LaDawn H. Nandrasy

LaDawn H. Nandrasy

Principal

As the firm’s appellate expert with nearly three decades of experience, LaDawn brings smarts, creativity, and deep legal experience to Amy Stewart Law. We are thrilled to have her on our team.  LaDawn is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a prestigious credential earned by less than 1% of practicing Texas lawyers who exemplify excellence in their respective fields.

LaDawn positions her clients for success at all stages of a case. In the trial courts, she helps them win on legal issues and strategy before, during, and after trial, and ensures the record is postured for a win on appeal. In the appellate courts, she helps clients keep judgments they like and reverse judgments they don’t like. In addition to briefing appeals, LaDawn has argued in numerous courts of appeals, including the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth Circuit. 

LaDawn repeatedly has been recognized for her excellence. Thomson Reuters has listed her as a Texas Super Lawyer in appellate law every year since the award’s inception in 2003, and as a Top 50 Women Lawyer in Texas. D Magazine has named her a Best Women Lawyer in Dallas and consistently has included her on the list for the Best Lawyers in Dallas in appellate law.

LaDawn is committed to the legal profession. Her service—12 years, including 3 as Chair—on the Business volume of the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee reflects her stellar reputation as well as her particular interest in unraveling complicated jury charge issues. She also has served in leadership roles for the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section as a Council Member, Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. LaDawn’s community involvement has included membership on several non-profit boards, such as Empowering Women as Leaders, and Hope International, an international adoption agency that assisted with the adoption of her daughter from Russia.   

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1991, cum laude 

  • Order of the Coif 
  • Leading Articles Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce 

B.G.S., The University of Texas at Arlington, 1987 

Court Admissions

Licensed in Texas 

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas 

Representative Experience

Obtained reversal of multimillion-dollar judgment against client/contractor in suit by third-party against municipality and client/contractor for alleged fraud, violations of the Texas Penal Code, and violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act and local competitive bidding regulations

Obtained reversal of multimillion-dollar judgment against client/energy company based on construction of production payment reserved in an assignment of oil and gas leases

Obtained reversal of multimillion-dollar judgment against client/partner in real estate venture based on construction of real estate development agreement

Obtained reversal of temporary injunction enjoining client/girls’ summer camp from enforcing provisions of lease

Obtained reversal of judgment against client/attorney in bankruptcy appeal regarding attorney's ability, without former client's consent, to settle with bankruptcy trustee, in dispute over contingency fee arising from representation of client in pre-bankruptcy litigation against debtor

Obtained reversal of multimillion-dollar judgment against client/data processing company in landmark decision regarding tortious interference with contract

Obtained reversal of multimillion-dollar judgment against client/car dealership in dispute brought by customer in landmark decision regarding jury findings required for recovery of punitive damages

Obtained reversal of damages award against employer in employment dispute

Preserved take-nothing judgment in favor of client/guarantor against intervenor/bank seeking multi-million payment under guaranty

Preserved summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of client/ceiling fan manufacturer against competitor

Select Reported Decisions

City of New Braunfels v. Carowest Land, Ltd., 549 S.W.3d 163 (Tex. App.--Austin 2017, pet. filed)

Apache Deepwater, LLC v. McDaniel Partners, Ltd., 485 S.W.3d 900 (Tex. 2016)

Kartsotis v. Bloch, 503 S.W.3d 506 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2016, pet. denied)

Camp Mystic, Inc. v. Eastland, 399 S.W.3d 266 (Tex. App.--San Antonio 2012, no pet.)

Floyd v. Dykeswill, Ltd., 365 B.R. 683 (S.D. Tex. 2007)

First Union Nat'l Bank v. Richmont Capital Partners I, L.P., 168 S.W.3d 917 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2005, no pet.)

Minka Lighting, Inc. v. Craftmade Int'l, 93 Fed. Appx. 214 (Fed. Cir. 2004)

ACS Investors, Inc. v. McLaughlin, 943 S.W.2d 426 (Tex. 1997)

George Grubbs Ents., Inc. a/k/a George Grubbs Nissan, Inc. v. Bien, 900 S.W.2d 337 (Tex. 1995)

Cushman and Wakefield, Inc. v. Fletcher, 915 S.W.2d 538 (Tex. App.--Dallas 1995, writ denied)

Awards and Recognition

Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 (Peer Review Rating) by Martindale-Hubbell® [AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards, and policies. More information can be found at www.martindale.com.ratings]

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list (2003 to 2019) in appellate law by Super Lawyers as published by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement

Named to the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas Super Lawyers list (2011) by Super Lawyers as published by Thomson Reuters

Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© listing in appellate law (2013 to 2019). Best Lawyers lists are published by BL Rankings, LLC

Named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas: Appellate by D Magazine (2010 to 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Named one of the Best Women Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine (2010)

Professional and Community Involvement

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member

State Bar of Texas, Committee on Pattern Jury Charges

  • Oversight Committee, Member (2018 to 2021)
  • Business Volume, Member (2006 to 2018); Chair (2015 to 2018)

State Bar of Texas, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section

  • Member
  • Council Member (2003 to 2005)
  • Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2004)
  • Annual Meeting Committee Chair (2005)

Dallas Bar Association

  • Appellate Law Section, Member
  • Business Litigation Section, Member

Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Member

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Hope Adoption, Inc. d/b/a Hope International, Founding Board Member

Empower Women as Leaders, Founding Board Member

Attorneys Serving the Community, Member

ConnectHer Networking Group, Member

Book

Interlocutory Appeals, Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals in Texas, Chapter 6 (Full Court Press 2019)

Interlocutory Appeals, Texas Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals, Chapter 6 (ALM 2016)

Interlocutory Appeals, Texas Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals, Chapter 6 (ALM 2015)

Interlocutory Appeals, Texas Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals, Chapter 6 (ALM 2014)

Publications and Presentations

September 2015, “Using Moot Courts Effectively,” presentation for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Practice Course, Austin, Texas

Fall 2012, “Preservation of Charge Error: The Pattern Jury Charge Committee Wades in the Fray,” co-authored article published in Appellate Advocate, Volume 25, Page 11

Spring 2010, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 63, Page 391

Spring 2009, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 62, Page 951

Spring 2008, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 61, Page 567

Winter 2007, “Special Appearance Appeals,” co-authored article published in The Advocate, Texas, Volume 41, Page 50

Spring 2006, “Equity Turned on Its Head: The Applicability of In Pari Delicto to a Bankruptcy Trustee,” co-authored article published in Texas Lawyer

August 2006, “Court Carves Out Exceptions to Preferred Form of Jury Charge,” co-authored article published by Texas Lawyer

Spring 2006, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 59 Page 923

Spring 2005, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 58, Page 501

Spring 2004, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 57, Page 515

Spring 2003, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 56, Page 1061

Spring 2002, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 55, Page 655

Summer 2001, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 54, Page 1093

Fall 2000, “Post-Verdict Motions and Strategies,” co-authored article for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course

Summer 2000, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 53, Page 617

Summer 1999, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 52, Page 717

May-June 1998, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 51, Page 669

May-June 1997, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” edited and co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 50, Page 899

May-June 1996, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 49, Page 653

May-June 1995, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 48, Page 739

Spring 1994, “Appellate Practice and Procedure,” co-authored article published in SMU Law Review, Volume 47, Page 641

Fall 1990, “Microbursts: Will Technology Ever Catch Up?” article for Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Volume 56, Page 263

Employment

Before joining Amy Stewart Law, LaDawn was the Managing Partner of the elite appellate boutique firm Alexander Dubose & Jefferson, where she practiced from 2008 to 2019. She also practiced complex appellate litigation at the Dallas offices of Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr from 2002 to 2008 and Haynes and Boone from 1991 to 2002.