AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
- Complex Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Employment Law
- Trade Secret Law
- Large-Loss Subrogation
- J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law
- St. Mary’s Law Journal
- First Summer Law Clerk for the Honorable United States District Judge Orlando L. Garcia, Western District of Texas
- B.A., Southern Methodist University
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Honored as a “Texas Rising Star” (a Thomson Reuters service) in Texas Monthly, 2004 and 2005
- Texas Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- SMU Mustang Club
- State of Texas
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- Previously admitted pro hac vice in Arkansas, California. Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah
Mr. Clift is a trial lawyer representing clients in complex civil cases and arbitration proceedings involving business disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, violations of non-competes, employment torts, and large-loss subrogation. Mr. Clift has represented clients’ interests throughout the United States and in Brazil and Canada. He has been admitted pro hac vice in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah.
Some of Mr. Clift’s recent results include:
- Resolved contentious partnership dispute where partner alleged client stole from business and was not an equity owner; payment made to client.
- Obtained substantial buy-out for family-member owner of company in probate dispute.
- Obtained disputed excess insurance policy monies for family who lost wife and mother to individual who was driving under the influence and killed two people.
- Obtained dismissal of professional liability claims against forensic accounting firm and its partners prior to plaintiff’s summary judgment response deadline.
- Part of team that obtained federal court injunction against trial consultant to enforce noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants.
- Negotiated buy-out of Mexican-based company to resolve claim for breach of various duties brought against former high-level executive in publicly-traded company.
- Resolved complex tire recycling facility fire litigation in environmentally-conscious Southwest in favor of client including, in part, requiring electric utility defendant to fund clean-up of resulting waste.
- Defeated claim brought by major hospital against regional third-party administrator for late-paid medical bills, including recovery of client’s attorneys’ fees.
- Favorably resolved lawsuit for plaintiff client against vendor that provided inaccurate, computer-generated flood hazard data relied on by client’s risk control group.
- Prosecuted trade-secret-theft case in New York federal district court for national restaurant concern.
- Obtained temporary and permanent injunction against ex-employee in Dallas applying the inevitable disclosure doctrine.
- Resolved partnership dispute for national forensic accounting firm through New York-venued arbitration proceeding.
Mr. Clift has also spoken at various seminars and authored practice-area-focused articles. A number of presentations and articles include:
- Speaker, Injunctive Relief: Tora, Tora, Tora; Blitzkrieg; and Special Ops., University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Civil Litigation Seminar (2005).
- Speaker, Successful Subrogation, Texas Independent Insurance Adjusters Association, Fall 2004 Education Seminar (2004).
- Co-Author and speaker, Electronic Communications: Employer and Attorney Issues in the Electronic Age, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Employment Law Seminar (2003).
- Author, IAQ Litigation and Strategies, Texas Building Trends Magazine, September-October 2001 issue.
- Co-Author, Mold and Sick Building Litigation Part I: Legal Theories and Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defendants, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Business Litigation Seminar (2001).
- Co-Author, Mold and Sick Building Litigation, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Personal Injury Seminar (2001).
- Co-author and speaker, Privacy Issues in the Age of Broadband, University of Houston Law Foundation, Employment Law for Lawyers and HR Professionals Seminar (2000).
- Author and speaker, Issues, Strategies and Solutions: Texas Residential Construction Liability Act, The Republic Underwriters Subrogation Seminar (2000).
- Co-author and speaker, Electronic Communications: Issues and Solutions for the Small Business Owner, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advising Small Business Owners Seminar (2000).
- Co-author, Electronic Communications: Internet, E-Mail, Etc.: Understanding Employers’ Liability Exposure and Limiting It, University of Houston Law Foundation, Employment Law for Lawyers and Human Resource Professionals Seminar (1999).
- Co-author and speaker, Background Checks, Surveillance, E-Mail/Internet, Dating Policies, Etc., University of Houston Law Foundation, Employment Law for Lawyers and Human Resource Professionals Seminar (1998).
- Speaker, Subrogation: Pursuing and Defending Claims, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Insurance Law Seminar (1998).
- Co-author and speaker, Electronic Communications and Computer Records: Employer Liability and Discovery Issues, University of Houston Law Foundation, Employment Law Seminar (1998).
- Co-author, Workplace Privacy in the Electronic Age, University of Houston Law Foundation, Employment Law for Lawyers and Human Resource Professionals Seminar (1997).
- Co-author and speaker, Surveillance of Employee Communications and Employer Utilization of Consumer Reports, National Association of Women in Construction Seminar (1997).