Ben L. Mesches

Partner, Co-Chair-Litigation Practice Group at Haynes and Boone LLP

Ben L. Mesches

Ben L. Mesches

Partner, Co-Chair-Litigation Practice Group at Haynes and Boone LLP

Biography

Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, Ben Mesches successfully leads appellate and litigation teams in high-stakes cases at the crossroads of major public policy questions and emerging legal issues.

Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners (2019), as a leading Texas appellate lawyer, clients value Ben’s experience and big-picture perspective, seek his counsel in developing crisis-management strategies in the aftermath of potentially crippling adverse trial court decisions, and praise his ability in “preparing us for” the ranges of issues and outcomes that “come up on appeal and what to expect” as litigation unfolds.

Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ben has been the architect of winning litigation strategies in the appellate courts. In 2019 alone, he has secured high-profile wins in these cases:

* In the Texas Supreme Court in a landmark case upholding the constitutionality of public pension reforms implicating nearly $1 billion in pension assets.
* Before the Fifth Circuit in a wind-power dispute worth more than $300 million, reversing—for the second time—a district court decision.
* At the Third Circuit in a trademark case in which the court held that a major pharmaceutical company owned intellectual property rights, defeating an $80 million claim.

Ben’s peers recognize his collaborative leadership style both inside the firm and within prestigious legal organizations. In addition to leading the firm’s global litigation practice, he has served as President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers—the only national appellate-bench organization in the country—and Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section.

And Ben is regularly asked to write and speak on litigation and appellate practice topics, including post-judgment strategy; practice before the Texas Supreme Court; Fifth Circuit trends; bankruptcy appeals; and the selection and preservation of issues for appeal.

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Partner, Co-Chair-Litigation Practice Group at Haynes and Boone LLP
Education
JD with Honors
Class of 2001

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and fifty-two students in the basement of the University's Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Laws (LLM). The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

BA in Political Science, cum laude
Class of 1998

TRINITY UNIVERSITY IS AN INDEPENDENT CO-EDUCATIONAL UNIVERSITY WHOSE MISSION IS EXCELLENCE IN THE INTERRELATED AREAS OF TEACHING, RESEARCH AND SERVICES.

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Member

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Prior

The Texas Law Review is a national and international leader in legal scholarship. Texas Law Review is an independent journal, edited and published entirely by students at the University of Texas School of Law. Their seven issues per year contain articles by professors, judges, and practitioners; reviews of important recent books from recognized experts, essays, commentaries; and student written notes. Texas Law Review is currently the ninth most cited legal periodical in federal and state cases in the United States and the thirteenth most cited by legal journals. Texas Law Review published its first issue in December 1922.

Career History
Partner, Co-Chair-Litigation Practice Group
Current

Haynes & Boone LLP provides legal services. It offers business litigation, corporate insolvency and bankruptcy practices. The firm also provides intellectual property, media law, real estate and white-collar criminal defense services. The law firm was founded in January 1, 1970 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Clerk
2001 - 2002

The Supreme Court of Texas is the court of last resort for non-criminal matters (including juvenile delinquency which the law considers to be a civil matter and not criminal) in the state of Texas. A different court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, is the court of last resort for criminal matters. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. The Court meets in Downtown Austin, Texas in a building located on the state Capitol grounds, behind the Texas State Capitol.

Boards & Committees
President, Board of Trustees
Current
Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,500
2009

About the Dallas Bar Foundation Imagine a young man at the top of his high school class, preparing to be the first in his family to attend college. Because of his father's sudden illness, the young man has to suspend his education to support his family. Envision a young immigrant from an impoverished country who masters the English language, achieves American citizenship, and becomes the first in her family to graduate high school. Consider a pregnant, destitute teenager who chooses to raise her child and finish school, as a single mother. These stories impart only a glimpse of the applicants and scholars the Dallas Bar Foundation has considered since the Foundation began funding the Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarships. Since 1981, the Foundation has funded over forty full tuition scholarships, allowing outstanding minority law students to attend the SMU Dedman School Law and complete a legal education many would have thought beyond reach.

Political Donations
$100
2011

Judge at United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

$250
2010
$100
2010

Partner at Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

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Awards & Honors
2007
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Admitted to the Texas Bar
Court Admission: U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
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