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AREAS OF EXPERIENCE Business, Employment, Personal Injury and Insurance Litigation

Civil Trial Law
Labor & Employment Law

Texas Board of Legal Specialization


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Mr. Dunn frequently conducts training seminars and gives speeches. He has written three books and more than 20 legal articles

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Rated as one of the top 100 attorneys in Texas, a Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly, 2008

Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by
D Magazine 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2003 to 2006

Rated a top 100 attorney in Dallas/Fort Worth, a Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005

Rated as one of the Best 93 Lawyers in Dallas who represents individuals by D Magazine 2009

Honored as a Texas "Super Lawyer", a Thomson Reuters service, published in Texas Monthly, every year 2003 to 2014

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2016 (Woodward White, Inc.), in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Employment Law-Management


Best Lawyer

Purveyor of the Year,
Outback Steakhouse, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005
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Life Fellow
Texas Bar Foundation, 2006

Purveyor of the Year, Outback Steakhouse, 2004

Purveyor of the Year, Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2004

Board Certified:
Civil Trial Advocacy
National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2003

Purveyor of the Year, Outback Steakhouse, 2002

Purveyor of the Year, Carrabba's Italian Grill, 2002

Purveyor of the Year, Outback Steakhouse, 2001

Life member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1999

AV Rating Received from
Martindale Hubbell, 1996

Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, N. Tex. Legal Services, 1988

Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University,
MBA Program 1986-1998
2008 - Present

J.D., cum laude, UT Law School, 1983
Texas Law Review
Board of Advocates

B.A., cum laude, SMU, 1980
Departmental Distinction: English

Law Clerk to Hon. Reynaldo Garza, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 1983-84

Mr. Dunn was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984 and was subsequently admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and all Federal district Courts in Texas, the Western District of Oklahoma, the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the District Court of Colorado.

Texas Employment Law
James Publishing

Restaurant Law Reporter
Eli Research

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The Texas Connection
Rogge Dunn is a fifth generation Texan, born in Dallas. Mr. Dunn and his wife are active in charitable, political and civic causes.

Recognized Trial Expertise
Mr. Dunn was recognized as one of the top 100 attorneys in the entire State of Texas in 2008 by the Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly.  Mr. Dunn was further honored as one of the top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth in 2005, 2006, 2008-2011 by the Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly.  Every year since 2003 through 2014 Mr. Dunn has also been designated a Texas "Super Lawyer", a Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly magazine. In 2003-2006 and 2009-2013, Mr. Dunn was recognized by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas.  He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2016 (Woodward White, Inc.), in the area of Commercial Litigation and Employment Law-Management.

News organizations have sought his opinion on legal issues, including: The CBS Evening News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC Radio, Anderson Cooper 360, U.S. News & World Report, The NBC Today Show, CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine, Court TV Radio, USA Today, MSNBC, The National Law Journal and The Dallas Morning News. Click here

Complex Litigation
Mr. Dunn is one of only 50 attorneys in Texas who is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and in Labor and Employment Law. He has litigated complex business, employment, personal injury and insurance disputes throughout the country and tried cases to a jury verdict in four states. He has represented clients in disputes arising in Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, The Netherlands, Scotland, Qatar and throughout the U.S.

Mr. Dunn represents corporations, insurance individuals and carriers in a variety of complex matters involving business disputes, employment law, partnership issues, FINRA, arbitration, class actions, shareholder oppression, breach of contract, "business divorce," non-competes, trade secrets, whistleblowing, and significant personal injuries.

Two of his closing arguments were recorded for the Million Dollar Arguments audiotape series.

Corporate Investigations
Fortune 500 companies have hired Rogge Dunn and his team to investigate sensitive corporate governance and other matters. Major law firms wanting to avoid potential disqualification as a witness issues have also hired Dunn to conduct investigations on their client's behalf. One of Mr. Dunn's investigations was cited by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as a basis for the client obtaining a summary judgment. Sandstad v. CB Richard Ellis, 309 F.3d 893 (5th Cir. 2002)

