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Lance Currie knows trial work requires a sense of story, fierce determination, and incredibly hard work. Lance learned the benefits of hard work, determination, and loyalty on his family’s 100-year-old ranch in Paint Rock, Texas—values that define his practice today.

Lance wants businesses to succeed, tackling issues with creativity and focus. He works with his clients to see problems from a different perspective. Sometimes problems can be avoided through creative thinking, but Lance is ready for the fight when the need arises. He strives for excellence no matter the approach. Through hard work, he is dedicated to finding solutions for clients in and out of litigation to maximize success.

Lance primarily represents clients in the construction industry, building on lessons he learned working for his father, who is a home builder and developer. He represents owners and contractors in many types of construction disputes, and his cases often involve multiple parties that require significant ingenuity to resolve or litigate. By recognizing all parties usually want to build successful projects, he works to find ways to keep projects moving, get projects repaired, and resolve disputes with the end goal in mind.

In addition to construction, Lance has a significant securities practice. He advises those raising funds for projects and those managing funds and investments, such as broker-dealers and registered representatives. He has significant corporate governance experience, including representing directors and officers or assisting investigative committees. Lance also represents clients in the oil and gas, real estate, healthcare, transportation, and telecommunications industries.

When trying cases, Lance focuses on telling his clients’ stories in ways juries can understand. Lance thinks outside the box and discovers nuances others may have overlooked. He builds a connection with a jury based on his significant courtroom experience and relies on being a meticulously prepared and determined advocate to find the best solution he can for his clients.

Experience

Won take-nothing jury verdict for telecommunications company in real estate dispute.

Represented owner of large multi-family development pursuing multi-million dollar claims for construction defects. Lance managed the day-to-day operation of the litigation to a successful result.

Represented subcontractor in two complex litigations involving water treatment plants. Lance managed one lawsuit through trial preparation, and his work on the other included preparing the trial team, drafting court filings, and researching complex issues.

Successfully represented drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in litigation involving construction defects causing significant water penetration.

Involved in the representation of a major airline in dispute with contractor. Lance’s work included extensive pretrial briefing and preparing for a multi-week trial. The case settled on the eve of trial after our client prevailed on numerous pretrial motions.

Defended broker-dealer from defamation claims brought by former investment banker terminated for violating firm policy. Lance handled all aspects of the one-week arbitration, resulting in no monetary recovery and the investment banker paying Lance’s client on counterclaims.

Aided in the representation of directors and managers facing negligent misrepresentation claims related to a transaction involving a rehabilitation hospital, which required understanding complex healthcare accounting issues. Lance’s work included drafting court filings, participating in depositions, and addressing discovery-related issues.

Participated in successful representation of an investment firm in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit defending against various allegations including racketeering, civil conspiracy, tortious interference, and defamation. Lance’s work included drafting in part the dispositive motions that led to dismissal of the case at trial; coordinating third-party productions and discovery, both nationally and internationally; motion practice and participating in extensive hearings regarding discovery; taking multiple depositions; and serving as a member of the trial team in preparation for a multi-month trial.

Assisted in the representation of international broker-dealer in dispute with former banker. Lance’s work on the trial team for the two-week arbitration included preparing witnesses, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and drafting trial briefs. Prior to arbitration, Lance handled day-to-day discovery and pretrial issues and drafted necessary filings.

Aided in the representation of outside directors during an SEC investigation concerning a former NYSE company. Lance’s work included extensive witness preparation and presence during interviews with SEC staff as well as the management of confidential document productions.

Aided in the representation of directors and managers facing negligent misrepresentation claims related to a transaction involving a rehabilitation hospital, which required understanding complex health care accounting issues. Lance’s work included drafting court filings, participating in depositions, and addressing discovery related issues.

Assisted in representation of attorney facing allegations of conspiring to violate the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. Lance managed the case day-to-day; his work included motion practice and preparing for trial.

In a pro bono matter, Lance successfully represented a mother in a divorce bench trial involving allegations of child abuse by the father.

Speeches/Publications

Co-Presenter, Commercial Leases – Understanding Your Current Lease and Negotiating the Next, Carrington Coleman Webinar, June 2016.

Co-Presenter, Top 10 Construction Contract Clauses – Drafting Pitfalls: How to Avoid Them and What Happens if You Don’t, Carrington Coleman Webinar (February 2016).

Co-Author, The Trump Transition: Consequences for Securities and Financial Regulations, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, (2017 Issue One).

Author, Don’t Tell Anyone! (Except The SEC), Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, (2015 Issue Two).

Co-Author, Professional Liability, SMU Law Rev. (2015).

Author, Elizondo v. Krist: Proving Malpractice Damages for Inadequate Settlement in Texas Requires Expert Testimony and an Actual Comparison to Other Settlements, LPL eAdvisory, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability (October 2013).

Course Director, Federal Court Practice CLE (2012 & 2013).

Co-Author, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? The Struggle to Craft Remedies in Shareholder Oppression Cases, Texas Bar CLE: Damages in Civil Litigation (March 2013).

Co-Author, Professional Liability, 62 SMU L. Rev. 469 (2011).

Court Admissions

Texas, 2008

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

Education

University of Texas
J.D., 2008
Order of the Coif
Texas Law Review, 2006-08; Associate Editor, 2007-08
Assault & Flattery 2006-08, Director 2007-08

Baylor University
B.F.A, 2003

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable George P. Kazen, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2008-09.

Associations/Affiliations

Leadership Dallas
– Class Member, 2017-18

Young Professionals of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
– Chair, 2016
– Board Member, 2014-Present

Howard Payne University
– Trustee, 2016-18

Reading Partners
– Board Member, 2017-Present

Texas Young Lawyers Association
– Director, 2011-15
– President’s Award of Merit, 2013-14
– President’s Award of Merit, 2014-15

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
– Director, 2011-15
– Co-Chair of Equal Access to Justice Committee

Dallas Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Second Thought Theatre
– Founder and Board Member
– Past Board President

Honors and Distinctions

Named to Texas Rising Stars list in business litigation, as published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2014-17.

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