Jason E. Wright has litigated disputes in court and arbitration forums nationwide, carried out internal investigations, briefed appeals, and advised businesses as well as individual clients on a wide range of matters. He takes pride in being a strategic thinker who works efficiently to find the most practical solution to any problem.
Before law school, Jason served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked overseas as a military contractor in a role considered by some to be one of the premier “force multipliers.” After graduating cum laude from Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, he spent nearly 10 years practicing in Dallas with two large international AmLaw 100 firms:
Working in ‘BigLaw’ with exceptional colleagues and staff for so long was rewarding. It exposed me early on to a wide variety of complex business issues and gave me the foundation to establish my own practice.
Wright Commercial Litigation offers small to midsize businesses, nonprofits, and individual clients the same skill and professionalism on a commercial contingency or hybrid basis, while also continuing to handle lawsuits and other legal matters for select corporate clients at a great value on an hourly basis.
Jason is admitted to all state and federal courts in Texas, and recognized as a member of the Texas Bar College — an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained in the state.
In his free time, he enjoys keeping up with international affairs, staying physically fit, still shooting a few rounds on occasion, and otherwise tagging along as his wife and three kids seek to experience every Disney attraction on the planet.
- UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL – Juris Doctor (2009), cum laude
- AMERICAN MILITARY UNIVERSITY – B.A. Int’l Relations (2006), with honors
State Bar Admissions
Federal Court Admissions
- Eastern District of Texas
- Southern District of Texas
- Northern District of Texas
- Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- “Updated Guidance on Consent-to-Assign Provisions in Texas Oil and Gas Leases,” 6 OIL & GAS, NAT. RESOURCES & ENERGY J. 411 (2021)
- “The Enforceability of Consent-to-Assign Provisions in Texas Oil and Gas Leases,” co-authored with T. Ray Guy, 71 SMU L. REV. 477 (2018)
- “Jeff Skilling’s Constitutional Challenge to ‘Theft of Honest Services’,” co-authored with David R. McAtee II, TEXAS BAR JOURNAL, Sept 2010 (Issue 8, p. 640)
Selected Experience and Client Representations
- Prosecute claims in court and bankruptcy proceedings against oil and gas developer for securities fraud, breach of duty to pay royalties, conversion, and Texas Theft Liability Act.
- Defend hybrid arbitration/jury trial proceedings, with follow-on appellate work, concerning distributor relationships.
- Arbitrate claims in specialized maritime forum concerning breach of oil and gas transportation supply agreements, and related business dealings.
- Multi-week trial regarding dispute between shareholders over rights to distributions from the operation of a foreign power plant.
- Successfully obtain dismissal on summary judgment of claims by third-party consultant to finder’s fee in connection with corporate acquisitions.
- Respond to temporary restraining orders and obtain successful removal of invalid liens and lis pendens in connection with corporate reorganizations.
- Assist with successful dispositive motions briefing in nationwide consumer class actions related to false advertising and fraud claims.
- Brief appeals to intermediate court and then Texas Supreme Court for pro bono clients regarding violations of school law provisions.
- Counsel small business owners on commercial lease modifications in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
- Personal counsel and advice to individual principal of oil and gas enterprises related to business organization, estate planning, and asset protection issues.
- Assert claims on behalf of homeowners related to deceptive failures to disclose in residential purchase transactions to reach favorable settlement.
- Conduct internal investigations and report to board committees regarding unauthorized computer access, insider trading, and other issues.
- Assist in the development of innovative new home security product by advising on licensing matters at the state, county, and municipal levels.
- Outside general counsel to non-profit for miscellaneous contract issues, vendor disputes, and preparation of employment/noncompete agreements.
- Advise business clients regarding disputes and legal risks arising from purchase and sale agreements, including breach of representations, warranties, and indemnification, confidentiality issues, nondisclosure agreements, noncompete agreements, and the enforceability of consent-to-assign clauses.
Prior Firm Associations
- WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP (2012-2019)
- HAYNES & BOONE LLP (2010-2012)
- PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION, CITY OF ALLEN (TX) – currently serving as a Commissioner appointed by the City Council to Place No. 7 of the Planning and Zoning Commission for a two-year term to hear, recommend, and determine matters related to zoning, platting, and subdivision control under City ordinance, charter, and state law.
- PRO BONO ATTORNEY – certified as an Accredited Attorney by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans for disability claims, and has completed several pro bono engagements of low-income and indigent clients in consumer/DTPA litigation, fair credit reporting, wills, habeas corpus/innocence projects, immigration asylum, and more.
- UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (1996-2004) – served as an infantryman, Scout Sniper team leader, and sniper instructor, receiving honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) after completing two enlistments.
- INDEPENDENT MILITARY CONTRACTOR (2004-2006) – worked two years providing sniper support to U.S. Government activities in Afghanistan and Iraq.