W. Kelly Puls

W. Kelly Puls

W. Kelly Puls

Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Corporate / Transactional
  • Family
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury / Torts

Education

  • Texas Christian University, B.F.A., 1982
  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1986

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western Districts of Texas

Senior Attorney

W. Kelly Puls is a member of Puls Haney, P.L.L.C. Kelly is an experienced trial lawyer, who has tried cases to verdict throughout the State of Texas.

Kelly has been involved in many complex civil and commercial cases, including lead counsel in the Exxon XTO merger, which was the largest merger in United States history at the time, has worked on numerous complex, multi-state transactions, and has practiced as an appellate advocate in commercial cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Texas Supreme Court.

Kelly is one of only 3 attorneys in the United States to try a class action case to verdict. Kelly was involved in one of the largest anti-trust cases in the State of Texas, resulting in a verdict with findings of price fixing in the food industry and obtained one of the largest verdicts in the State of Texas for defamation involving the Pierce Marshall/Anna Nicole Smith litigation.

Tried hundreds of cases to verdict, has lectured extensively on voir dire examinations, has served as an expert witness on matters involving attorneys’ fees and legal ethics, and is double Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial law.

Extensive trial experience throughout the State of Texas involving cases of personal injury, products liability, intellectual property, complex business litigation, class action, anti-trust, breach of fiduciary duty, and family law.

Lead counsel in Johnny B. Tucker, et al v. Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries, et al. nationwide class action case tried to a verdict, a case involving a price fixing conspiracy in the bread industry.

Co-lead counsel in In Re: XTO Energy Shareholder Class Action Litigation, which stemmed from a $41 billion merger between XTO Energy and ExxonMobil.

Lead counsel in prosecution of class claims against IBM, alleging product defects in its 75 GXP Disk Drives, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

Lead counsel in the well-known libel case that resulted in an $8.5 million dollar verdict for claims arising out of libelous statements published in a leading newspaper regarding the plaintiff’s Pierce Marshall’s appointment as power of attorney over his father Howard Marshall, at the time Anna Nicole Smith was married to Mr. Marshall (Cause No. 95-9248-J, Marshall v. Marshall, in the 191st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas).

Participated in part of the Enron securities litigation, prosecuting claims on behalf of Enron credit link note holders against the company’s chief executive officers (Cause No. 2001-53615, Greenberg v. Belfer, et al., in the 164th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas) (Cause No. H-03-CV-2240, Conseco v. Citigroup, Inc. et al., in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas).

Lead, co-lead, or liaison counsel in the following cases:

Cause No. 97-CV-2507, Branca v. First USA Paymentech, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (a class action suit)

Cause No. 96-CV-2258, Zuckerman v. Foxmeyer Health Corp., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (a class action suit)

Cause No. BC318347, Sandsmark v. America Honda Motor, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California

 

Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Law, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified – Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Life Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation
Rated AV Preeminent (The Highest Possible Rating) by Martindale-Hubbell