Don Cruse's practice is focused entirely on appeals.
He has experience working on high-stakes commercial and public-interest litigation. He began his career as a judicial law clerk for the Texas Supreme Court. He worked as a litigation associate at a prominent New York law firm, working on contested corporate takeovers and other bet-the-company cases. He returned home to Texas for a chance to work in Texas's Office of the Solicitor General, which handles the state's most significant appellate cases. There, he served as lead counsel in appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and intermediate Texas courts of appeals. In 2007, he opened his own law firm handling civil appeals.
Since 2007, Don has written the Supreme Court of Texas blog (Twitter: @scotxblog), which offers opinion summaries, practice notes, and tracks every pending petition for review. He is also a frequent speaker at appellate CLE events.
In 2013, he was chosen by his peers to be listed as a "Super Lawyer" in Appellate Litigation. From 2010-2013, he was chosen as a "Rising Star" in the same category.
Judicial law clerk for Justice Priscilla Owen of the Texas Supreme Court (1999-2000)
Litigation Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (2000-2003). The cases involved complex questions of contract law, insurance coverage, business torts, securities fraud, bankruptcy, antitrust law, and federal regulatory investigations, with issues involving internet domain names, trademark law, and copyright. Matters included IBP, Inc. v. Tyson Foods, a landmark merger case in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the property-insurance lawsuit filed to help rebuild the World Trade Center.
Assistant Solicitor General, Texas Office of the Solicitor General (2003-2007). Served as lead-counsel in high-stakes appeals. Wrote amicus briefs. Prepared other agency attorneys for oral arguments through moot courts. Reviewed the legal consistency of the State's litigation positions.
University of Texas at Austin: Economics (B.A.), Mathematics (B.S.). Texas Excellence Award and Dedman Scholar. UT Friar Society.
University of Texas School of Law. Associate Editor, Texas Law Review. Order of the Coif. Order of Barristers. Champion of both the Susman Godfrey and Gibbs & Bruns moot court competitions. Partial scholarship for appellate advocacy.
"Super Lawyers" in Appellate Law (2013)
"Rising Star" in Appellate Law (2010-2013)
Board Member, Civil Appellate Section of the Austin Bar Association (2011-2013)
Coach, UT Interscholastic ABA Moot Court Team (2003-2008)
Don was born and raised in Arlington, Texas, where he attended Martin High School. More than twenty years ago, he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Like so many others, he has had difficulty leaving.