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William N. Warren


William N. Warren joined Kelly Hart in 1993. Mr. Warren is a partner and co-section head of the firm's Litigation practice group. He attended Baylor University, where he obtained his bachelor of arts in 1989, and Baylor University Law School, graduating with his juris doctor, cum laude, in 1993. Mr. Warren has considerable experience representing clients in state and federal courts in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, including business torts, securities issues, construction claims, products liability, and fraud related lawsuits.

Experience and highlights
  • Lead counsel for family trust in suit brought against it in family court by former spouse seeking to obtain trust assets; obtained defense judgment barring such an interest
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff construction company in lawsuit alleging breach of contract and tortious interference. Secured seven figure summary judgment against corporate defendant and its president, as well as civil and criminal contempt orders against those defendants
  • Lead counsel for defendant company and majority shareholder in arbitration proceeding involving various contract and tort claims. Secured successful result for both defendants
  • Lead trial counsel for chemical supplier in product liability suit; received summary judgment for client
  • Lead trial counsel for developer; secured summary dismissal in suit brought to block planned residential development
  • Secured summary judgment for multiple defendants in state lawsuit in which plaintiff alleged numerous fraud-based causes of action related to a stock transaction, claiming multiple millions in damages. Also remained counsel through appeals to Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court, where decision was affirmed
  • Secured summary judgment for defendant, a monthly magazine, in federal case where plaintiff alleged defamation claims and requested several million dollars in damages. Also remained counsel on appeal to Fifth Circuit, where decision was affirmed
  • Secured summary judgment for multiple defendants accused of misappropriation of image and false light claims in state court
  • Secured dismissal of lawsuit against defendant, a municipal retirement fund, accused of breach of fiduciary duty with the alleged damages calculated to be in the seven figures range
  • Represented defendant, a local company, in claims against it for trade secret violations and breach of contract. After counterclaims were brought against the plaintiff, the case settled with seven-figure settlement to client
  • Represented plaintiff, a physicians group, in claim against hospital system for breach of contract, fiduciary duty and fraud claims
Affiliations and honors
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors, 2006-2008
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Honored as one of Fort Worth's "40 Under 40" by the Fort Worth Business Press, 2004
  • Selected as "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2008 - 2011, 2013-2014
  • Recognized as a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2004-2009
  • Recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly magazine, 2009-2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-2016
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993
         Baylor Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Baylor University, B.A. 1989
  • State Bar of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Easter District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
  • Author/Speaker, Injunctions, 2007 and 2011 Texas Conference for Judicial Studies, Austin, Texas
Mr. Warren was the youngest licensed attorney in Texas at the time he passed the Bar Examination.