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Dustin is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to joining the firm, he was an assistant solicitor general in the Office of the Texas Attorney General, where he represented the state of Texas and its agencies in appellate matters before state and federal courts. Dustin served as lead counsel in numerous appeals during his tenure as an assistant solicitor general and handled multiple oral arguments in the Fifth Circuit, Supreme Court of Texas, and Texas Courts of Appeals. He also gained experience as a litigation associate at a large international firm, where he focused primarily on complex commercial litigation and appeals.

Immediately following law school, Dustin was a law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson in the Supreme Court of Texas. 

Experience

Representative Matters

Prior to joining the firm: 

U.S. Supreme Court:

  • Velez v. State of Texas. Counsel of record for State. Prepared successful brief in opposition to certiorari.
  • Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Co-counsel for amicus in support of petitioner.
  • Skinner v. Switzer. Co-counsel for amicus in support of respondent.
  • Setser v. United States. Co-counsel for amicus in support of judgment.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit:

  • Machete Productions v. Page. Successfully argued on behalf of Texas Film Commission in First Amendment challenge to Texas’s film incentive program.
  • Joint Heirs Fellowship Church v. Akin. Successfully defended First Amendment challenge to State’s campaign-finance laws. Argued on behalf of Texas Ethics Commission.
  • Wood v. Stephens. Successfully argued on behalf of State in habeas case. 
  • Panetti v. Stephens. Represented State in habeas challenge. Argued on behalf of appellee.
  • Harris v. Hahn. Co-counsel for State in constitutional challenge to Texas’s Hazlewood Act.
  • Janvey v. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Co-counsel for receiver in suit involving receivership of multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Supreme Court of Texas:

  • Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Argued on behalf of State in Supreme Court of Texas in case involving constitutional challenge to licensing regime.
  • University of Texas at Arlington v. Williams. Argued on behalf of University in Supreme Court of Texas in case involving interpretation of Recreational Use statute.
  • In re M.P.A. Argued on behalf of pro bono client in habeas challenge to sentencing. Obtained habeas relief including release from prison. 364 S.W.3d 277 (Tex. 2012).

Recognition

Rankings & Honors

  • Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2017

Affiliations

Community & Professional Activities

  • Board of directors, Texas Young Lawyers Association, June 2011-June 2015
    • Chair of the Board, June 2014-June 2015
    • Keith Krueger Leadership Award, June 2013
    • President’s Award of Merit, June 2012
  • Board of directors, Austin Young Lawyers Association, June 2010-May 2011
    • Outstanding Committee Chair, June 2011
  • Adjunct professor, Texas Tech School of Law Regional Externship Program, January 2014-present
  • Texas Tech Law Alumni Association Executive Committee, June 2012-present
    • Rising Star Award, June 2013

News & Events

Articles

Publications

  • “Business Litigation Case Law Update,” Business Disputes 2015, State Bar of Tex. (September 2015)
  • “Supersedeas Issues in Texas,” Co-author with Elaine Carlson, Civ. App. Practice 101, State Bar of Tex. (September 2015) 
  • “Preservation: Pre-Trial and Trial,” Co-author with Joe Knight, Civ. App. Practice 101, State Bar of Tex. (September 2010)
  • “The Texas Supreme Court: A Clerk’s Perspective,” The Texas Lawyer (March 30, 2009)

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2008

  • Order of the Coif
  • Texas Tech Law Review

B.A., Spanish, University of Texas, 2000

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
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