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Rodney Acker


Rodney Acker


T:+1 214 855 7466

New York

T:+1 212 318 3000 / +1 212 408 5100

Rodney Acker focuses his practice on civil trial law. His experience includes trying cases in state and federal courts across the United States.

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  • Education

    JD, with honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1974
    BA, Business Administration, University of Texas at Arlington, 1971

    Rodney is admitted to practice law in Texas and in New York. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the Texas state courts; US Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; US District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas; US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • Representative experience

    Rodney has experience in all areas of civil commercial litigation, including:

    • Securities Litigation: Defended issuers, underwriters and officers in class action cases; investment bankers, brokerage firms and brokers in trials and arbitrations
    • Oil and Gas: Represented oil and gas companies in a variety of matters, including a gas plant accounting case; a royalty matter; and a take-or-pay matter involving a subsidiary of a gas and electric subsidiary
    • Antitrust: Defended motorsports and global parcel distribution company in Sherman and Robinson-Patman Act claims
    • Breach of Contract/Fraud: Defended a leading technology-based company
    • Banking: Represented lenders in lender liability and collections claims and claims between banks in loan participations
    • General Commercial Litigation: Defended companies, officers and directors in securities litigation including class actions, investment banking matters, and customer-broker disputes; represented major bank holding companies and officer of major energy company in class action securities cases
  • Admissions
    • New York State Bar
    • Texas State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 1999 - 2019
    • Lawyer of the Year, Dallas Litigation: Securities, Best Lawyers, 2014, 2016
    • Chambers USA, Texas: Healthcare, Chambers & Partners, 2007 - 2013
    • Chambers USA, Texas: Litigation (Securities), Chambers & Partners, 2014 - 2018
    • Lawdragon 3000, Lawdragon, 2011
    • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Dispute resolution - Securities litigation: defense, The Legal 500, 2018
    • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Securities: Shareholder Litigation, The Legal 500, 2015-2017
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 - 2014
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003 - 2018
      • Top 100 attorneys in Texas, Thomson Reuters, 2012
      • Top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Thomson Reuters, 2009 - 2012
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2007, 2013
    • One of the top 15 litigation attorneys in North Texas, Dallas Business Journal, June 2007, June 2008
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "Lessons From Recent FINRA Cycle Exams," Law360, Sept. 6, 2016
    • Co-author, "Second Circuit Rules That FINRA Lacks Authority to Sue for Disciplinary Fines," Fulbright Briefing, October 7, 2011
    • Co-author, "Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Duty Owed by Executive Mineral Interest Owners to Non-Executive Mineral Interest Owners," Fulbright Briefing, September 9, 2011
    • Co-author, "Circuit Courts Reject Auction Rate Securities Claims," Fulbright Briefing, August 9, 2011
    • Co-author, "Mandamus Relief in Shareholder Derivative Cases," Texas Business Litigation, Summer 2010
  • Memberships and activities
    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1983)
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • New York State Bar
    • American Bar Foundation
    • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Master Emeritus
    • Securities Industry Association
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • State Bar College
    • Texas Judicature Society
    • American College of Trial Lawyers; Secretary Designate; Former Regent
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • International Society of Barristers
    • American Board of Trial Advocates