Debbie J. McComas

Debbie McComas bridges the gap between the trial and appellate courts. Her extensive knowledge of both state and federal procedure and her ability to quickly grasp facts and legal issues allows her to step in, often on the eve of trial, and serve an invaluable role advocating legal positions and preserving error for appeal, from pretrial motions to preparation of the jury charge. Her legal advocacy before the trial court frequently results in the elimination or the reduction of claims submitted to the jury. If an appeal is necessary, Ms. McComas's involvement in the trial court results in a seamless transition from trial to appeal, where her written and oral advocacy skills have resulted in successful opinions on issues ranging from class actions to lender liability to intellectual property.

For instance, Ms. McComas recently authored a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court that was named Brief of the Week by the National Law Journal. She also argued successfully before the Texas Supreme Court in In re Harold Schmitz, a case of first impression interpreting the demand requirements of shareholder derivative actions brought against Texas corporations. But her skills are not limited to oral advocacy at the appellate level. In addition to her appellate experience, Ms. McComas has substantial experience in several substantive legal areas, including:

Lender liability. Ms. McComas represents lending institutions in high stakes lender liability lawsuits, including representation of Bank of America in a lawsuit brought by Adelphia Communications Corporation and its subsidiaries seeking to hold hundreds of banks liable in tort for the alleged misconduct of Adelphia's officers and directors.
International litigation. Applying her expansive knowledge of cross-border jurisdictional issues, Ms. McComas advises lending institutions on strategies for obtaining and enforcing judgments against foreign nationals both in the United States and abroad, including representation of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in international efforts to collect a more than $140 million judgment against a group of Indonesian companies.
Intellectual property. Ms. McComas is actively involved in intellectual property litigation, assisting in preservation in the trial court and participating in numerous appeals to the United States Federal Circuit. Ms. McComas was part of the trial team that recently obtained a judgment of non-infringement for Viewpointe Archive Services, LLC, a company accused of joint infringement of check-imaging technology. Further, as a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association's model patent jury charge sub-committee, Ms. McComas was actively involved in drafting the current Federal Circuit Bar Association's Model Patent Jury Charge.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Appellate, 2) Intellectual Property Litigation, 3) Financial Transactions Litigation, 4) Litigation/Trial Practice, 5) International and 6) International Arbitration
Law School Tulane University Law School ( J.D., 1995)
Admitted Year 1995
Education Austin College (B.A.,1990)
Bar Member / Association Texas State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Haynes and Boone, LLP
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