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The Willis Law Group
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The Willis Law Group
10440 North Central Expressway
Suite 520
Dallas
Texas
75231  United States
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214 736-9433 (Phone)
214 736-9994 (Fax)
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  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.

Practice Areas:

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

Clientele:

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:

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

Admissions

• 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

Professional Affiliations

• 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)

Community

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

Education

J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, 1989
B.A., Texas Southern University, 1986
Directory Listing Information
 
The Willis Law Group, PLLC
 
TEXAS:Dallas
TEXAS:Houston
TEXAS:San Antonio
LOUISIANA:New Orleans
OKLAHOMA:Oklahoma City
 
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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20-50
 
>20
 
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
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