Testimonials

Our attorneys have worked with Kirk, Dana, Shelby, and Thad at DP&S on many large cases this past decade. On some we contacted DP&S on short notice for dispositive motion hearings where we wanted to leave no doubt we already had excellent appellate counsel engaged to preserve error and appeal if needed.  The attorneys at DP&S have always been there for us no matter the notice, location, or situation, to team up and give our clients the best advice and representation where an appeal could result.  DP&S also recently assisted our firm in affirming the denial of a plea to the jurisdiction in a very tough premises case.  DP&S has earned our trust and will earn yours as well. We highly recommend the attorneys of DP&S.

~ George A. Boll, Juneau, Boll & Stacy, PLLC, Addison

I often retain the attorneys at Durham, Pittard & Spalding for specific research and briefing projects and for co-counsel arrangements on complex personal injury cases.  They bring an insight to the case with an eye towards a potential appeal that ultimately adds value to the case by positioning the case for an appeal or by avoiding an appeal altogether.  I definitely would recommend them to other trial attorneys for litigation support at the trial level as well as for handling cases on appeal.

~ Coby Wooten, Fort Worth

Kirk and his team are the trial lawyers’ lawyers and is always my first call when facing legal issues my law firm needs help navigating. He is tenacious, fierce and aggressive and can go toe-to-toe against any adversary.  This is one firm you always want in your corner.

~ Jeffrey Rasansky, Dallas

I personally, and others in my firm have used Durham, Pittard & Spalding for appeals and as appellate counsel during important trials for many years. Without a doubt they, are our go to appellate counsel. In each instance where I’ve retained the firm for appellate purposes, they have provided exemplary service. Their advice and guidance on appellate matters is invaluable, as is the message sent to the judge and opposing counsel when you arrive for trial with appellate counsel. I highly recommend Durham, Pittard & Spalding.

~ Ray Hatcher, Sloan Firm, Longview

Working with appellate counsel is a must for the kind of high-stakes litigation my firm handles every day, and the team at Durham, Pittard & Spalding is the appellate counsel you want on your side.  They have the intelligence, skill, work ethic, and determination to move cases through verdict and beyond with success, and they have earned our trust.

~ Michael Lyons, Lyons & Simmons LLP, Dallas

Durham, Pittard & Spalding has done an excellent job in hanging onto a verdict in a significant case for our client.  Their experience and appellate skills are the answer to a trial lawyer’s motion practice, post-verdict, and appellate needs.  As we know in Texas, it is hard enough to get a good verdict and even harder to keep it from being taken away by the appeals process.  Durham, Pittard & Spalding helps to increase the odds of keeping those verdicts.

~ Mary Alice McLarty, The McLarty Firm, P.C.

For years now, our firm has turned to Kirk Pittard and his team to help us fight the fight for our clients. No matter what court, no matter what county, they provide us with brilliant analysis of every legal issue that may arise. Their long impressive resume of important legal victories has made us feel comfortable that we are in the best hands . In fact, we have referred numerous other law firms to Kirk for assistance with their trial and appellate issues that always arise in litigation. For you and your clients, there is no better lawyer or firm to partner with on your cases. 

~ Loren Klitsas, Houston

DP&S has consistently done exceptional work for our firm. On top of providing appellate briefing that always outperforms opposing counsel’s, DP&S has helped us to secure favorable arbitrability rulings, uphold discovery orders on mandamus review, and craft litigation strategy around thorny coverage issues. They’ve become a go-to for our firm on all cases that reach appeal or appear likely to do so. We highly recommend them for any case that merits intensive legal research or briefing.

~ Mark Wham, Rene Rogers, and Ryan Wham, Wham & Rogers, PLLC, The Woodlands

The days of handling major civil lawsuits by one’s self are over. The expertise of appellate attorneys is almost mandatory. Durham, Pittard & Spalding are the best of the best. Don’t leave the office without them.

