Appellate Practice

Mr. Jones is an experienced civil appellate lawyer who has handled numerous appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, Texas State Courts of Appeals and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, having obtained his certification in 1992.  Mr. Jones has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in Appellate Law every year since 2004 to the present by Texas Monthly Magazine.  The Super Lawyer designation is limited to the top 5% of lawyers in the State of Texas.


Mr. Jones is frequently retained by clients to handle appeals of cases tried by another lawyer or law firm.  In many instances, trial counsel does not possess the requisite appellate skills necessary to successfully appeal an experienced appellate lawyer is necessary.  Mr. Jones has also been retained to assist trial counsel during trial to ensure that appellate rights are properly preserved at the trial level.


Representative Appellate Cases

National Development and Research Corporation v. Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. – Supreme Court of Texas (No. 07-0818).

Mr. Jones was retained to respond to the appeal of a legal malpractice judgment of $922,000.  The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals on all grounds with the exception of a reduction for attorneys’ fees.  The case is currently pending before the Texas Supreme Court.


Nevant v. Southwestern Bell, Dallas Court of Appeals (No. 05-07-01536-CV).

Mr. Jones was hired to appeal a default judgment.  After Mr. Jones filed a brief on behalf of his client, the parties agreed that the default judgment was improperly entered and agreed to ask that the judgment be reversed. 


Texas Pari-Mutuel v. AAF-McQuay, Inc., Dallas Court of Appeals (No. 05-05-01035-CV).

Mr. Jones handled an appeal challenging a jury verdict rendered on behalf of his client in a case he tried.  The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.


Boyce v. Merrill Lynch, Dallas Court of Appeals (No. 05-04-0477-CV).

Mr. Jones was hired to appeal a summary judgment entered against his client.  The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment and remanded the case for a new trial.