, and business breach of contract claims in a wide variety of industries, including insurance and oil and gas. He has also worked extensively with expert witnesses on a variety of issues regarding damages, damage models, statistics and both informational and relational databases.

Mr. Farlow's understanding of the technological and legal issues surrounding e-discovery has allowed him to effectively manage complex e-discovery matters for his clients, including e-discovery issues in software defect, breach of contract and Fair Credit Reporting cases. His involvement in cases ranging from national class actions involving millions of potential class members to an individual homeowner's products liabilty case has provided Mr. Farlow with an understanding of a broad spectrum of clients needs.

Mr. Farlow is also a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. He recently served in Afghanistan, following a year of service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

EDUCATION
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, cum laude, 1995
Order of Barristers
Editor, Albany Law Review
B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point, 1987

BAR ADMISSIONS
-State Bar of Texas 1996
-State Bar of New York 1996
-Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District Courts of Texas
-Northern District of Illinois

HONORS & AWARDS
-AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
-Featured in "Warrior Lawyers," Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition 2004
-Major, U.S. Army Reserves
-Competed in swimming in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
-Qualified to swim in the 1980 Moscow Olympics (boycotted)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
-Acted as second chair trial counsel for a Canadian leasing company in software breach of contract case, obtaining take-nothing defense verdict. Successfully asserted that amounts reflected in bank's account payable were related to software purchased that did not function.
-Acted as second chair trial counsel for an insurance company alleged to have breached a re-insurance agreement. Trial court awarded damages in amount less than 20% of the plaintiff's pre-trial demand.
-Participated in arbitration proceeding concerning a software defect. Successfully represented the plaintiff, who received an arbitration award finding the software was indeed defective and awarding the client $16 million in damages.
-Successfully obtained temporary restraining order for commercial client to prevent large insurance company from foreclosing on a performance bond. Ultimately secured a confidential settlement that released client from performance bond.
-Successfully represented a mining and manufacturing company in a dispute against the engineering firm it hired to design, engineer and manage significant upgrades to a manufacturing facility. After hard-fought litigation requiring multiple experts and disputed issues, obtained favorable settlement for client.
-Successfully defended principal of limited liability company and foreign corporation from claims asserted by former business partners; also preventing partners from secreting funds of the foreign corporation by seizing assets before they could be transferred out of the country.
-Acted as second chair counsel, obtaining a contested temporary restraining order for client in dispute with seller of a partially-completed power generating facility.
-Represented purchasers of millions of dollars' worth of oil and gas interests in suit against seller and promoter for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other related claims. Successfully obtained settlement for client recovering payments made by client and oil and gas interests is purchased.
-Represented oil and gas exploration company in a dispute with various subcontractors. Successfully obtained a settlement for substantially less than the amounts claimed by subcontractors.
-Represented a factoring company in a dispute with its former client. Successfully obtained summary judgment for client and subsequently settled the factoring company's claims on favorable terms that survived the client's bankruptcy.
-Represented national credit bureau in defense against class and individual claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AFFILIATIONS
-American Bar Association
-Dallas Bar Association
-United States Military Academy Law Forum
-American Legion
-Veterans of Foreign Wars
-The Justinian Society
-Board of Directors, Heroes on the Water (www.heroesonthewater.org)
Education
  • Albany Law School of Union University
    J.D.

WORTHY WALKER

As a trial attorney and litigator, Worthy Walker has broad-based experience prosecuting and defending claims for clients in a wide variety of commercial, energy and employment disputes.

Worthy's experience and efficient approach to cases provide clients with steady advice, from pre-suit negotiations all the way through trial. Over the years, Worthy has represented a wide variety of businesses, financial institutions and individuals in business disputes. His experience includes significant disputes in the following industries: banking, oil and gas exploration, natural gas transportation, software, apparel, manufacturing, restaurants, food supply, real estate, seismic exploration, aviation, construction and marketing and sales.

Worthy also has represented a number of closely-held companies, directors and shareholders in partnership and shareholder oppression disputes. Worthy also has diverse experience in employment and severance disputes. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret, non-competition and non-solicitation matters, and also has been asked to represent companies and executives in contract and severance negotiations. He also has represented employers in nearly every type of employment claim, from basic discrimination claims to complex and class claims.

Worthy is "AV Preeminent" rated in the Martindale Hubbell peer-review system and has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" list, published in Texas Monthly magazine from 2009 to 2013. He is a third-generation Texan, and often is asked to serve as local counsel to out-of-state attorneys in matters filed in Texas courts. He enjoys cycling, soccer and spending time with his family. He is also a student of communications and graphic arts. Due to his sincere interest in continuing and promoting trial advocacy, he frequently volunteers his time to judge mock trial competitions.

EDUCATION
-J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2001
-B.A., Southern Methodist University, cum laude, 1998

BAR ADMISSIONS
-State Bar of Texas
-U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

HONORS & AWARDS
-Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Star, Texas Monthly magazine, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
-AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
-Acted as first chair trial counsel for a law firm involved in breach of contract case, successfully obtaining take-nothing judgment on the opposing parties' claims.
-Acted as first chair trial counsel in jury trial representing owners of commercial property, successfully obtaining jury verdict in clients' favor on breach of contract and negligence claims against tenants and contractors, assessing six-figure damages numbers, punitive damages and over $200,000 in attorneys' fees.
-Acted as first chair trial counsel in jury trial for national banking association, successfully obtaining take-nothing judgment for client on breach of contract and negligence claims brought by customer.
-Acted as first chair trial counsel in bench trial for national banking association, obtaining take-nothing judgment for client on claims brought by customer.
-Acted as second chair trial counsel in oil and gas trade secrets dispute, successfully obtaining $1.8 million judgment for client against large international bank and its affiliate, as well as over $471,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses awarded.
-Acted as second chair trial counsel in a securities and employment arbitration proceeding before the NYSE against a well-known, large international brokerage firm.
-Represented software company against former employee on trade secret and unfair competition claims, serving as second chair at jury trial.
-Obtained complete summary judgment for national employer on all claims of discrimination and harassment by former employee.
-Obtained dismissal of claim of promised employment by potential employee against national automotive finance company, obtained affirmation of dismissal at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
-Successfully obtained temporary restraining order and temporary injunction for software development company against former employee in trade secret dispute.
-Successfully defended large software company against claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act in connection with credit and "background check" software products.
-Obtained dismissal of several out-of-state defendants sued in Dallas County for lack of personal jurisdiction.
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PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AFFILIATIONS
-State Bar of Texas
-Dallas Bar Association
-Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
-Texas High School Mock Trial Competition, Volunteer Judge
-Southern Methodist University Mustang Club
-University of Texas Longhorn Foundation
-Dallas Zoological Society
-National Wildlife Federation
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    J.D.

BARBARA L. WOHLRABE

Barbara Wohlrabe has extensive experience in federal, state, and bankruptcy court litigation involving a variety of commercial and tort claims.

She teamed with David Elrod in the successful appeal that vacated the confirmation of a substantially consummated plan of reorganization in Southern Pacific Transportation Co. v. Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc. She also worked with David Elrod to defend a reorganized debtor against claims totaling in excess of $1.1 billion, resulting in a negotiated settlement of less than 3% of the amount sought against the debtor. In the early part of her legal career, she was involved in the successful appeal of Barr v. Resolution Trust Corp., a frequently cited case in which the Texas Supreme Court clarified the law of res judicata. More recently, she was involved in the prosecution of creditor claims in the Calpine bankruptcy case in New York, which resulted in the firm's negotiation of settlements in excess of $400 million for its pipeline clients.

EDUCATION
-J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1985
-B.A., Southern Methodist University, Distinction in English, 1981

BAR ADMISSIONS
-State Bar of Texas 1985
-United States District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AFFILIATIONS
-State Bar of Texas
-Dallas Bar Association
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    J.D.

HAYLEY ELLISON

Hayley has broad experience in civil litigation and appeals involving a variety of industries and contexts.

Through clerkships with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, Hayley worked on complex issues and facilitated resolution of cases involving a wide range of civil and criminal issues, including complex commercial disputes, employment disputes and intellectual property law.

In addition, Hayley is an active member of the Dallas Bar Association and volunteers her time with organizations devoted to assisting refugees. Hayley is also fluent in English and Spanish, and conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

EDUCATION
-J.D., St. Mary's University, 2010
-National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate 2010
-Editor in Chief, The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues
-Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
-B.A., cum laude, Trinity University, 2007

BAR ADMISSIONS
-State Bar of Texas, 2010
-United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
-United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

HONORS & AWARDS
-Law Clerk to the Honorable Royal Furgeson, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2011-2012
-Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Sandee Bryan Marion, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, 2010-2011

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
-Negotiated successful settlement of a forcible detainer suit on behalf of landlord client.
-Assisted with preparation and argument of successful motion for summary judgment, resulting in findings of breach of contract and anticipatory repudiation in favor of natural gas pipeline client.
-As a judicial law clerk, facilitated preparation for jury trial to verdict of Title VII employment discrimination and retaliation case.
-As a judicial law clerk, facilitated resolution of competing motions for summary judgments in Lanham Act trademark and trade dress case.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AFFILIATIONS
-Dallas Bar Association
-Dallas Women Lawyers Association
-Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
-Texas Young Lawyers Association
-St. Mary's University Law Alumni Association
-Trinity University Alumni Association
-Junior League of Dallas
-Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals
-Volunteer Judge, Texas High School Mock Trial
Education
  • St. Mary's University
    J.D.
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