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Law Office of William J. Dyer

Attorney-at-Law ♦ Counselor ♦ Trial Advocate

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Practice areas

I am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law.  (See my "Accreditation" webpage for more information about that.) 
As a matter of personal choice, I have limited my practice over the last thirty years almost exclusively to lawsuits that arise out of either commercial transactions or personal injuries. 
In a roughly descending order of frequency, I've had substantial experience — mostly in a first-chair role — in each of the following practice areas:  
  • Contract interpretation and performance.
  • Negligence, products and premises liability, and other personal injury actions.
  • Deceptive trade practice, consumer warranty, and consumer affairs disputes.
  • Tortious interference with contract claims.
  • Defamation (libel and slander) actions.
  • Commercial and residential construction disputes and other miscellaneous real estate disputes.
  • Trade secret, trademark/tradename, unfair competition, and intellectual property disputes.
  • Insurance and re-insurance coverage issues and "bad faith" insurance claims.
  • Employment relations (including wrongful terminations and unfair labor practices) disputes.
  • Race, sex, and age discrimination disputes.
  • Bankruptcy law disputes (including preference claims).
  • Oil & gas, energy, and environmental disputes.
  • Commercial instruments and transactions (Uniform Commercial Code) disputes.
  • Securities and business fraud disputes.
  • Lender liability disputes.
  • Antitrust disputes.
  • Merger and acquisition disputes.

I tended to represent mostly defendants (usually businesses) during the first dozen years of my practice when I was at very large law firms. Since then I've had more occasions to represent plaintiffs (sometimes businesses, sometimes individuals).Overall, I've probably represented defendants in roughly 70-80 percent of the cases I've handled, and plaintiffs in the remainder. In a disproportionate majority of my cases that have gone to trial, I've represented defendants. 


I generally do not handle criminal law matters, and neither do I typically handle divorces, adoptions, or other family matters.  Occasionally, however, lawyers who regularly practice in those fields have called me in as co-counsel in such cases when they felt my trial skills would be particularly useful.