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Bill Whitehill is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and American Arbitration Association arbitrator who handles appeals, trials, and domestic and foreign arbitrations. He also provides trial and appellate strategic consulting, mediations, mock appellate argument, arbitrator, moderated settlement conference, and early neutral evaluation services.
Bill recently retired as a Justice on the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas. That court is Texas’s largest and most active intermediate appellate court. While serving on that court, Bill authored over six hundred opinions covering a wide range of Texas law issues. He was a highly regarded jurist, known for his analysis and writing skills.
Before joining the Court of Appeals, Bill was a trial and appellate partner at one of Texas’s oldest and largest law firms. He handled antitrust, securities, domestic and international arbitrations, banking, commercial, business torts, real estate, hospitality, intellectual property, ERISA, and trust and estate matters. He successfully handled appeals in cases involving millions to billions of dollars. Bill brings a passionate and practical approach to his cases.
Bill is a frequent continuing legal education speaker for bar associations, law firms, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is also actively engaged in professional and community organizations.
TRO-X, L.P. v. Eagle Oil & Gas Co., 608 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2018), aff’d, Eagle Oil & Gas Co. v. TRO-X, L.P., No. 18-0983 (Tex. March 19, 2021)
Rogers v. Zanetti, 517 S.W.3d 123 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2015), aff’d, 518 S.W.3d 394 (Tex. 2017)
In re A.C., 559 S.W.3d 176 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2017), aff’d, 560 S.W.3d 624 (Tex. 2018)
Baby Dolls Topless Saloons, Inc., v. Sotero, No. 05-19-01443-CV, __ WL ___ (Tex. App.—Dallas August 21, 2020, pet. pending) (Whitehill, J. dissenting)
Prophet Equity LP v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co, No. 05-17-00927-CV, ___ WL ____ (Tex. App.—Dallas August 19, 2019, no pet.)
Kartsotis v. Bloch, 503 S.W.3d 506 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2016, pet. denied)
Northern Frac. Proppants, II, LLC v. NF Holdings, LLC, No. 05-16-00319-CV, 2017 WL 3275896 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 27, 2017, no pet.) (mem. Op.)
Juris Doctor, Robert H. Dedman Southern Methodist School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif (1982)
University of Texas at Austin, BBA Finance (1978)
Martindale Hubbell 5.0/5.0 AV
State Bar of Texas Appellate; Antitrust and Business Litigation; Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law; and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law; Antitrust and Trade Regulation, and Probate, Trust, and Estates Sections
Former Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer of the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section
Former Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer of the Dallas Bar Association Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section
Master of the Bench, Mac Taylor Inn of Court, American Inns of Court
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
Former Member State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee
Former Member State Bar of Texas Lawyer Advertising Review Committee
United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit; United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and all Texas courts
Volunteer, Cornerstone Kitchen
Mentor, Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Member, Valley Ranch Baptist Church
University of Texas Lacrosse Alumni Association NCAA Committee
Former Director, Coppell Recreational Development Corporation
Former Member, Coppell Parks and Recreation Board
Former Member, Coppell High School Realignment Committee
Former President and Director, North Texas Taping and Radio for the Blind, Inc.
Former Director, Family Legacy Missions International, Inc.
Former Director, Girls Adventure Trails, Inc.
Former Coppell Teen Court Judge.