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"When I was with the U.S. attorney’s office, an expert witness once told me, ‘You really do chew on an old bone.’ I do tend to worry over issues. I spend a lot of time and personal energy on solving problems. Any problem you have is going to be my problem."

A law professor once told Ken Carroll that thinking deeply can be like swimming under water: the mind, like the body, rebels; it prefers the surface. But the successful thinker, the successful attorney, learns to immerse himself, to continually force himself beyond the surface. Ken took the lesson to heart.

Early on, he was a federal prosecutor. Over more than three decades, Ken’s practice evolved. He now handles an array of business-related matters, including stockholder derivative actions and other director & officer matters, legal malpractice cases, antitrust disputes, and class action lawsuits. Whatever the case, Ken approaches problems with the same tenacity he brought to criminal prosecution. And whether his client heads a multinational corporation or is one person with one problem, Ken makes certain they receive the same level of dedication. It’s what they expect of him and what he expects of himself.

That approach is true for Ken’s appellate work as well, a practice area on which he has increasingly focused in recent years. The work has brought Ken peer recognition and client loyalty. He won those accolades by solving legal puzzles; by making sure the little things were attended to; by understanding that succeeding in a case for the client’s benefit can involve compromise as well as combat.

But whether Ken is in trial, drafting an appellate brief, or analyzing a complex issue of corporate governance, one thing is constant: commitment to doing the job right. Diving into challenging waters attracted him to the law in the first place.

Honors and Distinctions

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation and Appellate, 2014–2021

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list, as published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2011-2021


Author, Five Practical Things to Consider, If You Include an Arbitration Clause in Your Contract, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, 2021 Issue Two – Special Arbitration Issue (June 2021).

Co-Author, Enforcing Your Arbitration Agreement: Where and How, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, 2021 Issue Two – Special Arbitration Issue (June 2021).

Speaker, Interlocutory Appeals in Federal Court: Gosh, I miss § 51.014, Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Section, January 2017.

Speaker, 2015 in the Rearview Mirror: The Antitrust Year in Review, Dallas Bar Association, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section, February 2016.

Regular contributor to Sua Sponte, Carrington Coleman’s Dallas Appellate blog.

Speaker, Removal and Remand: Can I Appeal That?, Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Section, February 2014.

Speaker, Fundamentals of Antitrust Exemptions and Immunities, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 2009-2010 Antitrust Brown Bag Series, January 2010.

The Internship Supply–Demand Crisis:  Time for a Solution is Now, Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 135-139, 2009.

The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine, Chapter VI, What Do We Mean By “Generally Immune”?  The Exceptions To the Immunity, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, July 2009.

Credit Suisse Securities USA (LLC) v. Billing:  One Year Later, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, E&I Update 4, Fall 2008.

The Fifth Circuit Raises the Bar for Class Action Certification in Securities Cases Involving the “Fraud-on-the-Market” Presumption: Oscar Private Equity Investments, et al. v. Allegiance Telecom, Inc., et al., No 05-10791 (5th Cir. May 16, 2007), Carrington Coleman Securities Class Action Bulletin, May 2007.

Resale Price Maintenance and the Rule of Reason, Carrington Coleman Competition Law Bulletin, July 2007.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects “Parallel Conduct” Pleading Under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, Retires “No Set of Facts” Pleading Standards, Carrington Law Bulletin, June 2007.

Choice of Law and the Geographic Limits of State Antitrust Claims in Texas Courts, Carrington Coleman Competition Law Bulletin, 2007.

Court Admissions

Texas, 1979

District of Columbia, 1981 (inactive)

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Third, Tenth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits

United States Supreme Court


University of Texas, J.D., with high honors, 1979
Member: Friar Society; Chancellors;
 Order of the Coif
Member: Texas Law Review, 1977-1979

East Texas State University, M.M., 1976

Lambuth College,
B.A., summa cum laude, 1975

Judicial Clerkship

Honorable Thomas M. Reavley, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1979-80


Immediate Past Chair: Dallas Bar Association, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section

Secretary: Dallas Bar Association, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section

Past Chair: Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section

Member: State Bar of Texas Appellate Section

Council: State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section

Member: Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section

Former Vice-Chair: Exemptions and Immunities Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law

University of Texas School of Law Alumni – Dallas Steering Committee