Debora B. Alsup - Thompson & Knight LLP

Debora B. Alsup

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 512-469-6114

Debbie Alsup provides comprehensive state and federal appellate representation to clients in various industries and with diverse legal issues. She has participated in more than 100 appellate cases and represented clients at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, all fourteen Texas Courts of Appeal, and numerous state and federal district courts. Debbie has significant trial court representation experience, including developing and arguing strategic legal motions, structuring jury charges, and preparing post-judgment motions. She also consults with clients and trial counsel in analyzing potential appellate complaints and in preserving the trial record for mandamus and/or appeal.

Debbie has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.

Baylor UniversityBS 1979Baylor Law SchoolJ.D. 1982
College of the State Bar of TexasAmerican Bar Association; Litigation Section; Appellate SectionState Bar of Texas; Litigation Section; Appellate Section; Special Assistant Disciplinary Counsel to the Judicial Conduct CommissionAustin Bar Association; Co-Founder, Civil Appellate Law SectionNational Association of Railroad Trial CounselHelping Hand Home for Children

Case History

State v. Bell — Reversed and remanded criminal pollution charges in State v. Bell, 366 S.W.3d 712 (Tex.Crim.App., May 23, 2012) based on alleged unauthorized discharge of wastewater by a pressure-washing subcontractor at the Houston Galleria’s underground parking garages.  The Court of Criminal Appeals found that a property-based analysis of the Fourth Amendment was more useful than an expectation-of-privacy approach and reversed and remanded for reconsideration by the court of appeals.

Zavala v. BNSF Railway Company — Affirmed a take-nothing judgment in favor of BNSF Railway in Zavala v. BNSF Railway Company, 355 S.W.3d 359 (Tex.App.-El Paso, August 24, 2011).  The Court found that negligence and premises liability claims were dependent upon the viability of the products liability claim, which was not viable for failure to properly identify the product.
Faust v. BNSF Railway Company — Counsel in appeal that Daubert/Havner criteria can be included as part of jury instructions; Faust v. BNSF Railway Company, 337 S.W.3d 325 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2011, pet. denied)
Davis v. BNSF Railway Company — Obtained appellate decision affirming judgment and ruling that Plaintiffs presented no evidence to justify investigation of jury misconduct during lengthy toxic tort trial; Davis v. BNSF Railway Company, 2010 WL 3943838 (Tex. App.—Waco Oct. 6, 2010, no. pet. h.) (mem. op.).
Cressman Tubular Prods. Corp. v. Kurt Wiseman Oil & Gas, Ltd — Represented oil & gas operator in appeal affirming inapplicability of proportionate responsibility statute for express warranty about oil field drilling equipment; Cressman Tubular Prods. Corp. v. Kurt Wiseman Oil & Gas, Ltd., 322 S.W.3d 453 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet. denied).

Office Location

98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Suite 1900
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation

Other Information

Gender: Female