Dudley Oldham

Of Counsel

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Dudley Oldham


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Dudley Oldham is a retired senior partner and current Of Counsel in the Houston location, having joined in 1966. His significant litigation practice consists of complex litigation primarily in the areas of energy, patent infringement and trade secret litigation, commercial and business matters, class actions, arbitration, securities, aviation, insurance disputes and mass torts. He has been lead counsel in many large, complex disputes in federal and state courts, both internationally and domestically. A certified mediator and arbitrator, he is also a member of the AAA Texas Large Complex Case Panel and CPR.

Dudley previously served on Executive, Policy and Litigation Management Committees and did so for more than 25 years.

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  • Education

    1966 - J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
    1964 - B.A., The University of Texas

    Dudley was admitted in 1966 to practice law in Texas.  He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, all U.S. District Courts in Texas and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • Professional activities
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
      • Judiciary Committee, Chair
      • Complex Litigation Committee
      • Ad Hoc Committee on Judiciary, Vice Chair
    • Member and president of the Houston Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates; member of the National Board of Directors
    • American Bar Association
      • Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary, Chair 
      • Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Chair
      • House of Delegates, Delegate
      • Litigation Section Aviation Committee, Chair
      • Tort Section Aviation Committee, Chair 
      • Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements
      • Commission on Judicial Campaign Finance, Chair
      • John Marshall Award Committee, Chair
      • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
      • Advisor to Commission revising Model Code of Judicial Conduct
    • State Bar of Texas
      • Judicial Relations Committee
      • Federal Judiciary Committee
      • Pattern Jury Charge Committee
      • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Houston Bar Association
      • Member of several committees
      • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
    • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
    • American Arbitration Association
    • Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
    • National Judicial College, Advisory Council
    • National Center for State Courts, Advisory Committee
    • University of Texas, Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, Advisory Council
    • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Chairman of the Board and President
    • FDCC Foundation, Board of Directors and member
    • Defense Research Institute, Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
    • American Counsel Association, Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
    • Lawyers for Civil Justice, President and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Professional honors
    • The Best Lawyers in America - personal injury and civil litigation, Best Lawyers (2001 - 2010)
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer - LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (2012 - 2013)
    • Texas Super Lawyer - Thomson Reuters (2002 - 2009)
    • Chambers USA - Texas general commercial litigation, Chambers and Partners (2003 - 2009)
    • Chambers Global - USA general commercial litigation, Chambers and Partners (2003 - 2009)
    • Outstanding Defense Lawyer - National Law Journal (1991)
    • Presidential Achievement Award - Defense Research Institute (1987)
    • Who's Who in American Law - Marquis
    • Who's Who in America - Marquis
    • Who's Who in the World - Marquis
  • Publications

    Dudley has served as a member of the Board of Editors of several legal publications and as country correspondent for the International Insurance Law Review. He has been a frequent contributor to programs and publications in various areas including a broad range of litigation topics, arbitration, class action and judicial selection and independence issues at law schools and legal seminars in the United States and abroad. 

  • Civic involvement
    • University of Texas
      • Chancellor's Council, Executive Committee
      • Law Alumni Association, Executive Committee
      • Littlefield Society
      • Liberal Arts Advisory Council
    • City of Hunters Creek Board of Adjustment, Board member
    • National Constitution Center, Lawyer's Committee
    • YMCA
    • American Cancer Society
  • Licenses
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Interests

    While Dudley stays very busy with activities surrounding the legal profession, he does find time for favorite outdoor activities of all varieties, including golfing, fishing, hunting and skiing. He has strong interests in photography and the arts. He finds great pleasure in spending time with this family, including his grown children and grandchildren.