Shawn Hashemi

Shawn Hashemi

PRINCIPAL/LITIGATION ATTORNEY

“Life is a series of events and sensations. Everything else is interpretation. Much is lost in translation and added in assumption / projection” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

ABOUT SHAWN S. HASHEMI

Shawn is admitted to practice in the following courts:

State Bar of Texas

U.S. Federal District Court for Northern District of Texas

U.S. Federal District Court for Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Federal District Court for Southern District of Texas

U.S. Federal District Court for Western District of Texas

Representative Experience

Representation of clients, both as defense counsel and on the plaintiff side, in civil litigation including motion practice, discovery, dispute resolution, and trial.

Defense of builders, general contractors as well as subcontractors in residential and commercial construction defect claims in courts statewide and in arbitration.

Representation of Builders, General Contractors, Manufacturers, and Subcontractors in various construction related personal injury matters including wrongful death claims resulting from falling, electrocutions, and being struck by objects.

Defense of pool contractors in contractual and defect claims.

Representation of owners, builders, contractors, and developers in lien disputes.

Assist various business clients in transactions matters including contract review, drafting, and due diligence.

Successfully negotiated and settled dozens of claims for and against clients.

Notable Recent Court Cases

Dallas County: Assisted the grieving mother of a worker killed on a construction site. The matter was resolved swiftly.

Parker County: Assisted Developer-client (Defendant) in a trespass action brought by neighboring development for alleged encroachment of a retaining wall, as leverage for obtaining a favorable easement agreement. Plaintiff non-suited after a few months after the minor encroachment was removed and an as-built survey was produced, as Plaintiff had no actual damages.

Dallas County: Assisted Builder-client (Defendant) in a personal injury/construction case brought by a purchaser for injuries by “bird mites” she allegedly sustained from defective installation of vents. Plaintiff non-suited after a few months during written discovery and motion practice related to the same.

Tarrant County: Assisted property owner-Client (Plaintiff) in wrongful lien action by interior remodeling contractor of a tenant. The judge in that matter ordered the lien removed; awarded attorney’s fees and court costs against Defendant.

Collin County: Assisted property owner-Client (Plaintiff) in wrongful lien action by sales agents working for a roofing contractor. The judge in that matter ordered the lien removed; awarded attorney’s fees and court costs against Defendants; and my client’s lien bond fee was ordered to be released.

Collin County: Assisted Builder-client (Defendant) in a personal injury case brought by an Independent Contractor for injuries he sustained on the job. Plaintiff non-suited a few days prior to the trial date.

Dallas County: Assisted Investor-client (Defendant) with dissolving the TRO and denial of Application for Injunction filed by the previous property owner who had filed, among others, wrongful foreclosure and trespass to title cause of action. Plaintiff was forced to vacate the property after the dissolution of TRO and denial of their Application for Injunction, and subsequently non-suited their causes of action with prejudice.

Dallas County: Assisted a business investor (Plaintiff) in a business partnership dispute against her dishonest business partner who agreed to return my client’s investment at mediation. This matter was non-suited after receipt of payment from the opposing party.

Dallas County: Successfully Defended a used auto dealership against claims of Fraud and Violation of Texas Theft Liability Act (TTLA) brought by co-owner of a vehicle used as a trade in. The Dallas County Court at Law granted our Motion for Summary Judgment and all of Plaintiff’s causes of actions were dismissed with prejudice. This meant the Plaintiff was responsible for our client’s reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs under the TTLA. We also counter-sued the Plaintiff and further sued the other co-owner. Plaintiff and third-party Defendants agreed to our settlement terms in return for non-suit of our actions against them. In the end, our client protected its reputation and good name, and Plaintiff was compelled to honor the trade-in.

Denton County: Successfully evicted a commercial tenant and obtained judgment for client for past due rent and attorney’s fees against the non-performing tenant.

Collin County: Successfully defeated attempts by an aggressive attorney to subject an elderly and sick woman to “torture by litigation” in an attempt to pressure the family members into settlement of a dispute. The court in this matter issued a permanent protective order against Plaintiff and her counsel. Plaintiff’s strategy backfired and Plaintiff ended up agreeing to an unfavorable settlement agreement.

Previous Professional Experience

Prior to joining the legal community, Mr. Hashemi worked in the construction industry for over a decade as a project manager for a general contractor, and prior to that, as an assistant for a commercial HVAC and plumbing contractor.

During his construction career, Mr. Hashemi managed numerous construction projects from start to finish including budgeting, scheduling, owner contract and subcontract preparation, procurement, constructability review, construction accounting, document control, progress monitory, project communication and coordination, safety planning, quality control, jobsite inspections, and close-out.

Mr. Hashemi’s construction experience involves commercial retail, religious, entertainment, healthcare, laboratory, and higher education markets. Shawn prides himself for having worked with several high profile clients such as Texas Tech, UT Southwestern, The Parkland Hospital, JC Penney, Kohl’s, Starplex, ShowBiz Cinemas, Alamo Draft House, Ben E. Keith, The Avenue Baptist Church, and Baylor Surgicare.

Education

Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Construction Engineering Technology from Texas Tech University, May 2004

Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University, December 2013

Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy

Dallas Builders Association

Certificate: NAHB’s Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals.

Certificate: NAHB’s Land Acquisition & Development Finance.

Memberships

Texas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association (Construction Law Section)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Dallas Builders Association

Texas Association of Builders

National Association of Home Builders

Phi Delta Phi Honor Society

Pro Bono

Legal Aid of NW Texas

United Way

Recent Seminars, Presentations & Articles:

October 2017, Speaker/Co-Host of Construction Litigation Series – Foundations presented at Dallas Baptist University

Personal

Mr. Hashemi was born in South Texas, grew up in West Texas, calls North Texas home, and has a tremendous affection for Central Texas! He is fluent in both English and Farsi and hopes to become proficient in Spanish by 2018. Mr. Hashemi has a black belt in Judo and loves to play soccer in his spare time. His weekends are spent watching college football, the NFL, and the NBA. Mr. Hashemi is a big Dallas Cowboys fan, but for some unknown reason, he pretends to be a San Antonio Spurs fan in addition a to our beloved Mavericks.

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