Julia F. Pendery

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Julia Pendery is an attorney in the Cowles and Thompson Appellate Law section. She has represented clients in the Texas appellate courts for 35 years. She predominantly represents the party appealing an adverse judgment and has successfully appealed business and commercial, personal injury, professional malpractice, real estate, family, and many other types of disputes. She enjoys taking on complex cases and has practiced in most of the appellate courts in Texas and the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. She is also well-known for setting aside/obtaining relief from default judgments and frequently speaks to other lawyers on that topic.

Julia writes amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs for industry groups, businesses, and individuals who are interested in important Texas Supreme Court cases but are not direct parties to the case. She is an active faculty and planning committee member of the Appellate Practice Institute, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, where she helps other appellate lawyers develop their skills. She has served as vice-chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and the ABA’s Appellate Law Section, as well as President of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section.

Julia also represents landowners in eminent domain proceedings. She became involved in this type of law through her family ranch corporation in the 1990s and has represented both urban commercial landowners and rural agricultural landowners in the North Texas. Her experience as a Special Commissioner appointed by a County Court at Law to assess value in a condemnation proceeding gives her an advantage in representing clients before panels of Special Commissioners. She helps her clients maximize the compensation they receive for their land by providing compassionate and effective legal guidance through a difficult process. She can also negotiate non-monetary concessions and, in some cases, successfully challenge the governmental entity’s right to take private property.

News, Publications & Speaking Events

• Spoliation of Evidence, presenter, Dallas Bar Association CLE, May 2017, November 2018
•“Damages in Eminent Domain Cases,” presenter, Damages in Civil Litigation, Texas Bar Association, February 2017
•“Eminent Domain Issues for Engineers,” presenter, Legal Issues for Texas Engineers, HalfMoon Education, Inc. seminar, Arlington, TX, February 2016

Awards & Honors

•Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990
•Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers , Selected for inclusion in 2003-2018

(Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization).

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Appellate
  • Real Estate Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
214.672.2143  Phone
214.672.2343  Fax
University Attended:
Texas Christian University, B.A., Biology and English, 1975
Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1978
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Bankruptcy; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit; 1978, State Bar of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; United States Supreme Court


•State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Texas Appellate Section
•ABA Judicial Division's Counsel of Appellate Lawyers
•Dallas Bar Association and DBA Appellate Section

Reported Cases:
Experience: Representative Matters: Watson v. Hardman, 497 S.W.3d 601 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2016, no pet.). (Anti-SLAAP suit early dismissal); Khwaja v. Quik-Way Retail Associates II, Ltd., 2015 WL 9482517 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2016, no pet.). (default judgment); Fitness Evolution, L.P. v. Headhunter Fitness, L.L.C., 2015 WL 6750047 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2016, no pet.). (real estate guaranty and tortious interference); Gibbs v. Bureaus Inv. Group Portfolio No. 14, LLC, 441 S.W.3d 764 (Tex. App.--El Paso 2014, no pet.). (business records evidentiary standards); Tagore v. U.S., 735 F.3d 324 (5th Cir. 2013). (amicus brief - Religious Freedom Restoration Act); State v. Central Expressway Sign Associates, 302 S.W.3d 866 (Tex. 2009). (amicus brief - eminent domain, billboard valuation); Lawler v. Digiuseppe, 269 S.W.3d 588 (Tex. 2008). (specific performance of real estate sales contract)
( Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization )

Peer Reviews

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