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OVERVIEW

Victor D. Vital
Partner

Dallas

2121 N. Pearl Street
Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75201

P 214-258-4124

F 214-258-4199

OVERVIEW

Victor D. Vital
Partner

Dallas

2121 N. Pearl Street
Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75201

P 214-258-4124

F 214-258-4199

Clients turn to trial lawyer Victor Vital to handle difficult, high-profile and high-stakes jury trials of virtually all types. He remains dedicated to distinguishing himself as a top trial lawyer through his experience around the country and his likability and relatability to judges and juries alike.

OVERVIEW

Clients turn to trial lawyer Victor Vital to handle difficult, high-profile and high-stakes jury trials of virtually all types. He remains dedicated to distinguishing himself as a top trial lawyer through his experience around the country and his likability and relatability to judges and juries alike.

Victor’s ability to absorb complex subject matter quickly and then package and present it persuasively to diverse juries make him suitable for virtually any high-stakes trial case in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Having tried more than 100 cases in two decades of practice, Victor seeks to remain ever-prepared for jury trials of various types.

Victor’s experience ranges from patent litigation, unfair competition, contract disputes, fraud and tortious interference cases, to trade secret and non-compete litigation, real estate disputes, products liability and consumer fraud matters. He has resolved claims involving high net worth family and probate litigation, fiduciary litigation, qui tam cases and partnership and other business-entity litigation. In addition, he has defended clients accused of white collar crimes, such as wire fraud and mail fraud, securities fraud, Ponzi cases, money laundering, public corruption and healthcare fraud.

Notably, Victor was inducted into the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame for securing a No. 1 verdict -- the largest employment verdict in Texas in 2012 – for a corporate plaintiff in a complicated noncompete/trade secrets matter. In 2016, Victor secured the largest (No. 1) verdict in the fraud category in the Texas Lawyer Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements of 2016, with a jury verdict of nearly $34 million (including $16 million in punitive damages) in a partnership dispute involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. This top 2016 jury verdict also made the National Law Journal Top 100 list.

Victor is often brought onboard on the eve of trial – in the final months or weeks leading up to trial – because of his deep trial experience. Moreover, Victor is a prolific author and invited lecturer/educator on trial issues. He also teaches trial practice techniques and provides commentary on major trials and cases in the media.

Victor previously served as a partner in national and international law firms and has prosecuted cases in a prominent district attorney’s office.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, Dallas Bar Association (DBA)

Co-chair, Dallas Bar Association Equal Access to Justice Campaign, 2015-16

Chair, Committee for Qualified Judiciary Evaluation Committee

Member, American Law Institute

Member, American Bar Association

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, The Trial Law Institute

Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Senior fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Chair, Dallas Education Foundation

Leadership Dallas, 2014 Class

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2019

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2018

Dallas Super Lawyers, 2005-2018; Rising Star, 2004 and 2005

Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, 2015

National Association of Distinguished Counsel Nation’s Top Attorneys (Top One Percent), 2015

Litigation Counsel of America Peter Perlman Service Award, 2013

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a heavy equipment manufacturer who secured favorable jury findings following a jury trial of a commercial dispute involving breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud in Starr County, Texas (The Valley). (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney defended a pro bono client in a state criminal case involving injury to child charges. The state did not pursue based upon reasonable discipline defense. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney defended the wife of a Dallas City Council Mayor Pro Tem in a public corruption jury trial spanning a three-month period, which was the largest public corruption trial in Dallas history. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a health care company and company chairman/CEO who secured a take-nothing jury verdict against civil fraud and contract claims arising from a hospital asset purchase transaction. The client also secured a favorable jury verdict on a civil wiretapping counterclaim. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a health care company in a case involving complex employment and business disputes in a Texas county court on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of noncompetition covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, conspiracy and statutory theft. The health care company client prevailed, securing a multimillion-dollar jury verdict. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a medical device company who secured favorable settlement on the eve of trial in a matter alleging sales representative liability in connection with the implantation of a medical device. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a multinational energy company who obtained a consent judgment affording nationwide protection against business disruptions caused by illegal and tortious conduct, after securing a landmark temporary injunction provided nationwide protection (Greenpeace, Inc. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 133 S.W.3d 804, Tex. App.–Dallas). (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a national bank in a complex trial of a tortious interference claim brought against the bank by a borrower in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding. The bank secured a defense judgment. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a national bank who secured a defense judgment after a week-long trial of a dispute involving a borrower’s claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive trade practices and other alleged statutory violations concerning the marketing and sale of a complex interest-rate swap. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a national bank who secured a judgment in favor of lender and its syndicate in a $250 million dispute with the owner of a natural gas storage facility. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a national homebuilder who secured a defense verdict from a federal court jury following a two-week jury trial of an employment dispute involving allegations of non-compete violations, misappropriation of trade secrets and defamation. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a national media broadcaster who secured voluntary dismissals, as well as dismissals through motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, in defamation and invasion-of-privacy matters involving First Amendment issues and high-profile media and entertainment personalities, such as Rickey Smiley. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a pro bono client who secured a favorable settlement after asserting claims under the federal human trafficking statute. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a single-purpose investment venture who secured a revocation of discharge judgment and a monetary award of $5.8 million after a week-long trial of a bankruptcy adversary proceeding involving a complex fraud, claims of alter ego and veil piercing theories. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an entertainment client who, immediately before jury selection, secured a dismissal of a criminal charge alleging that an expensive piece of costume jewelry made for an album cover ("Brass Knuckles," Nelly) was a "prohibited weapon" and restored the forfeited jewelry to the client Nelly's possession. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an online media company who secured dismissal with prejudice through an Anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) motion as to a defamation claim in a high-profile media case that involved First Amendment issues and multiple defendants, as well as other claims, such as invasion of privacy and trespass. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Represented two entrepreneurs in a fraud case against two other individuals involved in the VideoGames YouTube channel. Our clients alleged fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conspiracy and breach of contract concerning the formation and operation of the VideoGames YouTube channel. The North Texas federal jury decided in favor of our clients and awarded nearly $34 million, which included $16 million in punitive damages. The jury determined that the partnership existed and also found that our clients owned 60 percent of the partnership. The case was tried in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a high-net worth individual in a divorce case and secured a favorable judgment following a trial, establishing the enforceability of a post-nuptial property agreement.
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