Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.

Law Firm in Dallas, TX

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Full-Service commercial law firm that has the ability to provide clients a wide range of legal services.

Scheef & Stone, L.L.P., having attained Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating, is a full-service commercial law firm that has the ability to provide clients a wide range of legal services. The firm consists of aggressive attorneys who seek to provide efficient, prompt, and professional legal representation. The firm represents individuals, publicly and privately held corporations, insurance companies, partnerships, and financial institutions. The firm's practice includes banking law, bankruptcy, business acquisitions and sales, business litigation, civil litigation, consumer litigation, construction law, corporate finance, corporate law, creditors' rights, employment law, estate planning and probate, government contracts, insurance litigation, intellectual property, intellectual property litigation, internet law, media and entertainment, partnership law, real estate, receiverships, securities law, trademark and trade secrets.
Main Office

Main Office
500 N. Akard Street
27th Floor
Dallas  TX  75201

Phone
  • 214-706-4200
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Areas of Law:
-Banking
-Bankruptcy
-Business Law
-Civil Litigation
-Contracts
-Construction
-Corporate
-Creditors' Rights
-Employment
-Government
-Insurance
-Intellectual Property
-Internet Law
-Oil and Gas
-Probate
-Real Estate
-Receiverships
-Securities
-Tax
-Trademark

Robert J. Banta

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Banta has 40 years of experience in the private practice of law, primarily focused on commercial real estate, including real estate development, and finance. The breadth of his experience includes disposition, and acquisition of unimproved and improved commercial property, land development, leasing and the representation of borrowers and lenders in commercial lending transactions. Mr. Banta has managed the acquisition and finance of multi-state portfolios of real estate assets, including various types of improved properties such as hotels, self-storage properties, shopping centers, industrial and multi-family projects and portfolios of loans secured by such assets. Representative MattersRepresented land developers in connection with development of master planned single-family residential subdivisions. Mr. Banta's representation included land acquisition, formation of ownership entities, debt and equity financing of land acquisition and development, preparation of covenants, conditions and restrictions, formation of homeowner's associations, and other development matters.

Areas of Law:
-REIT
-Commercial Lending
-Real Estate Transactions & Finance
-Financial Regulatory Reform Group
-Real Estate & Finance

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1974, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
-1981, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Birth Information:
Born in 1949
Alma, Nebraska, September 4, 1949

Associations & Memberships:
Texas State Bar; Dallas Bar Association.

John E. Bloomer

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Bloomer's practice focuses primarily on sophisticated real estate, lending and commercial transactions. His experience includes negotiating, structuring and closing real estate transactions throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Bloomer's past ownership of a successful real estate company and his education in business uniquely enable him to connect with his clients from a business perspective. He actively works to meet client objectives, evaluating risks and formulating exit strategies to ensure bottom line success.

Mr. Bloomer regularly handles a wide variety of sophisticated real estate transactions for his local, regional, national and multi-national clients involved with various types of single-asset and portfolio real estate transactions, which include developers, commercial/retail owners, institutional and private investors and advisors, lenders, brokers, property and asset management companies, landlords and tenants, among others. He represents clients in acquisition, development, construction, financing (debt and equity), adaptive reuse, leasing, operation, management, disposition, and other matters. Mr. Bloomer has worked with a full range of property types, including raw land, master-planned residential communities, multi-family, senior housing, student housing, mixed-use developments, high-rise office buildings, hospital and medical office buildings, hotels, free-standing retail centers, restaurants, regional malls, shopping centers, and condominium regimes.

