Judith R. Blakeway is a partner in Strasburger’s litigation practice. She has over 34 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, including securities fraud, lender liability, insurance bad faith, breach of contract, antitrust, deceptive trade practices, RICO, tortious interference, defamation, sales, secured transactions, leases, shareholder derivative actions, covenants not to compete, misappropriation of trade secrets, usury, patents, environmental claims, will contests and contested proceedings in probate court, assault, false imprisonment, dram shop, malicious prosecution, fraud, conversion, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraudulent conveyance. Judy has participated in class actions and multi-district litigation.
In addition to her trial practice, Judy has an active appellate practice, focusing on civil appeals in Texas state and federal courts of appeal. Her practice includes not only direct appeals, but also writs of mandamus, preservation of error at trial, preparing and presenting dispositive motions, arguing evidentiary motions, preparing and objecting to jury charges, and post-verdict motions for judgment or new trial. She assists trial lawyers with briefing legal issues for pretrial and trial hearings. She has obtained and defeated discretionary review in the Texas Supreme Court and defeated discretionary review in the Supreme Court of the United States. She draws on her extensive trial and appellate experience to provide strategic counseling to clients across a diverse range of industries.
Judy has participated in many mediations in state and federal court, as a mediator and as an advocate. She has also participated in several arbitrations including before the NASD and CFTC. Judy currently serves as Chair of Strasburger’s antitrust practice.
Other Court Admissions
— U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
Roland v. Green, 675 F.3d 503 (5th Cir. 2012) — In case arising out of notorious Stanford Ponzi scheme, obtained reversal of federal court judgment dismissing under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act class actions against a law firm and insurance broker for Stanford entities
City of Shoreacres v. Waterworth, 420 F.3d 440 (5th Cir. 2005). — Represented city in appeal under National Environmental Policy Act and Clean Water Act seeking rescission of a permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for construction of a cargo and cruise ship terminal adjacent to the Bayport Shipping Channel off Galveston Bay.
Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of America v. Baptist Health Sys., 313 F.3d 295 (5th Cir. 2002) — Complete reversal of $876,545 summary judgment against insurer on contract claim. Ms. Blakeway helped convince the Fifth Circuit that provisions in policies covering losses resulting directly from “forgery” or alteration of “covered instruments” that were made or drawn on the insured or its agent did not apply to losses incurred when the insured paid fraudulent invoices submitted by a vendor