Roy Atwood

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Atwood Gameros LLP
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-559-7399
Fax: 214-481-5502
Email: Roy Atwood
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (20%), Schools & Education (40%), Construction Litigation: Business (20%), Personal Injury - Products: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Roy Atwood has extensive experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, with an additional focus in special education law. He has specific experience in the areas of construction, commercial contracts, product liability, state and local taxation, insurance coverage, toxic torts, software development, antitrust, trade secrets, noncompetition provisions, securities fraud, negotiable instruments, and IDEA and Section 504 matters. Roy has appeared extensively in Texas state court, in all four federal districts in Texas, as well as in federal and state courts in other states and before administrative tribunals. In both 2001 and 2002, Roy represented the defendant in cases recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the top 20 defense wins of the year. In addition to trying cases to verdict before juries, Roy has arbitrated matters and negotiated creative settlements of complex matters. Among the clients Roy has represented are AT&T Broadband, Brush Wellman, Fina Oil and Chemical Company, Firestone Building Products, Halliburton Company, KFC, Merritt, Hawkins & Associates, Michaels Stores, Morrison Knudsen Corporation, National City Bank, North Safety Products, Norton Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, TCI, Tesoro Corporation, Texas Instruments, Textron, TRW, U.S. Silica Company, and Westinghouse Corporation.  Roy also has significant experience in overseeing and coordinating nationwide defense efforts. He has served as lead coordinating and trial counsel for a group of companies facing more than 700 lawsuits involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs in over 20 jurisdictions.  Roy enjoys teaching and routinely serves as faculty for deposition, motion practice, and trial programs put on by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. For many years, Roy also coached mock trial teams at the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker and has spoken on such topics as Texas procedural rules, summary judgment in Texas, witness preparation, jury charges, discovery motions, and privilege and ethics issues. Roy is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Foundation and has  served on the Board of the Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section.  He served for 20 years on boards and commissions in the City of Carrollton, including serving as chairman of the Charter Review Committee, chairman of the Property Standards Board, chairman of the City of Carrollton Capital Improvement Plan Advisory Committee and on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Roy served many years as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 574 and volunteers in Student Ministry at his church. Roy also serves on the Board of Directors of My Possibilities, a nonprofit organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities maximize their potential and live fulfilling lives.  In 2011, he was awarded the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Award by LaunchAbilty for his volunteer efforts. Roy is also a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.

At the end of 2012, Roy retired from Jones Day and opened his current firm, Atwood Gameros LLP. Since 2014, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Atwood Gameros, LLP as a Best Law Firm.

About Roy Atwood

Admitted: 1988, Texas

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Representative Clients

  • AT&T Broadband, BP America, The Brandt Companies, LLC, Brush Wellman, Fina Oil and Chemical Company, Halliburton Company, Honeywell Inc., KFC, Michaels Stores, Morrison Knudsen Corporation, National City Bank, North Safety Products, Norton Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, TCI, Tesoro Corporation, Texas Instruments, Textron Inc., TRW, U.S. Silica Company, and Westinghouse Corporation

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member:  Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Bar Foundation and formerly, Board of Directors of the Trial Skills Section of the Dallas Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Roy successfully represented a pro bono client in a case he brought on behalf of his client to collect money owed for desktop publishing services.  He not only collected the amount owed, but also recoverd interest, sanctions against the defendant and an award of attorneys fees, which fees were donated to the pro bono clinic.  Roy also participated in a successful asylum case involving a woman and her three children who fled torture in Zimbabwe.  Roy serves on the Board of the Down Sydrome Guild of Dallas and the Board of Trustees and is a past President of the Board of LaunchAbility, a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with developmental disabilities maximize their potential and live fulfilling lives.  Roy has served on various Boards and Commissions in the City of Carrollton, Texas for over 15 years.  He currently serves as Chair of the Property Standards Board. 

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Represented the defendant in trials that were recognized in back to back years by the National Law Journal as Top 20 Defense Verdicts of the Year.
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America each year since 2014., 2014

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, 1979

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • In Silica Litigation, the Numbers Alone Dictate Careful Scrutiny of Injury and Causation, Co-Author, Andrews, Toxic Chemicals, Vol. 21, Issue 21, p. 2-7, 2003
  • Presented paper on collecting attorneys' fees in IDEA cases to annual symposium put on by the Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates., Author, Recovering Attorneys' Fees: The Fight for Full Recoveries, Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates, Special Education, 2019
  • The Hardest Part of the Trial, Author and Speaker, DBA Trial Skills Seminar, 2003
  • A More In Depth Look at What's Left of "Loser Pays", Co-author, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, 2011
  • Texas Tort Reform: What's In It, What Isn't, Co-author, Texas Law 360, 2011
  • Workpaper Confidentiality; Provided guidance to tax and accounting professionals on legal decisions impacting the confidentiality of accountant workpapers, Speaker, 2010
  • Texas Governor Signs Tort Reform Legislation Aimed At Attracting Businesses To Texas, Co-author, Jones Day Commentary, 2011
  • Controlling Litigaiton Costs, Jones Day Litigation Breakfast Series, Speaker, 2011
  • Building Protections Into Your Real Estate and Construction Deals, Jones Day CLE University, 2011
  • Innovative and Cutting Edge Uses of Technology in the Courtroom, Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section, Speaker, 2011
  • Ethics, Speaker, Jones Day CLE University, 2010
  • Current Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel, Speaker, Jones Day CLE University, 2009
  • Update of FIN 48, Financial Disclosure, Textron and Confidentiality of Various Risk Analyses and Workpapers, Speaker, Tax Executives Institute, Dallas Chapter, 2007
  • The Changing Climate in Toxic Torts, Speaker, 2005
  • Jones Day Construction Litigation Update:  The Texas Anti-Indemnity Statute, 2012
  • Solving the Problems in Mass Tort Litigation, Co-Author,, 2007
  • Emerging Silica Claims - Looking Beyond Sandblasting and Foundry Exposures, Author and Speaker, 2004


