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Brian N. Hail

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1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2500
Dallas, TX 75202
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Brian Hail is an established and highly successful trial lawyer. He has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated and tried numerous cases, ranging from multiple complex commercial litigation matters to employment litigation. Often hired by fellow attorneys to handle their personal legal matters, Brian has been recognized as a go to attorney on tough cases needing an experienced and aggressive trial attorney. Brian has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2003.

He has been recognized every year by his peers in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines as a "Super Lawyer". Brian was twice named previously by D Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40".  He was recently named "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer for his $38 million judgment against Associated Air Center.

Representative Experience

  • Recovered (for the client) net settlement proceeds in various plaintiff's litigation in excess of $100 million.
  • Trial counsel in numerous commercial litigation cases resulting in multi-million dollar plaintiff's judgments/verdicts, including:
    • $123 million judgment for a defrauded limited partner for one of the initial investors in Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation
    • $38 million judgment (in 2013) for a purchaser of luxury jet aircraft completions
    • $30 million verdict in a commercial litigation against Shell Oil Company
    • $20 million jury verdict in an employment case against Roche Pharmaceutical
    • $6 million jury verdict in an employment matter
    • $3 million judgment involvement commission agreement
    • Approximately 25 multi-million dollar judgments, verdicts, or settlements for plaintiffs in commercial and employment matters

Commercial Litigation

  • State Bar Disciplinary Hearings
  • Fiduciary litigation regarding officers, directors, and partners
  • Litigation involving partners and shareholders
  • Litigation involving fraud and breach of contract
  • Litigation involving shareholder oppression
  • Fraudulent transfer actions
  • Constructive trusts/tracing

Employment Litigation

  • Title VII, ADEA
  • Sexual harassment/intentional infliction of emotional distress
    • Age/race/sex discrimination
  • Negotiating executive buyout and severance packages
  • Theft of trade secrets/trade secret litigation - confidential information/non-compete agreements
  • Investigation of employees by corporation of former employees prior to termination and subsequent to termination for potential trade secret theft
  • Internal investigation of employee misconduct and termination

Energy Litigation

  • Condemnation/eminent domain
  • Establishing right of entry for surveying

Intellectual Property

  • Patent litigation and licensing litigation/programs
  • Trademark and trade secret litigation

Securities and Shareholder Litigation

  • Class action certification and defense
  • 10b(5) fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation
  • Officer/director representation
  • Sarbanes-Oxley officer’s defense and officer liability
  • Shareholder derivative suits (defense and plaintiff)
  • Litigation and arbitration regarding broker litigation
  • Death and serious personal injury actions
  • Defamation actions

Professional / Civic Affiliations


  • Hillcrest Church
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation, Founding Secretary/Treasurer, 1990-2003
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Former Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association Judiciary Committee – Vice Chairman, Bench Bar Book, 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow


  • Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines, 2003-2014
  • Honored as one of the ‘Top Attorneys Under 40 by D Magazine, 2002, 2004
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Honored as "Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Commercial Litigation, 2016


11.05.15|Eight Firm Attorneys Honored in “Best Lawyers in America”
11.05.15|Gruber Hurst Elrod Named to National List of “Best Law Firms”
09.08.15|Twelve Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
04.01.15|Two High-Profile Dallas Trial Boutiques Announce Merger
09.22.14|Nine Attorneys from Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Recognized in  2014 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
05.28.14|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Secures Two Top Verdicts for 2013
03.24.14|Verdict Ranked Among “Top 100” for 2013 by National Law Journal
09.16.13|Eight Attorneys from Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Recognized in 2013 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
08.05.13|Brian Hail comments in Star-Telegram, Dallas Business Journal on contract dispute involving Low T Centers
03.08.13|Attorney Brian Hail named “Litigator of the Week” by Texas Lawyer
03.01.13|Dallas Jury Awards $49M in Corporate Jet Dispute, Law360
03.01.13|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank Soars to $49 Million Dallas Verdict in Jet Airplane Contract Dispute
11.08.12|Gruber Hurst Honored Among Top Ranked Law Firms in Texas
09.21.12|Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP Launch Access to Justice
09.17.12|Gruber Hurst Partners Recognized in 2012 Texas Super Lawyers Listing
09.07.12|Gruber Hurst Honored Among Top Ranked Law Firms in Texas
05.01.11|Dallas Law Firm Changes Name to Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank
09.14.10|Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in 2010 Texas Super Lawyers List
09.17.09|Five Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in Texas Super Lawyers List
09.17.08|Four GHJH partners named Texas Super Lawyer 2008 (PDF)
09.19.07|Four GHJH partners named Texas Super Lawyer 2007 (PDF)
01.03.06|Four Partners from Established Litigation Firms Form High-End Trial Boutique

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Southern Methodist University, Graduate Studies, Finance, 1997
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1990
Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., cum laude, 1987
Georgetown University, Institute on Comparative Economic and Political Systems, 1986

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court

Years in Practice



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