R. Jeronimo Valdez

R. Jeronimo Valdez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Valdez | Washington LLP
 | 4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-361-7800
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jeronimo Valdez is an accomplished trial lawyer and Founder & Managing Partner of Valdez│Washington LLP where he represents clients throughout the country in a broad range of matters including complex contract disputes, non-compete litigation, complex business torts, and other business-related problems. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict resulting in multiple unanimous defense verdicts for his clients and multi-million dollar awards for his side.  Mr. Valdez’s successes have earned him recognition by his peers for inclusion in, among other things: The Best Lawyers in America©; Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys; National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s “Nation’s Top 1 Percent”; The National Advocates Top 100 Attorneys; and The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Valdez also serves as an invaluable business advisor to many of DFW’s leading entrepreneurs and business organizations. He has served as Vice President & General Counsel of an international company and currently serves as outside general counsel to leading businesses and local chambers of commerce. He began his legal career at one of the largest and most respected law firms in the U.S., but he now operates his own Law Firm, where he provides individuals and small businesses with the same quality services, but more efficiently and more affordably. As a result of his unique business model, one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in North Texas awarded him the prestigious Quality & Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. In addition, The Dallas Business Journal has also recognized him in its prestigious “40 under 40″ list as “one of top 40 businessmen in North Texas under the age of 40,” and later awarded him the Minority Business Leader Award, which “honors outstanding minority business professionals whose work is having a major impact on the local business community.”

In addition to his local leadership, Mr. Valdez has been selected to serve in various international leadership roles.  Among other things, Mr. was selected as a 2013 British American Fellow (one of only 20 selected nationwide) to participate the British-American Project.  In 2014, Mr. Valdez was one of 75 individuals from 35 countries selected for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which is the flagship leadership development program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

Mr. Valdez is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. 

Education and Background

A native of Dallas, Texas, Jeronimo Valdez grew up in Pleasant Grove and is a proud product of the Dallas public school system.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where he attended on a full scholarship.  While in college, he earned numerous honors and distinctions, including induction into Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society) and Phi Alpha Theta (the International History Honor Society).

Mr. Valdez earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law where he also attended on a full scholarship.  He was selected as the Sarah T. Hughes Scholar—a distinction bestowed on only one entering SMU law student each year.  He was also selected by the American Bar Association as one of only 20 students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious inaugural ABA Scholarship.  While in law school, Mr. Valdez earned numerous distinctions, including: Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, Law Review Editor, Executive Board Member & Master Advocate for the Board of Advocates, and induction into Phi Delta Phi (the legal honor society).  More importantly, during law school Mr. Valdez was selected to serve as Chief Counsel of the SMU Civil Clinic where he was given special permission by the State of Texas to serve as a student lawyer on behalf of numerous low-income clients.  In that capacity, he successfully litigated a number of contract-related matters and obtained impressive and much-needed recoveries for his clients.

About Jeronimo Valdez

Admitted 2003, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://vwlegal.com/attorneys/jeronimo-valdez

Honors and Awards:

  • Nation's Top 1 Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top 100 Attorneys, National Advocates
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers
  • Minority Business Leader Award, Dallas Bar Journal
  • Marshall Memorial Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • British American Fellow, British American Project
  • Quality & Excellence In Entrepreneurship Award, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Minority Business Leader Award, Dallas Bar Journal
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer's Association
  • Leader of the Future, Latino Leaders Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer's Association
  • 40 Under 40, Dallas Business Journal

