R. Jack Ayres, Jr.

Top rated business litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Ayres Law Office, P.C.
R. Jack Ayres, Jr.
Ayres Law Office, P.C.

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1971

Education: Baylor Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022

Ayres Law Office, P.C.

8140 Walnut Hill Ln
Suite 830
Dallas, TX 75231 Visit website

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R. Jack Ayres, Jr., is the founder of the Dallas-based law firm Ayres Law Office PC, where he litigates civil trials and appeals. Practicing law since 1971, he extends his practice to the fields of commercial law and personal injury. He is board-certified in civil trial law, personal injury trial law and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial advocacy.

Apart from being a lawyer, Mr. Ayres is a trained master peace officer and paramedic in Texas. This unique combination of law and health care gave him opportunities to serve on the Texas Medical Board and other task forces and work as a special assistant attorney general for the state of Texas. He also leads the role of an associate professor at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and is a faculty at Parkland Hospital.

Extending his services as a national consultant, Mr. Ayres is often called upon as an expert witness for defendants in emergency health care service procedures. He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree, and in 1971 received his Juris Doctor degree from the Baylor Law School.

Licensed to practice law in Texas, Mr. Ayres is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.  

Rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Ayres also has a rating of 9.1/10 on Avvo. He has received a special award for representing the underprivileged children of the Children’s Defense Fund Texas. He was appointed as a member and the chairman of the Advisory Commission on Personal Injury Trial Law of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal injury - plaintiff

  • 80% Business litigation
  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1971, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.ayreslawoffice.com/about-us/r-jack-ayres-attorne...

