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Tom Melsheimer, Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn’s Dallas office, has been described as “one of the most sought after trial lawyers in the country” by The American Lawyer, and as a “game changing ringer” by another national legal publication. With unusually broad and extensive jury trial experience, Tom has tried civil cases involving patents, antitrust, product defects, securities fraud, and False Claims Act violations, and he has tried criminal cases involving bank fraud, public corruption, copyright infringement, and kidnapping. Tom was lead trial counsel for billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban in the widely publicized insider trading case, in which the jury cleared Mr. Cuban of any wrongdoing following a three-week trial. Tom’s work in the largest Medicaid fraud case in Texas history was featured in a 15-part series authored by acclaimed legal journalist Steven Brill and published by the Huffington Post in 2015. Tom’s $178 million jury trial win on behalf of the plaintiff in IRCC v. NL Industries, et al., included nearly $150 million in punitive damages. The jury award in the breach of fiduciary duty case was named one of the Top Verdicts of 2009 by The National Law Journal (NLJ), in addition to being recognized as one of the year’s three largest verdicts in Texas and the year’s largest verdict in Dallas County.
Prior to joining private practice, Tom was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1990 to 1993. He successfully prosecuted the largest bank fraud case ever undertaken in Texas, involving more than $200 million in fraud, and he obtained one of the largest RICO verdicts in Texas history. The Justice Department honored Tom as one of the nation’s top prosecutors.
Tom is well-known in the Dallas legal community, having been named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Dallas Bar Association and TEX-ABOTA (2014). Law360 has honored him twice, naming him “MVP of the Year” in 2014, and a “Trial Ace” in 2015. In 2018, Tom was named one of three finalists for Texas Lawyer’s “Attorney of the Year” award, and recognized by Chambers USA as a leading Texas attorney in the areas of intellectual property and general commercial litigation.
Tom’s book on courtroom advocacy, On the Jury Trial, received a rave review from The American Lawyer and was described as a “book that every lawyer should read” by Michael E. Tigar, author of Persuasion: The Litigator’s Art and Examining Witnesses.
Education/Alumni: University of Texas, J.D., 1986
Last updated October 2018