Sim Israeloff

Sim Israeloff: Attorney with Cowles & Thompson A Professional Corporation


Sim Israeloff is a Senior Shareholder with more than 30 years of trial experience, and is Section Head of the Cowles and Thompson Commercial/Business Litigation Practice Group. His practice is devoted to commercial and complex business litigation in state and federal courts. He represents U.S. and foreign businesses and individuals in litigation and arbitration involving business transactions, real estate, partnerships, franchises, securities, intellectual property, injunctions, and probate matters. Sim is a frequent writer and speaker on business litigation and trial tactics and serves as the firm’s legal counsel.

Mr. Israeloff is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Since 2007, Mr. Israeloff has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, by Woodward/White, Inc., in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, and Litigation-Real Estate. In 2010 he was named to the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America. He was has also been included on the Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, since 2003 in the areas of Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Tort, and Intellectual Property Litigation.

Contract Disputes

•Partnerships, franchises, co-tenancies
•Business sales, acquisitions, buyouts, dissolutions, successor liability
•Finance, loans, security interests, foreclosures
•Defective performance, warranties, commissions, UCC issues

Business Torts

•Securities, stock fraud, misrepresentation, concealment
•Tortious interference, unfair competition, civil conspiracy
•Alter ego, fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfers
•Preemptive rights, oppression of minority shareholders
•Lender liability, usury

Real Estate Litigation

•Sales, leases, financing, title insurance, property damage, mold
•Investor disputes, mismanagement, self-dealing
•Easements, surveys, boundary disputes
•Condemnation, eminent domain

Intellectual Property Litigation

•Patents, trademarks, copyrights, Lanham Act
•Misappropriation, trade secrets
•Injunctions, accountings, disgorgement, lost profits

Employment Litigation

•FLSA wage and hour, overtime claims

Class Action Litigation


•Representing parties in AAA commercial arbitrations
•Serving as a party-appointed arbitrator

Awards & Honors

•AV Peer Review (Pre-eminent), rated by Martindale Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America -- Commercial Litigation, Litigation for Intellectual Property, Patent, and Real Estate, Best Lawyers; selected for inclusion, 2007-2018
•Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers; selected for inclusion, 2003-2018
•Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2016

ABOTA is a national organization of leading trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation of civil jury trials. Membership is by invitation only. Qualifying members must have considerable jury trial experience and a reputation for civility, integrity and professionalism to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy. ABOTA’s members include lawyers from both plaintiff and defense bars as well as judges in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

•Named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2016

The organization is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship is by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

(Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Appellate
  • Commercial, Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Coverage and Insurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
214-672-2131  Phone
214.672.2331  Fax
University Attended:
The University of Texas, B.B.A., Accounting, with highest honors, 1980
Law School Attended:
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., with honors, Associate Editor, Texas Law Review, 1983
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; 1983, Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

•State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
•American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
•Dallas Bar Association
•Dallas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
•Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Former Barrister
•City of Fairview, Texas, Former of Mayor (2003 to 2013)

Reported Cases:
Experience: Successfully defended an electronics manufacturer against a $7 million patent infringement claim for anti-shoplifting tags and antennas, winning a unanimous jury verdict finding no infringement. The result was reportedly the first defense jury verdict in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas.; Represents foreign businesses and individuals in U.S. litigation of business disputes.; Represented Norwegian manufacturer of card-key products in jury trial against $11 million claim for alleged breach of contract and tortious interference.; Represented Mexican electric utility and its insurer in suit for damages to failed gas turbine generator in Mexico.; Represents real estate investors and managers in disputes involving real property including improper management, lenders and borrowers, easements and title disputes and others.; Represents partners, joint venturers and franchisees in litigation involving partnership and franchise disputes, fiduciary duties and business separations.; Represented franchisee in arbitration claim under the American Arbitration Association for losses allegedly due to breaches of contract and fiduciary duty.; Obtained favorable settlement, as well as compensation for services rendered, on behalf of information technology consulting company in defense of a $4 million claim for alleged misrepresentation.; Successfully defended municipality at trial against a challenge to a city ordinance. Obtained a judgment upholding the ordinance and ordering the challenger to pay unpaid access fees and attorney's fees.; Successfully defended insurance company at trial against a $3.2 million insurance coverage claim arising out of the insured's intentional criminal acts.; Successfully defended seven doctors in a jury trial for alleged violation of preemptive stock rights.; Served as arbitrator through the International Centre for Dispute Resolution regarding the application of life insurance proceeds on a business owner in Peru.; Defended trustee in probate dispute over the validity of Community Property Agreement and proper distribution of trust proceeds.; Represented commercial pool company in jury trial against claims for misappropriation and violations of the Lanham Act.
( Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization )
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    Peer Reviews

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    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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