Tim Durst is a Chambers-ranked, first-chair trial lawyer with years of courtroom experience handling complex and high-stakes disputes. He has taken to trial a wide range of cases including patent, trade secrets, contract, fraud, and fiduciary duty disputes. He has tried cases in Texas and on both coasts, in state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels. He has handled litigation in more than 20 different states and has worked within a variety of industries, including technology, energy, banking, retail, and health care.
Mr. Durst is the partner-in-charge of the Baker Botts Dallas office, leads the firm’s disputes strategic initiative, and has chaired the Dallas Trial Department. He leads high-performing litigation teams from start to finish by focusing on the client's objectives and mapping out an effective trial strategy, which then guides development of the case through discovery and trial. This yields a trial-ready case and frequently presents opportunities for litigated or negotiated business resolutions short of trial.
A recognized leader in the community service sphere, he enjoys being active in several different community and professional groups, including having served as chair of the national board of directors of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, chairing his college’s foundation board, and serving as trial counsel for court-appointed and pro bono cases, including for prisoner, indigent, and homeless litigants.
Mr. Durst has been a regular speaker and writer on litigation, IP, and business topics, including trial skills, professionalism, litigation strategy, evidentiary and pleading matters, sealing of courtrooms for trade secret litigation, and the litigation realities of partnership and joint venture formation.