John T. Palter
Direct: (214) 888-3111
Mobile: (214) 478-9280
Fax: (214) 888-3109
Our business clients know the value of a comprehensive business plan, strong infrastructure, and a motivated workforce. John’s experience in accounting and commercial litigation provides a unique analytical foundation for structuring transactions and resolving disputes – keeping the client’s business objectives in mind. Rated one of the top 100 Attorneys in Texas in Commercial Litigation by Super Lawyers, John leverages his skill and experience to achieve the client’s objectives in the competitive business environment. He collaborates with each client’s team to prosecute litigation, when necessary, and is also a gifted growth and succession STRATEGIST who understands the importance of planning for contingencies and establishing a strong platform upon which to maximize business potential.
Drake University School of Law
- Order of the Barristers
Northern Illinois University
Texas and New Mexico
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals (2nd, 5th and Federal Circuits)
U.S. District Courts (all Texas districts)
Internal Revenue Service
Certified Public Accountant, Texas 1989
With more than twenty years of experience advocating the interests of individual, emerging growth and institutional clients, John Palter has served as lead and local counsel in numerous jury and bench trials and arbitrations in cases involving securities, accounting, intellectual property, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, employment, insurance coverage, oil and gas, dissenter’s rights, deceptive trade practices, quasi-torts, and estate disputes. He is practiced at enforcing his clients’ rights via pre- and post-judgment collections. And when it makes sense, John is equally comfortable resolving complex commercial disputes via alternative dispute resolution prior to formal litigation or trial.
John is a Certified Public Accountant, which has served him well when representing clients in jury trials and arbitrations involving complex GAAP accounting, accounting negligence, securities and intellectual property matters. He has represented clients throughout the country in multi-district and multi-venue litigation before State and Federal Courts, FINRA and the American Arbitration Association.
• Represented a national corporation, as seller, in a post-closing purchase price adjustment dispute before the American Arbitration Association. Secured favorable award on all claims following arbitration on the merits.
• Represented a holding company of numerous local exchange carriers in an accounting malpractice case. Secured a favorable award after arbitration on the merits.
• Represented individual and corporate plaintiffs against accounting firm and members asserting claims for negligence, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with pension and profit sharing plan. Case successfully tried to jury and affirmed by the Texas Court of Appeals.
COMPLEX CONTRACT LITIGATION
• Represented an international corporation in a breach of contract case and defense of numerous intellectual property issues. Secured favorable settlement.
• Defended a business owner against allegations of breach of franchise and purchase and sale agreements, and breach of trade secrets. Case was favorably settled by restructuring contractual agreements.
• Successfully defended a real-estate developer in a multi-million dollar post-closing adjustment and breach of contract case.
• Defended a non-profit entity and individuals in a lawsuit involving sexual harassment and fraudulent concealment. Filed and argued Special Appearance to Present Motion Objecting to Personal Jurisdiction of the Court, which resulted in dismissal of claims against individual client. Balance of the claims settled favorably at mediation.
• Represented a non-profit entity against a claim of wrongful discharge. Obtained a dismissal of all claims via a Motion to Dismiss Claims under ERISA.
• Successfully secured more than 150 emergency orders of injunctive relief in State and Federal Courts while representing employers in employment defection, non-compete and trade secret cases; successfully defended matter on appeal to United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
• Represented a local software company against publicly-traded education company based upon claims for breach of contract, copyright infringement, and theft of trade secrets. Secured favorable settlement award.
• Represented a publicly-traded online data provider in defense of copyright and conversion claims. Case satisfactorily resolved through confidential settlement.
• Represented a publicly-traded online data provider in prosecution of copyright and conversion claims. Case satisfactorily resolved through confidential settlement.
OIL AND GAS LITIGATION
• Represented a publicly-traded oil and gas development and production company. Obtained final summary judgment on all affirmative claims and defenses.
• Represented over thirty individual and corporate investors as plaintiffs. The matter was favorably settled at conclusion of three month jury trial, with several interlocutory appeals taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
• Successfully prosecuted an investor claim involving day trading, margins, suitability and unauthorized trading.
Publications / Presentations:
• State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Course on Essentials of Business Law: Practical Considerations, Spring 2019, "Closing Time -- Issues to Consider when Terminating a Business," co-authored with Jim C. Phillips.
• "Planning for Your Success as Your Business Starts to Grow," Podcast, Y.E.S. (Your Executive Symphony) CEO Symposium, Fall 2017.
• Lawline - Continuing Legal Education, Accountant Malpractice: Avoidance and Defense
• State Bar of Texas - Continuing Legal Education, Spring 2008 Update on Business Valuation Cases; Business Termination Issues
• State Bar of Texas - Continuing Legal Education, Fall 2008 Business Termination Issues
• University of Houston Law School, Continuing Legal Education, Spring 2009 Business Termination Issues
• Dallas Business Journal Contributor
• Fort Worth Business Journal Contributor
• Subprime's Impact on the 2008 Presidential Race: An Immediate Look at the Legal, Governmental, and Economic Ramifications of the Subprime Crisis on the Bush Administration and the 2008 Presidential Election, Walter Williams, Bryan D. Jones, Gary E. Lacefield, John T. Palter - ©West Publishing 2008
• American Bar Foundation, Fellow
• Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
• Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
• American Bar Association
Intellectual Property Section
Commercial Litigation Section
• Dallas Bar Association
Commercial Litigation Section
• Certified Public Accountant - Texas State Board of Public Accountancy since 1989
• American Association of Attorneys and Certified Public Accountants
• Litigation Council of America
• Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
• Martindale-Hubbell® A-V rated
Awards / Honors:
• In 2020, John celebrated his 16th year to be named a Super Lawyer, having been selected multiple times (2004-2007, 2009-2020). In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2019, Super Lawyers named John on its "Top 100" list of Dallas/Fort Worth lawyers, and in 2019, Super Lawyers named him on its "Top 100" list of Texas lawyers. The lawyers on the "Top 100" list received the highest point totals in the Texas nomination, research and blue ribbon review process performed by research firm Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations obtained and tabulated by research firm Thomson Reuters.
• “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” D Magazine, 2012
• City of University Park Risk and Insurance Committee, Past Member
• Dallas Social Venture Partners, Director and former Board Chair
• Executive Connections, Philanthropic Co-Chair
• IGNITE (Texas)
-- Trailblazer 2016
• Social Venture Partners International
• Congregation of the Mission, Affiliate
• Member, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
• Holy Trinity School Board President 2014-2016
• Holy Trinity Catholic Church Faith Formation Catechist (6th Grade)
• Holy Trinity Catholic Church Stewardship Task Force
• Past Chair, Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Council