Pat Villareal is an internationally recognized authority in securities litigation, corporate governance, and director and officer fiduciary duty matters. She has three decades of experience representing public and private companies, boards of directors, and individual directors and officers in high-stakes litigation, SEC and internal investigations, and Delaware shareholder litigation.
Pat has been lead lawyer for Oncor Electric Delivery and its board on the bankruptcy of its parent, EFH; Dell and its board on securities, derivative, and ERISA litigation and regulatory investigations; Potash Corporation on its successful defense to a hostile BHP takeover bid; and Electronic Data Systems and its board on parallel securities, derivative, and ERISA litigation and regulatory litigation. She has done extensive counseling on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, and D&O indemnification and insurance matters for public companies, boards of directors, and financially challenged companies.
Pat has been ranked by Chambers USA as a Leader in the Field and Band 1 in securities litigation since 2006. In 2014, Chambers ranked her as a nationally recognized practitioner in securities litigation and praised her as an absolute go to securities litigator, who clients say instills tremendous confidence when she speaks and makes recommendations. And in past years, Chambers has hailed [her] as a leading securities litigator and noted that [p]eers are especially impressed with her abilities in both the boardroom and the courtroom. Pat was selected as a 2015 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for her work in SEC, telecom, and energy enforcement in Dallas, Texas and as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys in 2014 and 2015 for outstanding work in securities litigation.
Honors & Distinctions
Chambers USA (2006-2015), Band 1 for securities litigation
Benchmark Litigation Star (2016)
The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2015)
Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2015)
Best Lawyers in Dallas (2011-2015), D Magazine
Client Service All-Star List (2009), BTI Consulting
Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2008)
Law Clerk to Judge H. Barefoot Sanders, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas (1980 and 1981 terms)
Special Assistant, House Judiciary Committee (1975-1977)