Drew Spaniol is one of the most experienced commercial litigators in the firm’s Dallas office. In over ten years of practice, Mr. Spaniol has litigated disputes relating to financial services, anti-competitive actions, real-estate and development loans, real-estate backed securities transactions, non-compete agreements, and disagreements involving both on-shore and off-shore oil-and-gas production. Mr. Spaniol has practiced before state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, in both Texas and Louisiana (where Mr. Spaniol is also licensed). Mr. Spaniol’s litigation practice has provided him with a broad knowledge-base in an array of industries.
Mr. Spaniol’s commercial litigation experience includes contested contracts and quasi-contracts, fraud and fraud-related claims, defaults on loan and guaranty agreements, non-competition and confidentiality obligations, and unfair debt collection practices. In addition to traditional business disputes, Mr. Spaniol has also litigated bankruptcy adversary proceedings, representing both creditors and debtors. In class-action and multi-district litigation, Mr. Spaniol has represented clients in matters ranging from storm-related property damage to unfair lending practices in the home-mortgage industry.
Mr. Spaniol lives in Lakewood and is active in the Dallas community. He chairs the board of directors for Literacy Instruction for Texas, a non-profit dedicated to improving Texas by teaching adults to read. Mr. Spaniol also serves on the board of directors for the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, mentors local law-school students, volunteers with the Veterans Subcommittee of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and frequently judges state mock-trial and moot-court competitions.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Spaniol was a nationally-recognized French teacher and a law clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey P. Victory of the Louisiana Supreme Court.