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"Clients know they can count on me. No matter what else I may be doing, I will be there to help when they call. Clients deserve more than just good and smart. They deserve loyal and responsive, too."

Word gets around about who’s got chops, about who has the ability, experience, and intelligence clients want in a trial lawyer.

That’s why companies needing a problem-solver who can go the courthouse right now call Monica Latin. Clients know Monica to be a quick thinker who can size up a situation and map out the best solution both in the short-term race to the courthouse and over the long haul of a complex dispute. She knows how to maintain control in the midst of chaos. And clients know she’ll make their business her own.

Whether she’s on her feet in district court, crafting an appeal (she’s Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization), or helping another attorney size up the competition, she’s ready to excel. The proof: spots on the Texas Super Lawyers list of Top 50 women attorneys in the state and D Magazine’s list of best business litigators in Dallas, among many other accolades.

Monica also has gained a national reputation for her expertise in electronic discovery, taking leadership roles in both the American Bar Association and the Sedona Conference on the subject. She’s a leader inside the firm as well, where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and previously chaired its Business Litigation practice group.

She has a variety of skills you don’t always find in one person, as well as some that are completely unexpected. Clients and colleagues are sometimes surprised to find that Monica played quarterback for a University of Texas champion flag football team. Further proof that she is good, smart, and tough.

But then what else would you expect of someone who has season tickets to both the theater and the Dallas Stars?

Experience

Obtained a defense verdict and take-nothing judgment in favor of her clients in a case involving a covenant not to compete and claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and unjust enrichment.

Obtained a highly-favorable mid-trial settlement of professional liability claims involving the duties of a sophisticated commercial insurance brokerage firm.

Obtained pre-discovery dismissal of civil RICO suit.

Successfully obtained on behalf of Dallas County a temporary restraining order against the Dallas County Sheriff and the Discovery Channel to prevent filming of documentary.

Pursuant to a final judgment in a compliance dispute between the SEC and a New York-based investment banking and financial services firm, served as the agreed Independent Consultant to evaluate policies and procedures with respect to regulations governing the retention of electronic communications.

Enforced and invalidated covenants not to compete in a variety of contexts.

Obtained and defeated a variety of temporary injunctions involving federal and state statutes, regulations, interpretation of the Texas Constitution, real estate rights, covenants not to compete, and trade secrets.

Won complete defense verdict in trial against accounting firm in suit against former employment compensation and benefits consultants and new employer.

Obtained temporary restraining order and 7-figure settlement against executive whose co-workers and office staff were recruited to join competitor

Led the litigation team in the successful prosecution and settlement of a substantial construction defects case involving a big box retail development and numerous defendants.

Defended numerous professional liability claims against insurance brokers and other professional service providers.

Obtained numerous summary judgments dismissing claims.

Reported Decisions

Lead Counsel, U.S. Risk Ins. Group v. Woods, 399 S.W.3d 295 (Tex. App.—Dallas, 2013, no pet.)

Lead Counsel, Marsh v. Cook, 359 S.W. 3d 764 (Tex. 2011)

Lead Counsel, Amend v. Watson, 333 S.W.3d 625 (Tex. App.—Dallas, July 6, 2009, no pet.)

TIG Ins. Co. v. Aon Re, Inc., No. 05-11450, 2008 WL 667423 (Fifth Cir. Mar. 13, 2008)

Meyer v. Cathey, 48 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 913 (Tex. 2005)

Nauslar v. Coors Brewing Co., 170 S.W.3d 242 (Tex. App.—Dallas, 2005, no pet.)

Lead Counsel, CMS Partners, Ltd. v. Plumrose USA, Inc., 101 S.W.3d 730 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2003, no pet.)

Lead Counsel, Plaza at Turtle Creek, Ltd. v. Henry Building, Inc., 2002 WL 59603 (Tex. App.—El Paso, Jan. 17, 2002)

Bullough v. JLM Financial II, 2001 WL 789285 (Tex. App.—Dallas, July 12, 2001, pet. denied)

Lead Counsel, Blackman v. Jolly, 2000 WL 230329 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Mar. 1, 2000, pet. denied)

Lead Counsel, Monroe v. Hunsicker, 2000 WL 31876 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Jan. 18, 2000, no pet.)

Honors and Distinctions

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV® Rating (5.0 out of 5.0)

Named to the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas list by Super Lawyers, 2013, Thomson Reuters

D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2008-2014

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list, as published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2003-2013, Thomson Reuters

D Magazine Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, 2010

Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2004

D Magazine Best Lawyers Under 40, 2004

President’s Award of Merit, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2002 and 2004

BTI Client Service All-Star (survey of Fortune 1000 general counsel), 2002

Speeches/Publications

Co-Chair, 8th Annual Sedona Conference Institute on eDiscovery, Houston, 2014.

Speaker, Noncompetes in Texas: Where are the Battle Lines Now?, Dallas Bar Association, July 2013.

Chair, American Bar Association Section of Litigation 5th National Institute on Electronic Discovery, Washington, D.C., 2011, and New York, 2012 and 2013.

Co-Author, Recent Developments and Trends in Discovery, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course 2012 (July, August and October 2012, republished in TEXAS PERSPECTIVES ON E-DISCOVERY, State Bar of Texas, 2013).

Panelist, E-Discovery Cost Saving Solutions: The New Drivers, Huron Legal Institute, 2013.

Panelist, Plunging into the Quagmire of Marsh: New Issues in Noncompetes, ALI CLE, 2012.

