Mr. Payne, a fifth generation Texan, is a shareholder in the firm and is the firm’s senior trial attorney. His practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on cases involving environmentally-impacted properties. Mr. Payne has been the lead attorney for plaintiffs and defendants in hundreds of lawsuits, and he has tried numerous jury, bench and administrative cases to verdict. Mr. Payne has been lead trial counsel in cases filed in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Wyoming, New York, Illinois, and California.
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"The Murky Waters of the United States", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (May 2019)View this article.
“New Law Shortens Big Stick of Local Governments”, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (March 2016)View this article.
“New Federal Procedural Rules Govern Cats in Expert Hats,” 23rd Annual Texas Environmental Superconference (August 2011) (prepared in connection with related speaking engagement).View this article.