Victor D. Vital

Top rated business litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Victor D. Vital
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Practice Areas: Business litigation, White collar crimes

Licensed in Texas since: 1995

Education: Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

2121 North Pearl Street
Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75201-6908 Phone: 214-258-4152 Email: Victor D. Vital Visit website


Clients turn to trial lawyer Victor Vital to handle high-profile and high-stakes jury trials of virtually all types. He remains dedicated to distinguishing himself as a top trial lawyer through his experience around the country and his likability and relatability to judges and juries alike.

Victor’s ability to absorb complex subject matter quickly and then package and present it persuasively to diverse juries make him suitable for virtually any high-stakes trial case in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Having tried more than 100 cases in two decades of practice, Victor seeks to remain ever-prepared for jury trials of various types.

Victor’s trial experience ranges from patent litigation, unfair competition, contract disputes, business tort cases, and high net worth divorce cases to trade secret and non-compete litigation, real estate disputes, products liability matters, catastrophic injury and death cases, consumer fraud matters, and white collar criminal matters. Because of his broad trial experience, clients and lawyers turn to Victor regardless of subject matter when they need a trial lawyer for their important cases. Beyond his trial experience, Victor has successfully resolved through settlement and dismissal all types of complex civil litigation matters. Moreover, Victor has secured favorable plea deals and indictment declinations in a range of white collar criminal matters including wire fraud and mail fraud, tax evasion, securities fraud, Ponzi cases, and money laundering.

Notably, Victor was inducted into the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame for securing a No. 1 verdict -- the largest employment verdict in Texas in 2012 – for a corporate plaintiff in a complicated noncompete/trade secrets matter. In 2016, Victor secured the largest (No. 1) verdict in the fraud category in the Texas Lawyer Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements of 2016, with a jury verdict of nearly $34 million (including $16 million in punitive damages) in a partnership dispute involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. This top 2016 jury verdict also made the National Law Journal Top 100 list.

Victor is often brought onboard on the eve of trial – in the final months or weeks leading up to trial – because of his deep trial experience. Moreover, Victor is a prolific author and invited lecturer/educator on trial issues. He also teaches trial practice techniques and provides commentary on major trials and cases in the media.

First Admitted: 1995, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board President, Dallas Education Foundation (Current)
  • Leadership Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Committee for Qualified Judiciary, Dallas; Panel Chair, Evaluation Committee (Current)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (Current)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Current)
  • Member, The Trial Law Institute (Current)
  • American Law Institute (Current)
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation (Current)
Educational Background:
  • J.D., Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 1995 (Number 2 in Class), 1995
  • #1 Employment Law Verdict in Texas in 2012.  VerdictSearch employs an editorial staff of over 25 lawyers, journalists and research associates who report on nearly 200 cases from around the nation every week, focusing on the most prominent verdicts in the country., #1 Employment Law Verdict in Texas in 2012, VerdictSearch, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
  • Finalist, Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year, State Bar of Texas (TMCP), 2011
  • Inducted, Texas Lawyer’s Verdicts Hall of Fame – Top 5 Employment Jury Verdict from 2010-2013, Verdicts Hall of Fame, Texas Lawyer, 2014
  • Listed, Leading Law Firm Rainmaker, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2007
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013 Peter Perlman Service Award (Inaugural Honoree).  The award was founded and is supported by LCA’s 2013 president, Peter Perlman. It will be presented throughout the year in the form of a medal and awarded whenever the efforts and contributions of a potential recipient are noted by the LCA. The inaugural class includes twenty-five Fellows from around the country. According to its website, the LCA is an honorary society of trial lawyers comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only., Peter Perlman Service Award (Inaugural Honoree), Litigation Counsel of America
  • Finalist, Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year, State Bar of Texas (TMCP), 2012
  • Listed, Dynamic Lawyers, Eclipse Magazine, 2007
  • Honored, Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, 2015
  • Represented two entrepreneurs in a fraud case against two other individuals involved in the VideoGames YouTube channel. Our clients alleged fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conspiracy and breach of contract concerning the formation and operation of the VideoGames YouTube channel. The North Texas federal jury decided in favor of our clients and awarded nearly $34 million, which included $16 million in punitive damages. The jury determined that the partnership existed and also found that our clients owned 60 percent of the partnership. The case was tried in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. This verdict made the National Law Journal's Top 100 List., 2016
  • Represented a Dallas City Council member before the city's Ethics Advisory Commission and secured an exoneration after an evidentiary trial before the commission, 2019
  • Took over the representation a high-net worth individual in the trial of a divorce matter, and, following a bench trial, secured a favorable judgment establishing the enforceability of a post-nuptial property agreement, 2017
  • Represented a health care company and company chairman/CEO who secured a take-nothing jury verdict against civil fraud and contract claims arising from a hospital asset purchase transaction. The client also secured a favorable jury verdict on a civil wiretapping counterclaim. This verdict has been featured in the Texas LawBook as well as the Texas Super Lawyers magazine. “Victor took [this] case from a dead-bang loser on the contract to actually winning—only because of his preparation, which is second to none,” according to the trial judge, as quoted in the Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2014
  • Substituted in as counsel for a major hospital system in a trial court matter pending in the Rio Grande Valley; overturned death penalty sanctions and a multimillion damage award in the business torts case, in the trial court; and ultimately secured a favorable settlement through use of insurance funds, 2017
  • According to VerdictSearch’s May 27, 2013 publication, Victor Vital secured the largest Texas employment verdict of 2012. Victor, a shareholder in the Dallas office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, led a team that won a $6.9 million verdict, including $1.75 million in punitive damages, for Horizon Health Corporation ("Horizon"), a wholly- owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services ("UHS").  VerdictSearch employs an editorial staff of over 25 lawyers, journalists and research associates who report on nearly 200 cases from around the nation every week, focusing on the most prominent verdicts in the country. Victor secured a verdict against five former executives of Horizon and two competitor companies on claims of breach of non-competition and no solicitation covenants, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and fraud.   “I’m not at all surprised that Victor secured such a noteworthy verdict for his client,” says Steve Carlin, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Dallas office,” Victor has a keen understanding of our clients’ needs and what it means to provide them with strategic and cost effective solutions in courtroom matters. He is a terrific trial lawyer who values client service above all else.”  UHS and Horizon are extremely pleased with the verdict and with Greenberg Traurig for securing it.  The Horizon president said that "Victor fought for us when we needed it most. He worked tirelessly to bring this issue to a close, securing a verdict that we felt was fair and exceeded our expectations.", 2012
  • Trial Lawyer Victor Vital co-counseled the trial of a complex bankruptcy adversary matter, resulting in the revocation of a bankruptcy debtor's discharge and thus reviving a multimillion-dollar judgment, 2014

Office location for Victor D. Vital

2121 North Pearl Street
Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75201-6908

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