Thomas R. Stauch

Top rated Construction Litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Nowak & Stauch, PLLC
Thomas R. Stauch
Nowak & Stauch, PLLC

Practice Areas: Construction Litigation, Civil Litigation, Real Estate; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1995

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2004, 2009

Nowak & Stauch, PLLC

10000 North Central Expressway
Suite 1040
Dallas, TX 75231 Visit website


Throughout his career, Thomas R. Stauch has helped numerous clients throughout Dallas and northern Texas with complex commercial litigation cases, including construction, real estate and business tort litigation, as well as other matters.  A partner at Nowak & Stauch, PLLC, in Dallas, Texas, he devotes the majority of his practice to litigation, but is often asked to review and draft contracts for his clients as well.  In 2018, Tom was added to the Roster of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Stauch graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity and served as an editor for The International Lawyer law review.  Mr. Stauch has been licensed to practice law in Texas for for over 20 years, and is also licensed to practice in the U.S. district courts for the northern, southern and eastern districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 2016, Mr. Stauch was also licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Among other honors, Mr. Stauch has been rated AV Preeminent* by the peer review service Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given by the organization for legal ability and ethics. 

Showing his commitment to professional education and development, Mr. Stauch has served as an adjunct professor at El Centro College in Dallas.  He has also lectured for legal organizations and industry groups.  He has also had several articles published in the official publication of the Texas Association of Builders. 

Always finding the time to be actively involved in numerous professional organizations, Mr. Stauch is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University, and The Corps of Cadets Association.  He also makes time for volunteer work in his church and community schools, has served on the City of Dallas Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board, and has coached soccer, baseball and football teams for his three children. 

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Construction Litigation: Business, Civil Litigation: Defense, Real Estate: Business, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Construction Litigation: Consumer, Real Estate: Consumer

Focus areas

Arbitration, Construction Defects, Mediation

  • 20% Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 20% Real Estate: Business
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Construction Litigation: Consumer
  • 10% Other

First Admitted: 1995, Texas

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Representative Clients:
Educational Background:
  • Texas A&M University, BBA in Management and Marketing, 1992
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, JD, 1995
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The State Bar of Texas, 1995
  • Construction Law Section - The State Bar of Texas
  • Member - Dallas Bar Association
  • Tom Stauch successfully defended a national homebuilder in an arbitration filed by the claimant homeowners claims of negligence, DTPA violations, and breach of the structural and habitability warranties filed by the second owners of the home. As the second owners of the home, the claimants resisted arbitration as non-signatories to the sales contract and warranty, but after two trips to the Austin Court of Appeals, they were compelled to arbitrate. Because the home experienced multiple episodes of water penetration, particularly in the basement, the homeowners claimed these defects were caused by the homebuilder’s original inadequate installation of waterproofing and French drains. However, Tom uncovered evidence to prove the original homeowner substantially altered the home shortly after closing in order to finish out and make the basement into a habitable space. In doing so, the remodel contractor altered or damaged some of Toll’s original waterproofing and French drains. Further, even though the first owner failed to make adequate and truthful disclosures, the claimants knew about the water penetration and mold in the basement at the time of their purchase, and even negotiated for a discounted purchase price. After rejecting a pre-arbitration offer of $75,000, and presenting a claim for damages of $597,698 at the hearing, the claimants were awarded a total of only $28,908., 2020
  • After successfully defending the firm’s HOA client at trial against a seven-figure claim brought by the former developer gone bankrupt, Tom Stauch partnered with co-counsel Dusty Fillmore and Bryan Bruner to defeat the developer’s appeal at the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and preserve the victory for the firm’s client. Read the opinion HERE., 2020
  • Tom Stauch settled a construction defect claim filed by a homeowners association for $5.9 million in connection with a 39-unit condominium project. After joining the responsible subcontractors to the case, the claim was settled for a fraction of the demand, and the settlement was funded almost entirely by subcontractors as opposed to the firm’s client. , 2019
  • Tom Stauch secured a final judgment based on the 2017 arbitration award in favor of his client against her former divorce lawyers and their law firm. The defendants were Board Certified Family Lawyers in Dallas and serve as officers of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, but were found to be negligent in connection with their representation, including their failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest based upon their own prior work on the client’s marital property agreement. Some of the damages awarded were disgorged legal fees originally charged by the lawyers during the divorce trial, based upon a breach of their fiduciary duties to the client., 2018
  • Tom Stauch and Ryan Gentry secured a victory for the firm’s clients in a breach of contract case stemming from a failed business purchase agreement. The lawsuit was filed seeking to a lawsuit seeking to force the sale of the fencing company our clients have owned and operated for more than 40 years. After the threat of a forced sale was defeated by establishing the contract was invalid and unenforceable, Tom was able to establish the would-be purchaser had misrepresented himself, his company, and his financial commitment to the purchase, leading to a favorable resolution for a mere fraction of the original demand., 2018
  • In a three-week trial in Tarrant County, Tom Stauch defended his HOA client against claims for breach of loan agreements made by former officers and directors of the HOA. Of the more than $1 million in claimed damages, approximately $75,000 was awarded, which was further offset by findings of breach of fiduciary duty against two of the three former directors and a recovery of $18,000 in damages on the HOA’s own claims., 2017
  • Tom Stauch, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty asserted by a corporation against its former President. The client was accused of self-dealing and failure to repay a note, and those claims were resolved by summary judgment in the client’s favor., 2017
  • Tom Stauch orchestrated the settlement of construction defect claims related to roofing, framing, window and door flashing, and stucco installation in a 64-unit condominium regime with claimed damages exceeding $2.5 million., 2017
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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Super Lawyer, 2021
  • Super Lawyer, 2020
  • Super Lawyer, 2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2018
  • Super Lawyer, 2017
  • Super Lawyer, 2016
  • Super Lawyer, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, 2014
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2009
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2004
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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • AAA Roster of Arbitrators, 2022
  • , D Best Lawyers, D Magazine, 2022
  • , D Best Lawyers, D Magazine, 2021
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell from 2005 - Present.  An "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system is the highest rating available. The designation recognizes Tom for high ethical standards and "very high to preeminent legal abilities.", AV Rated, Martindale - Hubbell
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Allen Sports Association - Competition Committee, 2022
  • Dallas City Council, Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board, 2005
  • Volunteer mentor - Rountree Elementary School, Allen, Texas, 2017
  • Volunteer writer - Chase Oaks Church, Plano Texas

Office location for Thomas R. Stauch

10000 North Central Expressway
Suite 1040
Dallas, TX 75231

Phone: 214-823-2006


10 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2004, 2009

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