Attorney Profile

R. Jeronimo Valdez

Jeronimo Valdez

Valdez | Washington LLP
4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75205

Dallas

Texas (TX)

Contact Contact R. Jeronimo Valdez
T: 214-361-7800
F: 469-327-2629

Visit: www.vwlegal.com
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (60%), Business/Corporate (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)

Business Litigation

Business/Corporate

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Profile

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 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 selection to the Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list published by Texas Monthly Magazine. Rising Stars honorees are limited to the top 2.5% of Texas attorneys who are 40 or younger.  He was also recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 40 lawyers in the State of Texas under the age of 40 and by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the top 40 business people in North Texas under the age of 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.  Mr. Valdez currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Dallas Citizens Council.  In addition to his local leadership, Mr. Valdez was selected as a 2013 British American Fellow (one of only 20 selected nationwide) to participate the British-American Project, which is a highly-regarded transatlantic leadership group that has been attracting prominent young American and British members for the past quarter century.

Mr. Valdez began his legal career at one of the largest and most respected law firms in the U.S. where he represented many of the largest companies in the world. He now operates his own Law Firm, where he provides individuals and small businesses with the same quality services, but more affordably. As a result of his unique business model, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber awarded him the prestigious 2010 Quality & Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award, which is awarded to “the top-performing Hispanic-owned businesses in the DFW Metroplex for having elevated themselves among their peers through their distinctive products and services, outstanding execution, excellence in customer service, and notable financial growth.”

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.


Years of Selection

• Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

About Jeronimo Valdez

Admitted: 2003, Texas

Professional Webpage: vwlegal.com/attorneys/jeronimo-valdez

Honors and Awards:

  • The British American Project is a highly-regarded transatlantic leadership group that has been attracting prominent young American and British members for the past quarter century.  The British-American Project (the "BAP") strives to draw its membership from as wide a selection of backgrounds and fields as possible. The competition for places is generally fierce. Each year  the BAP runs a rigorous selection process to identify 20 individuals from the US and 20 from the UK, to join the Fellowship from all walks of life: business, media, law, government, parliament, the armed services, the public sector and creative industries.  Nominees are generally between 28-40 years old, with a proven track record of achievement and high future potential. Delegates are chosen on the basis that they will contribute to, and benefit from, the experience of the four day conference and subsequent life-long membership of the Fellowship. The composition of the final group of 40 successful nominations is rarely about the calibre of the candidate or their specific achievements. By definition, those who are nominated are already well-recognised in their respective fields., British American Fellow, British American Project, 2013
  • 40 Under 40, Dallas Business Journal, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer's Association, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer's Association, 2012
  • Leader of the Future, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2012
  • 2010 Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber's Quality & Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Recognizes "leading Hispanic entrepreneurs who have taken great risk to break new ground, demonstrated innovation and trend making in their entrepreneur ventures, set an exemplary pace for others to follow, and are building companies that contribute to the economic well-being of the Dallas community.  Q&E Award winning companies have also elevated themselves among their peers through their distinctive products and services, outstanding execution, notable financial growth and excellence in customer service.", 17th Annual Quality & Excellence Entrepreneur Groundbreaker Award, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • William E. Collins Clerk to the Honorable Craig T. Enoch of the Texas Supreme Court. SMU 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.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association: Advisory Board Member;  Dallas Bar Association Leadership Positions: Minority Participation Committee, Mentoring Committee, Law in the Schools Committee;   Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow;   Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member;  Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors;  Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel and Member of Board of Directors;  Bea’s Kids, Board of Directors; Easfield College Community Advisory Council; City of Dallas Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force; Southern Methodist University's Hispanic Youth Institute Advisory Council.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board; Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Dallas Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Executive Board Member; Dallas Citizen's Council, Member; Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Immediate Past Chairman of the Board;  Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel and member of Board of Directors;  Bea’s Kids, Board of Directors; Easfield College Community Advisory Council; City of Dallas Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force; Southern Methodist University's Hispanic Youth Institute Advisory Council.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Unanimous jury trial in a business dispute that resulted in a unanimous defense verdict for Mr. Valdez's client, and a $3.5 million award for his side.  Case involved the purchase and sale of a surveying business.  Two Defendants (one of whom was Mr. Valdez's Client) purchased a surveying business for $1.4M.  Defendants paid $700,000 in cash, up front.  Mr. Valdez's client executed a promissory note for the remaining $700,000, which included a personal guarantee.   Defendants soon realized that the surveying company was not what the sellers represented it to be.  Defendants, therefore, refused to pay the remaining $700,000 after realizing that they had been duped into buying a worthless business.  The sellers sued Mr. Valdez's client for payment of the $700,000 remaining balance on the promissory note.   The jury returned a unanimous verdict for Mr. Valdez's client.  The Jury concluded that sellers had fraudulently induced Mr. Valdez's client into personally guaranteeing the remaining balance.  They also found that the Sellers had breached the representations and warranties in the sale agreement, and they awarded the purchasers $2.4M.  The final judgment exceeded $3.5 after court costs and attorneys fees were added., 2010
  • Mr. Valdez settled a hard-fought case against a large North-Texas city.  That case involved the drowning death of two teenagers back in 2004 when they were swept away in a flood.  After intensive discovery and investigation, Mr. Valdez's trial team discovered that there were numerous similar drowning deaths in the same location due to a lack of adequate warning signs.  Mr. Valdez's team litigated the case for several years, and the case made its way all the way up to the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Mr. Valdez's trial team.  The case ultimately settled for a confidential amount.   As part of the settlement, (1) the City condemned a significant amount of property (worth millions) near the flood plain to keep this from happening again, and (2) they installed over 2,000 “flood warning” signs throughout the City., 2009
  • One day arbitration resulting in an award of $172,875.  Mr. Valdez represented a plaintiff employee against her former employer for wrongful termination.  Mr. Valdez's client was an older Hispanic lady who signed a 3-year employment contract with the Defendant Employer.  Although she had a three year contract, she was fired after only 3 months.  Defendant refused to honor her employment agreement offerered "nuisance value" in response to Plaintiff's demand.  The six-figure arbitration awared ended up costing them much more., 2009

Educational Background:

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman 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

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