Joanne Early

Of Counsel

Overview

Joanne Early represents clients in commercial litigation in Texas state and federal courts, with significant experience as a product liability attorney defending retailers, manufacturers, service providers, professionals, directors/officers, transportation companies and financial institutions. Her clients include Texas Industries Inc., Tuthill Corp. and Orica USA Inc.

Joanne has tried lawsuits for clients against claims of fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, product liability, deceptive trade practices, trade secret protection and litigation, and misappropriation. She has successfully obtained summary judgments and dismissals in many cases, including class action lawsuits arising out of fraud claims, mass torts and chemical exposure cases.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
  • Member, Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Community Involvement

  • Case Worker, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • President, Town and Gown Club of Southern Methodist University

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (1989)
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University (1984)

Admissions

  • Texas (1989)
  • Texas State Courts (1989)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1992)

Representative Matters

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Obtained summary judgment for local municipality against plaintiff’s breach of contract and negligence claims in construction litigation
Obtained summary judgment against tort claims filed by seven plaintiffs alleging wrongful death and personal injuries during explosion in fertilizer plant in Mexico
Successfully defended retailer in breach of contract case filed by one of its suppliers by obtaining summary judgment on most claims and jury trial of the remaining claims

Capabilities