Joseph A. Unis, Jr.

Partner
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Joe Unis practices in the areas of business and energy litigation. Joe has extensive experience with respect to contract, title and royalty disputes, in all phases of litigation and negotiation, and has also litigated patent, copyright and trademark matters. His clients include:

  • Oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Individuals
  • Health care companies
  • Universities
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Other corporate clients

Joe Unis practices in the areas of business and energy litigation. Joe has extensive experience with respect to contract, title and royalty disputes, in all phases of litigation and negotiation, and has also litigated patent, copyright and trademark matters. His clients include:

  • Oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Individuals
  • Health care companies
  • Universities
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Other corporate clients

Joe is a relationship-driven attorney, who is committed to understanding his clients' businesses and their objectives. Joe likes to "think outside the box" and prides himself in his ability to efficiently resolve cases. Joe assesses and values claims early, so that clients can effectively weigh the cost-benefit of litigation, to inform decisions and maximize returns. While fully equipped to aggressively pursue matters through trial, Joe is constantly evaluating and reevaluating his clients' positions — and leveraging their claims and defenses — to effect that common goal. Accordingly, Joe often finds practical business solutions to complex legal issues.

Joe has federal and state jury trial experience, which includes delivering the opening statement on behalf of his client and cross-examining critical witnesses. He has developed litigation strategies from case inception through resolution, and has drafted, argued and secured summary judgment motions for his clients. Joe has also taken, defended and prepared witnesses for depositions, in addition to his experience arguing evidentiary hearings and cross-examining live witnesses. Joe has even represented clients at oral argument in the Dallas Court of Appeals.

Because Joe works to efficiently resolve disputes and conserve client resources, he has also negotiated numerous settlements in a broad range of contested matters, and he has experience preparing for arbitrations and mediations and representing clients at mediation.

In addition to his litigation experience, Joe has negotiated and drafted leases, surface use agreements and option agreements for his oil and gas clients, and he has also reviewed and helped draft licensing contracts and purchase agreements for other corporate clients.

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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2011
    Dean's List
    Order of the Coif
    Member, SMU Law Review
  • B.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2011
Professional Affiliations
    • Board of Directors, SMU PwC Athletic Forum (2019-Present)
    • Selected to the Institute for Energy Law's 2nd IEL Leadership Class (2018-2019)
    • Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court, Associate (2013-2014)
    • William "Mac" Taylor Inn of Court, Student Member (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Star, Business Litigation (2014-2021)
Community Leadership
    • Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, Executive Leader for Job Partner (Fall 2015-Present)
    • Emerging Leader Board Member, SMU Dedman School of Law (2017-Present)
    • Board Member, Lamplighter Alumni Council (2017-Present)
      • Secretary (2018 – Present)
    • St. Cecelia Catholic School, Volunteer Tutor (2011-2015)
    • Jesuit Dallas Young Alumni Association, Committee Chair (2010-2011)
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Dallas office Co-Hiring Partner (2020-Present)
      • Member, Dallas Employment Committee (2015-Present)
    • Member, Dallas Diversity Committee (2020-Present)
    • Selected by Chair of Locke Lord to serve on Associates Committee, which represents Associates across offices and serves as the liaison between Associates and Executive Committee (2015-2019)
      • Committee Co-Chair (2018-2019)
    • Extern, Hon. A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • Intern, Hon. Elizabeth Lang Miers, Fifth District Texas Court of Appeals