Dwain Dent

Founder, The Dent Law Firm, 1990
Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Texas and the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Extensive Healthcare Pharmaceutical and General Tort Claims Representation
Admitted, U. S. District Court, Northern Division
Admitted, U. S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Admitted, U. S. Supreme Court

EDUCATION

1973

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas

Major: Political Science Minor: Economics

1976

St. Mary's University Law School
San Antonio, Texas

Degree: Juris Doctorate


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & RECOGNITIONS


Recognized, Best Lawyers in America, U.S News

Recognized, St. Mary’s Law School Distinguished Law Graduate 2012

St. Mary’s Law School Hall of Fame Inductee 2013

Recognized, Preeminent Lawyers of America by Martindale Hubbell, 2000 to present

Recognized, Texas Monthly Magazine – Super Lawyers 2003, to present

Recognized, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine – Top Tarrant County Lawyer, 2002, to present

Recognized Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Texas—American Trial Lawyers Association 2007, to present

Recognized, Who’s Who in American Law, 1986 to present

Trial Lawyer of The Year Finalist, 2011
Public Justice Foundation, Washington D.C.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


Board of Directors, Texas Trial Lawyers Association 1989-2002

Texas State Delegate, Association of Trial Lawyers of America 1999-2000

Life Membership Designee, Association of Trial Lawyers of America

President's Club, American Association for Justice

Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership limited to trial lawyers who have won a verdict or settlement of One Million dollars or more

Member, Tarrant County Bar Association

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Member, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation

Member, Civil Courts Building Advisory Committee, Tarrant County, Texas, 2008-2012


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES


Founder and Board of Director, Spencer B. Dent Memorial Foundation—501(c) dedicated to youth sport activities,
since 1994

Board of Director/Little League Coach, West Side Little League, since 1993

Former Board of Director/Coach, Ridglea Roughnecks Pee Wee Football Association

Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County
1992 Recipient Pedestal Award
2005 Steward Award

Member, United States Court Historical Society

Radio Host/Legal Commentator, KRLD 1080AM Radio in Dallas-Fort Worth,
The Loftin and Dent Show, 1996-2004

Legal Analyst, Fox 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Speaker to State Bar, Law School and various legal and medical groups


SIGNIFICANT CASE INVOLVEMENT


Pharmaceutical Cases:

Crystal Lutz v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
February 1986, 352nd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Micheal Swatsell vs. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
February 1986, 352nd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Jennifer Strittmatter v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
March 1986, 153rd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Daniel Sturman v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
March 1986, 153rd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Michael D. Tatum v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
March 1988, 352nd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas

Alice & Joe Hernandez v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
January 1995, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Rose Doskosil v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
January 1995, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Gary and Katherine Mills v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
January 1995, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


David and Lori Nelson v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
January 1995, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Brinkley Eskew v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
January 1995, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Juan and Manuela Coronado v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
December 1997, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Manuela Coronado v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
December 1997, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Christopher Brite v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
June 2002, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Kimberley Dunn v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
June 2002, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Eddie Jackson v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
June 2002, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Bret Lovelady v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
June 2002, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Lanisha Powell v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
June 2002, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


Jacque White v. O’Neal, Jones & Feldman Pharmaceuticals,
June 2002, 236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


100 S.W.3d 582 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2003), 2-02-373, In re Fort Worth Children’s Hosp.—Hospital ordered to provide the names of all infants who received the vitamin supplement E-Ferol while patients a Cooks in 1984 so parents could be informed

Federal District Court Opinions on Class Action:

Victoria Klein and Ashley Swadley v. O’Neal, Inc., et al.,
June 2003, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas,
Cause No. 7-03-CV-102-D—E-Ferol class-action lawsuit.

