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Douglas Lang

Senior Counsel

Dallas
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Justice (Fmr) Douglas Lang advises clients on litigation and appellate strategies and presents appeals for pending matters in jurisdictions across the country. He is the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's firmwide Appellate Group.

Justice Lang collaborates with trial lawyers across the Firm on effective appellate strategies for clients, working directly on filings and arguing cases before appellate courts. Since returning to private practice, Justice Lang has appeared in state and federal courts across Texas and presented appeals in federal circuit courts and at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Drawing on his over 16 years of judicial service and experience, Justice Lang provides prompt, strategic, and solution-oriented advice on potential or existing legal dilemmas for clients in a wide range of businesses and industries. Justice Lang served for 16 years on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas, a 13-judge appellate court with the highest case volume of the 14 intermediate appellate courts in Texas. While on the court, Justice Lang authored more than 2,200 opinions and participated in deciding more than 6,200 cases. During that same period, Justice Lang served for six years as a member of the Texas Multi-District Litigation Panel and as Chair of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Justice Lang is renowned and highly respected for his tireless leadership in bar and community activities, his dedication to mentoring young lawyers, and his devotion to civility and ethics in the legal profession during his more than 40-year career. Justice Lang's belief in the importance of mentoring led him to author "Deeds, Not Words —Mentors As Guiding Lights of Integrity In The Legal Profession," a compilation of experiences recounted to him by a variety of bar leaders, judges, and successful attorneys. Among his leadership positions, he has served as President of the Dallas Bar Association, President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and Secretary of the American Inns of Court Foundation.

He has been recognized for his leadership with such awards as Texas Lawyer's "Texas Trailblazer" award for promotion of legal ethics and professionalism, and leadership in the legal profession; the Shalom Award for Civic Contribution; the State Bar of Texas' Presidents' Award for outstanding contributions to the legal profession; the Texas Bar Foundation's Lola Wright Foundation Award for outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics; and a Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri School of Law, the highest award conferred by the law school.

Justice Lang is called upon frequently to speak at civic and continuing education events around Texas and nationally and has many published articles to his credit on appellate law, civility, and ethics.

Judicial Service

- Appointed, Texas 5th District Court of Appeals, October 2002.

- Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct 2013-2018 (This 13 member Commission, supported by a staff of fourteen, addresses complaints made against any of the 3781 Texas judges.)
Chair, November 2017–2018
Vice Chair, April 2015–November 2017
Secretary, January 2015–April 2015
Member, November 2013–2018
Appointed by Texas Supreme Court

- 10th District Court of Appeals, 2013
Commissioned by Texas Supreme Court to sit on two cases as member of the 10th Court.

- Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2003–2009
Commissioned by the Texas Supreme Court to sit on Panel of six appellate judges.

- Texas Supreme Court, 2007
Commissioned by Gov. Rick Perry to hear case as Special Member of the Court.

TCLEs

2022 Litigation Update

Thompson Coburn Publications

Do I really need a mentor? Does the sun rise in the East?

Publications

“Survey of Recent Mandamus Decisions of the Texas Supreme Court,”
7 SMU ANN. TEX. SURV. 301, 2021

"A PPP Borrower’s Predicament: When The SBA Denies Loan Forgiveness - Contest It - Appeal!"
February 2021

“'Justice Delayed is Justice Denied’ - COVID-Delayed Justice - Get it Back on Track with ADR/Private Judging!”
New For the Bar, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, October 2020

“Basic Mandamus Questions Support DC Circ.’s Flynn Ruling,”
Law360, September 14, 2020

“An Epitaph for Justice David Lee Bridges, Texas 5th District Court of Appeals,”
Law.Com, August 20, 2020

“Did COVID-19 Put a Hold on Your Lawsuit? Finish It With ADR-Private Judging,”
Law.Com, August 2, 2020

“'Fairness’ and ‘Justice’ in the Courtroom - Community and Public Perception,”
In Chambers-The Official Publication of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, Summer 2020

“When Judges Are Not Neutral,”
Law360, July 31, 2020

“The Core of Trial Strategy: Practical Thoughts About Avoiding ‘Gotcha’s’ - Create Checklists,”
Vol. 31, No. 1 The Appellate Advocate (State Bar of Texas, Appellate Law Section) 4-24, Winter 2019

Presentations

Moderator, "Appellate Lessons from Legal Insiders: How Appellate Practitioners Can Add Value to In-House Counsel,"
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section May 2022

"Judges’ Panel: What Lawyers are Doing Right and What Not to Do in the Courtroom,"
State Bar of Texas CLE April 8, 2022

"Crisis in the C-Suite: Do's & Don'ts in the Heat of the Moment,"
ACC Dallas-Fort Worth March 2022

“Statewide Day of Civility,”
Moderator of panel of lawyers and judges, (Zoom presentation sent statewide by Dallas Bar Association and State Bar of Texas) September 17, 2021

“The Core of Trial Strategy: Practical Thoughts About Avoiding 'Gotcha's',”
State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section, September 2020

“The Core of Trial Strategy: Practical Thoughts About Avoiding ‘Gotcha’s',”
State Bar of Texas, Business Disputes 2020, September 2020

“COVID-19: A Pandemic of Legal Liability For Employers and Businesses,”
January 2021

“PPP Borrowers: Are You Ready for SBA Audits and Potential Appeals?”
December 2020

“Thinking About the Unthinkable: Appellate Preparation Before and During Trial,”
December 2019

“Sin, Redemption, and Catholic Lawyers: The Conflict of Faith and Professional Rules,”
Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City, December 2019

“Trying Your Case is Just the Beginning: A Plan For Preserving Error for Appeal and Mid-Stream Correction by Mandamus,”
Rockwall County Bar Association, November 2019

“The Intersection of Religious and Legal Profession Values,”
St. Thomas More Society of Amarillo and the Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, October 2019

“Civility and Ethics,”
Southwest Association of Bank Counsel, Annual Convention, October 2019