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Fish's Tom Melsheimer Named 2014 TEX-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year

June 4, 2014

Press Releases

Fish's Tom Melsheimer Named 2014 TEX-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year

June 4, 2014

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DALLAS – Following a string of high-profile courtroom victories, attorney Thomas M. MelsheimerTom Melsheimer Named 2014 TEX-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year of Fish & Richardson has been named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA).

Mr. Melsheimer will receive the award on June 7 at TEX-ABOTA’s Annual Awards Dinner in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and its affiliates are dedicated to preserving and promoting the right to civil jury trials as provided in the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I am humbled and honored to be named Texas Trial Lawyer of the Year,” says Mr. Melsheimer. “I have had the good fortune to work on some challenging and important cases during my career. To be recognized for my work over the years by the very best trial lawyers in Texas is a unique honor for which I will always be grateful.”

A true courtroom lawyer, Mr. Melsheimer served as lead trial counsel for Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban in the country’s highest-profile insider trading trial last year. Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas issued a unanimous verdict completely clearing Mr. Cuban of insider-trading charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That win resulted in Fish recently being recognized by Texas Lawyer newspaper for having the 2014 Texas Securities Litigation Department of the Year.

Mr. Melsheimer’s track record also includes a 2012 settlement of $158 million against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over marketing efforts tied to the controversial pain medication Risperdal. That win represented the largest Medicaid fraud settlement in Texas history and the year’s second-largest settlement overall.

TEX-ABOTA will honor Mr. Melsheimer alongside the Hon. John K. Dietz of Austin, who has been named Jurist of the Year for his work in Travis County’s 250th Civil District Court, and attorney and teacher Joseph P. Wicker, who will receive the Champion of the 7th Amendment Award based on his work with students on law-related curriculum at Skyline High School in Dallas.


 

 

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