~ Al Ellis, Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P., Dallas

Working with the lawyers at Durham, Pittard and Spalding has shown me how valuable additional expertise can be regarding issues like expert motions, jury charges, post-verdict motions, and appellate issues.  Regardless of how much confidence and experience you may have, these lawyers bring additional value to the case in ways you may not have even thought of.  And it doesn’t hurt to let the judge know you have appellate firepower that can either backup or challenge important rulings that can make or break the case.

~ Steven C. Laird, Laird & McCloskey

I have worked Kirk Pittard and Thad Spalding on several of our high-profile cases and they are a huge asset to the case.  Their motion practice and attention to appellate issues during the litigation and trial phases has allowed us to succeed on multiple occasions.  Kirk and Thad are very responsive and I would highly recommend them as appellate counsel.

~ Oscar Garza, San Antonio

Durham, Pittard & Spalding has always come through for us when we want assistance with research, writing, and tackling difficult legal issues that we use to assist us with litigating and trying complex personal injury cases.  I will never hesitate to contact them when the need arises.

~ Bob Haslam, The Haslam Firm, Fort Worth  

Whether you need help with a challenging motion for summary judgment (or any motion for that matter), or you are looking for someone to walk the path with you from case filing through trial and beyond, there is no better choice than Kirk Pittard and his firm. I know personally the skill they bring to the table and the peace that can bring to the trial team.  If you are thinking about adding Durham, Pittard & Spalding to your team, stop thinking and do it.  Your clients will thank you.

~ Will Adams, Will Adams Law Firm, Houston

Thad’s knowledge and guidance have been invaluable to my trial practice.  His understanding of the issues and potential responses has been an asset over the years.  I cannot imagine a serious litigation matter where I would not involve his firm.

~ Brian Steward, The Law Office of Brian C. Steward, P.L.L.C., San Antonio

We have had the privilege of working with Durham, Pittard & Spalding on multiple matters requiring appellate briefing and legal research/analysis in both Texas and New Mexico.  There is no one more experienced, respected, or passionate in what they do. In addition to having the security of top-notch appellate counsel when dealing with opposing counsel and judges, their involvement in a matter brings value to the case. We wouldn’t think of using anyone else.

~ Stephen W. Stewart, The Stewart Law Firm, Austin

I think the lawyers at DP&S are the best. They’re always available to help and never too busy to say no, whether it’s a quick question, drafting a charge, MSJ response, or showing up at the courthouse when needed.

~ Felix Gonzalez, Felix Gonzalez Law Firm, P.C., San Antonio

Our law firm has worked with Kirk, Leighton, Thad and their team for over 10 years.  From jury charge conferences and throughout the appellate process, they have been there with their tenacious expertise.  Their creative approach assisted our firm in securing a $20 million settlement in a complex construction defect and fraud matter, created positive case law concerning Chapter 74 reports, and we are currently working with them on other matters.   Their work allows us to focus on the trial process and we always know they have our back!

~ Jorge A. Herrera, The Herrera Law Firm, San Antonio

Whether dealing with complex appellate issues or preparing for trial, there’s no other firm I would rather work with.  Thad Spalding and the team of Appellate Lawyers at Durham, Pittard & Spalding, LLP have been instrumental in having a number of controversial rulings reversed and likewise have worked extremely hard to ensure that favorable rulings were not reversed, and bad law was not created.  Having a team of Appellate counsel with trial experience as part of the trial team adds value to the services we offer to our clients.   I know of no other Appellate Counsel I would rather have on my side when it’s fourth down and goal with one second remaining on the clock and all we need is a score to win the game.  The team at DPS works extremely well under pressure and with the cases we handle, that’s needed. From voir dire to jury verdicts, having a great team of Appellate Attorneys sitting at the table adds benefits.

~ Daryl K. Washington, Washington Law Firm,  P.C., Dallas

Durham, Pittard, and Spalding are the ‘Go To’ team for strategic litigation support and appeals. They have provided assistance from preparing and arguing pretrial motions to drafting ‘high low’ agreements, jury charges, and everything in between. Their success on appeals is unparalleled. When I needed help on a tough legal issue on a case involving a close family member, I trusted Durham, Pittard, and Spalding to come up with the winning argument.

~ Bill Liebbe, The Liebbe Firm, P. C., Dallas

The attorneys at Durham, Pittard and Spalding are well-versed in the law, and have been instrumental in helping us to navigate the appellate pitfalls in medical malpractice cases and commercial litigation as well.  This demonstrates their versatility and willingness to take on the tough issues.  More than that, they are willing to get ‘in the trenches’ when called upon to do so, and bring value with every involvement.  I will continue to count them as members of my team.

~ Todd Kelly, The Carlson Law Firm, Austin

Difficult legal issues oftentimes arise when representing persons in catastrophic injury situations, calling for thinking outside the box.  With their appellate expertise and experience in the trial trenches, the attorneys at Durham, Pittard & Spalding are great at doing just that.  We have relied upon them to assist with researching, analyzing, and briefing complex legal issues in preparation of our trial strategies.  DP&S has helped us get excellent results for our clients.

~ Beto L. Guerrero, Mask & Guerrero, McAllen

The men and women at Durham Pittard are such assets to your trial team, I do not try a large damages case without their appellate guidance and advice.  They take care of the motion practice and pre-trial heavy lifting so that you can concentrate on what you do best, advocate for your client in depositions and in trial.  Having them at pre-trial to argue motions and the charge is such a game changer, and I firmly believe they add tremendous value to the bottom line of your case.  I highly recommend this law firm for your trial support needs.

~ Rachel Montes, Montes Law Group, Irving 

I cannot think of a better lawyer in the state of Texas. Working with Kirk Pittard on several different cases has been extremely helpful. Kirk’s ability to help analyze the case and do the work is difficult to come by. He shows up when you need him. Kirk has been very involved in two of my big cases and I really appreciate his involvement.

~ Michael A. Simpson, Simpson, Simpson & Tuegel, Bridgeport

I’ve tried several cases with Kirk and his firm and they are my go-to-appellate counsel for all issues big and small. Having them sit with me through trial and on appeal gives me the confidence to know that I can focus on representing my clients and that Kirk and his team will help make sure that I’m protecting the record. They are excellent trial and appellate counsel and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

~ Kevin M. Camp, Roven Camp, PLLC, Houston

Kirk Pittard is my go-to when I need help on appellate questions.  I know he and his firm will look at the issues rationally and strategically to maximize the chances of a win.   They are reliable, calm, and smart as can be.  They are first-picks when I’m creating my team.

~ Ellen Presby, Dallas

I have worked with Kirk and his firm for over 15 years, ever since he convinced the Amarillo Court of Appeals to reverse a summary judgment that had been granted against my client.  I never hesitate to contact Durham, Pittard & Spalding any time I have a legal issue I want researched, analyzed and briefed to assist me in the representation of my clients.  I will continue to use the firm and rely upon their expertise for cases at the trial level and on appeal in the future.

~ Juan Hernandez, Hernandez Law Group, PC, Dallas

I have worked with Kirk Pittard and Leighton Durham on several cases and can say with confidence that their big picture analysis, research, and briefing skills added value to the cases.  I believe having able appellate counsel assisting with the legal issues that come up in a case is invaluable.  Kirk and Leighton fit the bill.

~ Charla G. Aldous, Aldous Walker

I regularly associate Kirk Pittard and the firm of Durham, Pittard & Spalding at the beginning of my major lawsuits.  This puts the defense counsel on notice that our trial team is fully staffed to engage in a heavy motion practice, and it assures the court that we can successfully defend or appeal the court’s rulings that matter.  It also gives me the comfort of knowing that Kirk and his firm are ready to spring into action, without having to be brought up to speed.  The alternative fee arrangements that Durham, Pittard & Spalding offers makes it easy to associate them from the beginning of the lawsuit through trial.

~ Randy Roberts, Roberts & Roberts, Tyler

Working with Kirk has been a wonderful partnership that we’ve utilized when needed.   The work ethic, depth of their knowledge, and the value they bring to cases has been a real asset for us in those cases.  They are stand-up lawyers and professionals that you want to be standing shoulder to shoulder with.

~ George Salinas, George Salinas Injury Lawyers, San Antonio