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Secretary and General Counsel, Executive Board of Directors, Friends of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, Inc. (1994 – present)
  • Chairman, Joint Committee on Inter-Professional Relations, Dallas County Medical Society and Dallas Bar Association (1977 – 1980)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General of Texas (1982 – 1983) Appointed by Attorney General Mark White
  • Consultant in Law and Medicine, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the United States Fire Academy, Emittsville, Maryland (1983 – 1988)
  • Member, Governor’s Task Force on Aero-Medical Transportation and Treatment of the Critically Ill (1986 – 1989)
  • Chairman, Emergency and Disaster Committee, Texas Board of Health (1985 – 1989)
  • Member, Texas Board of Health (1985 – 1989) Appointed by Governor Mark White
  • Member, Legal/Ethical Task Force, Dallas County Commission on AIDS (1987 – 1992)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Homeward Inc., AIDS/ARMS Network, Dallas, Texas (1988 – 1992)
  • Senior Warden and Member of the Vestry, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, Texas (1991 – 1994)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Friends of Wednesday’s Child (2008 – 2012)
  • Elected Charter Member, I Stand for Parkland Chevron Society (2017 – present)
  • Member, Greater Dallas Crime Commission (1991 – present)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Consent and Confidentiality in EMS: Mistakes that You Shouldn’t Make”; “Don’t be Guilty of Showing Negligence”; Don’t Confuse Roles in the EMS,” In Avoiding Common Prehospital Errors, First Edition, edited by Benjamin J. Lawner, DO, Corey M. Slovis, MD, Ray Fowler, MD, Paul Pepe, MD, Amal Mattu, MD, and Lisa Marcucci, MD, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2013)
  • Special Counsel, National Association of EMS Physicians
  • Editorial Board, Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine (Medicine Pre-Hospital ere Medicine de Catastrophe)
  • Member, Board of Directors, University Emergency Medical Response Program, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Legal Advisor, UT Southwestern BioTel EMS System, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas
  • Director, Emergency Legal Assistance Program, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas
  • Guest Lecturer, Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
  • National Faculty on Advanced Cardiac Life Support Subcommittee on Emergency Cardiac Care, American Heart Association
  • Continuing Education Faculty, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas
  • Guest Lecturer, Texas Woman’s University School of Nursing, Dallas, Texas
  • Instructor, American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Series, Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas, Texas
  • Faculty, Regional Disaster Nurse Cadre Training, American Red Cross, Dallas, Texas
  • Continuing Education Faculty, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas
  • Clinical Professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
  • Clinical Professor of Hospital Administration and Emergency Medical Education, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
  • Faculty, Dallas Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Faculty, “Masters in Trial” Series, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Professional Development and Continuing Legal Education Program
  • Adjunct Faculty, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • Jaworski Fellow, Distinguished Instructor in Trial Advocacy, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
  • “Practical Considerations of State Legislation for Emergency Medical Services,” presented to the United States Department of Health, Regional Conference, Education and Welfare, Charleston, West Virginia (October 1978)
  • “Legal Aspects of Emergency Department Care,” presented to the North Alabama Emergency Medical Services Agency, Southern Regional Conference on Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Huntsville, Alabama (May 1981)
  • “Legal Aspects of Emergency Medical Services,” presented to the Western Ohio Emergency Medical Services Council, Dayton, Ohio (March 25, 1983)
  • “Legal Aspects of Immediate Care of the Sick and Injured,” presented to the Washington State Medical Association, Harborview Medical Trauma Center and the Seattle Fire Department, University of Washington School of Medicine (September 15 – 16, 1983)
  • “Medicolegal Aspects of Pre-Hospital Care,” delivered at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, Alabama (December 1, 1983)
  • “EMTs on Trial–A Case of Abandonment,” delivered at the Gulf Coast Emergency Medical Symposium, Mock Trial 183, Mobile, Alabama (December 2 – 3, 1983)
  • “Resuscitation in the Pre-Hospital Setting: Should We Resuscitate Everyone?” delivered at the Gulf Coast Educational Conference, Mobile, Alabama (December 5, 1986)
  • “Pre-Hospital Resuscitation,” presented to the EMS Association, “Teamwork ‘87” Seminar of the Florida, Pensacola, Florida (April 3, 1987)
  • “Disaster ‘89: Learning from the Big Ones,” presented to the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco, Third Annual Emergency Medical Services Conference, San Francisco, California (May 1, 1990)
  • “Be Prepared – It’s the 90’s,” delivered at the Fourth Annual Memorial Hospital EMS Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado (September 27, 1990)
  • “Seventh Annual New York State Emergency Medical Services Vital Signs ‘90,” delivered at Albany, New York (November 11, 1990)
  • “EMS: Back to the Basics,” Symposium on Emergency Medical Care, delivered at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas (February 16, 1991)
