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D. Todd Parrish
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Dallas, TX



Experienced civil defense litigator with a strong, broad based background in complex, document intensive, multi-party, catastrophic, multi-million dollar cases pending in State and Federal Courts in multiple jurisdictions.

Areas Of Practice

  • Aviation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Coverage and Coverage Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1994
  • Texas, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1994
  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
    • B.B.A. - 1990

Representative Cases

  • Defense of a national commercial real estate firm in a wrongful death case resulting from a propane gas explosion on a U.S. military base in California
  • Defense of offshore commercial helicopter operators in accidents that injured and/or killed passengers and crew
  • Defense of Fixed Based Operator in 737 engine ingestion case
  • Defense of owner/operator in a multi-death case involving Cessna 208B icing
  • Defense of a product manufacturer in a pharmaceutical plant explosion in North Carolina that killed 4, injured 35, and destroyed the plant
  • Defense of mall and security company in a wrongful death shooting
  • Defense of a private club in wrongful death drive by shooting
  • Defense of architects and engineers that designed a wet scrubber system at a cement plant in wrongful death, subrogation and business interruption loss matter
  • Defense of two insurers in an environmental bad faith coverage suit involving 26 lead smelting sites in 10 states and dozens of insurers
  • Two-week trial representing a multi-national plastics manufacturer in a commercial matter
  • Represented a DFW area school district in a Federal desegregation/unitary status case against the Department of Justice requiring two multi-day bench trials in Federal court resulting in the district achieving unitary status and being released from its obligations under a decades old desegregation order
  • Represented a marketing research firm in a one-week trade secrets trial
  • Represented a church in a sexual misconduct matter
  • Represented major concessionaire in disputes with international airports
  • Represented a non-profit in a commercial lease dispute with its landlord, a major church
  • Defense of a South Korean corporation in a trade secret case
  • Represented Plaintiffs in a nine-day bench trial in a shareholder dispute

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • City of Southlake, TX Planning & Zoning Commission, Chairman, 2015 to 2016
  • City of Southlake, TX Planning & Zoning Commission, Vice-Chairman, 2012 to 2015
  • City of Southlake, TX Planning & Zoning Commission, Commissioner, 2011 to 2012
  • City of Southlake, TX Zoning Board of Adjustment, Chairman, 2009 to 2011
  • City of Southlake, TX Zoning Board of Adjustment, Member, 2008 to 2009
  • Board of Trustees, First United Methodist Church, Grapevine, TX, 2008 to 2011
  • Chairman, Honors Program Visiting Committee Abilene Christian University, 2006 to 2007


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