T. Chase Garrett
Focused on protecting business interests, T. Chase Garrett is a pragmatic and experienced business attorney who represents high net worth individuals and businesses in high-stakes cases. Chase focuses on early strategic planning for his clients to help them avoid the courtroom; however, when necessary, Chase has the experience to handle complex litigation matters including breach of contract, employment law, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, violations of non-compete agreements, deceptive trade practices, interference with contracts, claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, construction disputes, and business disparagement. Chase also has a niche practice representing the business interests of individuals going through divorce. In these cases, Chase guides clients through complex business issues that often arise in cases where the divorcing parties have ownership in a business, and he handles litigation between divorcing parties (often times after the divorce has been finalized) with respect to business issues and obligations incident to a divorce.
- Construction Litigation
- Corporate & Business
- Contract Drafting & Negotiation
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Reorganization
- Entity Selection & Business Formation
- Shareholder Disputes
- Non-Competition Covenants
- Employment Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Trade Secret Litigation
- Trademark Litigation
- Co-Author, “The Intersection of Texas Citizen’s Participation Act and Family Law”, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Winter Report, December 2018
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Chase has successfully tried cases to juries, judges, and arbitrators in numerous counties across Texas. A few of his accomplishments are listed below:
- Three weeks after a $100 million lawsuit against Chase’s client had been filed for defamation, he obtained a complete dismissal of all claims by using the Texas Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss. An award of attorney’s fees and sanctions in favor of Chase’s client was mandatory. Cause No. 429-02109-2018; Collin County, Texas.
- In an employment case, Chase obtained summary judgment on $2 million worth of claims asserted under the Texas Sales Representative Act, the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Texas Theft Liability Act, and for numerous other common law causes of action. Cause No. DC-15-13638; Dallas County, Texas.
- When an out-of-state engineering firm asserted that it had a $12 million contract with a Collin County business, when it did not, Chase was part of the trial team that obtained a favorable jury verdict in a declaratory judgment action. The jury also gave an award of $430,000 in attorney’s fees to the client. Cause No. 429-03624-2015; Collin County, Texas.
- In a multi-million dollar real estate fraud matter, Chase helped reach a favorable settlement on behalf of a plaintiff group involving the purchase and construction of real estate for an oil terminal in Corpus Christi. Cause No. 2015-63174; Harris County, Texas.
- When a technology services company had been sued for $2.75 million in alleged deceptive trade damages, Chase successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of his client on all counts. Chase then negotiated a settlement in favor of his client for its unpaid invoices. 366-00888-2015; Collin County, Texas.
- In a case brought under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by a consumer seeking $180,000 in damages, a Dallas arbitrator awarded a take-nothing award in favor of Chase’s client. Cause No. DC-14-02536; Dallas County, Texas.
- Chase defended and obtained a dismissal and an award of attorney’s fees in favor of his client in a fiduciary duty case. Cause No. 429-01389-2017; Collin County, Texas.
- In a dispute over business ownership by a divorced couple almost ten years after their divorce, Chase sued to recover ownership and millions of dollars in unpaid distributions for his client. The case settled privately prior to trial. Cause No. 380-00865-2017; Collin County, Texas.
- In a real estate litigation matter, the Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his claims against a real estate agent who had been sued for fraud and deceptive trade practices immediately after Chase filed a Rule 91a Motion to Dismiss. Cause No. DC-16-00599; Dallas County, Texas.
- In a construction litigation matter, Chase obtained a removal of a mechanic’s lien from the property records, and a take-nothing summary judgment in favor of his client. Cause No. 429-03946-2013; Collin County, Texas.
- Juris Doctor, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2009
- Bachelor of Arts., Marketing, Midwestern State University, 2005
- Selected in “Best of Readers’ Choice 2019” list, Living Magazine, Plano/Frisco Edition
- Selected in “Best Lawyers Under 40” list, D Magazine, 2020