Mitch Little

Little, Mitch

Mitch Little

PARTNER
Office
2600 Network Boulevard
Suite 400
Frisco, Texas 75034
Overview
Mr. Little counsels individuals and business organizations in state and federal courts in Texas and beyond, with an emphasis on cases involving securities fraud. Having a variety of experience dealing with victims of oil and gas promotional fraud, Ponzi schemes, and all types of investment theft, Mr. Little has represented investors from all over the United States. Mr. Little has represented clients in disputes across a wide array of other industries, including real estate, construction, retail, manufacturing, and technology.

Corporate & Business

  • Contract Drafting & Negotiation
  • Corporate Entity Disputes
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Direct Selling/ Multi-Level Marketing
  • Entity Selection & Business Formation
  • Joint Ventures & Partnerships
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Venture Capital Transactions

Energy

  • Oil & Gas Fraud
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Oil & Gas Transactions
  • Private Offerings & Placements

Litigation

  • Banking Litigation & Foreclosures
  • Construction Litigation
  • Computer Fraud & Privacy Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Cyber Insurance Coverage & Litigation
  • Direct Sales & Regulatory Matters
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Fraud Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Arbitration
  • State & Federal Appeals
  • Transfer Tax and Probate Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation

Real Estate

  • Real Estate Acquisition and Sales
  • Commercial Leasing/Workouts
  • Commercial Loans & Loan Restructuring
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Note Purchases & Sales
  • Real Estate Litigation

Securities & Finance

  • Broker/Customer Disputes
  • Corporate Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Offerings
  • Public Company Representation
  • Real Estate/Personal Property Finance
  • Receiverships
  • Regulatory and Enforcement Matters
  • Securities Fraud Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Arbitration

Taxation

  • Corporate & Partnership Taxation
  • Federal Taxation
  • Franchise Taxation
  • International Tax Planning
  • Property Tax Disputes
  • Sales & Local Taxation
  • “Locking the Door on Mortgage Fraud” — 2007 Mortgage Lending Institute.
  • “Securities Issues in Real Estate Investments” — Dallas Bar Association, Real Property Section, 2009.
  • “Summary Jury Trials” – Collin County Bench Bar Conference
  • “May I Have My Money Back, Please?” – DBA Headnotes, February 2011.
  • “It’s Just Three Nines!: Protecting Against Securities Liability” – DBA Headnotes, February 2012.
  • “5 Types of Jurors Who Can Make or Break a Case”- Texas Lawyer, February 2014.
  • “Defy Murphy’s Law: How to Avoid 5 Litigation Mistakes” – Texas Lawyer, June 2014.
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Admitted in Texas
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Defense of statewide public official in SEC civil action and state criminal proceedings alleging violations of the securities laws.

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of family accused of $20MM fraud and breaches of contract in the sale of a closely-held ice cream business, resulting in no liability and an award of attorney’s fees to clients. OIC Holdings, LLC v. Tom Gleason and Julie Gleason v. SPC Partners IV, L.P., et al., Cause No. 366-05061-2015 (366th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX)

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of two oil and gas companies in a declaratory judgment action involving falsified invoice, resulting in no liability and an award of $430,000 in attorney’s fees through trial to clients. Eckard Global Midstream, LLC and Precision Midstream, LLC v. Enserca Engineering, LLC, Cause No. 429-03624-2015 (429th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX)

Obtained $2,250,000 settlement of claims for violations of the Texas Securities Act against multinational, online forex trading broker brought on behalf of federal equity receiver. Kelly M. Crawford, Receiver, as Assignee v. Brian Hinman and Forex Capital Markets, LLC, Cause No. 429-00075-2014 (429th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX)

Obtained take-nothing arbitration award in favor of oil and gas company and executive against investor seeking over $2MM in fraud damages.  Leland Rogness v. Alfaro Oil & Gas, LLC, et al., AAA Case No. 01-14-0000-6142 (American Arbitration Association)

Obtained take-nothing arbitration award in favor of oil and gas company and executive sued in Florida for securities fraud. Jennifer M. Kashtan, as Successor Trustee to the James P. Taft Living Trust v. Couch Oil and Gas and Charles O. Couch, Case No. 2012-CA 385 (Circuit Court, Citrus County, FL)

Lead counsel in jury trial victory against regional bank on behalf of an individual investor for a rescission claim of over $900,000. I-Tige Management Company, LLC v. Collin Bank, Cause No. 219-02101-2011 (219th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX)

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of oil and gas company accused of securities fraud, resulting in a judgment for $400,000 in attorney’s fees in favor of client. Quaneco, L.L.C., et al. v. Charles Couth, Individually and d/b/a Couch Oil & Gas, et al., Cause No. DC-08-09597 (192nd Dist. Ct., Dallas County, TX)

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of charity seeking tax exemption. River Ranch Educational Charities v. Collin Central Appraisal District, Cause No. 296-03867-2010 (296th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX)

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of 22 investors against oil and gas issuer for fraud, resulting in $7.5MM verdict. Oscar Chahine, et al. v. Piney Woods Ventures, LLC, et al., Cause No. 74339-86 (86th Dist. Ct., Kaufman County, TX)

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of retired teacher defrauded in time-share investment. Donald Rieke v. Z&Z International, Inc. d/b/a Southwest Financial Group, et al., Cause No. 296-00566-07 (296th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX) 

Lead counsel in jury trial victory on behalf of retired pilot defrauded in oil and gas Ponzi scheme, obtaining exemplary damages. Bruce Folks v. Prairie Resources, Inc., Blake Cummings, and Hoyt Taylor, Cause No. 416-3008-05 (416th Dist. Ct., Collin County, TX)

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Vice-President, Collin County Bar Association
  • President, Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation
  • President, Collin County Young Lawyers Association
  • Barrister, Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court
  • Juris Doctor, University of Texas School of Law, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Government, Harvard University, 2001
  • Selected in “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list, D Magazine, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • While at Harvard University, Mitch received Harvard Football’s 2000
  • William Paine LaCroix Trophy given for loyalty and team spirit.
  • Mitch was recognized in 2012 by the Collin County Business Press as one of its “Forty Under Forty.”
  • Named in “Texas Rising Star” list, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2008, 2010 – 2015
  • Named in “Texas Super Lawyer” list, Thomson Reuters, 2015 – 2018
  • Recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” list for Arbitration, Woodward/White, Inc.,  2016-2018