Mr. Bloomer also works with both lending institutions and commercial borrowers in the negotiation, due diligence investigation, structuring, restructuring, documentation and closing of commercial and project finance transactions. His representation includes assisting banks and other financial institutions in the disposition of performing and non-performing loans and loan portfolios, which include negotiating, structuring, documenting and closing on pre- and post-debtor bankruptcy workouts and asset dispositions. Some examples of loan commitments include acquisition, demolition, development, construction and renovation loan transactions, refinancing, workouts, mezzanine, equity and subordinate debt financings, renewals, modifications, permanent loans, revolving and term credit facilities.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions
-Commercial Real Estate Workouts
-Commercial Real Estate Contracts
-Commercial Real Estate Litigation
-Commercial Real Estate Sales

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas; Dallas Bar Association; National Association of Realtors

Bruce A. Stockard

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Stockard's practice centers on all areas of commercial real estate law. He represents both lenders and operators in the financing, acquisition and development of real estate. He also represents buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of commercial and residential mortgages. He has also closed approximately $500,000,000 of commercial loan transactions and loan restructurings representing all types of commercial lenders. He currently represents a national property management company in all areas of landlord tenant relationships and in the past has represented a Fortune 500 casual dining company in all areas of retail developments on a national basis.

Areas of Law:
-Real Estate
-Real Estate Finance
-Financial Institutions Law
-Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions
-Banking Law
-Retail Development
-Landlord and Tenant Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1986, Texas
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Class of 1985
J.D.

University Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1982
B.A.
Political Science and History

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association (Member, Real Estate Section); State Bar of Texas (Member, Sections on: Real Estate; Probate Section).
Education
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

David B. Dyer

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Dyer has represented claimants, firms and individual brokers in numerous securities arbitrations before the NASD, NYSE and AAA. In 1998 he obtained a $2.2 million
arbitration award on behalf of an insurance company (including $500,000 in punitive damages) from a panel of NASD arbitrators appointed under the large and complex
case rules of the NASD. He has also represented individual brokers and firms in raiding cases and other employment-related disputes.

Mr. Dyer has advised retail brokers, broker/dealer firms and registered investment advisors on liability exposure associated with customer-related claims. He has spoken
to the Securities Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association on the issue of securities arbitration. He has also represented individual brokers and firms in connection with
regulatory inquiries, formal investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Mr. Dyer has been counsel of record in SEC receivership proceedings in federal court, both as counsel for the receiver and for opposing parties. These matters have included collection proceedings, including foreclosures upon real estate interests and personal property.
Gamma Sigma; Phi Delta Phi.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Securities Arbitration
-Arbitration
-State Appellate Practice
-Securities Fraud & Insider Trading
-State Trial Practice
-Legal Malpractice
-Securities Law
-Litigation & Appeals

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1986, Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Law School Attended:
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1986
J.D.
with honors

University Attended:
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1983
B.A.
Finance

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas.
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1986

Peter C. Lewis

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Lewis' practice focuses on business bankruptcies, reorganizations, out of court workouts, and debt restructuring matters throughout the country as well as complex business litigation and disputes, commercial collections/fair debt collection defense work and business transactions (including public finance). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lewis was a partner at a regional and national law firm. Recently, Mr. Lewis was one of only 176 attorneys nationwide that was named as a BTI Client Service All-Star for delivering superior client service to Fortune 1000 companies.

Areas of Law:
-Bankruptcy/Restructuring /Workout/Creditors Rights
-Commercial Litigation
-Fair Debt Collection Defense
-Public Finance

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1982, Texas
-U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fifth Circuits

Law School Attended:
Columbia University
Class of 1981
J.D.

University Attended:
Princeton University
Class of 1978
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas.
Education
  • Columbia University
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

Roger A. Crabb

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Crabb is a seasoned corporate attorney, with solid expertise both leading and serving in senior roles for corporate legal departments. He has a broad base of industry experience, including technology, energy, management consulting and investments, and over 20 years of experience negotiating and documenting corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private and public market financings and general commercial transactions. While in the corporate world, he handled all aspects of SEC, banking, insurance and risk management, and sophisticated transactions both in the U.S. and internationally.

With Scheef & Stone, Mr. Crabb advises publicly-held and private clients on matters involving acquisitions and other commercial transactions, SEC compliance and periodic filings, financings, risk management and insurance, employment-related matters, general contract law, corporate ethics and compliance programs and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Scheef & Stone, he served as Director of Legal Affairs, Global Corporate, for Network Associates, General Counsel, Secretary and Executive Committee Member for Thomas Group and Associate General Counsel for Triton Energy.

