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Ralph Perry-Miller

Senior Counsel
Education
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1979
  • The Hill School (Preparatory), 1975
Bar Admission
  • Texas, 1982
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court, 2000
  • United States Tax Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1986
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1983
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas, 1989
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2001
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002

For over 30 years Ralph Perry-Miller has successfully represented clients involved in business and real estate disputes and transactions. Ralph's extensive trial and litigation experience includes trying cases to judgment or verdict and arguing appeals in over a hundred cases. He is particularly proud of an employment case he argued before the Supreme Court of Texas resulting in an opinion Creditwatch v. Jackson, 197 S.W.3d 814 (Tex. 2005) which clarified the law favorably for employers in sexual harassment cases.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained defense jury verdict for commercial tenant (nightclub) and guarantor of lease in lease termination suit in which landlord sought over $1 million in rent and property damage, with jury awarding less than $50,000 and completely releasing guarantor.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of tenant in commercial lease dispute with jury finding that landlord had constructively evicted commercial tenant and awarded substantial relocation damages.
  • Obtained defense summary judgment with the court ruling that the trade secrets, claimed by a corporate plaintiff to be misappropriated and worth millions of dollars, were not protected trade secrets resulting in settlement of entire case for less than $10,000.
  • Obtained jury verdict for commercial landlord in complicated commercial real estate lease dispute with jury finding that restaurant tenant had committed fraud and awarding punitive damages to landlord.
  • Successfully argued appeal to Supreme Court of Texas that intentional infliction of emotional distress claim was pre-empted by sexual harassment statutes, resulting in take nothing judgment in favor of corporate employer.
  • Defended Estate and Administrator sued for $50 million on breach of fiduciary duty claim. Obtained take nothing summary judgment with the case settling after a notice of appeal.
  • Successfully defended component manufacturer on defective product claim seeking over $2 million dollars resulting in small payment to client for unpaid product.
  • Represented commercial landlord in litigation concerning right of tenant to move out and nullify the percentage rent provisions of the lease. Tenant sued claiming that it had over paid the rent by $200,000 and breach by landlord. Case resulted in payment of over $600,000 to landlord.
  • Represented commercial real estate broker on claim for commercial lease commissions where there was no formal listing agreement. Case resulted in payment in full of commission owed to client (broker) on $6 million dollar transaction.
  • Assisted with asset sale of corporate client’s Dallas operations as part of transaction valued at over $70 million dollars.
  • Reported Cases: In re Gulf Coast Business Development Corp., 247 S.W.3d 787 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2008); Creditwatch, Inc. v. Jackson, 157 S.W.3d 814 (Tex. 2005); Vastine v. Bank of Dallas, 808 S.W.2d 463 (Tex. 1991); In re Sheets, 971 S.W.2d 745 (Tex.App.-Dallas 1998, orig. proceeding); Jackson v. Creditwatch, Inc., 84 S.W.3d 397 (Tex.App.--Fort Worth 2002); Darwin v. Fugit, 914 S.W.2d 621 (Tex.App.-Fort Worth 1995, writ denied); Distribution Serv., Ltd. v. Eddie Parker Interests, Inc., 897 F.2d 811 (5th Cir. 1990); American Imaging Serv., Inc. v. Eagle-Picher Indus., Inc.; In re Eagle-Picher Indus., Inc., 963 F.2d 855 (6th Cir. 1992); New Trends, Inc. v. United States, 10 Ct. Int'l Trade 637, 645 F.Supp. 957 (1986).

Community Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Highland Park Community League Executive Committee

Honors

  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in 2006 and 2007 by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine
  • Board Member of Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation, a private foundation committed to pipeline safety
  • AV Preeminent® rated (the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating designation)