Jay Madrid

Jay Madrid

Of Counsel; Co-Head Dallas


Jay represents banks, real estate developers, trustees and executors, majority and minority shareholders, directors and officers and small business owners in a wide variety of commercial disputes.
Jay has worked extensively in the pharmaceutical, financial, real estate, health care, environmental and corporate worlds and industries. Over his long career, he has had extensive experience in all stages of litigation, including both trial and appellate, as well as litigation in administrative settings and all types of alternative dispute resolution.

Education & Admissions

Southern Methodist University (M.L.A., 1977)

University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1966)

Texas Western College (B.A., 1963)


  • Texas


Representative Experience

  • Handled complex litigation matters, including several notable jury trials, defending or prosecuting client's claims, several of which cases have involved securities fraud and related litigation
  • Served as lead counsel in significant fiduciary litigation, in probate and district court, involving will contests and trustee removal
  • Served as lead counsel in multi-week trial for savings and loan association resulting in $55,000,000 verdict for client
  • Served as lead defense counsel in multimillion-dollar lawsuit alleging product defect Uury found no defect, thus avoiding a potential worldwide product recall)
  • Successfully defended 14 Norwegian ship captains and first officers and U.S.-based Norwegian subsidiary corporate officers in first criminal prosecution under the Ocean Dumping Act, wherein fines of over $500 million and prison time could have been levied had guilty verdicts been received; all but four of his 21 clients were acquitted, with only misdemeanor convictions for those found guilty
  • Defeated effort of disgruntled investor to secure fraud verdict in federal court jury trial in California
  • Prosecuted challenge to Dallas Appraisal District reassessment of historic private residence, with jury reducing assessment from approximately $10 million to $2.9 million
  • Successfully defended several related corporate entities in California Superior Court in case involving alleged tortious interference, conversion and fiduciary duty breaches
  • Successfully defended real estate developer against home owner association effort to invalidate entire re-zon ing, saving client's investment of over $50 million
  • Successfully defeated class certification involving U.S. resort developer
  • Successfully handled numerous FTC and DOJ investigations involving antitrust allegations, particularly price-fixing claims
  • Overturned adverse jury award against client on appeal, reversing judgment and securing rendition of a take-nothing judgment
  • Established fiduciary litigation practice group to capitalize on extensive experience representing corporate and individual trustees
  • Designed Dallas County's Court Annexed mediator training program implemented by Dallas District Courts; this program has served as a model for several other metropolitan areas, both within Texas and in other states; helped train over 1,000 attorneys as mediatOrs in California, Louisiana and Texas

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction & Design
  • Construction Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Trusts & Estates Litigation

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association (Chair, Fee Disputes Committee, 2001-2004)
  • Officer, Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees (Chair, DBF Fellows, 2008-2009)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, Panel Chair District 6
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1978, recertified every five years since)
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution (1979-present)
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Parish Episcopal School (Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1984; Trustee, 201 0-2020)
  • Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (Chancellor/Chairman, Rector Search Committee)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Dallas (Chairman, Bishop Search Committee)
  • City of Dallas Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Officer, Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees (Chair, DBF Fellows, 2008-2009)
  • Trustee, Texas Center for Legal Ethics (Chair, 2012-2013)
  • Member Wm. (Mac) Taylor Inn of Court


Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021 Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2016, 2018-2022
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2005-2017, 2019-2024
  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020-2021
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1978-present
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2011-2017
  • Top Business Defender, Dallas Business Journal, 2006, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America- "Lawyer of the Year"- Mediation, Woodward White Inc., 2016-2017, 2019
  • Texas Top 100 and Dallas/Fort Worth Top 100, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2012
  • Military Service
    • Captain, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1967-1971
    • Service in Vietnam, Germany and U.S.
    • Awarded Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3)
    • Military Judge, 1970-1971
Jay Madrid