Douglas S. Lang

Douglas S. Lang

Of Counsel



Justice Lang served for over 16 years on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. That 13 Judge appellate court has the highest case volume of the 14 intermediate appellate courts in Texas. While on the court, Justice Lang authored more than 2,100 opinions and participated in more than 6,100 case decisions. During that same period, Justice Lang served for six years as a member of the Texas Multi-District Litigation Panel and as Chair of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Justice Lang is renowned and highly respected for his tireless leadership in bar and community activities, his dedication to mentoring young lawyers, and his devotion to civility and ethics in the legal profession during his more than 40 year career. Justice Lang’s belief in the importance of mentoring led him to author Deeds, Not Words—Mentors As Guiding Lights of Integrity In The Legal Profession, a compilation of experiences recounted to him by a variety of bar leaders, judges, and successful attorneys. Further, Justice Lang is a frequent speaker at civic and continuing education events around Texas and nationally and has many published articles to his credit on appellate law, civility, and ethics.

Judicial Service

  • Appointed, Texas 5th District Court of Appeals, October 2002.
  • Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct 2013-2018 (This 13 member Commission, supported by a staff of fourteen, addresses complaints made against any of the 3781 Texas judges. During the 2018 fiscal year, the Commission decided 1616 cases.
    • Chair, November 2017–2018
    • Vice Chair, April 2015–November 2017
    • Secretary, January 2015–April 2015
    • Member, November 2013–2018
    • Appointed by Texas Supreme Court
  • 10th District Court of Appeals, 2013
    • Commissioned by Texas Supreme Court to sit on two cases as member of the 10th Court.
  • Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2003–2009
    • Commissioned by the Texas Supreme Court to sit on Panel of six appellate judges.
  • Texas Supreme Court, 2007
    • Commissioned by Gov. Rick Perry to hear case as Special Member of the Court.

Education & Admissions

University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 1972)

Drake University (B.S.B.A., 1969),

  • Vice President, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Social Fraternity
  • Chair, Student Union Committee, Student Government
  • Recipient of athletic scholarship
  • Recipient of Letter Awards in Intercollegiate Football and Wrestling
  • Recipient of “Bill Boelter Award” to the outstanding senior athlete accepted for graduate study (Partial Graduate School Stipend)

University of Dallas (Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, 2019)


  • Texas
  • Missouri


  • Supreme Court of Missouri, Judge Fred Henley, 1972-1973


Representative Litigation

  • Representing American Multi-Media Cinema, Inc. in an appeal to the Texas 1st District Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals Number: 01-18-00786-CV Harris County Appraisal District v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Studio 30 and Gulfpoint 30 Movie Theaters).
  • Representing Appellant Raeanne Martin before the Texas 7th District Court of Appeals in Case Number: 07-19-00254-CV Raeanne Martin v. Nancy Higginson, et al.
  • Prior to serving on the Texas Court of Appeals from 2002-2018, Lang was a trial and appellate partner at the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell (now Foley Gardere).

News & Resources


Deferment Period Extended for PPP Borrowers that Appeal Adverse Forgiveness Decisions
Be Civil or it May Cost You Money and Your Reputation
What to do if your PPP loan isn’t forgiven
A PPP Borrower’s Predicament – When The SBA Denies Loan Forgiveness – Contest It - Appeal!
"Justice Delayed is Justice Denied" - COVID-Delayed Justice - Get it Back on Track with ADR/Private Judging!, New For the Bar, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section
Survey of Recent Mandamus Decisions of the Texas Supreme Court
Basic Mandamus Questions Support DC Circ.'s Flynn Ruling
An Epitaph for Justice David Lee Bridges, Texas 5th District Court of Appeals
Did COVID-19 Put a Hold on Your Lawsuit? Finish It With ADR-Private Judging
"Fairness" and "Justice" in the Courtroom - Community and Public Perception
When Judges Are Not Neutral
"Rodeo Ruling Clarifies Attorney Conflict Rules In Derivative Suits," Published in Law 360
“The Core of Trial Strategy: Practical Thoughts About Avoiding “Gotcha’s” - Create Checklists,” Appellate Advocate 2019 Winter Edition

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Of Counsel Doug Lang Discusses COVID Litigation
Dorsey Of Counsel Douglas Lang Remembers Justice Bridges
Dorsey Of Counsel Douglas Lang Comments on Dallas Salon Owner Case
Dorsey Congratulates Douglas Lang on Being Named a 2019 Texas Trailblazer
Ex-Dallas Court of Appeals Justice Joins Dorsey, Texas Law Book
Distinguished Appellate Judge the Honorable Douglas S. Lang Joins Dorsey & Whitney’s Dallas Office