  • Leadership Award, Speical Care and Career Services, 2007
  • Order of the Coif, Southern Methodist University Chapter, 1988
  • Orgain, Bell & Tucker Advocacy Award, 1988
  • Alphonse and Marie Cipolla Moot Court Award, 1987
  • Milton P. Levy Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award, awarded by LaunchAbility at a Special Evening with Willie Nelson on April 26, 2011., 2011
  • Outstanding Service, Boy Scouts of America Troop 574, 2006
  • The Barristers, Southern Methodist University, 1988
  • Geary, Stahl & Spence Mock Trial Competition Award, 1988
  • Selected to The Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers, 2009
  • 2014, 2015 , Best Lawyers in America
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Southern Methodist University, 1987
  • Best Article Award, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 1987
  • Fulbright & Jaworski Moot Court Award, 1987
  • Selected to Strathmore's Who's Who, 2009


  • O'Donnell v. Boxx Technologies, Inc., represented manufacturer in resolution of contract dispute related to escrow agreement and alleged tax liabilities., 2018
  • Valenzuela v. The Brandt Companies, LLC, successfully obtained dismissal in suit involving allegations of personal injury sustained at construction site., 2019
  • Comanche Independent School District v. Vanguard Contractors, successfully represented subcontractor in settlement of claims relating to construction of a school., 2019
  • W.V. v. Copperas Cove Independent School District, represented amicus curiae in appeal involving qualification of student with dyslexia for services under the IDEA., 2020
  • Dallas Independent School District v. Woody, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, successfully prosecuted IDEA claim against Dallas ISD from administrative hearing through appeals to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals obtaining private school tuition for disabled student., 2019
  • Cockrill et. al. v. Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc., et. al., United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division - obtained favorable settlement for Textron, Inc. and Bell Helicopter in a case involving cliams of cadmium exposure at the Corpus Christi Army Depot, 2006
  • Money Masters, et. al. v. TRW, Inc., et. al., District Court, Dallas County, Texas - obtained summary judgment in an antitrust case brought against all the major credit reporting companies, which judgment was upheld on appeal, 2000
  • Joyce Emmitt, et al. v. Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, et al., defended Kaiser Aluminum Corporation from personal injury and wrongful death claims stemming from a fire in a duplex containing aluminum wiring, 2011
  • Merritt, Hawkins & Associates v. BDO Seidman, represented Merritt Hawkins in a two week arbitration of disputes stemming from a software development contract, 1998
  • Ballinger v. Brush Wellman, District Court, Jefferson County, Colorado - obtained defense verdict after a three week jury trial in a case filed by workers from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility claiming exposure to beryllium, 2001
  • Hammond v. Texas Commerce Bank Dallas, et. al., District Court, Dallas County, Texas - obtained summary judgment for a group of banks sued to recover funds embezzled from the plaintiff, 1993
  • Better Beverages v. Pepsi Bottling Group, represented Pepsi Bottling Group in a dispute over purchase price adjustments stemming from a bottling company acquisition, 2011
  • Large construction firm, advised company in connection with negotiation of a termination for convenience settlement on a multi-billion dollar project, 2011
  • Bryant v. U.S. Silica Company, et. al., County Court at Law No. 2, Smith County, Texas - obtained defense verdict following a two week jury trial in a case involving personal injury claims filed by workers at the Tyler Pipe Foundry in Tyler, Texas, 2002
  • Lower Colorado River Auth. v. Westinghouse Corp., et. al., District Court, Fayette County, Texas - obtained defense verdict following a two week jury trial in a $6 million products liability case involving an extra high voltage circuit breaker, 1996
  • Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, et. al. v. BFS Diversified Products, LLC, et. al., Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana; Represented manufacturer of the roof membrane covering the Louisiana Superdome in settlement of litigation stemming from damage to the Superdome sustained during Hurricane Katrina, 2009
  • A. Abunayyan Trading Company v. Wood Group ESP, represented ATC in bringing claims related to the failure of submersible water pumps in Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • Hillerich & Bradsby Co. v.  McKay, et al. , negotiated settlement of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret claims following a preliminary injunction hearing and on the eve of trial, 1998
  • Fina, Inc. v. Travelers Indem. Co., No. 3:96-CV-1689-R (N.D. Tex. 2002) - successfully settled inurance coverage case on behalf of insured following favorable ruling on partial summary judgment, 2002

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Distribution
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
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Office Location for Roy Atwood

6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75206

Last Updated: 5/10/2021

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