Aug 23

Dallas' Richard Sayles Named TEX-ABOTA 'Trial Lawyer of the Year'

DALLAS – Acclaimed courtroom lawyer Richard A. Sayles, co-founder of the Dallas trial law firm Sayles Werbner, has been named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by TEX-ABOTA Inc., the Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Sayles was selected for the honor during TEX-ABOTA’s recent board meeting in Houston. He will be recognized during an awards presentation during the TEX-ABOTA Annual Black Tie Dinner on October 16 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth.

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is one of the most respected trial lawyer groups in the nation. ABOTA and its affiliate members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Our firm has been fortunate to work on some pretty great cases this year, and I believe this honor is a reflection of the work we do together,” says Mr. Sayles. “To be selected by fellow lawyers whom I consider to be the best in the profession means more than I can say.”

Mr. Sayles earned the award based on his work for clients in high-stakes and bet-the-company cases, and his dedication to the preservation of the American jury system. His recent courtroom work includes:

  • A $1.67 billion verdict on behalf of a unit of Johnson & Johnson in an intellectual property trial over patents used to produce a popular arthritis medication. The verdict represents the top U.S. verdict of last year and the biggest intellectual property verdict in history.
  • A $3.7 million patent infringement verdict on behalf of Commil USA LLC against Cisco Systems Inc. in a dispute over wireless network technology.

The TEX-ABOTA award is just the most recent honor for Mr. Sayles, who also is named in The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Martindale Hubbell, among other listings of the country’s top attorneys.

In addition to Mr. Sayles, TEX-ABOTA also is recognizing U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas Ed Kinkeade as the “Jurist of the Year,” and Jan Miller, Director of the State Bar Law-Related Education Department and Executive Director, Law-Focused Education, with the “Champion of the 7th Amendment” award.

Sayles Werbner has an international reputation as a "go to" trial law firm in multifaceted business litigation, intellectual property, patent litigation, life-altering personal injury cases, product safety lawsuits and other areas of the law. 

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