Jessica B. Pulliam

Department Chair - Litigation (Dallas) Partner

Jessica Pulliam

Dallas

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Jessica Pulliam chairs the Trial Department in Dallas. She defends public companies and their officers and directors, private enterprises and professional firms in high stakes lawsuits. She has handled matters involving class actions, corporate crisis, business torts, securities fraud, fiduciary litigation, accounting and disclosure issues, SEC and PCAOB investigations, whistleblower claims, and post-deal disputes. In 2018, Chambers USA commented, “Jessica Pulliam is developing an impressive reputation for her experience handling securities class actions and regulatory investigations. Clients say: ‘She has great savvy, a lot of courtroom experience and, most importantly, great experience when it comes to securities litigation.’" In 2016, Law360 profiled Ms. Pulliam as one of seven rising securities litigators across the country. In 2015, she was selected as one of the Dallas Business Journal's “40 Under 40.”

Ms. Pulliam has driven critical legal changes in the area of business torts. She defended Halliburton Company for more than a decade in one of the most closely watched securities cases of all time, handling direct and cross examination of expert witnesses in the first evidentiary hearing of its kind following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014) granting defendants the right to rebut the presumption of reliance at the class-certification stage. She also handled the defense in two take-nothing rulings for her clients by the Supreme Court of Texas. In Grant Thornton LLP v. Prospect High Income Fund, 314 S.W.3d 913 (Tex. 2010), the Court set the standard for whether reliance on allegedly fraudulent statements was justified. Building on the Grant Thornton ruling, the Court in JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Orca Assets G.P., L.L.C., 546 S.W.3d 648 (Tex. 2018), reh'g denied (June 15, 2018), held that the presence of red flags, including a contractual negation of warranty, negated any reliance on allegedly fraudulent statements as a matter of law.

Following graduation from law school, Ms. Pulliam served as law clerk to the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Ms. Pulliam is active in the community. She long served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Contemporary, Dallas' contemporary art museum. She serves as a Director of the Texas Law Review Association. She actively supports many other organizations including Attorneys Serving the Community, an organization of women lawyers supporting local nonprofits.

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