About Kelly D. Hine
Kelly Hine helps businesses resolve disputes both in and out of court. When going to court, Kelly goes to win as a first-chair trial lawyer with more than 20 years of litigation experience and multiple multimillion-dollar verdicts to his credit. But Kelly always looks for (and often finds) practical solutions to complex business problems without resorting to legal proceedings. In every situation, he lets his clients' business goals determine the path he takes.
Letting business goals take priority
Kelly's diverse clients include private equity funds and their portfolio companies, public companies, executives and high-net-worth individuals. Many of his matters arise from a breakdown in relations between companies and their employees, shareholders, clients or vendors. He frequently advises on cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty, trade secret theft and nondisclosure and noncompetition agreements. Kelly also has extensive experience in intellectual property, insurance and antitrust disputes.
Understanding that his clients' business needs come first, Kelly ensures that they dictate every strategic decision. In some cases, that means taking the fight to trial. There, Kelly has obtained multiple favorable jury verdicts, including an eight-figure award for an industry icon in high-profile litigation against a former employer. He has also won numerous defense verdicts and successfully argued multiple appeals.
- Resolves disputes in federal and state courts
- Breach-of-contract and breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims
- Nondisclosure and noncompetition agreements
- Trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and patents
- Antitrust issues
- Represented semiconductor company in suit against former executive employee on breach of confidentiality agreement. Obtained jury verdict with seven-figure award. *
- Defended film director and production company in defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuit. An individual who appeared in the trailer to an Oscar®-nominated documentary film alleged that use of his image misappropriated his likeness and harmed his reputation. Successfully moved to dismiss, with court ruling that plaintiff failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. *
- Defended automobile auction in antitrust action brought by automotive transport service alleging plaintiff was wrongfully denied access to "essential facility." On motion by client, the court found that plaintiff's claims were not legally tenable or factually sufficient to warrant a trial. Obtained summary judgment that was upheld by Texas Court of Appeals for the Eighth District. *
- Represented client in matter seeking disclosure of confidential and proprietary documents. Obtained vacatur and dismissal of default judgment. Successfully defended result on appeal to US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. *
- Defended fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims brought against private equity fund, fund executive, portfolio company and portfolio company executives in post-investment lawsuit by co-founder of SaaS company. *
- Defended SaaS company against claims asserted by key customer arising from data breach that disclosed customer's information. Obtained confidential resolution without litigation that included payment of full benefits of cyber-insurance policy and preserved ongoing business relationship of company and customer. *
- Defended fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims brought against private equity fund and fund executive in post-investment arbitration by former owner of manufacturing company. *
- Represented former executive in suit for breach of stock option contract. Obtained multimillion-dollar jury verdict for plaintiff. Argued successfully in defense of judgment on appeal to US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. *
- Represented semiconductor company in suit against nine former employees who were involved in design and engineering of integrated circuits for power supply control functions and who resigned en masse to accept jobs with direct competitor. Obtained temporary restraining order and permanent injunction prohibiting defendants from contacting certain customers, using or disclosing client's trade secrets, and soliciting or hiring client's employees. *
- Represented semiconductor company in litigation against former senior engineer who resigned under suspicious circumstances and began working for competitor in same field. Obtained temporary restraining order enjoining former employee from working for competitor. Resulted in individual's resignation from competitor and returning to work for client. *
- Defended law firm and investigator hired by law firm in civil SEC investigation of alleged insider trading and collusion between law firms and hedge funds known for taking "short" positions on stocks. After receiving client's "Wells" submission, the SEC closed its investigation without instituting civil action. *
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Presentations and Events
January 27–February 17, 2021Speaker | Virtual Hearings
May 13, 2020Panelist
June 21, 2017Data Breach Planning and Insurance: What You Need to KnowPanelist
2016DFW Association of Corporate Counsel Annual SymposiumPresenter | Current and Recurrent Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel
2013Presentation to the Texas Society of Certified Public AccountantsPresenter | Trade Secret Cases and Associated Economic Damages
201022nd Annual All Hands MeetingPresenter | So You Want to Be a California Lawyer?
1999Dallas Bar AssociationPresenter | What Really Goes On in the Federal Courts?