Tom M. Dees, III

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Hallett & Perrin, P.C.
Tom M. Dees, III
Hallett & Perrin, P.C.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation

Licensed in Texas since: 2002

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2013

Hallett & Perrin, P.C.

1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2400
Dallas, TX 75202 Visit website


A highly-regarded business trial attorney and general counsel, Tom M. Dees, III is a shareholder at Hallett & Perrin, P.C.  Tom provides informed and trusted representation to clients throughout Texas and beyond from Hallett & Perrin, P.C.'s office in Dallas, having appeared in trial courts in California, Colorado, Idaho, and New York.  Tom is admitted to practice in Texas courts and before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Tom has an active civil litigation practice, representing plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of contexts.  Tom's caseload has included contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, probate and trust matters, oil and gas disputes, intellectual property disputes as well as general business disputes and business divorces.  Tom also frequently acts as outside general counsel for individuals and businesses, providing advice and counsel, and overseeing legal teams conducting business transactions and on matters such as estate planning, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and entertainment law, among many other matters.  Tom's excellent track record in all of these endeavors has earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.  A member of several professional organizations, Tom is a life fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation and he is active in several professional, business, and community organizations as well.

Tom obtained a B.A. in philosophy at The University of the South as an undergraduate.  He then returned to Dallas, Texas and attended Southern Methodist University School of Law where he was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Air Law & Commerce and served as lead research assistant for William V. Dorsaneo, III.  Before joining Hallett & Perrin, P.C. in 2010, Tom was a partner at Thomas & Dees.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice areas

Business Litigation
  • 100% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 2002, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • Bronze, Gold, and Silver Palms; Order of the Arrow; God & Country Award, Eagle Scout
  • , National Outstanding Eagle Scout
  • , Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • , Chi Psi Fraternity - President, 1995 - 1996
  • Nominated for the Ross Student Writing Contest, American Bar Association, ABA Journal, Southern Methodist University Law School
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2020, Thomson Reuters
  • Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, 2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2013, Thomson Reuters
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Recipient of the Jackson Walker, LLP Best Journal of Air Law & Commerce Comment Award, Southern Methodist University Law School
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Dallas Historical Society
  • The Murrell Foundation - Board of Directors, 2014 - Present
  • Friends of Dallas Public Library - Board of Directors, 2011-2017
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
  • The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, District 6 Nomination Committee, 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, 2000 - 2001
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Judiciary Committee
  • Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • In re Hill, No. 05-10-00447-CV, 2010 WL 1582234 (Tex. App. - Dallas April 21, 2010, Orig. proceeding)
  • Lewis v. Foxworth, 170 S.W.3d 900 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2005, no pet.)
  • In re Shamoun & Norman, LLP, No. 05-08-00978-CV, 2008 WL 3824008 (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 12, 2008, orig. proceeding)
  • In re Hill, No. 05-10-00463-CV, 2010 WL 1633716 (Tex. App.—Dallas April 23, 2010, orig. proceeding)
  • In re Estate of Hunt, No. 05-09-01105-CV, 2011 WL 3211359 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 29, 2011, orig. proceeding)
  • Hill v. Hunt, No. 3:07-CV-02020-O, 2008 WL 4108120 (NDTX Sept. 04, 2008)
  • In re Estate of Hunt, No. 05-09-00892-CV, 2011 WL 3211358 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 29, 2011, no pet.)
  • Plainscapital Bank v. Malina, No. 3:05-CV-0469, 2005 WL 3454017 (NDTX Dec. 14, 2005)
  • Mori Seiki USA, Inc. v. McIntyre, No. 3:06-CV-2344-B, 2007 WL 2584947 (NDTX 2007 Sept. 6, 2007)
  • Mori Seiki USA, Inc. v. McIntyre, No. 3:06-CV-2344-B, 2007 WL 2984658 (NDTX 2007 Oct. 12, 2007)
  • Mori Seiki USA, Inc. v. McIntyre, No. 3:06-CV-2344-B, 2008 WL 577283 (NDTX March 4, 2008)
  • Mori Seiki USA, Inc. v. McIntyre, No. 3:06-CV-2344-B, 2008 WL 577274 (NDTX March 4, 2008)
  • Hill v. Hunt, No. 3:07-CV-2020-O, 2009 WL 5125085 (NDTX Dec. 29, 2009)
  • Hill v. Hunt, No. 3:07-CV-2020-O, 2009 WL 5178021 (NDTX Dec. 30, 2009)
  • Hill v. Hunt, No. 3:07-CV-2020-O, 2010 WL 54756 (NDTX Jan. 4, 2010)
  • The Estate of Davis v. Laroda, No. 3:08-CV-0008-P, 2011 WL 1627000 (NDTX April 27, 2011)
  • Hill v. Schilling, Nos. 11-10348, 12-10417, 12-10620, 495 Fed. Appx. 480, 2012 WL 5278914 (5th Cir. 2012)
  • Contract Datascan, LP v. Regis Corp., No. 3:11-CV-1079-L, 2011 WL 2413210 (NDTX June 15, 2011)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Sewanee: University of the South, Presented Paper at the 43rd Annual Southeastern Philosophy Conference, 1996
  • Frederick S. Adams, John J. Ezell, the Honorable William Harris, the Honorable Richard Johnson, the Honorable Dean Rucker, and John C. Turner, Enforcement of Direct and Indirect Acts of Contempt, 25th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, Texas, August 1999
  • William V. Dorsaneo, III, 1999 Roy Ray Lecture March 30, 1999: Opening Comment to the March 1999 Roy R. Ray Lecture “Judicial Independence and Democratic Accountability in Highest State Courts,” 53 SMU L. REV 255, 2000
  • William V. Dorsaneo, III, Revision and Recodification of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Concerning the Jury Charge, 41 S. TEX. L. REV. 675, 2000
  • William V. Dorsaneo, III, Reexamining the Right to Trial by Jury, 54 SMU L. REV. 1695, 2001
  • John B. Attanasio, Foreward, Juries Rule, 54 SMU L. REV. 1681, 1688, 2001
  • Authored, A Legacy of Elegance: Centennial History of the Terpsichorean Club, 1998
  • Authored, Comment, They Are Trying to Take My License Away - What Do I Do Now? A Practitioner’s Guide to Certificate Revocation & Suspension Defense Litigation, 66 J. AIR L. & COM. 261, 2000
  • ​Authored, Juries: On the Verge of Extinction? A Discussion of Jury Reform, 54 SMU L. REV. 1755, 2001
  • Southern Methodist University Law School, Law Review Association, Articles Editor, Journal of Air Law & Commerce
  • Sewanee: University of the South, Head Proctor Head Resident Assistant; University Dormitory Staff, 1995-1996
Educational Background:
  • Sewanee: University of the South, B.A., Philosophy, 1996

Office location for Tom M. Dees, III

1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2400
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: 214-922-4146


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