Aviation:

856 F.2d 28 (5th Cir. 1988), In re Air Crash at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Aug. 2, 87-1855—severe brain damage mother of 2 in airline crash

Robert Buckingham vs. Mitsubishi, May 1992, 348th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—airplane crash with multiple deaths

Prince v. Helicopter Consultants of Maui, Inc. d/b/a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, July 2001, Second Circuit Court, State of Hawaii—helicopter crash causing the death of two 14-year-old girls

87 S.W.3d 139 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2002), 2-02-058, In re Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.—helicopter crash with multiple deaths


Actions Involving Death, Significant Injuries or Statewide Judicial Importance:

Patterson v. The City of Arlington, Texas,
1983, 153rd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—death of a child due to city negligence.


Burchman v. The City of Arlington, Texas, 1983,
153rd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—severe internal injuries due to city negligence.


Shinn v. The City of Arlington, Texas, 1983,
153rd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—irreparable brain damage due to city negligence


Coleman v. GE, Company, September 1986,
348th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—death of spouse due to defective coffee maker


753 S.W. 2d 779 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1988),
2-87-210, Mendoza v. Ranger Ins. Co.—Plaintiff’s right to a fair and impartial trial—constitutional right


854 F.2d 742 (5th Cir. 1988),
88-2238, Northbrook Nat. Ins. Co. v. Brewer—Amicus Brief supporting injured workers right to state court trial

Alley v. Eagle Crest Apartments & Balcor Property Management, Inc., September 1989,
153rd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—shooting death of a college student


776 S.W.2d 812 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1989),
2-89-139, City of Bedford v. Schattman—child severely crushed at crosswalk by City of Bedford truck driver


Tennessen v. Resurrection Paint Co., Inc., November 1990,
48th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—significant acid burn at construction site


873 S.W.2d 379 (Tex. 1994),
94-0198, State ex rel. Curry v. Walker—gunshot to Engineer from over pass by minors, bullet logged in spine area


Martha McDonald v. American Home Products Corp., December 1998,
17th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—pharmaceutical litigation regarding Fen-Phen, permanent heart damage


Matt Moore vs. North American Specialty Insurance Co., December 1998,
236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—insurance carrier’s refusal to provide nursing care to quadriplegic TCU Football player.


Eager v. YMCA, March 1999,
236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—15-year-old child drowns in pool with lifeguards on duty and inattentive


Debra Welter v. Apollo Transfer Co., et al., March 1999,
48th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—Plaintiff’s husband killed when ejected from vehicle


Ronald Beck v. State Farm Ins. and Allen Wexler, June 1999,
342nd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—crane struck by vehicle causing paralysis from chest down


Karen Love, et al. vs. The Hammerblow Corporation, March 2002,
18th District Court, Johnson County, Texas—Spouse was killed when a trailer became disengaged and collided with vehicle


Juana Burton v. Randy J. Henderson, May 2002,
249th District Court, Johnson County, Texas—Plaintiff paralyzed in an intersection collision


Cynthia Martin, et al. vs. National Bank of Texas at Fort Worth, December 2003,
249th District Court, Johnson County, Texas—Spouse killed in auto/pedestrian incident


In re Cisneros, 021507 TXCA 11, 11-06-00290, February 2007,
Court of Appeals of Texas, Eleventh District, Eastland—Husband and father of 1 killed in interstate trucking collision. Mandamus action against rural county District Judge.


Marshall and Jamie Lowe v. Glenview Quick Mart, et al., August 2008,
236th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—sale of alcohol to minor children who ultimately died in tragic car incident


Royce Bunkley v. Camtech Precision Manufacturing Inc., August 2009,
248th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—Metal plant worker crushed beneath steel plate. Employer grossly negligent

Monique Stallworth v. Slumberjay, May 2012, 127th District Court, Harris County, Texas—Death of driver forced to drive overweight truck on rural roads in thunderstorm. Employer grossly negligent

Donnie and Linda Graves v. Ben E. Keith, September 2012, 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas—Plaintiffs’ vehicle struck head-on by a truck crossing the center median on Interstate Highway 20