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"It’s hard to find an area of business litigation I haven’t handled."

Ask other attorneys about Tim Gavin and you’ll probably hear the following: He gets to the heart of the matter very quickly.

Wasted time costs money, so Tim makes sure his cases are handled as efficiently as possible. From the moment he takes a case, instead of mapping out a three-year litigation plan, he maps out a path to resolution. He knows that the sooner his clients and their companies can move on, the better it will be for everyone.

His clients will tell you that Tim is fair, trustworthy, and thoughtful. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a great sense of humor, but can be tough when he needs to be.

This is important given the types of cases he handles—sorting out differences in business partnerships, defending directors and officers charged with breaches of fiduciary duty, litigating trade secret and other unfair competition cases—this is not territory for the timid. His cases require an experienced navigator at the helm.

They also require someone who will put his clients—their needs, hopes, and even fears—above all else. Tim will be the first to tell you: that’s what it’s all about.

Professional Recognition

Listed in the 2011–2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of commercial litigation

Listed in Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Lawyers listing for business litigation every year since 2003 (the first year the list was published)

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


Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Took over the representation of a limited partner after entry of summary judgment finding client had breached his fiduciary duty to the partnership. During course of trial on damages, the trial court reversed summary judgment ruling and the jury verdict resulted in a take nothing judgment in favor of our client.

Represented Fortune 500 company in numerous suits brought by disgruntled minority partners in various partnerships.

Represented directors in multiple actions brought by bankruptcy trustees alleging breach of fiduciary duty to bankrupt company.

Represented the majority shareholder in a suit alleging shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty that resulted in take nothing judgment from court of appeals.

Represented outside directors of Fortune 500 company in derivative action involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty. Case ultimately settled by agreeing to governance changes and paying attorneys’ fees.

Other Actions
Obtained a multimillion-dollar breach of contract recovery for purchaser of apartment complex after seller attempted to avoid obligation to sell.

Represented family member in resolving complicated family wealth and business issues.

Court Admissions

Texas, 1979


Southern Methodist University
J.D., cum laude, 1979
Texas Survey Editor, Southwestern Law Journal, 1978-79, Member: Order of the Coif

St. Edwards University
B.A., Valedictorian, 1976


Member: Dallas Bar Association (Chair, Lawyer Referral Service Committee, 2005; Co-Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2001; Chair, Judicial Investiture Committee, 2001; Co-Chair, Bench Bar Conference Committee, 1995; Chair, Fee Disputes Committee, 1991).

Member: Texas Bar Foundation and Dallas Bar Foundation.


Author: General Partners Beware – Texas Supreme Court Allows Suit Against General Partner Fifteen Years After Conduct at Issue, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, Issue Three 2015.