Todd J. Harlow
Todd Harlow’s diverse commercial litigation practice focuses on helping companies, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and municipalities resolve a wide variety of business disputes. Creative and dogged in his pursuit of effective solutions to business problems, Todd is also no stranger to the courtroom. He has successfully tried over a dozen cases in state and federal courts throughout Texas, in suits involving fraudulent asset transfers, real estate fraud, non-compete violations, power purchase agreements, and more. Whether the matter involves a business divorce or an asset purchase agreement, Todd prides himself on treating his clients’ matters as if they are his own.
Recent trial and appellate successes include:
- Reversal on appeal of dismissal of $33.6 million fraudulent transfer suit brought on behalf of judgment creditors against transferees of real estate sale proceeds.
- $48 million judgment, affirmed on appeal, for defrauded investors in a dispute involving several failed real estate developments. (See also this article from The Dallas Morning News.)
- Successful bench trial on behalf of a commercial air carrier to enforce a training expense repayment contract. The court issued a judicial declaration that a former pilot employed by the carrier was obligated to repay flight training costs, and awarded all requested attorneys' fees.
- Take-nothing judgment after trial for developer of a lucrative oil and gas lease against fraud and breach of contract claims brought by investors.
- Take-nothing judgment after trial of fraudulent transfer claims brought by a major bank that sought to enforce a prior judgment by collecting the client company's assets.
Other notable trial and appellate successes include:
- Judgment turning over control of a helmet manufacturing company and its intellectual property to the company’s former chief executive officer.
- Reversal on appeal of several bankruptcy court orders adjudicating shareholders’ equitable subordination and relative priority claims in a bankruptcy involving a major oil and gas exploration and development company.
- Take-nothing Judgment in favor of a former company officer in defense of breach of fiduciary duty and related business tort claims alleging damages in excess of $8 million.
- Take-nothing Judgment in favor of a major developer of wind-powered electricity in defense of a $30+ million liquidated damage claim for breach of a power purchase agreement.
- $4 million Judgment, affirmed on appeal, obtained against former company officers for breach of fiduciary duty.
- Successful trial of claims brought by a motion picture company for breach of a licensing agreement to exploit the Academy Award-winning film Monster.
- Navigant Consulting, Inc. v. Wilkinson, 508 F.3d 277 (5th Cir. 2007).
- Lombardo v. Bhattacharyya, 437 S.W.3d 658 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2014).
- Brauss v. Triple M Holding GmbH, 411 S.W.3d 614 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2013).
Memberships & Affiliations
- State Bar of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association - Business Litigation Section
- American Bar Association