Mr. Hunter Thorne McLean

Mr. Hunter Thorne McLean: Attorney with Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC AV stamp icon


I enjoy helping my clients achieve their goals and solve their problems. I want to be a part of their solution, providing smart, strategic counsel along with tenacious advocacy.


Majority of practice consists of representing clients in all manner of commercial and business disputes with an emphasis on large complex litigation. Represents a broad spectrum of clients including individuals to large publicly traded companies. Significant experience with complex disputes involving contracts, fraud, employment agreements, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, construction, real estate, leases, mineral interests, oil & gas, insurance coverage, personal injury, products liability, and health care. Has obtained favorable verdicts, arbitration awards, and settlements on behalf of clients and successfully defended clients against multimillion dollar claims. In addition, represents clients as outside general counsel on various matters and in connection with certain transactions and contracts.

Awards & Recognitions

Named to the Best Lawyers list for 2019

Recognized as a Super Lawyer 2013-2018 and Rising Star in 2006 and 2008. Super Lawyers is a Thomson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.

Recognized as a Power Attorney in 2014 by the Fort Worth Business Press

Recognized by Fort Worth Magazine as a Top Attorney in each year from 2002 through 2017.

Recognized as a Top Attorney by 360West Magazine 2018

Recognized as “40 Under 40” by Fort Worth Business Press, 2008.

AV Rated Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent .

AVVO rated Superb

Career Highlights

Represented the City of Fort Worth in connection with pursuing claims against developers and street and utility contractors related to premature street failures. Involved several subdivision and large damages. Obtained favorable settlements.

Represented a national and publicly traded physician practice management company, in a dispute with physicians that violated their covenants not to compete and attempted to misappropriate a medical practice. Received a favorable arbitration award that restored the business to my client and recovered millions in damages.

Represented national pharmacy transaction management software company in defense of multi-million dollar claims involving breach of an acquisition agreement, non-compete issues and tortuous interference. Obtained a favorable verdict after a four week trial.

Publications & Presentations

Why Businesses Prefer to Arbitrate, 2016

“Arbitration From Arbitrator’s Perspective,” Tarrant County Bar Association Section of Business Litigation, 2014.

Current Arbitration Practice: Users, Advocates and Arbitrators, 2013


Hunter is an outstanding strategic thinker. His leadership, judgment and counsel have proven to be wise. He is a valuable business partner and a trusted and effective advocate for us.

Michael Stanley, MD, President - Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.

Hunter's keen business sense has added value to our company. He is always thoroughly prepared and a step ahead of opposing counsel. There is no one I would rather have on my side.

Brett Austin, Flatiron Energy Partners, LLC


Peggie Muir, General Manager, City Club of Fort Worth

Hunter T. McLean

Industry Specific Resumes


Areas of Practice (20)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Business Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Construction Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Large Complex Litigation
  • Law Office Management
  • Litigation
  • Litigation: Commercial
  • Litigation: Personal Injury
  • NonCompete Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Represents select clients as outside general counsel.
  • Trade Secret Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
817-878-0539  Phone
817.878.0501  Fax
University Attended:
Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., 1990
Law School Attended:
University of Houston School of Law, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
2006, U.S. Court of Appeals of the 5th Circuit; 2000, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; 1994, Arkansas; 1993, Texas; 1994, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; 2006, US Supreme Court

Associations & Memberships

AAA Arbitrator

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association

State Bar of Texas

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Council Member (2013)

Business Litigation Section

Construction Section

Intellectual Property Section

Litigation Section

Oil & Gas Section

Real Estate Section

Tarrant County Bar Association

Tarrant County Bar Foundation

Texas Bar Foundation

Reported Cases:
Reported Opinions: Great Am. Ins. Co. v. Hamel, 444 S.W.3d 780 (Tex. App.-El Paso 2014, pet. filed).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.7/5.0 (37 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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  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

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  • Legal Experience

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 02/04/13 in Real Estate

    Hunter is an excellent attorney. He is very intelligent, organized, diligent and prepared. He is an good communicator. He is fair and highly ethical.

    Hunter is an excellent attorney. He is very intelligent, organized, diligent and prepared. He is an good communicator. He is fair and highly ethical. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 01/18/13 in Litigation

    I have known Hunter for several years. I have had cases with him and against him and his firm. He is an exceptional lawyer and very ethical.

    I have known Hunter for several years. I have had cases with him and against him and his firm. He is an exceptional lawyer and very ethical. Read less

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