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Jadd F. Masso

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Dallas

901 Main Street
Suite 6000
Dallas, TX 75202
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Fax: 214.659.4185
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Education
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 2003, Texas International Law Journal, Executive Editor
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1999, B.B.A., B.A.,
State Bar Licenses
Texas
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Texas

Jadd F. Masso

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Jadd F. Masso is a trial and appellate litigator. After prevailing in two trials as a young attorney, Jadd represented his clients on appeal when his opponents sought to overturn the verdicts. He was successful in both appeals and found that he enjoyed the intellectual rigor of the appellate process. Since then, Jadd has served as lead counsel inæmore than 40 appeals in state and federal courts. Like most appellate attorneys, Jadd is something of a generalist and has worked on cases involving everything from personal injuries to real estate fraud. He also works with the firm's litigation section by providing assistance with trial strategy, complex procedural matters, dispositive motions, jury charge issues, and preservation of error. Jadd's advocacy before the trial court frequently results in the elimination or reduction of claims submitted to the jury. If an appeal is necessary, Jadd's involvement at trial results in a seamless transition from trial to appeal.

In addition to appellate matters, Jadd maintains a trial practice focusing on business, financial, and real estate-related disputes.

Jadd is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

EXPERIENCE

  • Reversal in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a district court ruling interpreting FDIC loss-share agreements with financial institutions to create partnership duties.
  • Reversal on interlocutory appeal of injunction against a financial institution in a $10 million real estate dispute with a developer involving claims of fraud and breach of contract.
  • Successful mandamus action to prevent disclosure of trade-secret information in litigation between product manufacturers.
  • Reversal on appeal of judgment against a commercial landlord in dispute with a tenant.æAt trial after remand, obtained jury verdict in favor of our client.
  • Reversal on appeal of trial court orders refusing to send cases to arbitration pursuant to contractual arbitration agreements.
  • Jury verdict in favor of real estate investors in a breach of contract, fraud, and land title dispute.
  • Trial verdict in bankruptcy court in favor of a national financial institution for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Dismissal of a Maryland-based manufacturer of computerized point-of-sale systems from a negligence and deceptive trade practices suit brought against it by a Texas-based restaurant chain. Affirmance of trial court victory on appeal.
  • Representation of banks and other financial institutions in complex collection, fraud, and lender liability litigation.
  • Representation of commercial landlords and tenants in lease disputes.

Presentations

  • Panelist, The Unstable Pro-Se Civil Litigant: Strategies for Ethically Dealing with the Difficult Unrepresented Plaintiff, American Bar Association - Judicial Division (July 2015)
  • In re Privilege: Preserving, Asserting, and Challenging Privilege, Dallas Bar Association -Appellate Section (March 2014)
  • Client Management, Flower Mound Bar Association (February 2014)
  • 2014 State and Federal Procedure Update, Strasburger CLE Program (January 2014)
  • Moderator. Appeals and Ethics Panel, Dallas and Tarrant County Bar Associations Joint Appellate Seminar (October 2013)
  • ‚ÄčNew Texas Rules on Motions to Dismiss and Expedited Cases, Strasburger CLE Program (January 2013)

Publications

  • COMING SOON: Changes to Texas Supreme Court Jurisdiction, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (July 2017)
  • Co-author. Best Practices for Pleading and Proving Attorney's Fees, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (July 2017)
  • Developments: Pre-Suit Depositions to Investigate Potential Claims, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (April 2017)
  • Texas Legislative Outlook, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (January 2017)
  • Healthcare Liability Affidavits Not Required in Federal Court, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (September 2016)
  • Courts Help Those Who Help Themselves: Tips for Preserving Error, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (November 2015)
  • Effectively and Ethically Dealing With Unstable Pro Se Litigants, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (August 2015)
  • Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law - How to Use Them to Your Advantage, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (June 2015)
  • Evidence of Seat-Belt Use Now Admissible (Again), Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (March 2015)
  • How to Get (or Avoid) Direct Access to ESI in Discovery, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (February 2015)
  • Looks Appealing to Me: Trial court orders that can be reviewed immediately, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (December 2014)
  • A Reminder on How to Deal with Exclusion of Evidence at Trial and Preserve Error, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (June 2014)
  • A Refresher on Summary Judgment Evidence for Banks, Lessors, and Others Who Sue on Accounts, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (April 2014)
  • An End to the Extra Three Days After Service By Fax, Plus Other Changes for the New Year, Strasburger Trial & Error Blog (January 2014)
  • Writing for 21st Century Judges, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (May 2013)
  • Mind the Gap: Expansion of Texas Governmental Immunity Between Takings and Tort. 36 St. Mary's L.J. 265 (2005)

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Awards/Achievements
Named Texas Super Lawyers' Rising Star by Thomson Reuters (2009-2017)
Membership
Dallas Bar Association, Member
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
Texas Bar College, Member
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow