Two Lincoln Centre 5420 LBJ Freeway, Suite 220
Dallas, Texas 75240 


Direct Dial: 214-461-1201

Fax: 214-461-1210


Theodore J. Riney     

Theodore J. Riney is a litigation specialist providing innovative, strategic solutions for business owners and general counsel for over two decades. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he represents individuals, partnerships, corporations and other business entities in disputes involving contracts, real estate development

and lease matters, construction, financial institutions, fiduciary relations, partner/ shareholder relations, sales, warranty and deceptive trade practices, mortgage servicing, manufacturing, telecommunications, trade secrets, employer/employee relations, and other business matters, both routine and complex.

Selected Client Representations

  • Defense of a patent-infringement claim against a major fashion importer. An aggressive and targeted investigation and discovery plan resulted in the sole take-nothing judgment for the client-among twelve defendants;
  • Defense of an apartment developer/operator in a governmental fair housing lawsuit, resulting in a unilateral dismissal of the case without compensation;
  • Prosecution of a minority shareholder oppression claim on behalf of a 20 percent owner resulting in a seven-figure payment for the owner’s share of the company;
  • Representation of an attorney in a legal malpractice/fiduciary duty claim against a group of eight lawyer/defendants, resulting in the sole favorable summary judgment ruling among the lawyer defendants;
  • Obtained permanent injunction and jury-awarded civil damages for a public school teacher in a highly-publicized case in which the teacher was assaulted in the classroom; and
  • Designed and administered an innovative business model and structured legal program for a financial institution to provide cost certainty and consistency of claims resolution for its general counsel.

Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Recent Honors

  • Named a “Texas Super Lawyer” twelve times, appearing in Texas Monthly Magazine/Law and Politics Magazine.


  • J.D. with distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1985; member Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Delta Phi
  • B.B.A. University of Oklahoma, 1982

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas; all Texas federal district courts; the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth and Federal Circuits; the U.S. Court of International Trade; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

Presentations & Publications

  • Representing Lenders in Commercial Foreclosures: Understanding the Unique Challenges of Commercial Foreclosures and the Best Strategies for Countering Borrower Defenses, Lee D. Mackson, Shutts & Bowen LLP, Theodore J. Riney, Riney Palter PLLC, Worthington (Skip) Talcott Jr., Shulman Rogers - Aspatore, ©West Publishing 2010