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Beth W. Petronio

Partner
+1.214.939.5815
Fax +1.214.939.5849

Ms. Petronio is experienced in representing clients in a large variety of complex commercial litigation matters in federal, bankruptcy and state courts, as well as before domestic and international arbitration tribunals. She has specialized experience in complex, business litigation, including business fraud and deal litigation, oil & gas, healthcare, and insolvency matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Ms. Petronio also has experience in matters related to legal malpractice defense, ethics and professional responsibility.

Ms. Petronio’s practice emphasizes:

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Domestic and international arbitration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business fraud and insolvency litigation

Achievements

  • Texas SuperLawyers, Texas Monthly 2014, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40, D Magazine, 2002, 2006
  • Texas Rising Star, Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011
  • Harold F. Kleiman Award, 2003
  • Star of Justice Award, Texas Access to Justice Commission, 2003
  • Special Services Award, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, 2003
  • President’s Award, State Bar of Texas, 1998

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, 2008 - present
  • Representation of Astra Oil Trading NV in connection with confirmation of $639 million arbitration award against Petrobras American, Inc. and related litigation matters, resulting in recovery by Astra of more than $820 million.
  • Representation of operator in international arbitration regarding propriety of AFEs.
  • Representation in international arbitration of US-based manufacturer of equipment used grow synthetic sapphire.
  • Representation of oil & gas equipment supplier in various litigation matters.
  • Representation of major telecommunications company in various related arbitration proceedings regarding the sale and refurbishment of cell phones.
  • Representation of various hospitals in connection with claims pursuant to the Texas Prompt Pay Act and related to underpayment of out-of-network healthcare claims.
  • Representation of major telecommunications company in litigation alleging False Claims Act liability regarding collection and payment of sales taxes.
  • Representation of equipment fabricator in connection with indemnification and contractual claims related to refinery equipment.
  • Representation as outside general counsel of DII Industries Asbestos PI Trust, a $2.6 billion post-bankruptcy trust funded by Halliburton and related subsidiaries.
  • Representation of major bank in various litigation matters, including business fraud litigation arising out of the syndication of a $500 million loan.
  • Representation of VarTec Telecom in connection with various litigation and bankruptcy matters, including successful defense in a $500 million arbitration matter and prosecution of business fraud claims arising in connection with VarTec’s $225 million acquisition of Excel Telecommunicatons from Teleglobe, Inc. and its parent, BCE, Inc.
  • Representation of litigation trustee in ATM Online bankruptcy in pursuit of causes of action against third parties.
  • Representation of Tyler Technologies in connection with trade secret, breach of contract and business fraud litigation related to $80 million acquisition.
  • Representation of a large investment company in connection with breach of contract and tort claims related to $200 million transaction.
  • Representation of clients in connection with fraud and related allegations arising out of tax shelter issues.
  • Representation of a variety of bondholders including Fidelity Investments and Cerberus Capital Management, LP in connection with class action claims against former officers, directors, accountants and underwriters of Livent, Inc.
  • Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Livent bankruptcy in connection with claims against Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
  • Representation of numerous former owners of roofing companies nationwide in connection with the approval of an asset sale in the bankruptcy court, as well as in litigation against former officers, directors and professionals.
  • Representation of Jewel Recovery, L.P., the litigation trust for the bankruptcy estate of Zales and Gordon Jewelry Co., including the successful prosecution of one of the largest leveraged layout fraudulent transfer actions in U.S. history.
  • Representation of a global provider of technology-based business solutions and two of its executives in connection with securities class action litigation filed in New York, California and Texas.
  • Representation of a large land developer and a private individual in connection with bankruptcy litigation arising in the Nelson Banker Hunt bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of major telecommunications company in connection with various litigation and arbitration proceedings.
  • Representation of numerous nationally known law firms in connection with the defense of legal malpractice actions and related claims.
  • Representation of former Olympic athlete in connection with litigation against the former owner of a sports nutrition center, who had made allegations against the former athlete related to steroid and drug use.
  • Representation of an international company in connection with the defense of defamation actions related to communications sent to the board members of a trade organization.