G. Michael Gruber
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G. Michael Gruber

Partner
gruber.mike@dorsey.com

Overview

MIKE REPRESENTS COMPANIES, EXECUTIVES, BANKRUPTCY TRUSTEES, WEALTHY FAMILIES, TRUSTS AND INDIVIDUALS AS PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS ON THEIR MOST SENSITIVE, HIGH-RISK, CONFIDENTIAL AND CONTENTIOUS MATTERS.

Mike is as skilled in litigation avoidance and pre-litigation strategy as he is in state and federal courts in Texas, as well as in other jurisdictions.

Mike designs a comprehensive Trial Plan, often in the hundreds of pages, which starts at the end – the appeal – and works backwards to the original petition or answer. Mike constructs the arguments and evidence at every stage, and anticipates every possible outcome, eliminating surprises and operating from a fully informed position of strength.

With subject matter ranging from warring families in major probate disputes, the jurisdiction of bankruptcy courts (a seminal case, Wellness v. Shariff, won in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015), a billion-dollar fraudulent transfer case, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and intellectual property ownership claims, to energy and real estate investments gone bad, Mike has the proven experience, confidence and drive that clients seek and referral sources trust.

Education & Admissions

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1981), Law Review, Editor, President, Student Bar Association

Southern Methodist University (B.S., 1978)

Admissions

  • 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 Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Indian Appeals

Experience

Representative Work

Awards listed are net of attorneys' fees and expenses.

  • In 2017, represented the Mayor of Dallas, preventing the liquidation of the Police and Fire Pension Fund
  • Served as Trial Counsel to School Board President Kathleen Leos in highly publicized DISD litigation after she sought a fraud investigation of the School District
  • Lead Counsel for the Texas High-Speed Rail Authority
  • In 2015, won a seminal case on bankruptcy court jurisdiction, Wellness v. Shariff, in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • In 2014 - 2017, successfully handled two, billion-dollar probate fights
  • Successfully defended ElkCorp in a $2 billion tender offer strike litigation
  • Represented the original investors in Blockbuster Video at trial, resulting in a $123 million dollar judgment
  • $30 million verdict in a fraud claim for Main Street Ventures against a major oil company
  • $25 million dollar settlement in favor of co-owner of nationwide food and beverage franchise
  • $22 million judgment in sexual assault/Dram Shop case following bench trial (largest bench trial verdict in Texas - 2015)
  • Represented a key employee in a $20 million jury verdict involving a sexual harassment claim against a major pharmaceutical company
  • Represented a Bankruptcy Trustee in a $45 million settlement, on the third day of trial, in Texas federal court, over the conversion of a large oil and gas concession
  • Represented investors in Enron-related litigation against a major financial institution, and obtained a $40 million dollar settlement on the first day of trial
  • $35 million settlement, after trial, in a partnership dispute
  • Represented Securus Technologies, a developer of criminal justice technology solutions, with more than $35 million in settlements and royalties in patent litigation 
  • Obtained a $20 million settlement on behalf of a cofounder of a multi-billion dollar investment fund
  • $10 million-dollar settlement for a Family Trust after arbitration award and judgment – involving a fraudulent financing scheme

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • The Use of Trial Plans and Templates in Trial Preparation, The Advocate, The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas ✯ Spring 2018
  • The Trial Plan, Annual Convention of the State bar of Texas, 2017
  • Trial Plans and Templates, Dallas Bar association, 2017
  • Texas Litigation Plans & Forms – 2005

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Past Chairman for Dallas Bar Association's CLE Committee, Bench Bar Book Committee, Judicial Poll Committee
  • Criminal Justice Act Attorney Panel Member
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dedman School of Law Executive Board

Community Involvement

  • Chairman of Southern Gateway Project: Construction of $100 million Deck Park in Oak Cliff, Present
  • Dallas Zoo, 28 year Board Member, 2014-2015 Board Chair
  • Chairman, Lieutenant Governor’s Legislative Advisory Committee on Economic and Workforce Development, 2015 – present
  • Habitat for Humanity, Chairman Dream Dallas Project, a successful $100 million capital campaign, 2016
  • Basic English Program, Director
  • Catholic Foundation Advisory Board, Director
  • North Texas Entrepreneur Foundation, a subsidiary of the Communities Foundation, Founding Director
  • North Texas Region of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Director
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Chairman/Chairman Emeritus, Annual Event, 2005-2015
  • Former Chair, Dallas Nature Center, (n/k/a Cedar Ridge Preserve and Audubon Center)
  • Chair of numerous Judicial, State and County elections, including 2014 Dallas District Attorney's race
  • Liaison to the legal community for the referendum creating Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Accolades

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2019-2020, (Woodward White, Inc.)
  • Selected as one of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in Dallas, 2016 and 2018
  • 2018 Mask Award Honoree for service to the United Negro College Fund, Dallas Region
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" in the area of Business Litigation by D Magazine, 2008 -2017
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2017 and 2019
    • Top 100 in Dallas
    • Top 100 in Texas
  • Sagar Award from the national Minority Corporate Counsel Association for sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys
  • SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015
  • Justinian Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2012
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Award of Excellence, 2009
G. Michael Gruber