W. Craig Stokley

Direct: (214) 888-3112
Mobile: (972) 951-8521
Fax: (214) 888-3109
Email: cstokley@palterlaw.com


J.D. (cum laude), Georgetown; University Law Center, 2005

B.S., chemical engineering, Texas Tech University, 1999

Judicial Clerkship:

Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge A. Joe Fish, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (2005-2006)

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of Texas;
U.S. Supreme Court;
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.


Craig Stokley is a business litigation attorney who prides himself in bringing value to his clients and solving their hard problems. He has experience working on a wide variety of disputes. Craig's diverse trial practice includes complex commercial disputes and trials relating to contract claims, real estate transactions, Federal whistleblower actions, health care related disputes, business tort claims, employment matters, shareholder oppression and corporate membership disputes, trade secrets, intellectual property litigation, consumer debt defense, construction litigation, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, DTPA litigation, toxic tort litigation, white collar criminal defense, professional malpractice litigation, pro bono work, and just about any business-relationship-gone-wrong situation.

Craig has achieved favorable results for his clients litigating in state and federal court, arbitration panels, and using administrative proceedings/remedies. Craig attributes his successes to working harder than the opposition, and taking a hands on get-to-know-the-clients’-business approach to representing his clients.

Prior to Palter Stokley Sims, Craig began his legal practice with Baker Botts’ trial section in Dallas, Texas. In 2009, Craig joined Riney Palter, a Dallas-based litigation boutique, where he handled a wide variety of cases. In 2011, and 2012, Craig was named a “Rising Star” by Thompson Reuters.

Before entering private practice, Craig served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge A. Joe Fish of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. In that capacity, Craig drafted opinions on motions for summary judgment, findings of fact, and conclusions of law from bench trials, motions to dismiss, motions to transfer, and other motions filed in federal court. He also worked closely with the federal sentencing guidelines and made recommendations to Judge Fish regarding appropriate sentences for convicted criminal defendants. While serving as law clerk, Craig was responsible for advising Judge Fish on issues relating to the U.S.A. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development case. This additional responsibility required him to undergo a top-secret background clearance check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

For the last three years, Craig has served as Court-Appointed Mediator for cases pending before Judge Fish. Craig has been successful in resolving most of the cases in which he has been appointed. As a mediator, Craig is committed to sticking with the a case even if the initial attempt at mediation is unsuccessful, and spending the extra time needed to understand the legal issues involved in the case before the parties sit down to mediate. In 2011, Judge Fish appointed Craig to mediate the U.S. Bank v. Verizon, et al. case which had in excess of $9 billion in dispute.

While in law school, Craig served as a judicial intern to the Honorable David Hittner and the Honorable Sim Lake.

Prior to attending law school, Craig worked as a chemical engineer and contracts manager for Fluor Corporation, a large engineering, procurement, and construction company. In that capacity, he designed and tested combined-cycle power plants that were constructed all over the United States. He was also responsible for awarding and administering large subcontracts for construction of large combined-cycle power plants. These subcontracts included, among others: heavy lifting, electrical, control systems, water cooling systems, and construction of a heat recovery steam generator. Craig also assisted with a companywide organizational change initiative, during which he worked at the company’s offices in Manila; Jakarta; Shanghai; Houston, Texas; Aliso Viejo, California; and Greenville, South Carolina.


2/9/2013 - Craig Stokley successfully facilitates settlement in contentious sexual harassment suit by former Dallas municipal court judge against City of Dallas.…[read more...]

Representative Matters:

Secured a complete dismissal in an out-of-state patent infringement case.
• Obtained confidential settlement for client in a dispute related to a large real estate transaction.
• Obtained numerous dismissals in state court for consumer debt defense clients.
• Prevailed in probate court at trial phase on guardianship matters as well as complex guardianship and probate issues.
• Secured a favorable defense result for client who was accused of trademark infringement in federal court.
• Successfully defended large accounting firm against claims for fraud and malpractice in state court.
• Obtained a favorable result for a regional bank in a patent infringement case before Judge Folsom in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. This representation included working with a large joint defense group to coordinate defenses for numerous national and regional banks.
• Successfully prosecuted shareholder oppression claims in Texas state court.
• Obtained a favorable result in an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court for a large copper mining and smelting company who asserted a constructive fraudulent transfer claim arising from the sale of a large copper mining property.
• Represented client in a full jury trial before Judge Solis on breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation claim winning summary judgment before trial on the breach of contract claim.
• Defended a large telecommunications company in a patent infringement case before Judge Folsom in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. This representation successfully challenged the courts jurisdiction over the clients’ parent company.

Professional Affiliations:

Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers