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Wainwright, Dale
Dale Wainwright
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Justice Dale Wainwright represents clients in complex disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He handles briefing and oral argument at trial and appellate courts, structures appeals and mandamus proceedings for success and counsels clients on litigation strategy, error preservation at trial, jury charge preparation, post-verdict proceedings, and analysis of the trial record for appellate potential.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Justice Wainwright served on the Texas Supreme Court for 10 years, authoring more than 125 opinions. Elected to the Supreme Court in 2002, he was the third-longest-serving member of the court at the time of his resignation. Justice Wainwright began his judicial career in 1999 when he was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to preside over the 334th Civil Judicial District Court in Houston, Texas. As judge of the 334th District Court, he resolved 3,000 cases and presided over more than 100 trials. Prior to becoming a jurist, he represented clients at trial and in appeals for more than a decade.

Representative Matters

Represented large energy company in appeal to Texas Supreme Court over whether legislature delegated authority to Texas Railroad Commission to authorize interim natural gas rate adjustments.  Successfully obtained decision affirming the Railroad Commission's decision benefitting our client.

Represented insurance entity against thousands of plaintiffs in which trial court disqualified client's managing trial counsel.  Obtained reversal of trial court decision at Court of Appeals, and no further appeal ensued.

Publications and Speeches

"Denied Rule Petitions in Texas Will Have No Day in Court," Law 360, July 30, 2014

"2012 Year in Review: Appellate Law" Texas Bar Journal, 2012

"Mandamus Trends," 35th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course sponsored by TexasBarCLE and the State Bar of Texas, July 2012

"Deciding Where Patent Malpractice Actions Belong," Law360, October 2012

Education

J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1988
B.A., summa cum laude, Howard University, 1983

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

American Law Institute, elected member
Center for American and International Law, Trustee
Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, Master
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
College of the State Bar, Member
Houston Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1997-98
Houston Young Lawyers Association, President, 1997-98
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Board of Directors, 1996-97
Texas Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1993-95
Aspiring Youth Program, Co-founder, 1993
Texas Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission - Advisor to Legislative Committee

Noteworthy

Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2014
Prevent Blindness Texas, Person of Vision Award, 2008
National Bar Association, Humanitarian Award, 2008
National Black Prosecutors Association, Trail Blazer Award, 2006
NAACP, Legal Excellence Award, 2000
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating