HALEIGH H. JONES

Associate

Haleigh has broad commercial litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants at every stage of lawsuits involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, business divorce, real estate, and aviation. Haleigh has distinguished herself as an associate by her maturity in the courtroom. She has briefed and argued motions at every stage of litigation, deposed fact and expert witnesses, successfully mediated disputes at their infancy and on the eve of trial, tried and won cases as lead counsel, and briefed appeals and prepared oral argument. While Haleigh has a passion for advocacy, she understands that the most effective solution to a legal dispute is often a business solution. To that end, Haleigh's focus in every case is leveraging business solutions to resolve a dispute at the earliest moment possible while maximizing the result for her client.

 

The most important component of Haleigh’s practice is service to others. She is an attentive and zealous advocate for her clients, as well as a servant of the local and state bar. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the 2022 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and, the Chair of the 2022 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation. Haleigh has participated in multiple leadership classes hosted by the State Bar of Texas and local bar associations. She also volunteers her time to coach SMU law students in moot court programs that compete nationally.

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During her time as a law student competitor, Haleigh won regional and national moot court competitions. In her final year of law school, Haleigh was recognized as a top-three advocate nationally by the American Bar Association, was named the Outstanding Graduating Advocate of SMU Dedman School of Law’s graduating class, and was inducted into the prestigious National Order of the Barristers.

 

The advocacy skills Haleigh developed in law school have played a fundamental role in Haleigh’s ability to earn recognition and results early in her career. She is known for her ability to communicate effectively with courts in writing and in argument. Those skills have earned her recognition on D Magazine's List of "Best Lawyers Under 40" since 2021 and on Thomson Reuters' list of "Rising Stars" in the area of business litigation since 2019. Most recently, Haleigh was included on Thomson Reuters' 2022 "Rising Stars" lists of Up-and Coming 100 and Up-and Coming 50 Women, and was named the 2021 "Rising Raggio" by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association.

 

Prior to attending law school, Haleigh studied Spanish and Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, and worked in D.C. for Cincinnati Congressman Steve Chabot of the First District of Ohio. She joined Crawford, Wishnew & Lang PLLC after clerking for the Honorable Justice Douglas Lang of the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas and beginning her practice at an American Lawyer top-50 firm.

 

Representative Experience

Awards listed are net of attorneys' fees and expenses.

  • Briefed response to petition for review filed in the Supreme Court of Texas and obtained denial of petition in favor of plaintiff on issue of adequacy of expert report in medical malpractice lawsuit.

  • Secured emergency writ of mandamus from court of appeals to dissolve temporary restraining order in lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of nondisclosure agreement.

  • Secured order denying plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss filed under the Texas Citizens Participation Act in lawsuit involving claims for defamation, business disparagement, and tortious interference; briefed and argued response to plaintiffs’ appeal of denial.

  • Secured defense verdict as first-chair trial counsel on behalf of owner of livestock investment in lawsuit involving claims for fraud, conversion, tortious interference, and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

  • Secured verdict for plaintiff as first-chair trial counsel on behalf of marina owner in lawsuit involving breaches by various tenants of boat slip leases.

  • Secured verdict for plaintiff as first-chair trial counsel on behalf of tenant in negligence suit against property management company after landlord’s employee caused the death of plaintiff’s dog.

  • Obtained seven-figure arbitration award as second-chair trial counsel on behalf of property owner in commercial real estate dispute involving easement rights.

  • Obtained seven-figure settlement (amount confidential) on behalf of bank officer asserting breach of employment agreement.

  • Secured significant settlement (amount confidential) against homeowner on behalf of residential contractor asserting breach of construction contract.

  • Secured significant settlement (amount confidential) on behalf of commercial real estate broker asserting claims for breach of partnership agreement.

  • Secured denial of motion to dismiss bankruptcy petition filed by principals of debtor entity as first-chair counsel at evidentiary hearing.

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