Co-Chair, 6th Annual Sedona Conference Institute on Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve, St. Louis, 2012.

Moderator of Judicial Panel, E-Discovery in the State and Federal Courts, Dallas Bar Association, 2011.

Panelist, E-information: From Request to Admission, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2010.

Co-author, Living Daily With Weekley Homes, The Advocate, Summer 2010.

Panelist, Kroll Ontrack Litigation Technology Workshop, LegalTech, New York, 2010.

Panelist, Working With First Time Clients on Electronic Discovery Projects, ESI Bytes, 2009.

Moderator, American Bar Association Third Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, Chicago, 2009.

Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2009.

Panelist, Money-Saving Solutions for E-Discovery, Huron Consulting Group, 2009.

Panelist, Avoiding Problems for Corporate Representatives Under Oath, Georgetown Law CLE, 2008.

Assessing Noncompetition Agreements and Minimizing Risk in the Hiring Process, In-House Litigator, ABA Section of Litigation, 2008.

Moderator, State and Federal Approaches to E-Discovery, Dallas Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, 2008.

Downgrading Data to Inaccessible Format: Risky business?, BNA Audioconference, 2008.

Co-Chair, 2nd Annual Getting Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve: Strategies to Reduce Costs & Meet Judicial Expectations, The Sedona Conference Institute, San Diego, 2008.

E-Discovery Ethics & Best Practices for Counsel, West Legalworks, 2007.

Panelist, 4th Annual Advanced E-Discovery Institute: The Revised Federal Rules – A Year Later, Georgetown University Law Center, 2007.

Panelist, Does Size Matter With Electronic Records? Records Management Issues for Mid-Size Companies and Law Firms, BNA Audioconference, 2007.

Panelist, Electronic Discovery after the New Federal Rules: Strategies for Coping with the Latest Challenges and Intricacies, West Legalworks, Austin, TX, 2007.

E-Discovery in Practice – Effect of the Federal Rule Changes, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2007.

Co-chair, Getting Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve, The Sedona Conference Institute, Memphis, TN, 2007.

Panelist, The Next Frontier – Federal Rules Changes to E-Discovery, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2007.

Panelist, University of Traditional Discovery Mechanisms to Pursue E-Discovery, Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute, 2006.

E-Discovery Basics, Burdens and Bombshells, Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, 2006.

New Federal Rules on E-Discovery: Answers and Questions, Pricewaterhouse Coopers General Counsel Forum, 2006.

Panelist, Preservation Duties, Spoliation Sanctions and Risk Management, IQPC E-Discovery Conference, Miami, FL, 2006.

Electronic Discovery and the Evolving Role of Corporate Counsel and the Governance Professional, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, 2006.

Moderator, Protective Orders & Open Courts: Access or Exposure?, Dallas Bar Association, 2005.

Electronic Discovery: How to Cope with Litigation’s 800-pound Gorilla, 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, SMU Dedman School of Law, 2005.

How to Avoid Being on the Wrong End of Spoliation Sanctions – Lessons from Morgan Stanley, Zubulake, and Phillip Morris, Association of Corporate Counsel, DFW Chapter, 2005.

Rules Tomorrow, Guidance Today: The State of Play of the Federal Rules Proposals and the Impact of Arthur Andersen and Morgan Stanley, Pike & Fisher Audioconference, 2005.

Trials and Tribulations: Electronic Discovery and the Evolving Role of Corporate Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel DFW Symposium, 2005.

The Role of Electronic Documents in Litigation and Investigations: Unique Issues and Innovative Approaches, International Law and Technology Forum, Center for American and International Law, 2004.

Recent Updates Relating to Discovery of Electronic Data, The Fifth Annual Las Vegas CLE, DAYL/AAYLA, 2004.

Co-author and program faculty member,Who Pays for Electronic Discovery? A Survey, Complex Litigation V: Electronic Discovery and Technology in the Courtroom, The Sedona Conference, 2003.

Federal Discovery, Federal Court Practice Seminar, State Bar of Texas 2002.

Sending and Responding to Written Discovery, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers “Bridge The Gap” Seminar, 1999.

The New Texas State Court Discovery Rules, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Seminar, 1999.

Court Admissions

Texas, 1993

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Education

University of Texas
J.D., with honors, 1993
Editor in Chief, The Review of Litigation

Trinity University
B.S., summa cum laude, 1990, Computer Science and Philosophy
Phi Beta Kappa

Kings College, University of London

Judicial Clerkship

Honorable Lloyd Doggett, Supreme Court of Texas, 1993-1994

Associations/Affiliations

Leadership Dallas Alumni, Board of Directors, 2011-present; Chair, 2014.

Board of Directors, Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation, 2013.

T. Boone Pickens YMCA Board of Management, 2012- present.

American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Committee on National Institutes, Co-Chair, 2010-13.

Dallas Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011-2012; Judiciary  Committee Co-Chair, 2011; Bench-Bar Conference Co-Chair, 2009.

Leadership Dallas, Class of 2009.

The Chiapas Project, Board of Directors, 2005-2010 (Chair 2006, Officer 2005-2007); Advisory Board, 2011-present.

Texas Young Lawyers Association,
Board of Directors, 2000-2004.

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers,
Board of Directors, 1999-2004 (Secretary, Treasurer).

National Alumni Board, Trinity University, (Executive Committee), 2005-2008.

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Founding Fellow and former Trustee and Officer.

Life Fellow: Dallas Bar Foundation.

Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation.

Member: College of the State Bar of Texas, Attorneys Serving the Community, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association.

Numerous committees for state and local bar associations.

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