Guy I. Wade, III – Member

Guy Wade resigned from his position as a partner in one of the nation’s premier corporate law firms to fulfill one of the reasons he had chosen a legal career in the first place: to guide individuals and small and medium-sized businesses through the judicial process and to maximize the recovery they receive for injuries to their persons and businesses arising from the wrongful actions of others.

“I’ve decided to put my courtroom experience and big-firm training to work helping ordinary people who need high-quality representation but can’t afford a big-firm lawyer,” he says. “I take a personal interest in helping people solve their problems. My clients can rest knowing that I’m fighting for them with every legitimate means possible to secure the results they deserve.”

Guy listens to each client’s concerns, understands their needs, and provides step-by-step guidance through the legal process. No substantive case decisions are made without the client’s input, and every move is tailored to efficiently and effectively create the best outcome for each client, given their specific goals.

Guy has more than two decades of experience representing individuals and businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas and the United States, and in representing corporate defendants in personal injury cases. Guy spent the first 23 years of his career as a partner with the prestigious national corporate law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and Jenkens & Gilchrist P.C., where he primarily represented business clients across a broad range of industries in complex commercial litigation and also gained experience in personal injury litigation. By combining aggressive trial preparation and argument with effective negotiation skills, Guy has compiled an outstanding record of success for his clients, whether as a result of a trial or a negotiated resolution prior to trial.

“My sole focus is to create a positive outcome for each of my clients as measured by their goals and interests,” Guy says. “I’ve spent more than two decades learning the ins and outs of the litigation process, as well as the substantive legal principles that apply to a wide variety of situations, and I put that experience to work on every case. My goal is to give every client the same high level of representation they would expect from a big-name law firm and also with the passion that comes from fighting for what’s right.”

Guy’s experience includes:

  • Personal injury litigation
  • Premises liability litigation
  • Deceptive trade practices
  • Consumer protection and consumer right suits
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Complex contract disputes
  • Business tort litigation, including claims for fraud and conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference with and breach of contract
  • Unfair trade and competition claims, including claims for violation of antitrust laws
  • Oil and gas litigation
  • Real estate disputes
  • Lender liability claims
  • Franchising and franchise termination issues
  • Trademark and copyright disputes
  • Lanham Act claims
  • False Claims Act litigation
  • Shareholder Oppression claims

Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Guy is a “Life Member – Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Top Trial Lawyers in America ¬Æ.” Fewer than 1% of U.S. attorneys are members of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. It is an exclusive organization limited to lawyers who have obtained the requisite verdicts. There are over 4000 members throughout the United States and Guy is one of its select members.

Legal Experience
  • Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn, PLLC, member, May 2012 - Present
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., partner, January 2007 - March 2012
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., shareholder, January 1996 - January 2007
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., associate, September 1988 - January 1996
Focus Areas
  • Working from Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn PLLC's offices in Dallas, Texas, Guy focuses on:
  • ‚Ä¢ Personal injury cases involving loss of life or limb and other serious injuries arising from catastrophic accidents or negligence. Guy's deep knowledge of defense tactics, insurance litigation and corporate risk management techniques gives him an extra advantage when working to win justice for his personal injury clients. All of Guy's personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so if damages are not recovered, the client will not owe attorney's fees for the effort spent in representing the client.
  • ‚Ä¢ Commercial disputes on behalf of small and medium-sized companies that have been harmed, or that have sustained a loss in their business operations caused by others as a result of fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade and competition practices, interference with and breaches of contract, and all other types of "business torts." Unless the client expresses an interest otherwise, most commercial disputes are handled either on a contingency or flat-fee basis, aligning the interests of the client and the firm and promoting the efficient handling of all matters. In those few cases that are handled on an hourly basis, Guy is sensitive to the small-business budget and will not bill for time spent gaining the solid understanding of each client's business, industry, and needs that is necessary to an effective representation. He believes in educating and involving his clients at every step of the legal process, thereby reducing the possibility of surprises in the outcome. Business clients will also benefit from his experience advising corporations on how to reduce their risk of being sued, obtaining proactive advice on practices they can adopt now to avoid litigation later.
Case Experience
  • Represented two major self-insured restaurant chains in numerous cases involving general claims of negligence resulting in personal injuries, as well as claims of premises liability (often for criminal acts by third parties) and general negligence. Guy tried and won a number of these cases.
  • Represented a manufacturer of augur drilling equipment against product liability claims made by plaintiffs who alleged injuries from operation of the equipment.
  • Represented several pharmaceutical companies in cases alleging that their drugs were unreasonably dangerous and resulted in personal injuries.
  • Defended a ministry of a religious organization in a series of cases alleging that minors were sexually abused by a negligently hired camp counselor.
  • Successfully represented a major public company that owns a number of motor speedways hosting racing events sanctioned by a major national sanctioning organization, in two cases involving allegations that the company violated federal antitrust laws in connection with its relationship with the sanctioning organization and the manner in which the sanctioning organization awards top tier racing dates to the various motorsports facilities throughout the country. One case was resolved to the satisfaction of Guy's client following protracted litigation and an eight-month mediation process. Another case resulted, after a lengthy discovery process, in a take-nothing summary judgment in favor of all defendants, including Guy's client. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ultimately upheld the trial court's decision.
  • Represented the operator of a gasoline pipeline in Texas as plaintiff in a suit against an out-of-state gasoline refiner. Guy alleged that the refiner's efforts to prevent the opening of the pipeline violated antitrust laws, and the case was resolved with a substantial payment to his client as a result of mediation.
  • Successfully represented an oil and gas exploration and production company in litigation involving claims that the client had wrongfully terminated a Farm Out Agreement with its joint venture partner.
  • Represented a national auto retailer in a dispute over efforts to build on one of the last remaining undeveloped tracts of commercial property in Los Angeles County, California. Guy's client was able to proceed with development of the land as a result of mediation.
  • Defended a former owner of the Dallas pari-mutuel racetrack in a suit seeking to recover $5 million for breach of contract and conspiracy. The suit alleged that Guy's client failed to require the purchaser of the track to assume certain contracts, but he obtained a favorable settlement as a result of the mediation.
  • Obtained jury verdict on behalf of a national tire company in a suit brought by an ex-employee claiming he was wrongfully terminated for filing a workers' compensation claim.
  • Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a major oil field services firm in a suit brought by an oil company to recover for alleged negligence and breach of warranty in connection with the services firm's provision of certain oil field services. Not only did the jury find no liability on behalf of the services company, it awarded the services company more than $300,000 on its counterclaim to recover the amount of the contract price.
  • Defended a major manufacturer of electronic bingo equipment in a dispute over termination of a distribution agreement. The case against was dismissed during trial.
  • Defended a major insurance company in a $40 million breach of contract action involving the design and administration of a nationwide workers' compensation insurance program for a professional employer organization. All claims were dismissed, and no settlement was paid, as a result of mediation.
  • Defended major financial institutions against numerous claims by borrowers of breach of contract, fraud and breach of an alleged duty of good faith and fair dealing in connection with workout negotiations, foreclosure proceedings and other matters arising from the lender/borrower relationship.
  • Successfully represented an insured against its insurer and insurance agents for nonpayment of claims, violations of the DTPA and violations of the Texas Insurance Code.
  • Represented a technology company in a mandamus proceeding claiming that the trial court had erroneously refused to compel a contractual dispute over the installation of a fiber optic network to arbitration. The Court of Appeals agreed that the trial court had erred and ordered the case sent to arbitration, where it was decided in favor of Guy's client.
Education
  • 1988 - J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • 1985 - B.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • 1993 - National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Pacific Regional Program, San Diego, California
  • Numerous seminars on topics of advanced civil litigation, advanced insurance law, and advanced personal injury law
Licenses & Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Select Presentations and Publications
  • Contributing author, Recent Developments newsletter, published by the Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Contributing author, 2008 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, February 2009
  • Author, "Recent Developments in the Application of the Twombly Pleading Standards in Antitrust Litigation," January 2009, The Antitrust Practitioner
  • Editorial board member, The Antitrust Practitioner newsletter, published by Civil Practice and Procedure Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2008 to present
  • Editorial board member, The Antitrust Practitioner newsletter, published by Civil Practice and Procedure Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2008 to present
  • Contributing author, "Evaluating the Competitive Effects of Exclusive Dealing Agreements," presented June 24, 2005, as part of the Antitrust TeleSeminar Series sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the Houston Bar Association
  • Lecturer and author, March 7, 2001, seminar, "Judgment Enforcement in Texas," sponsored by Lorman Education Services:
    • "Unfair Debt Collection Practices Under the Federal and Texas Debt Collection Laws"
    • "Prejudgment Remedies of Attachment, Sequestration and Garnishment"
    • "Enforcement in Texas of Judgments from Other States and Countries"