Mr. Dwight M. Francis

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Attorney Awards

Biography

Dwight M. Francis is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Dallas office.

Areas of Practice

Dwight has devoted his career to class actions and other complex corporate litigation and has extensive courtroom experience. He defends and prosecutes commercial litigation disputes involving claims of theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual and business relations, directors and officers disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims, among many others, in federal and state courts across the country. Dwight has significant experience defending class actions asserting violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), unfair competition, false advertising, and other business torts.

Dwight employs a unique approach to litigation matters, tailoring his representation directly to his clients' needs and goals. Early on, Dwight conducts a case assessment. During this assessment, he works with the client to define its goals and to prepare a case strategy that meets those goals through alternative dispute resolution, summary judgment or trial on the merits of the case.

Dwight has effectively used this approach as national counsel and lead trial counsel for numerous entities. Dwight represents clients in various industries, including insurance, oil and gas, health care, manufacturing, airlines, motor club, third-party administrators and others.

Honors

•Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Nation’s Best List, 2019
•Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2016-2019
•Award of Excellence, Dallas Bas Association
•Texas Rising Star, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, 2004-2005

Experience

•Lead counsel in successful defense against multi-billiondollar class action lawsuit for alleged violation of privacy laws
•Represented client against claims by plaintiffs seeking damages of over $80 million based on allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, tortious interference and business disparagement
•Represented general partner in automobile dealership in case involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy
•Obtained dispositive summary judgment in breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty matter
•Represented association defendants in multidistrict litigation that also included class action cases in various states, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas
•Defeated plaintiff's attempts to certify nationwide class action against national motor club
•Successfully obtained dissolution of temporary restraining order and bar of any further injunctive relief after several homeowners procured ex parte TRO shutting down client's multi-million dollar land development and construction project
•Successfully obtained injunctive relief and other extraordinary remedies, including temporary and permanent injunctions and pre-judgment writs of garnishment for numerous clients
•Successfully prosecuted fraudulent transfer of assets resulting in verdict including $2.5 million punitive damage award; prior to entry of judgment, matter settled on favorable terms
•Negotiated and concluded mid-trial highly advantageous settlement in breach of contract and fiduciary duty suit stemming from non-payment of royalty interest to deceased third party
•Cyber intrusions and related state and international reporting, and PCI compliance

Media Mentions

•Movers & Shakers Feature
The Deal, April 20, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin Enters Texas Market With Dallas Office
Law360, April 16, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin Officially Opens Dallas Office
The Texas Lawbook, April 16, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin Launches Dallas Office
Texas Lawyer, April 16, 2018

Areas of Practice (17)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Class Action Defense
  • Commercial Lending and Financial Transactions
  • E-Discovery
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Litigation: Commercial
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Professional Liability
  • Proposition 65
  • Lawsuits/Trials/Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(469) 391-7406  Phone
469.391.7554  Fax
www.sheppardmullin.com
University Attended:
Augusta University, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
1993
Admission:
Texas State Courts; 510, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth Circuits; US District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, Western Districts of Texas; 1993, Texas; US Court of Federal Claims; Texas Eastern District Court; Texas Northern District Court; Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court; Texas Western District Court; US Supreme Court
Memberships:

Memberships

•Member, State Bar of Texas
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
•fellow, Texas Bas Foundation
•Former Director, Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates
•Barrister, The Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2004-2007
•Former Co-Chair, Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2003-2004
•Former Vice President And Treasurer, J.L Turner Legal Association, 2003-2004

Birth Information:
St. Andrews, Jamaica, W.I., September 10, 1967
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Hydroscience Technologies, Inc. v. Hydroscience, Inc., 401 S.W. 3d 783 (Tex.App.-Dallas May 7, 2013); Taylor v. Acxiom Corp., 612 F.3d 325 (5th Cir. (Tex.) 2010); Eicken v. USAA Federal Savings Bank, 498 F.Supp.2d 954 (S.D.Tex. 2007); Myers v. Alliance for Affordable Health Services, 318 F.Supp.2d 1055 (D.Colo. 2004); In re UICI Association-Group Insurance Litigation, 305, F.Supp. 1360 (2004); Huie v. DeShazo, 922 S.W.2d 920 (Tex. 1996); NEPC, Inc. v. MEI, LLC, 2013 WL 3816718, (S.D.Tex. 2013)
ISLN:
901019651

Peer Reviews

3.8/5.0 (1 review)
Peer Reviewed
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    3.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.0/5.0
  • Communication

    4.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.0/5.0

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

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