Jessica B. Pulliam

Department Chair - Litigation (Dallas) Partner

jessica.pulliam@bakerbotts.com

Dallas

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Jessica Pulliam chairs the trial department in Dallas. She is nationally recognized for her leading role defending public companies and their officers and directors, private enterprises and professional firms. She has handled a variety of complex litigation matters including class actions, accounting and disclosure issues, securities fraud, fiduciary litigation, SEC and PCAOB investigations, whistleblower claims, post-deal disputes. 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.”

Recently, Ms. Pulliam handled direct and cross examination of expert witnesses in the first evidentiary hearing on class certification in a Rule 10b-5 securities following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014). She defended a fraud dispute that was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. She argued a motion to dismiss a former Citigroup official from an ongoing securities class action in the Southern District of New York with a favorable outcome.

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’s contemporary art museum. She serves as a Director of the Texas Law Review Association. She actively supports many other organizations including Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas and Attorneys Serving the Community, an organization of women lawyers supporting local nonprofits.

Related Experience

Securities and Shareholder Litigation

  • Major rent-to-own company - defense of securities class action and multiple derivative suits in the Eastern District of Texas and Dallas County District Court
  • Officers and directors of stand-alone emergency room operator - defense of securities class action in the Eastern District of Texas
  • Major oilfield services company - more than a decade-long defense of securities class action in the Northern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, which issued a landmark ruling allowing defendants to challenge applicability of the fraud-on-the-market presumption at the class-certification stage
  • Former CEO of major asset management firm - briefed and argued motion leading to dismissal of securities claims for plaintiff's failure to adequately plead former CEO’s scienter. In re Smith Barney Transfer Agent Litigation, 2012 WL 3339098 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2012)
  • Big Four accounting firm - defense of securities class action in the Southern District of New York
  • Major accounting firm - defense of securities class action in the Northern District of Texas
  • J.C. Penney Directors - defense of shareholder derivative claims in Dallas County District Court

Professional Liability

  • Multiple major accounting firms - representation in investigations by the SEC, PCAOB and various state boards of accountancy
  • Texas law firm - motion to dismiss of professional liability claims with favorable outcome
  • Major accounting firm - successful defense of fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims in the Texas Supreme Court resulting in an opinion that rejected holder claims as an issue of first impression and clarified the limited scope of auditor's liability to non-clients. Grant Thornton LLP v. Prospect High Income Fund, 314 S.W.3d 913, 2010 WL 2636124 (Tex. July 2, 2010)
  • Multiple major law firms - numerous suits defending malpractice, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of intellectual property disputes and various business transactions
  • Major law firm - received reconsideration and reversal of Rule 11 sanctions order in patent suit
  • Major accounting firm - jury trial in suit involving fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and malpractice claims, including argument in directed verdict on cross-claims by firm’s alleged former client

Complex Commercial Litigation and Appeals

  • Medical device distributor - coordinating defense of breach of contract and tort claims in context of overall strategy for litigation, whistleblower investigation, and various transactional issues
  • Major industrial company and officer - consult concerning suits under false claims statutes and related securities litigation
  • Major energy company - defense of a class action brought by Native Americans claiming they were promised too low a royalty and bonus payments resulting in dismissal and affirmance on appeal
  • Major financial institution - defense of fraud and business tort claims in connection with oil and gas lease transaction
  • International defense contractor - defense of breach of contract and fraud claims in the Northern District of Texas, including multiple trips to Bangkok, Thailand for depositions; secured summary judgment on fraud and contract claims related to a defense contract with Taiwan government. Thai Equipment Research Co. v. Camber Corp., 3:09-cv-0023-P (N.D. Tex. Dec. 12, 2010)
  • Petrochemical company - successful petition for writ of mandamus resulting in vacatur of trial court’s discovery orders. In re Exxon Corporation, 208 S.W.3d 70 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2006, no pet.)
  • Major banks - defeated petition for writ of mandamus in suit involving failed merger
  • Major bank - defeated petition for writ of mandamus concerning third-party discovery
  • Corporate directors - argued dispositive motion and jury charge in trial in directed verdict on fraud claim and a jury verdict with a favorable outcome
  • Real estate development company - defense and prosecution of claims involving breach of construction contract and partnership agreement

Awards & Community

Recognized as a Law360 Rising Star, 2016

Recognized in the Dallas Business Journal’s list of “40 under 40”, 2015

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star, (Thomson Reuters), 2008-2013

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, (Thomson Reuters), 2013-2016

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