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Prior to joining Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP, Thad D. Spalding was a member of the appellate sections of San Antonio firms Ball & Weed, P.C., and Prichard, Hawkins, McFarland & Young, LLP. Thad and his family moved to Dallas in 2001 where Thad helped start Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP’s appellate section. In 2010, Thad joined The Law Offices of Marc H. Richman, where he continued to handle appeals and litigation support, along with a trial docket of complex personal injury, commercial, and family law cases.
Throughout his career, Thad has served as lead counsel on numerous appeals, has successfully argued cases before many of the intermediate courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has assisted trial counsel by briefing and arguing complex motions for summary judgment, jurisdictional objections, expert witness challenges, jury charges, and post-trial motions throughout Texas in both state and federal courts.
Thad has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1999, and, since 2002, has been an active member of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts. He was recognized by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly as a “Texas Rising Star” in 2004 and then a “Super Lawyer” from 2004-2008 and again from 2014-2016, by ALM and Law.com in 2012 as a Texas “Top Rated Lawyer” in the Appellate category, and by D Magazine as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” in the Appellate category from 2011-2014, and again in 2016. Thad is also rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell.
Thad is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Oregon.
TTLA Trial Advocacy College of Texas (April 15, 2016)
Vol. 40, No. 5, Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (May 2015)
Dallas Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference, Horseshoe Bay, Texas (October 23, 2014)
TTLA Car Wrecks CLE (October 9, 2014)
State Bar of Texas CLE, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2014, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston (July-August, 2014)
Vol. 39, No. 2 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (February 1, 2014)
Vol. 38, No. 11 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (November 1, 2013)
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (March 10, 2010)
In-House CLE, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (January 14, 2009)
In-House CLE, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (October 23, 2008)
America First Insurance Company (June 30, 2007)
South Plains Trial Lawyers Association (April 19, 2006)
Denton Trial Lawyers Association (February 16, 2006)
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (November 17, 2005)
Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (Fall 2003)
In-House CLE, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (June 25, 2003)
Appellate Section Luncheon Seminar, San Antonio Bar Association (May 1, 2001)
Appellate Law in the New Millennium Seminar, San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section and St. Mary’s Law Journal (March 1, 1999)
American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Law Journal (1996-1997)
In a case of first impression, the court of appeals affirmed an order granting the expunction of records relating to an arrest for felony aggravated assault for which T.S.N. was subsequently acquitted. The State, claiming that the entire expunction statute is “arrest based,” argued that the records could not be expunged because, when T.S.N. was arrested, she was also arrested on a totally unrelated misdemeanor theft charge to which she ultimately pled guilty. The court of appeals rejected this “arrest-based” interpretation, concluding that, based on the plain language of article 55.01(a)(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a guilty plea to a wholly unrelated offense does not prohibit the expunction of records related to the acquitted offense, even where the arrest arises out of both.
Successfully defended Texas and Louisiana courts’ determination that, while Texas court had jurisdiction as the child’s “home state” under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Louisiana court was the more convenient forum and therefore could exercise jurisdiction over child custody determination.
Dismissing appeal pursuant to vexatious litigant statute, where Hornbuckle repeatedly filed lawsuits contesting the foreclosure on a specific piece of real property in Arlington, Texas, including this case. The court of appeals concluded that the trial court’s dismissal of the underlying lawsuit was proper, and dismissal of Hornbuckle’s appeal was proper pursuant to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Ch. 11.
In a personal injury case arising out of faulty construction of family’s new home, the court of appeals reversed the trial court’s judgment which dismissed the parents’ claims for failing to disclose the claims in bankruptcy. The court of appeals also reversed the trial court’s award of sanctions under the DTPA, finding that the children’s DTPA claims were not groundless.
In common law trademark case, upholding jury’s findings of secondary meaning, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition, and award of lost profits, disgorged profits, and permanent injunctive relief.
In a breach of contract case arising out of the sale of a helicopter, the Fifth Circuit vacated the District Court’s sua sponte grant of summary judgment against the buyer on a notice of revocation/rejection of acceptance issue never raised by the seller, finding that the District Court abused its discretion by not considering the evidence of rejection or revocation presented by the buyer in its Rule 59(e) motion.
Affirming summary judgment in favor of law firm and attorney in legal malpractice case arising out of the handling of a judicial forfeiture proceeding, where former client’s only evidence of causation was conclusory affidavit from attorney who claimed he had successfully handled other forfeiture proceedings in the past.
Reversing a trial court’s refusal to award clients trial court costs following successful appeal of adverse judgment.
Denial of petition for mandamus when the defendant challenged the trail court’s new trail order entered after the defendant asked the trial court to impose constitutional due process limitations to a punitive damages award.
Successfully defended order dismissing claims based on parties’ contractual forum selection clause.
Successfully defended judgment appointing client as sole managing conservator of his children following week-long child custody jury trial.
Reversing a trial court’s award of a homeowner’s property to his neighbor by adverse possession, holding that neighbor’s assumption that homeowner’s property was part of neighbor’s backyard, and neighbor’s use of that property as part of her backyard, was legally insufficient to support the trial court’s award by adverse possession.
Reversing a summary judgment in a case of first impression involving the interpretation of the Texas Condominium Act.
Successfully reversed summary judgment granted in favor of self-insured workers’ compensation carrier on the issue of the claimant’s “follow-on” injury
Reversing a defense verdict in a personal injury case and remanding for a new trial.
Successfully affirmed judgment of expunction by defeating State’s argument that statutory limitation period does not apply to misdemeanor arrests
Upheld judgment against surety on payment bond where surety complained of technical notice given to general contractor
Upheld jury verdict in favor of defendant attorney in legal malpractice case, including award of sanctions in favor of defendant attorney
Upholding admissibility of expert reconstruction testimony of investigating officer