Walker M. Duke is a seasoned attorney who has represented businesses and individuals in critical legal matters. He has also provided the legal counseling to help his clients avoid problems before they arise. Over the years, Walker has successfully litigated many high stakes cases involving business disputes and catastrophic personal injuries with millions of dollars on the line. Despite the complexities of the cases, Walker never loses sight of the core issues and works to efficiently and cost effectively develop a strategy that best serves his clients' overall objectives. Walker is a firm believer that thorough preparation and hard work are the keys to success both in and out of the courtroom.
Obtained summary judgment in contract dispute in which client was defrauded of purchase price of commercial printing equipment.
Obtained favorable settlement for paper manufacturer in business defamation suit in federal court after having opposing expert’s damage model rejected by the court.
Represented publishing company in breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, and breach of fiduciary duty litigation.
Obtained favorable settlement for construction company in arbitration of construction defect claim.
Represented contractor in delay damage claim related to commercial high rise building.
Represented subcontractor in claims for retainage on commercial development.
Successfully defended, in a case tried to jury verdict, a convenience store chain accused of selling contaminated fuels. The jury unanimously found no fault on the part of the defendant.
Represented elevator manufacturers and maintenance providers against design, manufacturing, and marketing defect claims.
Represented technology company in indemnity dispute arising over allegedly defective protective device.
Obtained emergency interlocutory stay of trial court discovery order from Texas Supreme Court in issue of first impression.
On behalf of historic district, successfully obtained denial of alcohol sales permit renewals against convenience store that was next door to elementary school in Dallas's oldest residential neighborhood.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
“Informal Fiduciary Relationships: Can Trust Heighten Duties?,” Headnotes (Dallas Bar Association), October 2008
“Liquidated Damages: Be Sure You Get What You Bargained For,” Construction News, October 2008
“Texas Construction Trust Fund Act: Avoiding the Potential Liability You Never Knew You Had,” Construction News, November 2008
“Payment Tools Every Contractor Should Have,” Construction News, December 2008
“Whistle-Blower Claims Can Cause Collateral Damage to Businesses,” Executive Legal Advisor, November/December 2008
“Two Payment Statutes Every Builder Should Know,” Texas Home Builder, January/February 2009
“The Texas Residential Construction Commission: Past, Present, and Future,” Texas Home Builder, March/April 2009
“Employee or Contractor?," Texas Home Builder, May/June 2009
“Builders’ Indemnity for Manufacturers’ Mistakes,” Texas Home Builder, July/August 2009
Construction Law Blog
CLE Presentation to the Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section, “Three Payment Statutes Every Construction Lawyer Should Know
State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Trinity University, B.A.
Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D.
Professional Associations & Memberships
College of the State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association (Construction Law Section, Judiciary Committee)
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers