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Jay Madrid has served Winstead with distinction, spending several years as head of the Litigation Section and as a member of the firm's Management and Compensation Committees, as well as the head of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Department. As a respected trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, Jay's experiences have paralleled the firm's success during his tenure.

Jay has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States with consistently favorable results.

Representative Experience

  • Handled complex litigation matters, including several notable jury trials, defending or prosecuting client's claims, several of which cases have involved securities fraud and related litigation
  • Served as lead counsel in multi-week trial for savings and loan association
  • Served as lead defense counsel in multimillion-dollar lawsuit alleging product defect (jury found no defect, thus avoiding a potential worldwide product recall)
  • Successfully defended 14 Norwegian ship captains and first officers and U.S.-based Norwegian subsidiary corporate officers in first criminal prosecution under the Ocean Dumping Act, wherein fines of over $500 million and prison time could have been levied had guilty verdicts been received; all but four of his 21 clients were acquitted, with only misdemeanor convictions for those four
  • Designed Dallas County’s Court Annexed mediator training program implemented by Dallas District Courts; this program has served as a model for several other metropolitan areas, both within Texas and in other states; helped train over 1,000 attorneys as mediators in California, Louisiana and Texas
  • Prosecuted challenge to Dallas Appraisal District reassessment of historic private residence, with jury reducing assessment from approximately $10 million to $2.9 million
  • Successfully defended several related corporate entities in California Superior Court in case involving alleged breaches of ground lease provisions, tortious interference, conversion and fiduciary duty breaches
  • Established fiduciary litigation practice group to capitalize on extensive experience representing corporate and individual trustees
  • Successfully avoided class certification involving U.S. resort developer
  • Successfully handled numerous FTC and DOJ investigations involving antitrust allegations, especially price-fixing claims

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