Results for Clients

  • Obtained TROs, injunctions and other equitable relief throughout the nation
  • Successful defense of oil and gas company exercising preferential purchase rights involving O&G properties in New Mexico and Texas worth $1.5+ billion
  • Successful defense of oil and gas partnership sued over ownership of 30,000 acre mineral lease involving Barnett Shale in West Texas worth an estimated $1 billion
  • Successful defense of insurance carrier in $100 million commercial mold claim
  • Negotiated removal of co-manager, loan payoff and extinguished management rights of minority members of healthcare company worth $50+ million
  • Successful defense of Fortune 500 real estate company sued for $43 million over sale of Arkansas office park
  • Won summary judgment in favor of inspection company sued for $38 million for alleged defective inspection of pressure vessels on offshore rigs and won $92,000 in attorneys' fees against the Plaintiff
  • Successful defense of law firm partner sued by former partner regarding dispute over a $13+ million fee
  • Obtained summary dismissal in favor of Client, Texas Tech President Guy Bailey, in $12.5 million dollar lawsuit filed in Lubbock by former coach Mike Leach against Texas Tech University, Tech's President, Chancellor and Regents - Link to Judge's Ruling
  • Won divorce trial enforcing Client's $10.5 million marital property agreement
  • $9.6 million settlement for insurance carrier in a commercial dispute with a flood zone determination company in Missouri (Client's net, $7.1 million)
  • Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 1000 company sued for $9 million by employees' estates over a triple homicide in one of its East Texas stores
  • $8.7 million settlement for recycling facility damaged by the negligence of a power company in New Mexico (Client's net, $4.4 million)
  • $8.3 million severance for Canadian citizen who resigned as CEO of Fortune 200 bottling group
  • Obtained take nothing dismissal in favor of Fortune 500 executive sued in a glass ceiling class action lawsuit
  • Ongoing defense of nationwide insurance carrier in 85 asbestos lawsuits filed by 2,500+ plaintiffs in Ohio and South Texas
  • Obtained take nothing dismissal in favor of lending broker sued for $8 million for fraud, negligence and breach of contract involving a real estate development project
  • Successful negotiation of commission interests for Fortune 500 commercial real estate brokerage firm involving $65 million Austin land sale
  • Successful defense and dissolution of TROs obtained in Houston and Dallas against Fortune global 300 company for tortious interference with contract and employee raiding involving its hiring of numerous executives from competitor
  • Successful defense of two nationwide restaurant chains sued in class action filed in Beaumont, Texas
  • Successful defense of wrongful death lawsuit for drug manufacturer
  • Successful defense of majority shareholder sued for shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty by minority shareholder
  • Successful defense of a top five executive in Fortune 10 company accused of breaking a non-compete and misappropriating trade secrets
  • $6.5 million settlement for public utility damaged by negligent power interruption in Arizona
  • $6.1 million severance package and negotiated succession plan for Chairman/CEO of a bank with more than $11 billion in assets
  • $6 million settlement for Australian citizen who was COO of oil and gas company fired after a change in control
  • Defense verdict in favor of Fortune 1000 company sued for $6 million under partnership agreement
  • Ongoing representation regarding real estate issues and litigation for private equity real estate group with more than $1 billion in assets
  • $4.9 million settlement for fired CEO who sued for disability discrimination
  • Successful defense of multi-million dollar breach of partnership agreement lawsuit in Oklahoma
  • $4.8 million settlement for owner of salt dome storage facility against operator for causing well blowout (Client's net, $3.1 million)
  • Advised and assisted City Council that fired its City Manager
  • $4.5 million settlement for C-level executive of Scottish oil and gas company fired after a change in control
  • $4.5 million retirement/consulting package for Senior Vice President of manufacturing company
  • Successful defense of numerous discrimination and other employment claims filed in North Texas against Fortune global 6 company filed with Dept. of Labor
  • Successful representation of Fortune 150 company in compelling numerous lawsuits to mandatory arbitration and winning matters compelled to arbitration
  • $4.1 million severance package for President of an oil and gas company who exercised "good reason" termination after a change in control
  • Successful representation of high profile Austin trial attorney during the dissolution of law firm partnership
  • Obtained no cause dismissal of Sarbanes-Oxley complaint exonerating Fortune 150 company that executive had filed with Department of Labor
  • $4 million settlement for President of an oil and gas company fired after a change in control
  • Successful defense of company with 300 stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma in wage and hour enforcement action brought by Department of Labor
  • Successful defense of home care nursing company sued for wrongful death
  • Defense and favorable settlement for Fortune 500 company sued by multiple plaintiffs for wrongful death and serious injury at South Texas hunting camp
  • $3.1 million settlement for President of an oil and gas company fired after a change in control
  • Obtained take nothing arbitration award in Louisiana in favor of employer accused of wrongful discharge and OSHA retaliation
  • $3.06 million settlement for construction defects in 40,000 square foot mansion (Client's net $2.3 million)
  • $2.8 million settlement for former Pizza Inn CEO, who was fired after proxy fight and who Pizza Inn had sued for $9.4 million (Client's net $2 million)
  • $2.6 million settlement for hospital in commercial arbitration regarding improper installation of electrical system (Client's net $1.9 million)
  • $2.6 million settlement for fired C-level executive of Fortune 100 beverage company
  • $2.6 million for a fired C-level executive of a Fortune 200 homebuilding company
  • $2.5 million settlement for minority shareholder alleging shareholder oppression (Client's net $1.8 million)
  • Won take nothing dismissal for insurance carrier sued for $2.5+ million on equipment breakdown insurance policy
  • $2.395 million for minority shareholder in shareholder oppression lawsuit.  
  • $2.2 million settlement for Client suing designer and manufacturer of display that caused store fires in Florida and Massachusetts (Client's net $1.6 million)
  • Won take nothing arbitration ruling in favor of a Fortune 150 company accused of discrimination and retaliation and obtained $18,945 counter-claim judgment against the Plaintiff for repayment of unearned draws
  • Won take nothing dismissal for insurance adjuster sued for $2 million on a commercial property loss involving Hurricane Ike
  • Obtained $1.784 million good reason resignation payment for VP of Fortune 300 oil & gas company (Client's net $1.781 million)
  • $1.7 million in cash and real property for minority shareholder in a shareholder oppression lawsuit.  (Client's net $1.3 million)
  • Successful resolution of lawsuit for a property insurance carrier sued by medical practice group for $1.5 million and insurance bad faith
  • Defended Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisor team sued in FINRA arb for $1.5+ million on promissory note.  Settled the claim against clients for only $1,000
  • $1.45 million severance package for executive with dairy company (Client's net $1,428,000)
  • $1.4 million settlement for construction defects in Missouri lake house (Client's net $785,000)
  • $1.375 million settlement for invasion of privacy (Client's net, $880,000)
  • Successful resolution of overtime claim by pumpers against oil and gas company in Midland
  • $1.2 million settlement at trial for City of Beaumont suing for breach of contract and warranty involving industrial pumps (Client's net $850,000)
  • $1.2 million for Managing Director of a British petroleum company who exercised "good reason" termination after a change in control
  • Successful negotiation of confidential trailing commission severance agreement for the top broker in the Staubach Company's Austin office
  • $1.2 million verdict for client suing for sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation (Client's net, $240,000)
  • $1,135,00 settlement for minority partner for breach of fiduciary duty against $250 million private equity fund
  • $1.1 million severance for fired Branch Manager of international investment bank with a market cap exceeding $30 billion
  • $1.03 million settlement for Wall Street broker laid off by a New York wire house
  • Won $1 million FINRA arbitration award for fired Los Angeles Barron's top 100 Financial Advisor against Goldman Sachs (Client's net $580,000)
  • $1 million settlement in arbitration for fired executive (Client's net $950,000)
  • $925,000 settlement in FINRA  arbitration for Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisor fired by Wall Street firm (Client's net $610,000)
  • $800,000 settlement for client who contracted food poisoning at an Oklahoma restaurant (Client's net $510,000)
Past achievements are no guarantee of future results. Results depend on the facts of each case. All results listed provide the client's net recovery.

