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“When I needed a lawyer in Dallas to represent me and my family in a lawsuit, I was referred to Leland. He was smart, strategic, focused and determined. More than that, he delivered.”

— T. Boone Pickens.

Leland C. de la Garza Shareholder and Chairman, Litigation Section


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1%. Only 1% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction earned by trial experience and a thorough examination process. Leland has been board certified in civil law since 2002. For over thirty years, when the stakes are high and business owners and executives needed counsel they can trust, and the best lawyer in the room, they have turned to Leland. Leland has the experience to represent clients in state and federal courts in Texas and in other states.

Leland’s experience cuts across many different industries, including financial institutions, investment funds, insurance agencies, and intermediaries, oil and gas exploration companies, oil field service companies, manufacturing companies, staffing companies, companies involved in construction, and professionals in a variety of fields. His vast experience includes contract disputes, shareholder and partner fights, breach of fiduciary duty claims, trademark, copyright and patent disputes, real estate disputes, trade secret and covenant not to compete disputes, construction disputes, and probate cases.

Leland has handled many high profile and bet-the-company cases. Leland applies creativity, forceful presentation, and undeterred determination to get his clients the best results possible.

Leland has also been a professional drummer since 2009 and is presently the drummer for American Petty, a Tom Petty Tribute Band.

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
Education
  • Southern Methodist University Law School, J.D., 1984
    • Winning Mock Trial Team in Law School competition
    • Member, ABA and ATLA national mock trial teams
    • Moot Court Instructor
    • Student attorney in Civil Clinic
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A. and B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
    • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma (International Business Honor Society, top 10%)
Admissions
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts - All Districts of Texas and Central District of Illinois
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Representative Experience

  • Defended claims in state court involving a brine spill from a gas well in the Barnett Shale; settled
  • Prosecuted claims in state court alleging unfair competition and trademark and trade dress infringement in dispute between restaurant owners; settled
  • Prosecuted claims in state and federal court alleging violation of state statute related to publishing likeness of plaintiff on the internet; settled
  • Defended claims in state court alleging illegal trafficking of a vehicle; secured dismissal through and anti-SLAPP motion
  • Prosecuted claims in state court alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets in medical products field; settled
  • Defended and prosecuted claims in state court arising from dispute over performance of IT contract involving dental practices; settled
  • Prosecuted claims in state court against former employee of manager of investment funds related to non-competition covenants; settled
  • Defended oil and gas operator in state court in dispute with driller and drilling consultant over failed well after separation of casing during drilling; settled
  • Prosecuted claims in federal court against finance companies that financed the sale of buses used in Mexico over claims that sellers misrepresented that the buses could be used in Mexico; settled
  • Defended video production company in state court in dispute over ownership of video footage from video shoot; settled
  • Defended physicians and medical practices in federal court dispute over advertising, involving claims under the federal Lanham Act, federal anti-trust violations, and common law claims of unfair competition, false advertising, and misappropriation claims; settled
  • Prosecuted claims in state court against international integrated oil and gas company over whether statements to the Texas Railroad Commission about the condition of oil and gas wells were fraudulent; settled
  • Represented prominent Dallas family in state court in dispute involving claims of defamation and invasion of privacy; settled
  • Represented subcontractor in disputes in state court with sub-subcontractor and general contractor on highway construction project over termination of sub-subcontractor; tried and settled
  • Represented owner in dispute with general contractor over dispute over interior finish out project; tried
  • Defended national swimming pool licensor in state court against claims of trademark infringement and tarnishment; tried and appealed
  • Prosecuted claims in state court against former president of division of commercial insurance agency for theft of company funds and breach of fiduciary duty; tried
  • Defended national bank in east Texas state court against claims of lender liability; tried
  • Prosecuted indemnity claims following sale of business; arbitrated in New York
  • Prosecuted claim against national beer company for failure to approve sale of distributorship; arbitrated
  • Defended international oilfield supplier against lawsuit by the Republic of Iraq filed in New York federal court; dismissed and dismissal affirmed on appeal
  • Prosecuted claim in arbitration involving royalty dispute over leases in Colorado and Utah; settled
  • Defended wind energy company against claim in state court for finder’s fee; summary judgment
  • Defended landscaping company against claims in federal court under FLSA for overtime; settled

Distinctions & Certifications

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2002-present
  • Recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©for Banking & Finance Litigation - 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2009-2012
  • 2017 & 2018 D Magazine Best Lawyers Recipient
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, Peer Review Rated

Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Texas Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2008-2018
  • Member, Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2005-present
  • Vice-Chairman, Texas Supreme Court’s International Law Task Force, 2009-2012
  • Founder and Chairman, Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section, 2000-2001
  • State Bar of Texas - Litigation and Anti-trust Law Sections
  • Dallas Bar Association - Business Litigation and Trial Skills Sections
  • Dallas Bar Foundation

Publications & Speeches

  • Frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics related to litigation and the unauthorized practice of law

Community Involvement

  • Trustee, The Child Protection Connection (formerly Texas Lawyers for Children), 2008-present
  • Soccer Coach, Cedar Hill Soccer Association (2006-2017)

“When I needed a lawyer in Dallas to represent me and my family in a lawsuit, I was referred to Leland. He was smart, strategic, focused and determined. More than that, he delivered.”

— T. Boone Pickens.