Dorothea “Dotty” L. Vidal
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Ms. Vidal is a shareholder, and is the head of the commercial litigation section at Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C. She has more than 30 years of experience in trial and arbitration, as well as with appeals, having handled almost every type business dispute including those involving breach of contract, insurance coverage, product liability, shareholder derivative claims, minority shareholders, theft of trade secrets, real property, eminent domain, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, usury, and creditors’ rights. In addition, Ms. Vidal has handled numerous will contests.
Ms. Vidal has tried, arbitrated, or otherwise disposed of cases in both state and federal courts throughout Texas, and in state or federal courts in Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Tennessee.
Ms. Vidal has argued appeals before the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as before both the Dallas and Fort Worth Courts of Appeal.
Areas of Practice
State Bar of Texas, 1982
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Baylor University School of Law. J.D. 1982
University of Texas at Arlington, B.B.A. (Honors) 1979
Awards & Honors
Martindale Hubbell AV PREEMINENT 5.0/5.01990-2016
McSwain - McCartney Scholarship1980
AmJur Award in Property1980
Order of BarristersAdvocacy Honor Society 1981
Richie Moot Court Society1980
Phi Delta PhiSecretary 1982
Baylor Law ReviewAssociate Editor 1982
Selected cases include the following:
Reeder v. Curry, 426 S.W.3d 352 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2014, writ denied).
Nelson v. Webb, No. 10 12 00099 CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 6439 (App.—Waco May 23, 2013, orig. proceeding [mand. denied].
Int’l Padi, Inc. v. Diverlink, No. 03 56478, No. 03 56788, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 14234 (9th Cir. 2005).
In re: Calvary Hill Cemetery, No. 05 04 01034 CV (Tex. App.—Dallas Aug. 12, 2004, no pet.)(orig. proceeding)
Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Calvary Hill Cemetery, 318 F. Supp. 2d 429 (N.D. Tex. 2004).
Lewis v. Bank of Am., N.A., 347 F.3d 587 (5th Cir. 2003).
Art Midwest, Inc. v. Clapper, No. 3:99 CV 2355 R, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4581 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 20, 2002).
St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Reliance National Ins. and Trinity Industries, Inc., No. 05 98 00031 CV (Tex. App.—Dallas July 28, 2000, no pet.).
Stearns Airport Equip. Co. v. Mannesmann Dematic Rapistan Corp., No. 3:98 CV 2713 L, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6947, (N.D. Tex. April 30, 1999).
Dinger v. Hornbeck Offshore Servs., 968 F. Supp. 1185 (S.D. Tex. 1997).
FDIC v. Patel, 46 F.3d 482 (5th Cir. Tex. 1995).
Ortega Carter v. American Int’l Adjustment Co., 834 S.W.2d 439 (Tex. App.— Dallas 1992, writ denied).
Stricklin v. Levine, 750 S.W.2d 814 (Tex. App.—Dallas 1988, writ dism’d).
Holloway v. Walker, 811 F.2d 263 (5th Cir. 1987).
Professional Associations and Memberships
Dallas Bar Association
American Bar Association
Silver Underwriter for the General Counsel Forum
Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas
Dallas Association of Women Lawyers
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