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Tom M. Dees, III

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Tom M. Dees, III

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Tom is an attorney who practices business litigation and provides general counsel.

Tom’s litigation practice involves a wide range of disputes in a variety of industries. Tom maintains an active docket aggressively pursuing and defending claims in many areas (including business disputes, torts, contracts, business divorces, real estate disputes, oil and gas disputes, inter-family disputes as well as trusts and estates) in arbitrations as well as state and federal courts. Tom has appeared in courts throughout Texas and beyond, including appearing pro hac vice in the trial courts of California, Colorado, New York and Idaho.

Tom also provides general counsel to businesses, families, and individuals who do not want to employ an attorney on a full-time basis. Tom renders trusted legal advice on a wide range of legal matters and coordinates the rendition of legal services in numerous fields to achieve clients’ goals with minimal disruption to their daily routine. Tom coordinates and regularly manages teams of lawyers handling corporate transactions, entity formation matters, general corporate matters, real estate transactions, contract negotiations, private equity investments, oil and gas negotiations, entertainment law matters, estate planning matters as well as in and out-of-state litigation among many others.

Before joining Hallett & Perrin in January 2010, Tom was a partner in Thomas & Dees, where he provided personal legal representation in litigation and transactional matters to successful Texas families and businesses.

“Tom provided Inteliquent with sage counsel and exceptional client service in connection with a litigation matter in Texas. We would jump at the chance to work with him again.” - John Harrington, General Counsel, Inteliquent (NASDAQ: IQNT)

“I own a custom home building company, and Tom Dees has been with me from the beginning. He has been a very valuable resource to our company. I highly recommend him and Hallett & Perrin, P.C. for your representation too.” - Eric Olson, President, Olson | Defendorf Custom Homes

Representative Experience

Reported Cases:

  • Hill v. Washburne, 953 F.3d 296 (5th Cir. 2020)
  • In re Hill, No. 05-19-00394-CV, 2019 WL 6522188 (Tex. App.—Dallas Dec. 4, 2019, no pet.)
  • Hill v. Schilling, No. 3:07-CV-02020, 2018 WL 6436397 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 7, 2018)
  • Hill v. Shamoun & Norman, LLP, 544 S.W.3d 724 (Tex. 2018)
  • Shamoun & Norman, LLP v. Hill, 483 S.W.3d 767 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2016)
  • Hill v. Schilling, 593 Fed. App. 330 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Hill v. Schilling, 578 Fed. App. 456 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Hill v. Schilling, 570 U.S. 918 (2013) (cert. denied)
  • Capital One, N.A. v. 418 Southlake, Ltd., No. H-12-0792, 2013 WL 12188583 (S.D. Tex. March 11, 2013)
  • Hill v. Schilling, 495 Fed. Appx. 480 (5th Cir. 2012)
  • The Estate of Davis v. Laroda, No. 3:08-CV-0008-P, 2011 WL 1627000 (N.D. Tex. April 27, 2011)
  • In re Estate of Hunt, No. 05-09-00892-CV, 2011 WL 3211358 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 29, 2011, no pet.)
  • In re Estate of Hunt, No. 05-09-01105-CV, 2011 WL 3211359 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 29, 2011, orig. proceeding)
  • In re Hill, No. 05-10-00463-CV, 2010 WL 1633716 (Tex. App.—Dallas April 23, 2010, orig. proceeding)
  • In re Hill, No. 05-10-00447-CV, 2010 WL 1582234 (Tex. App. —Dallas April 21, 2010, orig. proceeding)
  • In re Shamoun & Norman, LLP, No. 05-08-00978-CV, 2008 WL 3824008 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 12, 2008, orig. proceeding)
  • Hill v. Hunt, No. 3:07-CV-02020-O, 2008 WL 4108120 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 04, 2008)
  • Lewis v. Foxworth, 170 S.W.3d 900 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2005, no pet.)
  • DTC Telecom, LLC v. ISP Techs., Inc., No. 3:02-CV-1329, 2002 WL 31553932 (N.D. Tex. 2002)​

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Distinctions & Certifications

  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2020-Present
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2005-2006, 2011-2013

Professional Activities

  • Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellows Nominating Committee for District 6 (Dallas County) 2012, 2019
  • Dallas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association - Business Litigation Section
  • Dallas Bar Association - Judiciary Committee
  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers
  • William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, 2000-2001

Publications & Speeches


  • Juries: On the Verge of Extinction? A Discussion of Jury Reform, 54 SMU L. REV. 1755, 2001
  • Comment, They Are Trying to Take My License Away - What Do I Do Now? A Practitioner’s Guide to Certificate Revocation & Suspension Defense Litigation, 66 J. AIR L. & COM. 261, 2000
  • A Legacy of Elegance: Centennial History of the Terpsichorean Club, 1998

Acknowledged in:

  • John B. Attanasio, Foreward, Juries Rule, 54 SMU L. REV. 1681, 1688, 2001
  • William V. Dorsaneo, III, Reexamining the Right to Trial by Jury, 54 SMU L. REV. 1695, 2001
  • William V. Dorsaneo, III, Revision and Recodification of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Concerning the Jury Charge, 41 S. TEX. L. REV. 675, 2000
  • William V. Dorsaneo, III, 1999 Roy Ray Lecture March 30, 1999: Opening Comment to the March 1999 Roy R. Ray Lecture “Judicial Independence and Democratic Accountability in Highest State Courts,” 53 SMU L. REV 255, 2000
  • Frederick S. Adams, John J. Ezell, the Honorable William Harris, the Honorable Richard Johnson, the Honorable Dean Rucker, and John C. Turner, Enforcement of Direct and Indirect Acts of Contempt, 25th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, Texas, August 1999

Community Involvement

  • Austin Street Center – Host Committee for 21st Annual Humble Beginnings Luncheon (2021)
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – Corporate Advisory Committee (2021)
  • Dallas Historical Society – Host Committee for 39th Annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon (2021)​
  • Friends of Dallas Public Library - Board of Directors, 2011-2017
  • St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Eagle Scout; Bronze, Gold, and Silver Palms; Order of the Arrow; God & Country Award
  • Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • National Outstanding Eagle Scout
  • The Murrell Foundation - Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Chi Psi Fraternity - President, 1995-1996