Jerry Grissom, Esq.

T: 214-744-5267
F: 214-720-6010

Locations

Available nationwide
Arbitration
Jerry Grissom has arbitrated the resolution of hundreds of disputes, involving a broad range of subjects, size, and complexity, in Texas and numerous other states. Fair and independent, he is frequently selected to serve as sole arbitrator, and on arbitration panels as member and chair. Mr. Grissom brings to each case the expertise for resolving disputes acquired from 18 years of experience as a full-time neutral and 20 years of business and tort litigation practice with a respected Dallas law firm. Parties and counsel alike have expressed high levels of satisfaction with his capable management of the arbitration process.

Mindful of how important each case is for the parties, Mr. Grissom conducts proceedings with the same sense of balance, efficiency, fairness, and respect that he would expect if he were a party or a lawyer in the case.

Mr. Grissom is an elected Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Representative Matters

  • BUSINESS / COMMERCIAL
    Acquisition and Sale of Business / Valuation of Minority Interest
    • Dispute between two Fortune 500 companies concerning multi-million dollar acquisition by one of the other’s subsidiaries in a complicated stock purchase agreement; buyer claimed seller misrepresented value of acquired company; and seller disputed scope of indemnity obligations
    • Dispute between purchaser and seller of profitable project management business involving alleged breaches by both parties and seller’s requested return of the business
    • Dispute between the owners of two print media companies that merged their operations, each receiving in return half of the stock in a new company, and co-managing the new company together, for alleged misrepresentation and fraud in the original merger and in operations after the merger
    • Dispute on stock purchase and employment agreements between seller of his company in exchange for stock in the acquiring company and who also became an officer of the acquiring company, for breach of contracts, and buyer for fraud in inducement of the purchase of the acquired company stock
    • Dispute on valuation of minority shareholder’s interest in business
    Banking / Financial
    • Claim by client against bank for damages from alleged negligence in conduct of forced sale of stock pledged as security for line of credit
    • Mortgage company's claim against national bank for failure to fund loan for renovation and improvement of foreclosed property; also bank's counter-claims of conversion of collateral
    • Breach and fraud claim by developer against lenders for failure to fund on contracts for loan commitment and permanent financing of real estate development project of retail building
    • Three-party dispute involving claims by buyer, seller, and financing bank, on contract to purchase and ship construction materials from Asia and on letter of credit
    • Dispute involving alleged breach and interpretation of factoring agreement
    • Claim by federal savings bank against mortgage underwriting services company for indemnity of multi-million dollar losses resulting from multiple loans bank had purchased based on company’s underwriting advice after borrowers all defaulted
    • Borrower claim that installment sales contract violated disclosure requirements of state finance code
    Energy
    • Dispute concerning contract for operation and maintenance of generators to convert landfill gas to electrical power
    • Dispute between two competitors in manufacturing and servicing power generation equipment involving claims of misappropriation of confidential, proprietary trade secret information, interference with contract relationships, and unfair competition and counterclaims of antitrust violations, predatory pricing, discrimination, and interference
    • Dispute involving consulting and management agreement for North Sea pipeline company, claims of breach including ineffective performance and premature termination
    • Non-operating interest owner in oil and gas prospect claimed operator breached its contractual and common law duties as a reasonably prudent operator in incurring unnecessary and excessive costs, and operator sought reimbursement for non-operating interest owner’s contractual share of operating costs it claimed were pre-approved, necessary, and reasonable
    • National facility management services provider sought declaratory judgment on contractual indemnity provision and indemnity for over $1 million in property damage and cost of remediation of environmental damage after fuel spill at gas station against the provider of maintenance and repair services for negligence in its repairs of and breach of contractual obligation to defend and indemnify claimant from site owner’s separate third party claim against claimant
    Franchise
    • Claim by exclusive distributor for wrongful termination of franchise agreement
    • Franchisee claim against another franchisee and competitor for slander, tortious interference with contractual relations with existing customers, breach of contract, and loss of business
    • Minority owner of profitable privately owned medical products franchise acquired by publicly held company claimed corporate oppression by majority owner and sought to recover fair value of minority interest as of date of sale
    Indemnity
    • National facility management services provider sought declaratory judgment on contractual indemnity provision and indemnity for over $1 million in property damage and cost of remediation of environmental damage after fuel spill at gas station against the provider of maintenance and repair services for negligence in its repairs of and breach of contractual obligation to defend and indemnify claimant from site owner’s separate third party claim against claimant
    Insurance
    • Insurance coverage dispute on interpretation of builders’ risk policy for damage done by builder during construction of multi-story office building project
    • Policyholder claim for coverage and reimbursement of defense costs and indemnity under director and officer liability policy for acts and omissions that were subject of class action and government investigations/prosecutions
    • Claim by plan member against a health insurance company for bad faith and for costs incurred by teenage daughter for treatment of mental disorder and chemical dependency, with history of prior suicide attempts, and further attempt, after she was discharged when company refused to authorize further residential treatment on grounds it was not medically necessary
    • Insurance coverage disputes concerning claims on property owners’ policy, including claims for storm damage, damage to foundation and structure, and mold
    Partnership
    • Partnership claim against partner for failure to contribute his percentage share toward building project and damage to venture
    Product Liability / Mass Tort
    • Toxic tort claims by building owners for property damage from asbestos containing materials; arbitrated claims for 100+ buildings
  • Professional Negligence
    • Legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claim by client against law firm in handling litigation matter, including failure to settle on client’s instructions
    Software
    • Dispute involving customized accounting and health management software for hospital system, and claims that software was not completed timely and did not work as expected
    • Patent royalty dispute between creator of messaging software and national telephone service company; also involving tariff issues
    • Contract dispute between provider of check expediting software and bank over claimed software deficiencies
    • Dispute involving venture to develop hardware key and software for confidential transmission of data over Internet; claims for fraud re efficacy of prototype design and failure to promote product
    • Dispute involving claim by purchaser against developer/seller of aviation maintenance software for misrepresentation of actual state of originality and development, functionality, value
    Telecommunications
    • Patent royalty dispute between messaging software provider and national telephone service company
    • Telecommunications contract dispute involving claim by wireless dealer of acquired cellular company claim that the acquiring national wireless telephone provider destroyed dealer’s business through new, unfair and unreasonable practices
    • Telecommunications dispute on contract and tariffs for providing long distance telephone service between United States and foreign countries 
  • CIVIL RIGHTS
    • Class action claims for alleged racial discrimination in providing government loans and benefits: arbitrated 700+ individual claims after class certification and court approved procedure agreed to by the parties for adjudicating individual liability claims by arbitration 
  • CONSTRUCTION
    • Claim by building contractor for delay in commencement and delay in completion damages and owner counterclaim for unrepaired defects and incomplete work
    • Claims by multiple homeowners against homebuilder of subdivision for DTPA and negligence in development
    • Builder of multimillion dollar custom home stopped work when owner refused to pay for overages, extras, and changes from plans and claimed damages for the costs of such changed work and extras; owner counterclaimed for construction defects and constructive abandonment when home was 70% complete
    • Disputes on warranty claims between owners and building contractors 
  • EMPLOYMENT
    Breach of Contract
    • Claim on employment contract by regional vice president of sales for past and future commissions for “book of business” he brought with him when recruited, arising from his termination within months of his hiring
    Discrimination
    • Employee’s ADA claim for wrongful termination and failure to reasonably accommodate arising from alleged mental disability based on psychiatric diagnosis
    • Claim by financial institution’s terminated employee for racial discrimination and retaliation
    • Age discrimination/retaliation claim by experienced assembler who was terminated
    • Racial discrimination and retaliation claim by terminated department manager
    • Claim by employee for alleged violation of USERRA when terminated while called up for active duty by reserves
    • Group manager of software development company claimed retaliation and wrongful termination allegedly precipitated by his reporting alleged racial discrimination by his supervisor against another employee in his group
    • Numerous cases involving allegations of discrimination based on age, disability, gender, pregnancy, race, wrongful termination, and retaliation
    Executive Compensation
    • Dispute involving claim by CEO of a Fortune 500 subsidiary to recover severance package in employment agreement where circumstances of termination and conditions for invoking the right to severance benefits were disputed
    • Dispute re whether transaction was a change in control that triggered payments under management incentive plan for executive team, and re value of multi-million dollar company at time of transaction
    False Claims Act: Retaliation
    • Employee claim that government contractor supporting military retaliated against her for reporting conditions that she believed actionable under False Claims Act
    Libel /Slander
    • Libel and slander claim by terminated employee alleging that evaluation and basis for separation from service was defamatory and hindered future employers from hiring him
    Non-Compete Agreement / Theft of Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
    • Claim against former employees for misappropriation of trade secrets and non-competition covenant
    Wrongful Termination
    • Claim by professional CPA employee against employer for Sabine Pilot wrongful termination for refusing to prepare reports which allegedly exposed the employee to potential criminal prosecution  
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
    • Dispute between two competitors in manufacturing and servicing power generation equipment involving claims of misappropriation of confidential, proprietary trade secret information, interference with contract relationships, and unfair competition and counterclaims of antitrust violations, predatory pricing, discrimination, and interference
    • Dispute involving license agreement for airline reservations scheduling software with claims of breach of contract and wrongful interference with contract relations
    • Dispute involving venture to create new cosmetic line over ownership of trademark and claimed breaches of contractual obligations to adequately fund and to market product
    • Cabinet/furniture manufacturer claim for infringement of copyright on decorative designs 
  • PERSONAL INJURY
    • Corporate executive’s claim for bodily injuries, mental anguish, and loss of earnings and earning capacity arising from brain injury in automobile collision
    • Employee claim against non-subscriber employer that hazardous working conditions caused permanent work-related injury

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Texas Board of Law Examiners; Fellow, Texas & Dallas Bar Foundations; Chair, Dallas Bar Committees; Adjunct faculty, SMU Law School; Mentor, UNT Dallas College of Law; Board of Directors, KERA Channel13 (PBS)

Background and Education

  • Trial Lawyer, Thompson & Knight, 1977-1997
  • J.D., with honors, Harvard Law School, 1976
  • B.A., with highest honors, Baylor University, 1973

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