  • “Current Controversies in Pre-Hospital Care,” for the George Washington School of Medicine, delivered at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. (March 16, 1991)
  • “Ninth Annual Seminar on Pre-Hospital Medicine,” delivered at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (October 13 – 14, 1990)
  • “Senior Panelist for Whistler Mountain Pre-Hospital Care Symposium,” presented to the British Columbia Ambulance Service, delivered at Whistler, British Columbia (April 16, 1991)
  • “Legal Aspects of EMS,” delivered at the Rocky Mount Community Hospital, Rocky Mount, North Carolina (September 20, 1991)
  • “Current Medical/Legal Issues in Trauma,” “Current Controversies in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care,” and “Trauma Trends ‘92,” delivered at St. Joseph, Missouri (October 9, 1992)
  • “Ninth Annual New York State Emergency Medical Services Vital Signs ‘92,” delivered at Albany, New York (November 14, 1992)
  • “Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues” and “Contemporary Legal Issues in EMS,” delivered at the Thirteenth Annual EMS Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico (July 22 – 24, 1993)
  • “Medical/Legal Aspects of Tactical Operations,” delivered at the Tactical Medic School, DFW Airport, Department of Public Safety, Ft. Worth, Texas (April 23, 1996)
  • “Legal Issues in Air Medical Transport,” presented to the Air Medical Physician Association, Annual Convention at the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Convention Center, Ft. Worth, Texas (October 30, 1996)
  • “Rescue Me: A Texas Fire Officer’s Guide to Legal Issues in Fire and EMS Operations and Administration,” Flower Mound EMS (January 19, 2015)
  • “Legal Guide to Mobile Integrated Healthcare and Community Paramedicine for Texas EMS Providers,” NCTTRAC Symposium, Grand Prairie, Texas (April 24, 2015)
  • “Current Medicolegal Issues in EMS,” Texas State Fire Chiefs’ Association, San Marcos, Texas, Via Virtual Meeting (October 27, 2020)
  • “Using Local Legal Counsel on an ‘On Call’ Basis for Dealing with Emergency Field Problems and Other Matters,” delivered at the National Health, Education and Welfare – EMS Symposium and Workshop, Anaheim, California (July 1979)
  • “Legal Aspects of Emergency Medical Services,” delivered at the Second World Conference on Pre-Hospital Care, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 1979)
  • “Liability Aspects of Airport Medical Emergencies,” presented to the American Association of Airport Executives, Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas (June 1980)
  • “Medical/Legal Aspects of EMS,” presented to the IAAF and the ACT Foundation, Seminar Series, “Born of Necessity,” Washington, D.C. (October 1 – 3), Nashville, Tennessee (October 20 – 22) and Salt Lake City Utah (November 5 – 7, 1980)
  • “Emergency Medicine, Patient Management and the Law,” delivered at the Florida Hospital Emergency Medical Seminar, Orlando, Florida (November 5, 1980)
  • “Emergency Legal Care,” presented to the Montgomery County Fire-Rescue Services, Rockvi1le, Maryland (March 1981)
  • “Liability and Patient Consent,” presented to the National Conference on Legal Aspects of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Orlando, Florida (May 1981)
  • “Medical/Legal Aspects of EMS” presented to the Colorado State Association of Fire Chiefs, Littleton, Colorado (June 1981)
  • “Medical/Legal Aspects of EMS: Ignorance is Not Bliss,” delivered at the Third National Rural EMS Seminar, Little Rock, Arkansas (June 1981)
  • “Handling On-the-Scene Medical Intervener: Avoiding Confrontation and Understanding Risks,” delivered at the EMS Today ‘84 Seminar, San Diego, California (October 31, 1984 – November 2, 1984)
  • “Resuscitation in the Pre-Hospital Setting,” presented to the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians, San Diego, California (August 17, 1986)
  • “The Student’s Legal Rights”; “Weathering the Insurance Crisis” and “Legal and Ethical Implications of Resuscitation,” delivered at the EMS Today Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 23 – 24, 1986)
  • “The Student’s Legal Rights”; “Weathering the Insurance Crisis” and “Legal and Ethical Implications of Resuscitation,” delivered at the EMS Today – East ‘87 Seminar, Anaheim, California (February 24 – 25, 1987)
  • “Medical/Legal Aspects of Emergency Resuscitation,” presented to the National Association of EMS Physicians, Seattle, Washington (June 7 – 9, 1987)
  • “Medical/Legal Issues: Case Studies,” delivered at the Sixth Annual Seminar on Pre-Hospital Medicine, Bellingham, Washington (October 18, 1987)
  • “Are you Breaking the Law?” delivered at the Gulf Coast EMS Education Conference 1987, Mobile, Alabama (December 4, 1987)
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Resuscitation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support,” presented to the Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians, New Orleans, Louisiana (September 26, 1988)
  • “Issues of Patient Consent and Liability for Unauthorized Treatment,” presented to the Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians, New Orleans, Louisiana (September 26, 1988)
  • “Current Controversies in Pre-Hospital Emergency Resuscitation of the Terminally Ill Patient,” presented to the Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Washington, D.C. (September 14, 1989)
  • “Legal Aspects of Emergency Medicine,” presented to the National Association of EMS Physicians, Fifth Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (June 1 – 4, 1989)
  • “Pre-Hospital and Emergency Department Issues During Cardiac Arrest,” presented to the National Association of EMS Physicians, Sixth Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas (June 14 – 17, 1990)
  • “Current Controversies in Pre-Hospital Emergency Resuscitation of the Terminally Ill Patient,” presented to the Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians, San Francisco, California (September 17, 1990)
