4054 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
Trial attorney steeped in integrity and honesty with thirty years of practice in federal and state courts. Focused on achieving the best possible results based upon the facts and circumstances of each case, whether through trial, mediation, or arbitration. Skilled legal analysis, case strategy and case management from inception through conclusion. Successful summary judgment, jury trial and non-jury trial experience. Experienced selection of, consultation with, and deposition of expert witnesses. Excellent rapport with clients, lawyers, staff, and court personnel. Friendly, considerate and caring for all persons.
Partner/Member Dallas, TX 2016 to Present
Represent clients in lawsuits in federal and state courts dealing with civil rights, constitutional law, commercial law, consumer law, employment law, fiduciary law, intentional torts (assault, defamation, fraud, malicious prosecution, theft of trade secrets, etc.), and real property law.
Owner Austin, TX 2011–2012, Dallas, TX 2012–2015
(Altaffer & Palat, PLLC, Austin, TX Partner/Member 2010–2011)
Represented individual and corporate clients in lawsuits in federal and state courts dealing with civil rights, commercial law, consumer law, employment law, fiduciary law, intentional torts (defamation, fraud, malicious prosecution, theft of trade secrets, etc.), and real property law (foreclosure, landlord/tenant, ownership disputes). Represented creditors (claims, foreclosure, liens, etc.) and debtors (Chapter 7 only) in bankruptcy court.
Partner, 1992–2001; Associate Attorney 1984–1992.
Represented corporate and individual clients in lawsuits involving federal and state employment and labor law, deceptive trade practices (DTPA), fraud, malicious prosecution, breach of contract, real estate/foreclosure, products liability, and commercial cases and in preference and stay actions in bankruptcy courts.
AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame 2013, Texas Lawyer and ALM
Texas Civil Rights And Constitutional Law Project–The Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award–2015
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
United States District Courts of Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
United States Bankruptcy Courts for Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association
Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
Juris Doctor, May 1984, cum laude
United States Marine Corps
First Lieutenant 1976; 1978–1981
Rice University, Houston, Texas
Bachelor of Arts, May 1976
Constitutional Rights Center of Texas – Director/Secretary 2016 – present
A non-profit whose mission is Equipping The People To Protect Their
Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties Through Litigation and Education.
Volunteer helping the homeless: Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance–member; Operation Care International, Dallas, Texas; Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, Austin, Texas.