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association: Advisory Board Member;  Dallas Bar Association Leadership Positions: Minority Participation Committee, Mentoring Committee, Law in the Schools Committee;   Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow;   Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member;  Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors;  Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel and Member of Board of Directors;  Bea’s Kids, Board of Directors; Easfield College Community Advisory Council; City of Dallas Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force; Southern Methodist University's Hispanic Youth Institute Advisory Council.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board; Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Dallas Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Executive Board Member; Dallas Citizen's Council, Member; Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Immediate Past Chairman of the Board;  Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel and member of Board of Directors;  Bea’s Kids, Board of Directors; Easfield College Community Advisory Council; City of Dallas Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force; Southern Methodist University's Hispanic Youth Institute Advisory Council.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Presenter, Effective Law Office Management, Dallas Bar Association Minority Attorney Program, 2013
  • Presenter, The Art of Ethical Rainmaking, Dallas Bar Association Minority Attorney Program, 2011
  • Presenter, 5 Most Common Small Business Mistakes, Mountain View College; Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce, 2011
  • Presenter, Common Sense Tips for Choosing Your Business Entity, Mountain View College; Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Mr. Valdez obtained a unanimous defense jury verdict in the US District Court for the Northern District for client in a lawsuit involving extremely difficult to defendant FLSA claims.  The Plaintiff filed suit against Mr. Valdez's clients alleging that she worked 8 hours of overtime per week for a period of 5 years.  Mr. Valdez's clients did not have a payroll system in place, and they could not prove (via documentation) that the Plaintiff did not work any overtime.  Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the employer has an obligation to maintain accurate employment records.  If the employer does not, then the employee only has to prove, by a preponderance, that the employee worked overtime.  The Plaintiff employee can then submit her version of the hours worked, but is not required to prove the number of hours with certainty.   In this case, the Plaintiff was seeking over 5 years of overtime, plus liquidated damages for alleged "willfulness," along with attorneys fees and costs.  And because Plaintiffs are entitled to recover attorneys fees and costs if they recover, the client was exposed to a potential 6-figure judgment against them.  As a small business, this was essentially "bet the company" litigation.  Understanding that risk, defendants made several settlement offers--including the day before trial--that were rejected.  After a week-long federal jury trial, Mr. Valdez was able to convince the jury that the Plaintiff never worked a single hour of overtime.  After deliberating for 30 minutes, the jury came back with a unanimous defense verdict and zero damages. , 2016
  • Mr. Valdez obtained extremely rare death-penalty sanctions against defendants in a very complicated and contentious business divorce lawsuit involving two former business partners.  The Death Penalty sanctions were issued months after Mr. Valdez has already obtained a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction against defendants--despite the fact that there were no non-compete agreements in place.  During cross examination of defendant during the preliminary injunction hearing, Defendant ultimately admitted that he was lying about several different issues related to his unfair competition.  Although Mr. Valdez's client did not have a noncompete agreeement with his partner, the Court issued an injunction against Defendants partially as a result of Defendants' being caught (and admitting to) lying during cross examination.  Defendants later violated the Court's injunction, and during a motion for sanctions, Defendant was caught lying to the Court yet again during cross examination about the violation of the Court's orders.  As a result, the Court issued death penalty sanctions on a damages model that exceeds several million dollars.  The case is currently on mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court. , 2015
  • Mr. Valdez represented plaintiff mechanical sub-contractor in lawsuit against major general contractor for breach of contract associated with extremely technical engineering failures that occured during construction of a commercial building.  Defendant general contractor failed and refused to pay Plaintiff for work performed claiming that mechanical subcontractor miscalculated elevations resulting in extensive additinoal costs.  Defendants attempted to use experts to prove that Plaintiff miscalculated grading associated with running piping over the distance of several hundred feet.  Moreover, Defendant enforced a very one-sided arbitration clause to remove the case from the district court in hopes of obtaining a more favorable forum.  After removing to arbitration, Defendants asserted counterclaims seeking to recover a very large sum of money allegedly resulting from Plaintiff's purported faulty work.  After a four day arbitration, Mr. Valdez convinced the to awarded Plaintiff the full amount of damages it sought.  The arbitrator also awarded Plaintiff's significant attorneys fees (in an amount that was nearly as much as the original claim), thereby nearly doubling the amount of the final judgment.  
  • Mr. Valdez obtained a very favorable settlement (and later a unanimous defense verdict in the same case) for a client who was injured after being rear-ended by a local attorney.  In the months leading up to trial, the local attorney's insurance company settled with Mr. Valdez's client and paid the client for the damages that the client client suffered.  Shockingly, however, the attorney-driver alleged that she did not agree to settle the case (despite her insurance company having already paid for her negligence), and the attorney turned around and asserted claims AGAINST Mr. Valdez's client for purported injuries that attorney-driver suffered as a result of rear ending Mr. Valdez's client.  Although the attorney-driver's insurance company paid for the attorney-driver's negligence, the attorney-driver refused to accept responsibility, and she actually took her claims to trial.  And since Mr. Valdez's client was a single parent who could not take time off from work, Mr. Valdez actually tried the case without his client being present.  Not surprisingly, the attorney-driver showed up with three lawyers from her firm to try the lawsuit.  After a 3-day jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict awarding the Plaintiff lawyer absolutely nothing. 