Areas of Law:
-Business Transactions
-Business Start-Ups
-Business Acquisitions
-Mediation
-Corporate Law
-Securities
-Corporate Governance

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1984, Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1984
J.D.

University Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1975
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas (Member, Business Law Section); Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

Mr. Bryan Haynes

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Haynes has tried more than 40 trials and arbitrations throughout Texas and across the United States in his nineteen years of trial practice. Representing plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and corporations, he translates complex legal matters into easily understandable language that has helped him achieve an excellent trial record. Bryan draws on his broad experience in both state and federal courts to prosecute and defend cases involving complex commercial disputes, insurance coverage matters, product liability claims, trademark and unfair competition allegations, and many others.

Mr. Haynes also serves as an arbitrator / neutral for a Federal regulatory authority and as an independently assigned arbitrator in other complex commercial disputes. Mr. Haynes also mediates select cases, primarily involving intellectual property and complex commercial disputes.

Areas of Law:
Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1991, Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Law School Attended:
Baylor University
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
Baylor University
Class of 1988
B.B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
-Member, State Bar of Texas
-Member, Texas Bar Association, Litigation Section
-Member, Texas Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
-Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit. Fellow:

Bar Fellowship:
Texas Bar Foundation.
Education
  • Baylor University
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Kelly M. Crawford

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Crawford has more than 23 years of experience in handling complex commercial litigation, including securities fraud, receiverships, ERISA, employment, insurance and general business disputes.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Insurance
-Employment Litigation
-Receiverships
-Securities Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1986, Texas
-1989, New Mexico
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1986
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
New Mexico State University
Class of 1982
B.A.
cum laude

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas; Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1986

Jay D. Crutcher

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Jay D. Crutcher has proven an unequivocal dedication to his clients in handling business and tax matters for entrepreneurs, inventors, private enterprises and public companies. For the past sixteen years, he has consistently and successfully helped clients in handling business formations, mergers & acquisitions, exit strategies and sales of businesses, monetization of intellectual property and intangible assets. In addition, Mr. Crutcher advises clients in the areas of joint ventures, divestitures, business conversions, reorganizations, recapitalizations, capital investments, private placements and public offerings of debt and equity securities.

Mr. Crutcher also provides a unique perspective on tax issues in relation to real estate investment and development and business clients in the areas of employer/employee matters, structuring of compensation transactions, including various types of stock including restricted stock, discount stock and nonqualified stock options.

Before attending law school, Mr. Crutcher worked as a Certified Public Accountant for four years at Price Waterhouse, now Pricewaterhouse Coopers. His skill and knowledge as a C.P.A. undoubtedly enabled Jay to better serve his clients in the areas of business law and tax.

Mr. Crutcher practiced on the East Coast and at a large Texas firm before joining Scheef & Stone, acquiring the sophistication, knowledge and proficiency that he uses in his practice on a daily basis.

Areas of Law:
-Taxation
-Tax Audits
-State Taxation
-Federal Taxation
-Entrepreneurial Business Law
-Business Transactions
-Business Reorganization
-Emerging Business Law
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Nonprofit Tax Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1993, Connecticut
-1994, U.S. Tax Court
-2000, Texas

Law School Attended:
Boston University School of Law
Class of 1993
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1985
B.B.A.
Accounting

Associations & Memberships:
American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas (Member, Sections on: Business Law; Tax Law); Connecticut Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association (Member, Tax Section); Frisco Bar Association; Collin County Bar Association.
Education
  • Boston University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1993

John G. Fischer

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Fischer has been counsel for his clients on numerous patent infringement cases in the Federal Courts from coast to coast, representing clients from North America, Asia, and Europe. As a patent attorney, Mr. Fischer's clients benefit from his extensive engineering and business management experience. As a licensed professional engineer, Mr. Fischer holds several U.S. patents of his own. He has successfully prosecuted over 100 patents for his clients domestically and internationally. Mr. Fischer has built and managed manufacturing facilities, and served in capacities ranging from Project Manager to Vice-President of various companies. He regularly negotiates licenses for his clients as well as intellectual property co-development and procurement agreements.