  • “Medical/Legal Issues Facing EMS Today – A View From the Bar and Bench,” presented to the National Association of EMS Physicians, Seventh Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida (June 13 – 16, 1991)
  • “Legal Risks in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care,” “Current Controversies in Pre-Hospital Resuscitation,” and “The Legal Aspects of EMS,” presented to the Emergency Medical Services Association, Fifteenth Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah (November 7 – 9, 1991)
  • “EMS Litigation – A Retrospective,” presented to the National Association of EMS Physicians, Ninth Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 10 – 13, 1993)
  • “Medical Legal Case Studies,” and “Trends in EMS Liability,” presented to the Twelfth Annual Seminar on Pre-Hospital Medicine, Bellingham, Washington (September 11 – 12, 1993)
  • “Law Versus the Ethical Imperative: When They Are Not the Same,” “Case Histories in EMS Ethics,” and “Drugs, Guns, and Public Policy,” presented to the National Association of EMS Physicians, Winter Meeting, Naples, Florida (January 7 – 8, 1994)
  • “Legal Considerations for Emergency Care Professionals” and “Rescue-Me: Medical-Legal Case Studies for Scene Survival and Personal Safety,” UHS Emergency & Trauma Services, Binghamton, New York (April 18, 2015)
  • “Legal Considerations of Opioid Toxicity for the Toxicologist and the Clinician,” presented to the American College of Medical Toxicology 2018 Seminar in Forensic Toxicology in Dallas, Texas (2018)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Legalities in Medicine” for the Virtual Shadowing Program, sponsored in part by the American College of Emergency Medicine, Via Virtual Meeting (February 9, 2021)
  • “Representing the Seller in a Products Liability Context.” In 1980 SMU Products Liability Institute. Edited by Vincent S. Walkowiak. New York: Matthew Bender & Co. (1980)
  • “Synopsis of Legal Considerations in Pre-Hospital Care.” In Emergency Medical Care: A Manual for the Paramedic in the Field. Edited by Leo Schwartz. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Transportation (1983)
  • “Legal Aspects of the Care and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient.” In Critical Care Nursing: Body-Mind-Spirit, 2d Edition. Edited by Cornelia Kenner, Cathie Guzzetta and Barbara Dossey. Boston: Little Brown and Company (1985)
  • “Legal Aspects of the Care and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient.” In Critical Care Nursing: Body-Mind-Spirit, 3d Edition. Edited by Camellia Kenner, Cathie Guzzetta and Barbara Dossey. Boston: Little Brown and Company (1992)
  • “Legal Considerations in Pre-Hospital Care.” In Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. Vol. No. 4. Edited by Col. Matthew M. Rice, M.D., Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company (1993)
Honors/Awards:
  • “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional ability and ethics)
  • Special award for advocacy on behalf of the underprivileged children of Texas Children’s Defense Fund (1987)
  • Designated “Champion of Justice” by Texas Watch (2005)
  • Named Honorary Fire Chief, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department (2005)
  • Appointed Chairman, Advisory Commission on Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2005 – 2007)
  • Appointed Member, Advisory Commission on Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2001 – 2005)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine (2002 – present)
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Trial Law (1993 – present)
  • Lieutenant, Dallas County Hospital District Police Department, Dallas, Texas (1998 – present)
  • Permanent License as Texas Peace Officer, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (1969 – present)
  • Certified Master Peace Officer, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (2005 – present)
  • Registered Paramedic, Texas Department of Health (1979 – 2002)
  • National Disaster Medical System, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assigned to TX-1-DMAT (1997 – 2009), Assigned to TX Task Force Two (2009 – 2016)
  • Emergency Paramedic, Registration Number A-380, Department of Public Health, City of Dallas, Texas (1978)
  • Licensed Paramedic, Texas Department of State Health Services (2002 – present)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocacy (1996 – present)
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Appellate Law (1993 – present)
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Personal Injury Trial Law (1993 – present)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The Supreme Court of the United States
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Charter Life Fellow
  • Baylor Law School Alumni Association, Past President and Director
  • Baylor Law School Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Baylor Law Review Association, Life Member
  • Bar Association for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • American Society of Law and Medicine, Elected Member
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Elected Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Elected Fellow and Life Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Elected Advocate
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • The Supreme Court of Texas
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Educational Background:
  • Baylor University, B.A., Honors: Dean’s List, Attorney General of the University, Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Office location for R. Jack Ayres, Jr.

8140 Walnut Hill Ln
Suite 830
Dallas, TX 75231

Phone: 972-991-2222

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