Overview

Tricia DeLeon is a trial attorney with 20 years of business litigation experience who was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Texas in 2018 by Texas Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. DeLeon has successfully served as lead counsel on multiple jury and bench trials, bankruptcy adversary hearings, and American Arbitration Association (AAA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and private arbitrations. She is also a FINRA arbitrator. Ms. DeLeon is frequently hired to advise financial institutions on lender liability claims, fraud investigations, bank deposit disputes, double presentment claims, breach of fiduciary duty cases, securities actions and trusts and estates disputes. She also advises bankruptcy trustees and receivers in pursuing fraudulent transfers and preference claims pursuant to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA).

Before entering private practice, Ms. DeLeon served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable James A. Baker of the Texas Supreme Court.

Experience

  • Defended state and national financial institutions against consumer-based claims and class actions brought pursuant to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
  • Represented secured creditors, Chapter 11 trustees and liquidating trustees in various commercial bankruptcy matters, including litigating motions to estimate and liquidate claims under 11 U.S.C. § 502(c)
  • Represented post-confirmation trustees in prosecuting hundreds of preference and fraudulent transfer cases
  • Defended a national insurance company and its entities in multiple suits filed by policy owners alleging breach of contract, fraud and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act (DTPA) violations.
  • Defended various healthcare industry leaders including a managed care organization, a telemedicine company and a health insurance company in arbitrations, breach of contract actions and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigations

Credentials

Education
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D.
  • DePauw University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • All State Courts in Texas
Memberships
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2017-Present; Justice James A. Baker Scholarship Committee, 2016-Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Council Board, 2017-Present; Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee Co-Chair, 2017-2018; Transition to Law Practice Co-Chair, 2017-2018
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow, 2014-Present
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, 2012-2017
  • Attorneys Serving the Community, Leadership Member, 2002-Present
  • Campaign for Equal Access to Justice Committee, 2015-2017
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Nominating Committee for District 6, 2015-2019
  • Human Rights Initiative, Pro Bono Committee, 2017-Present
  • Christian Legal Society, Dallas Chapter, Law School Mentor, 2001-Present
  • Thrive Women's Clinic, Board Chair, 2015-2017
  • William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court, Master
  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2015
Honors & Awards
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2019, Top 50 Women Attorneys in Texas, 2018
  • Presidential Citation, 2018 Day of Civility, Dallas Bar Association
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2010, 2013
  • Texas Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2015
  • Mentor of the Year Award, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2016
  • Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year Award, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, 2013
  • People on the Move, Dallas Business Journal, 2013

Speaking Engagements

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