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William M. Toles
Partner

William Toles is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV preeminent rated attorney.

After trying over 75 jury trials as an Assistant Dallas City Attorney, William joined another Dallas area law firm in 1998 as a senior litigator and later name partner prior to coming to FSSV in 2012. He has handled over 40 civil trials to a successful conclusion and jury verdict. William has trial experience throughout the State of Texas in tort litigation ranging from simple negligence cases to more complex premises liability, DTPA, commercial, and contractual dispute matters.

William is active in his church and community. He is a member of the Steward Board of Christian Chapel CME Church. William has previously served as a United Way Grant Panel Member and Chairman. He was a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2012 and a Class Advisor for the Leadership Dallas Class of 2013. He also serves as a board member for Rainbow Days. William is actively involved with Leadershape. He has previously served as a cluster facilitator at a national session, and a co-lead facilitator at the University of Texas (Austin) and The Ohio State University. Additionally, he has served as a Big Brother through the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District.

William is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and was one of three course directors for the 2011 Advanced Personal Injury Course CLE hosted by the State Bar of Texas. He is also a former member of the Washington & Lee Alumni Board. He currently serves as a Class Agent for his law school class, a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Washington & Lee University Board of Directors, President of the Law Council at Washington & Lee School of Law (2014-2015) and Chair of the Washington & Lee Law Annual Fund (2013-2014).

Articles:
Opening and Closing Statements. Co-Authored with Frank Guerra, IV
- Prosecuting or Defending a Trucking or Auto Accident Case (State Bar of Texas)

Escabedo Decision: How To Navigate The Issue of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit, Co-Authored with Peter Kelly
- Damages in Civil Litigation (State Bar of Texas)

Premises Liability
- Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (State Bar of Texas)

Books:
Strategies for Transportation Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Aspatore Press, 2013) (co-authored with Rebecca E. Bell-Stanton, chapter entitled Litigation Strategies in Highway Sector/Motor Carrier Cases)

Speaker:
2014 (August) San Antonio Claims Association
Topic - A Guide to Premises Liability in Texas

2014 Association of Corporate Counsel DFW Annual In-House Symposium,
Topic - Negotiating the Enforceable Indemnity and Additional Insured Language Into Your Contract or Lease

2013 Claims and Litigation Management Annual Conference
Topic - Non-Subscription in Texas: Can Opting Out of Workers Comp Be a Windfall or Liability?
(Paper written by Clint V. Cox, IV)

Practice Areas:
Business/Commercial Litigation
Professional Liability
Products Liability
Nonsubscriber Litigation
Trucking Litigation
Automobile Litigation
Premises Liability/Retail Litigation
Construction Liability and Defects
Landlord/Tenant

Representative Matters:
Represented a defendant in state and federal wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits filed as a result of the Texas A&M University 1999 bonfire collapse.

Valdez v Dolgencorp of Texas, Inc. D/B/A Dollar General, Pampa, Gray County, Texas. Defense verdict in which plaintiff and later her heirs claimed serious injuries and death in a premises liability lawsuit.

Williams v. Riverhill Partners, LLC, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. Obtained directed verdict on behalf of apartment complex in premises liability action on the grounds the Defendant had no notice of the allegedly dangerous condition.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a performing arts organization in a defamation/slander lawsuit in which plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of 1million dollars.

Professional Affiliations:
State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
J.L. Turner Legal Association
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
National Bar Association
Texas Minority Counsel Program (Steering Committee Member - 2013, 2014)
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
American Board of Trial Advocates; Executive Committee (Dallas Chapter)
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Selected to Texas "Rising Stars" 2008-2011
Selected to Texas "Super Lawyers" 2012-2014
Fellow - Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2014)
College of The State Bar of Texas



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