R. Jeronimo Valdez

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Dallas
T: 214.361.7800
F: 469.327.2629
E: jvaldez@vwlegal.com

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Jeronimo Valdez is an accomplished trial lawyer and Founder & Managing Partner of Valdez│Washington LLP where he represents clients throughout the country in a broad range of matters including life-altering personal injury, complex contract disputes, non-compete litigation, complex business torts, and other business-related problems. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict resulting in multiple unanimous defense verdicts for his clients and multi-million dollar awards for his side. Mr. Valdez’s successes have earned him recognition by his peers for inclusion in, among other things: The Best Lawyers in America©; Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys; National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s “Nation’s Top 1 Percent”; The National Advocates Top 100 Attorneys; and The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Valdez also serves as an invaluable business advisor to many of DFW’s leading entrepreneurs and business organizations. He has served as Vice President & General Counsel of an international company and currently serves as outside general counsel to leading businesses and local chambers of commerce. He began his legal career at one of the largest and most respected law firms in the U.S., but he now operates his own Law Firm, where he provides individuals and small businesses with the same quality services, but more efficiently and more affordably. As a result of his unique business model, one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in North Texas awarded him the prestigious Quality & Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.  In addition, The Dallas Business Journal has also recognized Mr. Valdez in its prestigious “40 under 40″ list, which “honors the top 40 North Texas men and women in business who represent innovation and excellence in their fields–all under the age of 40. These dynamic leaders have shaped our community in ways that have made North Texas a better place to live and do business.”  The Dallas Business Journal has also awarded him the Minority Business Leader Award, which “honors outstanding minority business professionals whose work is having a major impact on the local business community.”

In addition to his local leadership, Mr. Valdez has been selected to serve in various international leadership roles.  Among other things, Mr. was selected as a 2013 British American Fellow (one of only 20 selected nationwide) to participate the British-American Project.  In 2014, Mr. Valdez was one of 75 individuals from 35 countries selected for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which is the flagship leadership development program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Mr. Valdez is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.


Education and Background

A native of Dallas, Texas, Jeronimo Valdez grew up in Pleasant Grove and is a proud product of the Dallas public school system. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where he attended on a full scholarship. While in college, he earned numerous honors and distinctions, including induction into Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society) and Phi Alpha Theta (the International History Honor Society).

Mr. Valdez earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law where he also attended on a full scholarship. He was selected as the Sarah T. Hughes Scholar—a distinction bestowed on only one entering SMU law student each year. He was also selected by the American Bar Association as one of only 20 students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious inaugural ABA Scholarship. While in law school, Mr. Valdez earned numerous distinctions, including: Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, Law Review Editor, Executive Board Member & Master Advocate for the Board of Advocates, and induction into Phi Delta Phi (the legal honor society). More importantly, during law school Mr. Valdez was selected to serve as Chief Counsel of the SMU Civil Clinic where he was given special permission by the State of Texas to serve as a student lawyer on behalf of numerous low-income clients. In that capacity, he successfully litigated a number of contract-related matters and obtained impressive and much-needed recoveries for his clients.


Areas of Practice:

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Non-Compete/Employee Mobility Disputes
  • Life Altering Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Organization and Counseling
  • Start-Up, Small, and Mid-Sized Company Representation


Bar Admissions

  • All Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


Past Employment:

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Supreme Court of Texas, William E. Collins Clerk to the Honorable Craig T. Enoch


Education:

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • Honors: Sarah T. Hughes Scholar (full tuition scholarship and stipend)
  • Honors: ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship (one of only 20 students selected nationwide)
  • Honors: Articles Editor, Computer Law Review & Technology Journal
  • Honors: Chief Counsel, SMU School of Law Legal Clinic
  • Honors: Vice President, Student Bar Association
  • Honors: Vice President, Hispanic Law Student Association
  • Honors: Executive Board Member and Master Level Advocate, Board of Advocates
  • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • Honors: ABA National Moot Court Team – nationally recognized oral advocate

University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

  • Honors: U.T. – Arlington Academic Scholarship
  • Honors: Dallas City Mayor’s Award (one of four scholarships awarded citywide)
  • Honors: LULAC Academic Scholarship
  • Honors: Honor Roll, 1995-1999
  • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
  • Honors: Phi Alpha Theta, International History Honor Society

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

  • Chairman of the Board (2013)

Dallas Regional Chamber

  • Board of Directors (2013)

Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Executive Board Member (2013-2015)

Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors (2012)

Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • General Counsel
  • Board of Directors

University of Texas at Arlington

  • President’s Hispanic Advisory Council

Mayor’s Southern Dallas Task Force

  • Small Business Committee

Dallas Hispanic Bar Association 

  • Advisory Council Member, Board of Directors (2012-2013)

Southern Methodist University’s Hispanic Youth Institute

  • Advisory Council Member

Eastfield College Pleasant Grove Campus

  • Advisory Council Member

Bea’s Kids

  • Board of Directors

Dallas Bar Association

Leadership Positions:

  • Minority Participation Committee
  • Mentoring Committee
  • Law in the Schools Committee

Dallas Bar Foundation

  • Fellow



Honors & Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers®
  • Named Top 1 Percent of Attorneys Nationwide, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Named top 100 lawyer in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Named top 100 lawyer in Texas by the National Advocates
  • Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Named top 40 lawyer in Texas Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 10%
  • Awarded the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award recognizing professionals “whose work is having a major impact on the local business community.”
  • Recognized in the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list as one of the top 40 Business Persons in North Texas
  • Awarded Quality & Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award by the GDHCC
  • Named “Leader of the Future” by Latino Leaders Magazine
  • Selected as a 2013 British American Fellow (one of only 20 selected nationwide)
  • Selected as a 2015 Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (one of 20 nationwide)