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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

    1974 – J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review, Texas Tech University School of Law
    1971 – B.A., Business Administration, University of Texas at Arlington

    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 - 2018
    • 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 - 2017
    • Lawdragon 3000, Lawdragon, 2011
    • 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 - 2017
      • 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