Pretrial and Trial Strategy
For decades, trial lawyers and their clients have retained Jeff Levinger to help shape cases for trial and ensure that a strong record exists if the case is appealed. Working closely with the trial teams, Jeff uses his courtroom experience and appellate expertise to anticipate and address the pretrial and trial issues that invariably affect the client’s position.
During the pretrial proceedings, trial lawyers rely upon Jeff Levinger to draft, respond to, and present oral argument on major dispositive motions, including summary judgment and Daubert motions and responses. Jeff also plays an integral role during trial by crafting trial briefs, ensuring error is preserved, arguing trial motions, and drafting the jury charge and handling the charge conference. Once a trial is over, Jeff takes responsibility for preparing the judgment and developing or responding to post-verdict motions.
Jeff Levinger has provided his appellate expertise to trial lawyers from across the country in a wide variety of cases and courts, including:
- the defense of a fraudulent transfer claim in federal district court in Dallas;
- the defense of a civil conspiracy claim against an international pipeline company in Dallas County district court;
- the defense of a qui tam action in federal district court in Dallas;
- the prosecution of a multi-plaintiff sexual abuse case against a religious institution in Dallas County district court;
- the prosecution of a multi-party wrongful death case involving the negligent entrustment of a commercial vehicle in Fannin County district court;
- the prosecution and defense of two different trademark infringement suits in federal district court in Dallas;
- the prosecution of a products liability suit against an auto manufacturer in Dallas County district court;
- the defense of a patent licensing dispute in federal district court in Austin;
- the prosecution of a negligent misrepresentation claim against an architect/engineer in Dallas County district court;
- the prosecution of a fraud and breach of joint venture suit in Dallas County district court.
In each of these cases (and many others), Jeff has applied the knowledge and experience he has gained from serving on (and chairing) the State Bar of Texas committee that writes the Texas Pattern Jury Charge volume on malpractice, premises, and products.