Waco Local Counsel

Federal Court Litigation Practice

Our Waco local counsel understand the judges and juries here in Waco, and they know us too. Dunnam & Dunnam has tried hundreds of cases in Waco courts for almost 100 years. Our law firm is a respected name. Dunnam & Dunnam is routinely selected as Waco’s best law firm by the citizens of our town in Wacoan Magazine. And that reputation is why clients choose us for some of the most high-profile Waco federal litigation—including matters involving intellectual property, the Branch Davidians, and the Baylor University scandal. When someone has a big case in Waco, they count on Dunnam & Dunnam.

Our Waco lawyers represented a multi-billion dollar client in an intellectual property bench trial before Judge Albright. It was his first bench trial as a Waco federal judge. Our client secured a multi-million dollar verdict and the other side got a take-nothing verdict on its counterclaims. Our client was overjoyed with the result.

Isn’t Waco just like Marshall in the Eastern District?

No. Although Waco is quickly gaining a reputation for the rocket-docket in Texas, the similarities end there. Marshall Texas is almost 200 miles away. That is the distance from New York City to Washington, DC or Nashville to Atlanta. You would not hire a Nashville lawyer as local counsel in an Atlanta case. So you probably shouldn’t hire a Marshall lawyer as local counsel for a Waco case. Waco has its own quirks that are decidedly not East Texan. What works there does not work here. If you want the local insight, hire a local lawyer.   

Waco Local Counsel Client Review

“We do business all over the world and in all 50 states and the need to hire litigation counsel that can win and is well-connected with the local bench and bar is paramount.  Over my career, I have hired hundreds of lawyers across the globe and still do to this day.  Jim Dunnam is one of the very finest trial lawyers I have ever hired.  Jim is world-class in every sense and has handled our litigation counsel needs for everything from complex intellectual property cases, breach of contract claims, employment matters, and beyond.  His ability to advocate for his client in the complex world of Waco federal court to the everyday battle in the McLennan County state courts is second to none.  If you are looking for a litigation counsel here in the Western District of Texas, search no further, Jim is your man!”


Grayson Brown, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Neighborly (the world’s largest home services franchisor with over 3,700 franchisees and $2B+ in system sales).

Respected Law Firm for Waco Federal Court

Dunnam & Dunnam has produced a Waco federal district court judge, a Texas Supreme Court Justice, two state district court judges, and three members of the Texas Legislature. We are in front of the Waco federal or state judges weekly. That high frequency of hearings and trials allows us to identify the different trends in our Waco courts.  Our attorneys have gained local and national recognition for our consistent, high-quality counsel. We frequently work with attorneys from across the United States, providing guidance on Texas laws and court rules, helping prepare lead counsel to handle their cases effectively in McLennan County and the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas.

Waco Federal Court Local Counsel

Our role as local counsel varies based on your needs. Sometimes, you may want us to play a minimal part, such as assisting you getting admitted pro hac vice and educating you on practice and procedure in Waco federal court. Dunnam & Dunnam can also do the heaving lifting—draft pleadings, argue motions, and take depositions. No matter what, we stay actively engaged in your case. Dunnam & Dunnam is ready to run to court on a moment’s notice. But the odds are that we are already there.

Our law firm looks like Waco. Waco local counsel who does not recognize all walks of life will not be useful in front of a Waco jury. We are proud that our law firm is diverse, with female and minority partners playing a significant role. Our firm is not slick in appearance because that is not authentic. Waco is a town without pretense. Dunnam & Dunnam has been committed to the Waco community since 1925. We know what works here. And we know what will undermine your advocacy. Let us help you through it.   

Dunnam & Dunnam lawyers advise a broad range of clients—from individuals to billion-dollar companies. Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant in an injury, patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, licensing, theft of trade secret, or any other intellectual property case in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, the Waco local counsel attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam will provide top-notch direction.

Pro Hac Vice Admission Waco Federal Court

We can help you navigate the Waco federal court local rules, including local patent rules. We can also help obtain admission pro hac vice in the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas.  We encourage all out of state lawyers to read the Texas Board of Law Examiners rules about admission pro hac vice in Texas state court. Before seeking admission pro hac vice, please review the Texas Lawyers Creed. We are frequently retained by national and international law firms that do not have Texas offices to serve as local counsel in Texas litigation. And Texas lawyers outside of McLennan County look to our intensive experience in Waco litigation as local counsel.

Mediations in Waco Federal Court

Our Waco trial attorneys are experienced with mediation proceedings in Waco federal court, handling about a dozen per year in front of the local federal magistrate judge.

Results as Lead Counsel

If you hire Dunnam & Dunnam as local counsel, you will get attorneys who strive to get outstanding results. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants. And although we have obtained dismissals, summary judgments, and take-nothing verdicts in high-stakes cases as defense lawyers, some of our biggest wins for the plaintiff include the following.

  • $15 million settlement reported in matter involving the injuries of an ATF agent in the Branch Davidian raid. Read about this case on Justia.com.
  • $3.6 million verdict for intellectual property and breach of contract matter. Read about this case as reported by the Waco Tribune Herald.
  • $1.6 million verdict in malicious prosecution case. Read about this case on Justia.com.
  • $1.5 million verdict reported in wrongful termination case.
  • $1.5 million settlement for the injuries caused by a straw purchase of a gun at a pawn shop. Read about this case as reported by the Waco Tribune Herald, and MoreLaw.com.
  • $800 thousand verdict for motorcycle driver with broken femur involved in collision with a car.

We are proud of our results reported above, but please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each matter depends on the facts of the case.

Local Counsel for Waco Patent Litigation

Dunnam & Dunnam understands that all clients deserve a responsive lawyer who takes a personal interest in your case. Those are our core values at Dunnam & Dunnam. We will work with you to make your claims or defenses more effective in the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas. Please call us at 254-753-6437 to discuss hiring us as your Waco federal court local counsel. People who know Waco, rush to be the first to call Dunnam & Dunnam as Waco local counsel.