Robert E. Thackston

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4514 Cole Avenue
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75205-5412

Robert splits his time between developing litigation strategies and trying cases. His experience includes commercial, product liability and toxic tort cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, theft of intellectual property, RICO, civil nuisance, land use, and property damage. Working with teams from our local offices in New York, Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas, Austin, St Louis, Los Angeles and San Francisco, he manages to practice literally coast to coast. 

To help clients avoid litigation or quickly resolve it when it arises, it is important to understand litigation leverage. The best perspective comes from a combination of courtroom work and client contact. Robert has tried cases all over the country. In, November 2014, he tried a $13 million case with possible punitive damages to a unanimous defense verdict in federal court in Los Angeles. Earlier that year, he tried one in state court for 4 months before receiving a dismissal for his client. In 2013, he received a defense verdict after a 3 month trial and in  2012 a three week trial resulted in a directed verdict in his client’s favor. Despite the courtroom experience, he  makes a concerted effort to spend even more time working with clients to avoid litigation, resolve unavoidable cases short of trial and reduce legal costs.

His experience ranges from plaintiff’s work, representing the family of a woman who drowned in an elevator  and  landowners whose property was affected by a nearby nuisance to the defense of companies who made a variety of products from toys and consumer goods to turbines, cranes and rigging equipment. He has represented manufacturers of a range of products with  potentially harmful ingredients like asbestos, benzene, PCBs, silica and dioxin. He has also tried commercial, product liability, automotive liability, medical malpractice, general negligence, and federal civil rights cases. He also helps clients avoid lawsuits with risk management advice on warnings, warranties, regulations, and post-sale responsibilities.

Robert is licensed in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Illinois and California. He takes time to host client and firm educational events at Thackston Farm, a training retreat in East Texas. He believes in educating young attorneys to become “Renaissance Lawyers,” capable in all areas of their practice, especially professionalism. Feel free to ask him for the slides from that presentation.

Professional affiliations



"Advanced Cross Examination Techniques for Plaintiff’s Experts in Asbestos Cases," Advanced Trial Tactics Seminar, In-House CLE Series, Montalba, Texas (January 9, 2015)

“Combating Plaintiffs use of Phantom Impeachment at Trial,” In-House CLE Series, Montalba, Texas (May 2, 2014)

"The Emerging Lung Cancer Case: An Analysis of Surging Filing Trends, Asbestos Trust Issues and the Modern Causation Case," Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Litigation Conference, Beverly Hills, California (March 17-18, 2014)

"Cross Examining the Plaintiffs' Expert Witness on Damages," DRI Damages Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 18, 2004)

"Defending Retailers in Asbestos Litigation," DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Miami, Florida (November 6, 2003)

"Cross Examining Plaintiffs' Industrial Hygiene Experts," Defense Research Institute Conference on Asbestos Litigation, Miami, Florida (November 2000)

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J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law (1987)

B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1984)

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