Representative Clients
Some of Mr. Dunn's clients include: Adecco, AIG, American College of Emergency Physicians, Auto One Acceptance, Bank of Texas, Beal Bank, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill, CB Richard Ellis, Champion Home Builders, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Cigna Healthcare of Texas, Cigna Insurance Companies, Cintas, COG Operating, Concho Equity Holding Corp., Criswell College, CVS Caremark, Data Return, Fuel Rewards Network, FM Global, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Case Commercial Real Estate Partners, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company,  HealthMarkets, Hoffbrau Steaks, Industrial Risk Insurers, Loving Care Agency, Massey-Fair Industrial, Inc., MLE, Inc., MMC Group, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Onward Healthcare, Onyx M.D., Outback Steakhouse, Panda Energy, Peregrine Pipeline Co, ProShare Advisors, Puritan Financial, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant, Safeco Insurance, SEI Investments, Buck Showalter, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, Southern Dock Products, St. Paul Travelers Insurance Companies, Thackeray Partners, TNA Wrestling, Tractel Group, Triad Financial, and Unified Investigations and Sciences.

Mr. Dunn has represented numerous top executives of Fortune 500 companies, including the COO of Halliburton Energy Services and five divisional presidents of Dresser Industries in cases arising out of the Halliburton-Dresser merger.

He has represented four of Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisors.

He has also represented bankers, brokers, physicians, venture capitalists, shareholders, partners, investors, agents and sales representatives, as well as founders of small to mid-cap companies.

His client representations span most industries including, investment banking, securities, entertainment, health care, technology, private equity, real estate and partnerships.

Mr. Dunn has negotiated favorable severance packages, employment contracts and partnership agreements. Both executives and companies have hired him to represent them in internal investigations and corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley matters.

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