Dwight M. Francis - Gardere

Dwight M. Francis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Dwight Francis has devoted his career to complex business litigation and has extensive courtroom experience. He has both defended and prosecuted suits involving claims of theft of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual and business relations, directors and officers disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and many other commercial disputes in federal and state courts across the country.

Employing a unique approach to litigation matters, Dwight tailors his representation directly to his clients' needs and goals. Early on, Dwight conducts a case assessment. During this assessment, he works with the client to define its goals and to prepare a case strategy so that those goals may be met whether through alternative dispute resolution, summary judgment or trial on the merits of the case.

This approach has been effectively used by Dwight in his role as national counsel for numerous entities. As national counsel, he manages outside counsel and serves as lead trial counsel. Dwight’s clients are in various industries, including insurance, oil and gas, health care, manufacturing, airlines, motor club, third-party administrators and others.

Additional Information

  • Lead counsel in successful defense against a multibillion-dollar class action lawsuit for alleged violation of privacy laws
  • Represented client against claims by plaintiffs seeking damages of over $80 million based on allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, tortious interference and business disparagement
  • Represented the general partner in an automobile dealership in a case involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy
  • Defended commercial landlord in tenant dispute regarding amount of usable leased space and alleged overcharges to the tenant over a four-year period, resulting in favorable verdict for client; See Concrete Productions v. Pinehurst/Fairmount Partners
  • Obtained dispositive summary judgment in breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty matter
  • Represented association defendants in multidistrict litigation that also included class action cases in various states, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas
  • Defeated plaintiff's attempts to certify a nationwide class action against a national motor club
  • Successfully obtained dissolution of a temporary restraining order and bar of any further injunctive relief after several homeowners procured an ex parte TRO shutting down a client's multi-million dollar land development and construction project.
    Other Court Admissions
  • Texas State Courts (1993)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1996)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2009)
  • Georgia Regents UniversityBA 1989 University of Virginia School of Law J.D. 1992
    American Bar AssociationDallas Bar Association Texas Bar Foundation Dallas Bar Foundation

    Office Location

    2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation