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Thomas S. Leatherbury

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Leatherbury, Thomas S.

Biography
Tom has a wide range of experience in state and federal appeals and trials. His experience includes commercial, intellectual property, and healthcare litigation, and class actions. He has represented publishers and broadcasters in all aspects of media litigation throughout his career.

Tom is a practice group leader of the firm-wide Appellate practice and currently serves as Chairman of Talent Management.


Representative Experience
Federal Appeals and Trials
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  • Obtained, in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, reversal and rendition of $366 million verdict against hospital and physician ($33 million judgment)
  • Successfully defended Lutron Electronics, Inc. in a $218 million patent infringement suit in a three-week jury trial; the jury found no infringement and further found the patent to be invalid
  • Obtained, in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, reversal of a $13 million bankruptcy preference judgment
State Appeals and Trials
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  • Obtained, in the Texas Supreme Court, reversal, partial rendition, and remand of $84 million personal injury verdict ($45 million judgment)
  • Obtained, in the Texas Supreme Court, reversal in a multi-billion dollar dispute over regulatory accounting treatment of nuclear plants
  • Obtained, in the Texas Supreme Court, reversal in an insurance bad faith case in which the Texas Supreme Court imposed significant limits on punitive damages
Media Litigation
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  • Obtained a defense verdict for a national network in a libel trial in El Paso federal court
  • Obtained, in the Texas Supreme Court, mandamus relief for The Dallas Morning News in a case seeking to unseal discovery in a wrongful death suit
  • Obtained, in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, affirmance of dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction for foreign publishers
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1979 (Chair, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization)
  • Yale College, B.A. History summa cum laude, 1976 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Hill, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas, 1979 - 1980
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1979; United States Supreme Court; all federal courts in Texas; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits
Professional Recognition
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  • Recipient: Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award, Texas Civil Rights Project, 2013
  • Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation - Local Litigation Star: Texas, 2013
  • Euromoney's Benchmark Appellate - Fifth Circuit Litigation Star, 2012 and 2013
Activities and Affiliations
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  • Member: Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association (YLSA)
  • Editorial Board: Communications Lawyer
  • Board of Trustees: National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Foundation
Publications and Presentations
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  • “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 1, Fall 2011 (co-author)
  • "Different Views of Briefing Waiver in the Courts of Appeals, " State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Seminar, 2011
  • "Communications Law in the Digital Age - “Newsgathering Liability,” Practicing Law Institute, November 2009 - 2011


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Thomas S. Leatherbury
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2001 Ross Avenue
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Dallas, TX 75201-2975

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Austin, TX 78746-7568
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Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation

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Media Litigation

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Clients assert Tom is ‘an outstanding appellate lawyer with great experience who is well thought of by the Texas judiciary’ - Legal 500 U.S. 2010