O. Luke Davis, III
Luke Davis is a seasoned commercial and insurance defense litigator who has represented a variety of clients, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, in both federal and Texas state courts as sole trial counsel and within a litigation team. Cases included personal injury, construction, real estate, contracts, product liability, premises liability, business torts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, landlord/tenant, leasing, deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, and insurance coverage.
Luke was a public school teacher prior to law school and remains an advocate for public education. Luke was elected by his community to four terms as a member of the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees (2002-2012). He was elected by fellow trustees to lead RISD as President of the Board for several years. This service involved governance of a highly successful and highly diverse school district with a $250 Million operating budget. Luke excelled in corporate communications, public speaking, presentations, community relations, legislative advocacy, vision-casting, and consensus-building.
Luke and his wife Paula are active members of Highland Park United Methodist Church and longtime supporters of the Young Life Ministry. Their two children are married and live in Austin and Chicago.
Successful products liability defense of underground storage tank manufacturer in 3-week jury trial in Northern District of Texas following multi-state discovery. Claims involved tanks installed at numerous gasoline stations.
Successful defense of personal injury lawsuit based on alleged exposure to chemicals. Texas state trial court granted summary judgment after granting pretrial motion to strike plaintiff’s expert witnesses and reports. The Court of Appeals court affirmed the trial court judgment.
Defense of antitrust claims against non-profit soccer governing bodies, including 2-week jury trial in Northern District of Texas. Obtained Fifth Circuit’s reversal of antitrust damage award against clients.
Successful defense of fraud, contract, DTPA, and declaratory judgment claims against product manufacturer. Texas state trial court granted no-evidence summary judgment based on absence of damage evidence following extensive discovery. The Court of Appeals court affirmed the trial court judgment.
Defense of Southwest Athletic Conference against media claims that conference was subject to the Texas Open Records Act. Prevailed on appeal to United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit following trial in Western District of Texas.
Eleven Line, Inc. v. North Texas State Soccer Ass’n, 213 F.3d 198 (5th Cir. 2000) (obtained reversal of award of lost profit damages)
Kneeland v. NCAA, 850 F.2d 224 (5th Cir. 1988) (obtained appellate court judgment that Southwest Athletic Conference was not subject to the Texas Open Records Act)
Booklab, Inc. v. Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc., 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 7683 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Sept., 7, 2012, pet. denied) (affirmed summary judgment; no evidence of plaintiff’s alleged damages)
Feria v. Dynagraphics Co., 2004 Tex. App. LEXIS 2366 (Tex. App.—El Paso, March 15, 2004, pet. denied) (affirmed striking plaintiff’s medical experts and granting summary judgment)
- Dallas Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Highland Park United Methodist Church
- Young Life