John J. Little - Little Pedersen Fankhauser LLP

John J. Little

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 214-573-2300

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION - Alternative Dispute Resolution · Appellate Practice · Insurance Coverage Practice· Litigation · Will Contests and Fiduciary Litigation  

EXPERIENCE - Mr. Little has extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation, business and commercial litigation, fiduciary litigation and environmental litigation. He also has experience in disputes involving securities and land fraud, probate and trust matters, partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate transactions, employment and lending transactions. Mr. Little also has extensive experience representing clients in ADR proceedings, including mediations and arbitrations.   In the insurance coverage area, Mr. Little regularly represents insurance policy holders at trial and on appeal in coverage disputes with insurance companies. In that regard, he has handled matters involving first party property insurance claims, business interruption claims, and third party liability claims. Mr. Little has also worked with clients to monitor the defense provided by the clients' insurers and has counseled clients with respect to their rights and obligations under their insurance policies.   Mr. Little also has considerable experience representing clients in fiduciary litigation involving trusts and estates. In that regard, he has represented will contestants, estate administrators, trustees, and trust beneficiaries in a wide range of proceedings.  Since April 2009, Mr. Little has served as the Court-appointed Examiner in the Stanford Financil Group Receivership Proceedings pending in the Northern District of Texas, SEC v. Stanford International Bank, Ltd. et al, Civil Action No. 03:9-CV-0298-N.

PUBLISHED DECISIONS - Kaliski v. Hunt International Resources Corp., 609 F. Supp. 649 (N.D. Ill. 1985)(securities) · Holly Energy, Inc. v. Patrick, 239 Kan. 528, 722 P.2d 1073 (Kan. 1986)(oil & gas) · American Cyanamid Company v. Mississippi Chemical Corporation, 817 F.2d 91 (11th Cir. 1987)(contract) · Collins v. Williamson Printing Corp., 746 S.W.2d 489 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1988, no writ)(contract/debt) · W.O. Akin v. Q-L Investments, Inc. 959 F.2d 521 (5th Cir. 1992)(securities) · Chickasha Cotton Oil Company v. Houston General Insurance Company, 2002 Westlaw 1792467 (Tex. App.-Dallas, August 6, 2002)(op'n on rehearing)(O'Neill, J.)(insurance coverage) · Marion v. Davis, 106 S.W.3d 860 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2003, pet. denied)(probate) · Sport Supply Group, Inc. v. Columbia Casualty Company and RSKCo Claims Services, Inc., 353 F.3d 453, 67 U.S.P.Q.2d 1225 (5th Cir, 2003)(insurance coverage). · Wyndham International, Inc. v. Ace American Ins. Co., et al., 186 S.W.3d 682 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2006, no pet.)(insurance coverage); Janvey v. Adams, 588 F.3d 831 (5th Circ. 2009)(securities)        

PUBLICATIONS - “Towards Respect for Corporate Separateness in Defining the Reach of CERCLA Liability,” 44 Sw. L. J. 1499 (1991) 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS - Dallas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow) State Bar of Texas American Bar Association Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2007-2008 Texas Best Lawyers, Insurance Law, 2008    

EDUCATION BACKGROUND - Yale Law School, 1983, J.D. Rutgers University (Cook College), 1980, B.S. highest honors   

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT - Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas, Wish Night 2007, Honorary Chair Children's Cancer Fund, Inc., General Counsel (2005 to present) Children's Cancer Fund, Inc., Member, Board of Directors (2000-2004; Chairman, 2003)

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey New BrunswickBS 1980Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1983
Children's Cancer Fund, Inc.Knights of Columbus Council 799The Pines Catholic Camp

Client Comments

"John is what everyone hopes they will get when they hire a lawyer. He knows his practice well, he's intelligent, he is responsive, easy to work with, tough, and at the same time, a rational peacemaker. He is a friend."

-Barbara Forde
Corporate Counsel
Chickasha Cotton Oil Co.

Office Location

901 Main Street, Suite 4110
Dallas, TX 75202
United States

Practice Areas

Insurance Law (Corporate Policy Holders, Coverage, Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Litigation, Plaintiffs)

Other Information

Gender: Male