Legal Writings

  • Sin, Prayer, and Catholic Lawyers-The Conflict of Faith and Professional Rules. Saint Thomas More Society, April 4, 2019, October 8, 2019, December 6, 2019.
  • Survey of Recent Mandamus Decisions of the Texas Supreme Court, 3 SMU Annual Survey 265 (2017); 5 SMU Annual Texas Survey 407 (2019).
  • Lang and Jones, Can Courts Require Civil Conduct? 6, Issue 2, St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics 222 (June 2016).
  • Core Values-Can Courts Require Civil Conduct? 78, No. 9, Texas Bar Journal 718, October 2015.
  • Lang and Montgomery, Civil Conduct-A White Paper on Increasing the Professionalism of Lawyers, 78, No. 9, Texas Bar Journal 714, October 2015.
  • Co-author with Dean Emeritus John Montgomery, A White Paper on Increasing the Professionalism of American Lawyers, sponsored and approved by the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable, March 2012, “commended” by the American Bar Association House of Delegates resolution of August 2014, and “commended” by the Conference of Chief Justices resolution of January 28, 2015.
  • Lang, Koehler, and Williams, Mandamus Decisions of the Texas Supreme Court, 64 SMU Law Review 393 (Winter 2011).
  • Deeds, Not Words-Mentors As Guiding Lights of Integrity In The Legal Profession, (Dallas Bar Foundation, Dallas, First Edition 2007, Second Edition 2009).
  • The Role Of Law Professors: A Critical Force in Shaping Integrity and Professionalism, 42 South Texas Law Review 509 (Spring 2001).

Select Presentations

  • December 17, 2019, Motions for Summary Judgment; Panel presentation for Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section. (Dallas).
  • December 16, 2019, Thinking About the Unthinkable: Appellate Preparation Before and During Trial, Dorsey & Whitney presentation, Steve Wells, Tim Droske, Douglas S. Lang. (Minneapolis). (Seminar Playback: Thinking About the Unthinkable: Appellate Preparation Before and During Trial, December 16, 2019).
  • December 6, 2019, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City- Sin, Prayer, and Catholic Lawyers-The Conflict of Faith and Professional Rules. (Kansas City).
  • November 13, 2019, Rockwall County Bar Association-Trying Your Case is Just the Beginning – A Plan for Preserving Error for Appeal and Mid-Stream Correction by Mandamus. (Rockwall).
  • October 31, 2019, SBOT Advanced Civil Trial Seminar- Ethics and professionalism:  echoes of each other! (Houston).
  • October 17, 2019, Legatus Dallas- The Texas Court System-The Basic Structure and How the Sausage (So To Speak) is Made! (Dallas).
  • October 8, 2019, Red Mass/St. Thomas More Society- Sin, Prayer, and Catholic Lawyers-The Conflict of Faith and Professional Rules. (Amarillo).
  • October 4, 2019, Faith and Leadership Radio Program-host Gerry Jacob; KATH 910-AM Radio-interview: Leadership and the Law. (Dallas).
  • September 27, 2019, Southwest Association of Bank Counsel-Civility and Ethics. (Santa Fe).
  • September 13-14, 2019, Dorsey Commercial Litigation Retreat-Panel Discussion on Appellate Law-Tim Droske, Steve Wells, Douglas S. Lang. (Chicago).
  • September 5, 2019, SBOT Advanced Civil Appellate Seminar-Civility, Professionalism, and Ethics-Enforcement or Not? (Austin).
  • August 22, 2019, SBOT Advanced Civil Trial Seminar- Ethics and professionalism:  echoes of each other! (Dallas).
  • July 18, 2019, State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Advanced Civil Trial Seminar- Ethics and professionalism:  echoes of each other! (San Antonio).
  • May 28, 2019, DBA Business Litigation Section- ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS ENFORCEABLE OR NOT? OR TOO CLOSE TO CALL? (Dallas).
  • April 12, 2019, DBA Trial Skills Section- Mandamus-When You Need Error Correction Before Appeal! -The Nuts, Bolts, and Persuasion! (Dallas).
  • April 9, 2019, Sin, Prayer, and Catholic Lawyers-The Conflict of Faith and Professional Rules. Saint Thomas More Society April 9, 2019 (Dallas).

Industries & Practices

  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Dallas Bar Association, President, 1991 as well as various Chair and Committee positions over the years.
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Chair, 1998-2001; Vice Chair, 1996-98; Secretary/Treasurer, 1995-96; Trustee, 1991-2001; Fellow, 1991-present.
  • State Bar of Texas, Executive Committee of Board of Directors, 1994-1995; Board of Directors, 1992-1995.
  • Legal Services of North Texas, Inc. (Legal Services Corporation), Chair 1999-2000.Vice-Chair 1998; Member Board of Directors, 1997-2002.
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, Member Board of Trustees, 1997-2000.
  • W.M. “Mac” Taylor, Jr., American Inn of Court,  a founding member; President, 1997-1999; Membership Chair, 1991-1995; Executive Committee, 1991-2000; Counselor, 1995-1996; Sergeant of the Inn Award 2011.
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Chair, 1999-2002; Member, Board of Trustees, 1996-2004.
  • American Inns of Court Foundation, Secretary, 2012-2014; Board of Trustees, 2005-2018 (member executive committee 2008-2015).
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member, 2004-present (The invited membership of the Institute engages in the study, analysis, and publication of commentaries on principles of the law).
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents of the American Bar Association, President, 2004-2005.
  • Southwest Association of Bank Counsel (formerly Texas Association of Bank Counsel), President, 1996-1997; Vice President, 1994-1995; President-Elect, 1995-1996; Board of Directors, 1990-1993, frequent speaker (Organization providing continuing education for lawyers engaged in law practices focused on banking and finance).
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates-Dallas Bar Association Representative, 1996-2000, 2006-2013.
  • Dallas Bar Association-Senior Lawyers’ Committee Chair (2019).

Community Involvement

  • Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Inc., Member, 1992-present.  The Club produces the annual Byron Nelson Golf Classic where PGA golf professionals compete for a multi-million dollar purse.  The Club is comprised of Dallas’ top business and legal leaders.
  • Drake University: National Alumni Association, President, 2002-2004; Board of Directors, 1998-2006.
  • Drake University Board of Trustees, Member, 2002-present.  The board of approximately 35 members from across the country meets four times a year and is an active board engaged in the shared governance of the university in general.
  • Christ the King Catholic Church, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (trained lay minister serving at Mass), Lector (reader at Mass), 2014-Present, Presenter/lecturer RCIA Course (Adult confirmation classes) 2015-Present.
  • Legatus-Catholic Ambassadors in the Marketplace (Sacristan and board member, 2019- ).
  • Texas State of Mind Society of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Member of Founding Committee October 2019.  “Members of the Texas State of Mind Society are engaged community leaders who seek to promote access to mental health resources, raise awareness, change attitudes about mental health needs and treatment, and be part of a cause that touches millions of people in our state.” (2019- ).
  • Dallas Breakfast Group (Monthly civic forums with community leaders).
  • Dallas Foundation-Member Board of Governors, 2008-2014 (The Foundation is a “communities” type foundation.  Lang served as chair of the grants committee.).


Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020
  • 2019 Texas Trailblazer, Texas Lawyer Magazine, October 2019. (Individuals who have been agents of change and have made significant marks on the practice, policy, and technological advancement of their law practice).
  • Shalom Award for Civic Leadership, January 13, 2019, Presented by Temple Shalom Brotherhood.
  • State Bar of Texas, Presidents’ Award, (Outstanding Contributions to the Legal Profession), 2010.
  • Recognition for Service and Leadership, (“In Grateful Appreciation for Your Outstanding Leadership”), awarded by the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable, March 14, 2015.  
  • Texas Bar Foundation, 2007 Lola Wright Foundation Award for outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas.
  • State Bar of Texas, 1999 Presidential Citation Recipient.
  • State Bar of Texas, 1995 Outstanding Third-Year Director Award.
  • Citation of Merit, University of Missouri School of Law, September 2012, “Highest Award Conferred by the Law School.”
  • William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, 2011 Sergeant of the Inn Award.
  • President’s Citation, Dallas Bar Association, In Appreciation for Leadership, November 6, 2018.
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellows Award, (Service to the Community and the Legal Profession), 2010.
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Outstanding Mentor Award, 2008.
  • Dallas Bar Association, 2007 Morris Harrell Professionalism Award.
  • Drake University, Double D Award, 1993 (Drake’s highest award bestowed upon former athletic letter award winners for professional achievement and community service).
  • Drake University, 1992 Alumni Achievement Award.
  • State Bar of Texas Award of Merit conferred upon the Dallas Bar Association for its 1991 programs during Lang’s presidency.
  • Legal Services of North Texas’ Outstanding Service Award, 1991.
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Outstanding Young Lawyer in Dallas, 1981.
Douglas S. Lang