The Willis Law Group provides large firm expertise with small firm personal service. Our philosophy is unique because we put the client first. Even though we have a team of experienced trial lawyers with proven success records, we listen to our client and determine the corporate needs and structure before we define our defense strategy. We believe in proficiency, results and cost effectiveness. We put the client first and we get the job done!
Every client is unique. Every case is unique. The Willis Law Group provides seasoned attorneys experienced in relevant practice areas to lead our clients' cases and to help get them better results. We achieve this by 1) Asking the right questions; 2) Listening to your answers; 3) Identifying your objectives; 4) Probing all of the issues; 5) Getting the facts; and 6) Working with the client and related parties effectively.
As experienced trial attorneys, we're confident when facing courtroom litigation. However, we also understand that the best result isn't always achieved in the courtroom. We work to resolve disputes before going to court. The Willis Law Group's team of knowledgeable attorneys understands the ever-changing, precedent-setting, and continually-evolving legislation that makes up our legal system. This understanding and our experience enables us to quickly determine whether to resolve a case in a conference room — or a courtroom.
Our litigation approach is highly-targeted. We call it the "Precision Litigation™" approach to defense work rather than the “shotgun” approach employed by many of our competitors. We don’t believe in unnecessary depositions and creating an avalanche of paperwork to overwhelm our opponents. Knowledge and experience enable us to quickly identify and target the essential aspects of a case for effective resolution in the matters entrusted to us by our clients.
Business Law Class Actions Commercial Collections Commercial Litigation Construction Law Creditors’ Rights Employment Law Family Law Finance Franchise Law Government Insurance Coverage Insurance Defense Intellectual Property Law Internal Investigations Investment Fraud Legal Malpractice Defense Personal Injury Premises Liability Products Liability Professional Services Qui Tam Real Estate Law Rig/Oil Well Disasters Tort Insurance Transportation Trusts and Estates White Collar Criminal Defense Workers' Compensation
ACE USA Arch Insurance Group Archon Group Aspen Specialty Insurance Management Atlas Van Lines, Inc. BioMed Realty Brown Foundation Repair California Guaranty Chubb Cincinnati Insurance Collier Investments Comcast Federated Insurance Inc./Manpower Goldman Sachs NCMIC Insurance Company North Texas Tollway Authority Oklahoma Property and Casualty Old Republic Construction On the Border Pavlovich Construction Services Program Group Pennsylvania Guaranty Pillar Commercial SafeAuto Insurance Safelite Group Sentry Insurance Stanley Steemer International Starr Indemnity & Liability Company State Auto Insurance Texas Guaranty Association Texas Motor Speedway Universal North America Insurance Western Litigation XL Insurance Company
Diversity is not something we worry about at The Willis Law Group. For our firm, that would be like a leopard worrying about whether or not it has enough spots. The people at The Willis Law Group reflect the vibrant diversity inherent in our nation. Due to our innate multiculturalism, it is only natural that our growth continuously includes the recruitment of exceptional women and minority team members. With more than 30 attorneys, The Willis Law Group is one of the largest minority-owned firms based in the state of Texas. Our goal is to be able to relate to all people. We believe we have the right team in place to meet that goal. Even better, our team of skilled and talented professionals has the experience to get the job done right — the first time.
Kirk D. Willis is a respected trial attorney and has a breadth of experience in products, construction, professional malpractice, and officer and director liability defense, having represented boat manufacturers, crane and hoist companies, construction contractors, brokers, and financial and non-profit institutions in litigation nationwide. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Kirk has tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict and established himself as a premier trial lawyer in his defense practice, which includes construction litigation, commercial disputes, medical malpractice, employment litigation and environmental litigation. Kirk’s experiences have led him to author two books "Corporate Justice: Fight Back In the Court Room and Save Your Company" and “Intellectual Property Law in the Sports and Entertainment Industry.” He has also utilized his knowledge to conduct numerous seminars on topics such as Wrongful Death, Survival Claims, Ethical Considerations for Adjusters, Construction: Contract Termination and Subcontractors, Bad Faith, What Juries Really Think, Appropriate Use of Expert Witnesses, and many more.
Kirk is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney and has been selected for nine consecutive years as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. This list is published in Texas Monthly, as well as the stand-alone Texas Super Lawyers magazine. Under Kirk’s leadership as Managing Partner, his former firm was recognized as the “Construction Law Firm of the Year in Texas” in 2010 and “Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year in Texas” in 2011 by Corporate INTL magazine. His experience leading a firm includes serving as Section Head of the Civil Defense section of a major Texas litigation firm. Kirk also was on the Executive Committee of a 250-man statewide litigation firm.
Honors and Awards
• Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters as published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2003 - 2010. • Recognized as a 2014 Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine as published in the magazine's May 2014 issue. • Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year in Texas, 2011, Corporate INTL magazine. • Construction Law Firm of 2010, Corporate INTL magazine. • AV rated Martindale-Hubbell • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization • Personal Injury Law Advisory Commission of the State of Texas Board of Legal Specialization • Personal Injury Trial Law Paralegal Commission (Feb. 2005 – Feb. 2011) • Certified Continuing Education Provider- Texas Department of Insurance (Current)
Presentations and Publications
• Corporate Justice: Fight Back In the Court Room and Save Your Company • Reading a Jury: How to Prepare a Corporate Defense • Frack You: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Fracking Controversy in Texas • Why Smart Employers Opt Out from Texas Workers' Compensation Coverage • Anticipating a Vioxx defense strategy: Will Corporate Honesty Be Enough? • Wrongful Death, Survivorship and Bystander Claims • The Big “D” in Construction Litigation • Premises Liability • Slip and Fall or Loitering • Defending Cases with Imperfect Documentation • Bad Faith, Unethical Settlement Practices and the DTPA • Third Party Indemnity Obligations in a CGL Insurance Policy • New Legislation-Creation of Rules for Offers of Settlement • Ethical Considerations for Claims Adjusters • What You Need to Know About the Dram Shop Act • An Overview of Coverage Issues in Personal Injury Claims • An Inside Look at New Tort and Insurance Legislation • Settlement Hazards • Claims Arising Under Texas Tort Claims Act • Evaluating a Case Involving Texas Tort Claims Act • Dealing with Probate Matters While Handling Tort Claims • Potential Expert Witnesses and Application of Daubert • Expert Witnesses and Daubert • Damages Arising Out of an Automobile Accident • Using Discovery Tools to Prove Damages from Auto Accidents • Adjusting Auto Accidents from Simple to Catastrophic • Dealing with Default Judgment • Overview of New Tort and Insurance Legislation • First Party Bad Faith • Everything You Need to Know About Bad Faith
• State Courts of Texas • State Courts of Arkansas • State Courts of Oklahoma • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma • U.S. Supreme Court
• American Bar Association, Litigation Section • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) • State Bar of Texas • State Bar of Oklahoma • State Bar of Arkansas • Texas Association of Defense Counsel • Claims Litigation Management (CLM) • Dallas Claims Association (DCA) • Dallas Builders Association (DBA) • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) • Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) • National Bar Association (NBA) • The Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI) • The Risk Management Society (RIMS)
Board of Directors of the “I Have a Dream" Foundation - Dallas - 2002- 2012 Board of Trustees of Episcopal School of Dallas - 2004-2007 Board of Directors of the Tower Clubs of Dallas -2004-2007
J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, 1989 B.A., Texas Southern University, 1986
Directory Listing Information
The Willis Law Group, PLLC
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BUSINESS:General Business Counseling BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS: CLASSACTION LITIGATION: CONSTRUCTION:Construction Contracts CONSTRUCTION:Consulting Agreements CONSTRUCTION:Equipment Procurement CONSTRUCTION:Mechanics and Materials Lien Law CITY, COUNTY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT: FAMILY: FRANCHISE: INSURANCE:Coverage INSURANCE:Employment Practices INSURANCE:General Liability INSURANCE:General Liability INSURANCE:Governmental Entity INSURANCE:Premises INSURANCE:Product Liability INSURANCE:Professional Liability INSURANCE:Professional Liability INSURANCE:Property INSURANCE:Recovery INSURANCE:Transportation INSURANCE:Worker’s Compensation INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:IP Agreements INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Commercial Contracts INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Commercial Leases INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Licensing INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Other Transactions LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:ADA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Advising on Employee Matters LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Agency Investigations LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Arbitration LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Class Actions LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Counseling LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:DOL Audits LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (non-litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (non-litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FMLA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FMLA (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Internal Investigations LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:International Employment Law LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:NLRB LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OFCCP LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OSHA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OSHA (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OWBPA LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Sarbanes-Oxley LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Service Contract Act LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Title VII LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Trade Secret LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Training LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Whistle Blowing LAND USE & ZONING: LITIGATION: OIL & GAS: PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION: PROPERTY: REAL ESTATE: TORT: TRADEMARK: TRANSPORTATION: TRUSTS & ESTATES: WORKER’S COMPENSATION:
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