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Peter K. Lacina focuses his practice on general and complex commercial litigation, including contractual disputes and other business claims, property disputes, multidistrict products liability litigation, construction litigation, and litigation of claims under FELA.

Concentrations

  • General litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Real property and mortgage disputes
  • Construction litigation
  • Products liability and medical device litigation

Capabilities

Experience

  • Six-day jury trial defending Class III railroad against Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and strict liability claims resulting in a zero-liability verdict in favor of client that was faced with several million dollars in claimed damages.
  • Secured full recovery of large insurance claim for commodity supply and logistics corporation after litigation under maritime law.
  • Representation of, and provision of legal advice to, a nationwide restaurant chain in litigation claims relating to site development, easements, construction, and contractor performance.
  • Representation of a major truck stop chain in lawsuits relating to site development, construction, drainage, and contamination.
  • Provision of legal advice to a national bank regarding liability and compliance under federal laws and regulations, in addition to revision of policies and procedures in advance of federal agency examinations
  • Representation of mortgage servicer in condemnation of real property by the State.
  • Defended a major manufacturer of home appliance components against claims including breach of contract, breach of warranty and indemnity, in addition to resolving complex issues regarding the Uniform Commercial Code, purchase orders, and competing contract terms.
  • Representation of national mortgage servicers in defense of varied lawsuits and appeals, including breach of contract, trespass to try title, and wrongful foreclosure, along with adversarial claims in bankruptcy courts.
  • Represented a leading medical device manufacturer in multidistrict litigation involving product defect and warranty claims.
  • Defense of issuers of mortgage-backed securities in multimillion-dollar repurchase litigation and investor disputes.
  • Representation of hotel franchisee in lawsuit involving claims for breach of franchise agreement.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (Texas, 2003-Present, Inactive)
  • Served as Active Duty Army Officer
  • Distinguished Military Graduate with Regular Army Commission
  • Civil Engineer and Project Manager with international engineering and environmental corporation

Recognition & Leadership

  • Associate Member, Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court (2010-2011)
  • Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member, Society of American Military Engineers

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • M.S., Engineering Management, University of Missouri-Rolla
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, With Honor, Michigan State University
Admissions
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas