Jeffrey L. DorrellPartner
Jeffrey Dorrell is a seasoned litigator and relentless client advocate for Hanszen Laporte, where he leads the firm’s active appellate practice. A Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialist, he has won a number of complex First Amendment cases through his mastery of arcane procedural rules and difficult legal concepts. In 2008 Texas Lawyer named Jeff among the state’s most impactful lawyers.
Jeff has argued cases as large as $161 million in federal courts throughout the country, and in 2016 joined a select group of lawyers in the nation by winning Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz in the U.S. Supreme Court. The reversal set a significant new precedent that protects fraud victims from unscrupulous businessmen scheming to avoid paying their debts.
Fiat justitia, ruat cælum. (“Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”)
ancient Latin legal maxim
- J.D. — University of Houston, 1991
- B.B.A. — University of Texas, 1977
- Board Certified in Civil Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- AV Preeminent — Martindale–Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
- All Courts of the State of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (New York)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Husky Int'l Elecs., Inc. v. Ritz, U.S., 136 S.Ct. 1581, 194 L.Ed.2d 655 (2016).
- Husky Int'l Elecs., Inc. v. Ritz, F.3d (5th Cir. 2016) (On remand from the Supreme Court of the United States).
- FDIC v. Bakkebo, 506 F.3d 286 (4th Cir. 2007).
- Mbaba v. Société Air France, 457 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2006), cert. denied, 127 S. Ct. 959, 166 L.Ed.2d 706.
- Renoir v. Hantman's Assocs., 230 Fed. Appx. 357 (5th Cir. 2007).
- Bayway Refining Co. v. Oxygenated Mktg. & Trading, A.G., 215 F.3d 219 (2nd Cir. 2000).
- Clint Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Marquez, 487 S.W.3d (Tex. 2016).
- In re Does, 337 S.W.3d 862 (Tex. 2011) (orig. proceeding).
- Vasquez v. Legend Nat. Gas III, L.P., 492 S.W.3d 448 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2016, pet. filed).
- Johnson-Todd v. Morgan (Johnson-Todd II), 480 S.W.3d 605 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2015, pet. denied).
- Johnson-Todd v. Morgan (Johnson-Todd I), 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 4904 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2015, pet. denied).
- Grijalva v. Bally Total Fitness Corp., 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 3277 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet.).
- Rauhauser v. McGibney, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 13290 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2014, no pet.).
- Palma v. Chribran Company, LLC, 327 S.W.3d 866 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2010, no pet.).
- Ryan v. Rosenthal, 314 S.W.3d 136 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2010,pet. denied).
- Galindo v. Prosperity Partners, Inc., 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 1383 (Tex. App.—Austin 2009, no pet.).
- LeJune v. Pow-Sang, 2006 Tex. App. LEXIS 2740 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.).
- Johnson v. Felts, 140 S.W.3d 702 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied).
- Pina v. Connie Ogg—Insight, Inc., 2001 Tex. App. LEXIS 4143 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2001, pet. denied).