Russell DePalma is an appellate and complex commercial trial litigator who makes complex legal issues easier to understand for judges and juries. He has extensive trial, deposition, hearing, and administrative proceeding experience and has managed large caseloads involving novel issues of law. He has also coordinated e-discovery in multimillion dollar and multinational lawsuits.
Russell's appellate practice in state and Federal courts includes: (1) jury charges; (2) major pre-and post-trial motions; (3) interlocutory and mandamus appeals from injunction orders, discovery orders, and jurisdictional challenges; (4) briefing, motions and argument preparation for appellate court proceedings.
J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1995
B.A., University of Virginia, 1992
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Supreme Court of the United States
Represented surety company in connection with complex construction defect litigation arising out of failure of several gas processing plants in Louisiana.
Represented energy exploration company against attempt by investors to impose receivership.
Represented major beverage manufacturer in trademark and trade dress litigation against rival in competitive energy drink market.
Represented major international banking conglomerate in parallel lawsuits in Texas and United Kingdom involving repurchase transactions in breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and Texas Securities Act claim brought by trading partner accused of defaulting on obligations.
Represented Dallas businesses in successful class action challenge to unlawful local commercial tax scheme, which resulted in multiple Texas Supreme Court precedents regarding distinction between lawful fee and unlawful tax.
Represented nationally known Texas law firm in malpractice action against law firm partner for actions he took as city councilman of a Dallas suburb in case setting Texas Supreme Court precedent regarding duties of lawyer and law firm to clients.
Represented private citizens in lawsuit against Dallas Housing Authority for violations of constitutional rights.
Represented operator of world's largest retail electronic payments network in $670,000,000 lawsuit by company seeking damages for alleged tortious interference and business disparagement. Zero-dollar verdict in favor of client after month-long jury trial named one of top 10 biggest defense wins of 2002 by National Law Journal.