The combination of his legal expertise, business experience, and extensive design experience in mechanics, manufacturing, electronics, photoelectrics, and oil and gas exploration provides his clients with a unique level of participation in the fullest development of inventions.

Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas, 1991-.

Areas of Law:
-Patent Prosecution
-Trademark Prosecution
-Intellectual Property Licensing
-Intellectual Property Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1996, Texas
-1997, Colorado
-1998, District of Columbia
-1997, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
-2002, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
-2001, U.S. Supreme Court
-2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit and U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1996
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Southern California
Class of 1979
B.S.M.E.

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas and American Bar Associations; Texas Society of Professional Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; College of the State Bar of Texas (5 year Member).
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate , 1996

James Kevin Flynn

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Flynn has a strong and long-standing reputation providing his clients with an array of representation in the real estate arena, both in the commercial and residential areas. He is routinely involved with negotiations, acquisitions, development and construction loans, retail, office, industrial and apartment properties operations and leasing issues. Mr. Flynn has experience in other aspects of real estate law as well as experience in environmental, tax and securities.

Areas of Law:
Real Estate

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1975, Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1975
J.D.

University Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1972
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
-Member, State Bar of Texas
-Member, Real Property and Probate Sections
-Member, American Bar Association
-Member, Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate , 1975

Charlene Koonce

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Ms. Koonce prosecutes and defends commercial disputes on behalf of large and small clients. She has obtained favorable results through bench and jury trials, summary judgment, and settlement in cases involving complex international contract disputes, CGL insurance defense matters, commercial tenancy, and consumer disputes. Ms. Koonce specializes in federal litigation, and her experience includes extensive representation of equity receivers.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Insurance Defense
-Consumer Litigation
-Receiverships

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1991, Texas, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School Attended:
Pepperdine University School of Law
Class of 1991
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Abilene Christian University
Class of 1988
B.B.A.
magna cum laude

Associations & Memberships:
-Member, State Bar of Texas, 1991 to Present
-Member, Dallas Bar Association
-Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
-Member, Fifth Circuit Bar Association.

Representative Cases:
Crawford v. Silette, 608 F.3d 275, (5th Cir. 2010) (Affirming imposition and foreclosure of lien in favor Receiver despite assertion of Florida homestead protection, where fraudulently obtained funds were transferred from Ponzi operator to innocent home-owner, and used to satisfy mortgage).Warfield v. Byron, 436 F.3d 551 (5th Cir. 2006)(Upholding summary judgment directing brokers' disgorgement of commissions received in exchange for sale of fraudulent securities);Hartis v. Century Furniture Indus., Inc., 230 S.W.3d 723, (Tex. App.Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, no pet.)(Upholding judgment following bench trial involving UCC Article 2 formation, interpretation, and enforcement issues).
Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1991

C. Brenton Kugler

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Brent Kugler is a prominent attorney in the direct selling industry with more than 14 years of experience in representing direct sales, multilevel and network marketing companies. Formerly the General Counsel for successful direct sales company AdvoCare International, L.P., Brent provides comprehensive legal representation to direct sales companies including representation in litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters as well as advice on regulatory issues, distributor policies and procedures, compensation plans, governmental affairs and risk management.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Commercial Torts
-Business Litigation
-Business Fraud
-Business Torts
-Contract Litigation
-Legal Malpractice
-Civil Litigation
-Complex Litigation
-Trial Practice
-Professional Liability
-Professional Malpractice
-Fiduciary Litigation
-Products Liability
-Direct Sales/ Multi-Level Litigation and Regulatory Issues
-Nutritional Supplement Litigation and Regulatory Issues

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1991, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
-1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
-1998, U.S. District Court, Western and Southern Districts of Texas

Law School Attended:
University of Texas School of Law
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1987
B.B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association (Member, Business Litigation Section); State Bar of Texas.
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Thomas A. Kulik

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Tom Kulik is a Partner in Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. and a valuable member of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group out of its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. With a unique understanding of how intellectual property assets influence business, he strategically counsels clients on matters involving the evaluation, acquisition, development and protection of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on creatively leveraging such assets both domestically and internationally.

Prior to matriculation in law school, he was an award-winning systems engineer for 3Com Corporation, where he was responsible for local and wide-area network architecture and design supporting both Fortune 500 and start-up companies in the computer services, financial and pharmaceutical industries. After law school, he was appointed to a one-year state judicial clerkship in New Jersey, after which he began private practice splitting his time as a litigation attorney and transactional counsel. Before being recruited to Texas in 1998, he was fortunate enough to act as the primary intellectual property counsel to a consortium of state entities in NJ, NY, PA and DE for the implementation of a $500M electronic toll collection system known as "E-ZPass."

Leveraging this industry experience, his practice focuses on intellectual property transactions and counseling, particularly within the context of the computer software development, emerging Internet technologies and e-commerce. His practice also includes an extensive trademark preparation and prosecution practice, including both domestic and foreign trademark protection, Trademark Trial & Appeal Board oppositions, cancellations and appeals, as well as ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings for internet domain name dispute resolution. With his experience as a commercial litigator, he remains involved in complex intellectual property litigation involving copyrights, trademarks/unfair competition, patents and trade secrets. Having been exposed to theatrical and television production as a teenager, he is also an experienced media & entertainment lawyer. From counseling media companies on IP rights acquisition ad First Amendment issues to assisting developers and publishers in facilitating multimedia product-to-market, his legal experience bridges traditional entertainment and digital media (including animation, music synchronization and online music, videogame development/publishing/distribution and a multitude of e-commerce enterprises in the development and distribution of content).

He serves as a resource to the media on issues involving the intersection of cyberspace and intellectual property law, including cybersquatting and social media. He has written articles for a number of publications, including Dallas Bar Association "HEADNOTES" and Depth magazine. He has also been quoted on these issues in a number of local and national publications, including The Dallas Morning News, MSNBC Business and The New Jersey Law Journal.

Areas of Law:
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Trademark Prosecution
-Internet Law
-E-Commerce
-Entertainment Law
-Cybersquatting
-Domain Names
-Business Transactions
-Media Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1993, New Jersey
-U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
-2000, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
Pace University School of Law
Class of 1993
J.D.

University Attended:
Franklin & Marshall College
Class of 1987
A.B.
Political Science, Mathematics and Computer Science

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas (Member, Sections on: Intellectual Property Law; Computer & Technology Law; Entertainment & Sports Law); Dallas Bar Association (Treasurer, Computer Law Section, 2011; Member, Sections on: Intellectual Property Law; Computer Law; Sports and Entertainment Law).
Education
  • Pace University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1993

Richard E. McGary

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. McGary has more than 20 years of experience in handling complex litigation in a variety of settings, including product liability, insurance, medical malpractice and general business disputes. For the last decade Mr. McGary has focused his practice on representing insurers and manufacturers in fire-related products liability litigation. Mr. McGary currently serves as national counsel for several major manufacturers of consumer electronics products in their nationwide product liability program. He also serves as local counsel for other manufacturers of electronic products.

In addition to his product liability practice, Mr. McGary has extensive experience representing insurance companies and their insureds in a wide variety of litigation involving both property and casualty claims.

Areas of Law:
-Insurance Defense
-Products Liability
-Litigation
-Insurance Coverage Defense
-Commercial Litigation
-Consumer Litigation
-Construction Liability

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1985, Texas
-1986, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
-1987, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
-1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School Attended:
Texas Tech University
Class of 1984
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Texas at Arlington
Class of 1982
B.A.
Political Science and Economics

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association (Insurance Section, Litigation Section); State Bar of Texas; Defense Research Institute.
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1984

David R. Norman

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Norman practices in the areas of banking, real estate, general corporate, partnership law and creditors' rights issues. He has a wealth of experience in documenting complex financial transactions and structuring investment partnerships, with an emphasis on the real estate arena.

Areas of Law:
-Banking
-Real Estate
-Creditor's Rights
-Corporate
-Partnership

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1985, Texas
-1990, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
University of Houston Law Center
Class of 1985
J.D.

University Attended:
Texas Tech University
Class of 1979
B.B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas; Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • University of Houston Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Byron C. Prescott

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Real Estate Transactions
-Commercial Leasing
-Business Law
-Corporate Partnerships Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1992, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
University of Tulsa
Class of 1992
J.D.

University Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1986
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1964
Dallas, Texas, July 22, 1964

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association; State Bar of Texas.
Education
  • University of Tulsa
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

C. John Scheef, III

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Scheef's reputation for unparalleled advocacy in federal and state courts assists his clients with commercial litigation, construction law and construction litigation. He serves as a primary advisor and outside general counsel to clients as they make decisions regarding development projects, works to resolve disputes and negotiates business arrangements for clients on their behalf. He works closely with his clients on matters including breach of contract and risk management, litigation avoidance, representation in disputes over payment and lack of payment, time frame for completion of projects and defects and problems occurring after completion of a project. In addition, he works with clients during negotiations and advises his clients during various phases of construction projects. Mr. Scheef 's impressive technical background and resources help him to evaluate his clients' needs and remedies under the law.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Construction Law
-Business Litigation
-Consumer Litigation
-Business Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1985, Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1985
J.D.

University Attended:
Texas A & M University
Class of 1981
B.B.A.
magna cum laude

Associations & Memberships:
-Member, State Bar of Texas (Council Member, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2005 to 2008)
-Member, Dallas Bar Association (Chairman, Construction Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 2002).
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Patrick J. Schurr

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Schurr represents large and mid-size corporate clients and individuals including financial institutions, manufacturers, distributors and companies in the construction industries. In addition to representation of clients in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy related litigation, he has represented business clients and individuals in contract disputes and collection matters in both state and federal courts through trial and settlements prior to trial.

Delta Theta Phi.

Areas of Law:
-Bankruptcy Law
-Business Litigation
-Creditors Rights
-Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy
-Collections
-Commercial Litigation
-Receivership
-Complex Commercial Litigation
-Construction Law
-Construction Litigation
-Consumer Law
-Landlord and Tenant Law
-Real Estate Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1989, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
-1990, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
-1993, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
Texas Tech University
Class of 1989
J.D.

University Attended:
Vanderbilt University
Class of 1986
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
-Member, State Bar of Texas
-Member, Dallas Bar Association
-Member, Dallas Young Lawyers Association.
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    Juris Doctorate , 1989

Mark Simon

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mark Simon is an A-V rated trial attorney who has represented clients ranging from public corporations and governmental entities to small start-up businesses. He primarily focuses his practice on employment issues, including: employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage-hour, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, ERISA and independent contractor litigation. Mark has defended management, and represented select individuals, before Federal and State Courts across the United States in all areas of employment law. Mark is skilled at counseling employers on a variety of human resource matters, such as employment agreements, handbooks, company policies and actions, employee complaints, and compliance with federal and state employment laws. Additionally, he assists employers to formulate effective strategies to address and resolve business problems, and has extensive experience in training employers and managers to recognize and deal effectively with day-to-day issues. Moreover, he has been lead trial attorney in cases involving contracts, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and other business disputes.
Danforth Scholar.

Areas of Law:
-Business Litigation
-Employment Law
-Trade Secrets
-Labor and Employment
-Employment Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1983, Mississippi and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
-1988, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
-1989, Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
-1990, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
-1997, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas and Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
-1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Law School Attended:
Mississippi College School of Law
Class of 1983
J.D.

University Attended:
Millsaps College
Class of 1979
B.S.

Languages:
German

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; The Mississippi Bar.
Education
  • Mississippi College School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Jack D. Stone, Jr.

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Stone has extensive experience representing clients in areas of foreign and domestic intellectual property matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Mr. Stone has also prepared patent, trademark and copyright infringement and invalidity opinions, license agreements and assisted in litigation and dispute resolution.

