Javan Porter is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Mr. Porter focuses his practice on a variety of litigation and dispute resolution matters. This includes complex commercial litigation, white-collar matters, international arbitrations and securities law. His practice also includes guiding companies and individuals through internal and government investigations. Mr. Porter has trial experience in federal and state court. This includes trying four cases to verdict and representing individuals in commercial arbitrations.

In addition, Mr. Porter has substantial knowledge and experience in electronic discovery (e-discovery) practices, from preparing for anticipated e-discovery to the managed review and ultimate production of electronically stored information (ESI). Mr. Porter's e-discovery experience is not only in civil litigation but also with the government through subpoenas, civil investigative demands (CIDs) and warrants. Mr. Porter has guided numerous companies through their responses to the government's request for testimony and document production.

Representative Experience

  • Counsel for a U.S. investor against the Mexican government in the first United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) merits arbitration; handled portions of the opening argument and took the direct examination of a fact witness and two expert witnesses on Mexican law
  • Handled every aspect of a jury trial, from voir dire to closing; jury rendered a take nothing verdict in client's favor and awarded more than the statutory limits on its counterclaims, as well as the full amount of attorney's fees
  • Lead trial counsel for a plaintiff in a Dallas County, Texas, bench trial involving claims that a deed to the defendant had been forged; judge issued a ruling from the bench finding the deed was forged
  • Counsel for former chief financial officer (CFO) of a publicly traded (Nasdaq) company in connection with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into company accounting disclosures; the SEC declined to proceed with an enforcement action
  • Represented a Fortune 300 company officer in a federal action alleging conspiracy and fraud charges; all charges against client were dismissed
  • Obtained a summary judgment in a case with more than 6,500 denied healthcare claims totaling millions of dollars on the basis that the claimant did not comply with certain conditions precedent in the contract regarding pre-suit notice and appeal procedures
  • Obtained a declination on behalf of a government contractor in a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan investigation by making multiple presentations to the civil and criminal sections of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in Texas for a mineral company with regard to a failed title examination
  • Counsel on multiple internal investigations involving oil and gas, insurance and healthcare companies


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • 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 Western District of Texas
  • Eagle Scout
  • Ascension Day School, Board of Directors, 2024
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Kappa Phi