  • Mr. Valdez represented, pro bono, a local church in a commercial dispute involving a general contractor's breach of contract.  After severe weather caused significant damages to this small local church, their insurance company agreed to pay for repairs and sent the church a check for over $100,000.  The church, in good, faith, hired one of its parishioners (who was a general contractor) to complete the repairs on the church.  The church paid the contractor up front, and after only half of the repairs were made, the contractor simply "walked off the job."  The church could not afford to retain a commercial litigator, so Mr. Valdez agreed to do the work pro bono.  The church sued the contractor, who not surprisingly, refused to pay and hired a well known construction firm to defend him.  After a 1-day bench trial, the court rendered a judgment against the contractor on all of Mr. Valdez's client's claims.   
  • Mr. Valdez represented client in a very contentious two-week jury trial involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of non-compete covenants.  This case was essentially a business divorce between Mr. Valdez's client and his client's former partner.  The plaintiff was a doctor who partnered with the client and opened a sleep study laboratory.  Mr. Valdez's client was the sales person, and the one in charge of "bringing in the business."  After the doctor refused to adhere to the partners' agreement (by refusing to pay the client commissions and partner distributions), Mr. Valdez's client quit and opened his own sleep lab.  The doctor filed suit against Mr. Valdez's client (along with the client's new partner) seeking millions in alleged lost profits.  The case was litigated for years and involved countless motions for sanctions for alleged discovery abuses before actually getting to trial.  After a two week jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Mr. Valdez's clients. 
  • Mr. Valdez represented a plaintiff against his insurance company seeking to obtain coverage on a real estate deal gone bad.  Mr. Valdez's client had initially borrowed funds from a "hard money lender" in order to finance significant repairs/upgrades to his commercial property.  Pursuant to that agreement, the client executed a promissory note with the lender and began making monthly payments to the lender's "servicing company."  Six months later, the client refinanced his loan with a mainstream lender, and he paid off the promissory note, pursuant to the note's instructions, to the "hard money lender's" servicing company.  The client obtained free and clear title to his property--all of which went through a mainstream title company with all of the appropriate title insurance.  A few months later, the hard money lender sued the client--and its servicing company--alleging that it had never received payment.  Ultimately, the lender's servicing company embezzled the funds, and never made full payment to the lender.   Mr. Valdez tendered his client's defense to the title insurance company, which had already undertaken the defense of the new mainstream lender.  The title insurance company refused to defend Mr. Valdez's client.  Nonetheless, Mr. Valdez successfully defended against the Plaintiffs claims, and Mr. Valdez secured a favorable defense verdict for his client.  More importantly, Mr. Valdez sued the title insurance company for reimbursement of all costs and attorneys fees associated with his client's defense.  The insurance company refused to pay his client's fees alleging that "attorneys fees as damages" could not be recovered.  Mr. Valdez took the case to trial, and after a two-day bench trial, the judge ordered the insurance company to pay all of Mr. Valdez's client's outstanding fees and costs associated with the underlying litigation. 
  • Mr. Valdez represented an individual in a multiparty jury trial involving a business dispute that resulted in a unanimous defense verdict for Mr. Valdez's client, and a $3.5 million award for his side.  Case involved the purchase and sale of a surveying business.  Two Defendants (one of whom was Mr. Valdez's Client) purchased a surveying business for $1.4M.  Defendants paid $700,000 in cash, up front.  Mr. Valdez's client executed a promissory note for the remaining $700,000, which included a personal guarantee.   Defendants soon realized that the surveying company was not what the sellers represented it to be.  Defendants, therefore, refused to pay the remaining $700,000 after realizing that they had been duped into buying a worthless business.  The sellers sued Mr. Valdez's client for payment of the $700,000 remaining balance on the promissory note.   The jury returned a unanimous verdict for Mr. Valdez's client.  The Jury concluded that sellers had fraudulently induced Mr. Valdez's client into personally guaranteeing the remaining balance.  They also found that the Sellers had breached the representations and warranties in the sale agreement, and they awarded the purchasers $2.4M.  The final judgment exceeded $3.5 after court costs and attorneys fees were added.
  • Mr. Valdez settled a hard-fought case against a large North-Texas city.  That case involved the drowning death of two teenagers when they were swept away in a flood.  After intensive discovery and investigation, Mr. Valdez's trial team discovered that there were numerous similar drowning deaths in the same location due to a lack of adequate warning signs.  Mr. Valdez's team litigated the case for several years, and the case made its way all the way up to the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Mr. Valdez's trial team.  The case ultimately settled for a confidential amount.   As part of the settlement, (1) the City condemned a significant amount of property (worth millions) near the flood plain to keep this from happening again, and (2) they installed over 2,000 “flood warning” signs throughout the City.
  • One day arbitration resulting in an award of $172,875.  Mr. Valdez represented a plaintiff employee against her former employer for wrongful termination.  Mr. Valdez's client was an older Hispanic lady who signed a 3-year employment contract with the Defendant Employer.  Although she had a three year contract, she was fired after only 3 months.  Defendant refused to honor her employment agreement offerered "nuisance value" in response to Plaintiff's demand.  The six-figure arbitration awared ended up costing them much more.

Educational Background:

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor Honors: Sarah T. Hughes Scholar (full tuition scholarship and stipend) Honors: ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship (one of only 20 students selected nationwide) Honors: Articles Editor, Computer Law Review & Technology Journal Honors: Chief Counsel, SMU School of Law Legal Clinic Honors: Vice President, Student Bar Association Honors: Vice President, Hispanic Law Student Association Honors: Executive Board Member and Master Level Advocate, Board of Advocates Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honors: ABA National Moot Court Team – nationally recognized oral advocate University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Honors: U.T. – Arlington Academic Scholarship Honors: Dallas City Mayor’s Award (one of four scholarships awarded citywide) Honors: LULAC Academic Scholarship Honors: Honor Roll, 1995-1999 Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society Honors: Phi Alpha Theta, International History Honor Society
Office Location for R. Jeronimo Valdez

4514 Cole Avenue
Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75205

 

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Last Updated: 11/10/2015

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