Technology areas of representation include mechanical, electrical, and business method arts, such as wireless and wireline telecommunications, internet communications, antennas and propagation, computer hardware, software and related technologies, semiconductor fabrication, data processing, aerospace technologies, business methods, optical data storage systems and digital light processing.
Registered Professional Engineer, Texas.

Areas of Law:
-Intellectual Property
-Patents
-Trademarks
-Copyrights
-Trade Secrets
-Trademark Prosecution
-Patent Prosecution
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Cybersquatting
-Domain Names
-Domain Name Infringement

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1992, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
-Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Law School Attended:
Texas Tech University
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
Texas A&M University
Class of 1978
B.S.M.E.

Texas Tech University
Class of 1991
M.B.A.

Southern Methodist University
Class of 1993
M.S.E.E.

Military:
Captain, U.S. Army Reserves, 1978-1988

Associations & Memberships:
Member, American Bar Association; Member, State Bar of Texas (Intellectual Property Law Section); Member, State Bar of Texas (Computer & Technology Sections); Member, Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

William E. Stone, III

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Stone assists clients with all types of business transactions, including business acquisitions and dispositions, complex debt and equity financings, securities issuance transactions and compliance issues, matters involving contracts with customers and vendors, employment contracts, executive compensation (such as stock option plans), shareholder disputes, restructure and work-out transactions, and a broad variety of other types of legal arrangements and agreements. Mr. Stone has acted as lead counsel in matters from the routine to the highly complex. He is particularly adept at assisting clients with unique deals or arrangements, from the initial stage of determining how a transaction or a negotiated arrangement should be structured, to implementing the structure with complex, custom-drafted documents, protecting the interests of clients while ensuring fairness to all parties.

Mr. Stone enjoys getting involved with his clients' business issues and assisting clients in achieving their goals. He is comfortable working with first-time sellers of businesses and with seasoned business executives. Mr. Stone has found that it is in learning his clients' business that he is able to become most effective.

Phi Alpha Delta.

Areas of Law:
-Business Transactions
-Corporate
-Securities
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Emerging Business Law
-Corporate Finance
-Venture Capital
-Corporate Law
-Corporate Governance
-Corporate Reorganization
-E-Commerce
-Shareholder Disputes
-Securities Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1983, Texas

Law School Attended:
Baylor University
Class of 1982
J.D.

University Attended
Baylor University
Class of 1981
B.B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Member, State Bar of Texas (Business Law, Energy Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Sections); Member, Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • Baylor University
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

David Oakes Turner, Jr.

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Turner's diverse background offers his clients a unique perspective in evaluating the legal and practical business realities critical in the formation or acquisition of a business and its operation and disposition. Having represented clients through his tenure at Scheef and Stone and his having acted as outside and inside general counsel, he has assisted his clients in structuring, drafting and negotiating shareholders' agreements, limited liability company and limited partnership agreements, employment agreements, venture financing documents, intellectual property licenses, distribution agreements and asset and stock purchase agreements. He also has extensive experience in dealing with the relationship of a businesses' stakeholders and its management through advising such clients on their various rights and fiduciary obligations. Finally, Mr. Turner has overseen and assisted his clients with disputes relating to all of the above through conducting negotiations, mediations and assisting with litigation. This experience enables him to provide efficient and effective representation to clients at various stages of their business cycles.

Areas of Law:
-Business Transactions
-Venture Capital
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Securities
-Corporate Law
-Emerging Business Law
-Business Formation
-Corporate Governance
-Corporate Finance
-Securities Law
-Shareholder Disputes
-Partnership Law
-Oil and Gas Law
-E-Commerce

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1992, Texas

Law School Attended:
Texas Tech University School of Law
Class of 1992
J.D.

University Attended:
Southwestern University
Class of 1989
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Member, Texas Bar Association; Member, Dallas Bar Association.
Education
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Richard J. Wallace, III

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Mr. Wallace focuses his practice in the area of commercial, business, and intellectual property litigation and oil and gas. His clients range from Fortune 500 Companies to small and medium size businesses.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Business Law
-Creditors Rights
-Oil and Gas
-Copyright Infringement
-Trademark Infringement
-Eminent Domain

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1998, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1998
J.D.

University Attended:
Winthrop University

Vanderbilt University
Class of 1994
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections); Dallas Bar Association (Litigation Section).

Representative Cases:
Bench Company, Inc. v. Nations Rent of Texas, L.P., 133 S.W.3d 907 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2004, no pet.)Scalini v. 2-The-Extreme, Inc., 10-04-00142-CV, 2004 WL 2830868 (Tex.App.-Waco Dec. 8th, 2004)Callnet Communications, Inc. v. Emergency Alert Protection, Inc., 05-02-00692-CV, 2002 WL 31312696 (Tex.App.-Dallas October 16, 2002).
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Bradley L. Whitlock

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Brad Whitlock focuses his practice on representing small and mid-size business clients. He has experience in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity securities financings, company formation, contracts, employment matters, corporate governance issues and a broad variety of other legal arrangements and agreements. In many instances he serves as an outside general counsel for his clients, helping them with both business and legal issues. He has handled matters ranging from simple transactions involving a few thousand dollars to complex deals worth many millions. He has been very involved in the drafting of many Texas business statutes and is a frequent speaker on corporate law topics.
Prior to joining Scheef & Stone he was a partner at a major Dallas-based law firm and served as general counsel for a privately held Dallas-based manufacturing company.
Order of the Coif. Member, Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Legal Writing Instructor, Southern Methodist University, 1991-1993.

Areas of Law:
-Corporate Law
-Securities Law
-Banks and Banking
-Business Law
-Business Transactions
-Business Formation
-Corporate Finance
-Corporate Governance
-Corporate Reorganization
-Emerging Business Law
-Entrepreneurial Business Law
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Real Estate
-Venture Capital

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1988, Texas

Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University
Class of 1988
J.D.

University Attended:
Westminster College
Class of 1985
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association (Chairman, Securities Law Section, 1999); State Bar of Texas (Member, Intellectual Property, Section; Secretary and Treasurer, 1990-1991 and Council Member, 1995-2001, Business Law; Chairman, Corporation Law Committee, 2001).
Education
  • Southern Methodist University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Eric C. Wood

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Civil Litigation
-Employment Litigation
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Business Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Member

Law School Attended:
St. Mary's University
Class of 2002
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Texas Christian University
Class of 1999
B.B.A.
Education
  • St. Mary's University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2002

Robert M. Bolton

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Family Wealth Transfer
-Estate Planning
-Corporate Tax Planning
-Estate and Gift Taxation
-Tax Planning

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Jack Sheedy

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Patents
-Commercial Real Estate
-Banking Law
-Business Law
-Labor and Employment

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1985, Texas

University Attended:
J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1973; M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, Duquesne University, 1982; B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, 1970

Birth Information:
Born in 1948
Jersey City, New Jersey
Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

David G. McLane

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Corporate Law
-Employee Benefits
-Securities Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

James Stafford, III

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Labor and Employment
-Business Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Birth Information:
Born in 1981
Mt. Plesant, Pennsylvania, 1981

Hobbies & Interests:
Board of Directors, "Books are the Beginning", New Life Worship Band Leader

Walker Fults

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Corporate Law
-Labor and Employment

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2012, Texas

Law School Attended:
Virginia, University of
J.D.

University Attended:
Duke University
Class of 2008
B.A.
Education
  • Virginia, University of
    Juris Doctorate

Jaspal S. Hare

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Copyright Litigation
-Intellectual Property
-Patent Litigation
-Trade Secrets
-Trademark Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Jacob W. Sparks

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Bankruptcy Chapter 7
-Bankruptcy Litigation
-Creditors Rights
-Bankruptcy
-Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Sarah Benes

Attorney in Dallas, TX

Areas of Law:
-Business Law
-Business Formation
-Corporate Law
-Corporate Finance
-Corporate Governance
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Securities
-Shareholder Disputes

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate
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