Toni Reed is a trial attorney who litigates cases and counsels clients in the area of business litigation and commercial matters. One area of her practice focuses on complex coverage disputes, fidelity bond and surety matters, and construction disputes and litigation. Toni also focuses on banking disputes and litigation, trust and estate litigation, general fiduciary disputes and litigation, contract disputes, and business torts.
- Admitted, Texas
- Admitted, U.S. District Court; Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals; Fifth Circuit
- Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law and Business Litigation Sections
- State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
- American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Forum on the Construction Industry
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Alumni – Leadership Class
- Named Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2004-2005, 2011
- Named Texas Super Lawyers' Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2004
Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1993, cum laude
SMU Law Review Association
Order of the Coif
Associate Symposium Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce
Hatton W. Sumners Scholar
Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. and B.A.,1990, summa cum laude
Beta Gamma Sigma
- Obtained dismissal of putative class action lawsuit alleging misappropriation of identity in COLI policy context by 12(b)(6) motion, as well as affirmation of dismissal on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court.
- Obtained summary judgment to foreclose mechanic's lien and to defeat city's claim of immunity from suit in construction dispute, as well as affirmation of denial of immunity claim on appeal to the Dallas Court of Appeals.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurer in commercial crime policy dispute involving employee dishonesty claim and policy limit.
- Obtained defense verdict after bench trial on breach of contract claims in complex commercial dispute.
- Obtained dismissal prior to class certification of nationwide consumer class action against lender alleging violations of RESPA.
- Obtained voluntary withdrawal of class-certification allegations and complete settlement of nationwide class action against mortgage company alleging RESPA violations.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of fiduciary on complex fiduciary litigation matter.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of surety and denial of government entity’s plea to the jurisdiction on waiver of sovereign immunity issues.
- Obtained summary judgment on complex fidelity bond coverage dispute.
- Obtained favorable settlements for both beneficiaries and fiduciaries after significant litigation of complex probate, trust, and fiduciary disputes.
- Negotiated favorable settlements of construction disputes for owners and contractors.
Writing the Rules of the Game: Strategic Considerations for an Effective Jury Charge in the Commercial Crime Context, American Bar Association Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (New York, NY January 2013)
Program Chair, The Interrelationship of Complex Claims Under Financial Institution Bonds and D&O Policies, and the FDIC’s View and Approach to the Claims, American Bar Association Fall Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (Nashville, TN October 2011)
"Superpowers" of Federal Regulators: The Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Bond Claim Issues Arising From Take Over by the FDIC, XVI Fid. L. J. 1 (Nov. 2010)
Coverage Under Insuring Agreements (D) and (E): Has the Insured Satisfied All Required Elements?, American Bar Association Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (New York, NY January 2010)
Commercial Crime Coverage for the Twenty-First Century: Does a "Theft" Standard in Traditional Insuring Agreement (A) Broaden or Narrow Coverage for Employee Dishonesty. XIV Fidelity Law Journal 137. 2008.
Construction and Surety Law. Annual Survey. 61 SMU Law Review 706. 2008.
Trial and Jury Deliberations for Fidelity Cases. American Bar Association Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee. Jan. 2008.
Construction and Surety Law. Annual Survey. 60 SMU Law Review 839. 2007.
Preparing for and Shaping the Issues, Themes and Psychology for Trial. American Bar Association Spring Surety Meeting and the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee. May 2007.
Construction and Surety Law. Annual Survey. 59 SMU Law Review 1079. 2006.
Ethical Practice in Federal Courts. Federal Court Practice Speech. 2006.
Construction and Surety Law. Annual Survey. 57 SMU Law Review 759. 2004.
Ethical Practice in Federal Courts. Federal Court Practice Speech. 2004.
Ethical and Legal Considerations in the Investigation. Gulfcoast Fidelity & Surety Institute. June 2004.
Ethical Issues Presented in the Context of Joint Representative of Principal and Surety. Gulfcoast Fidelity & Surety Institute. June 2004.
The Continuing ‘Employee’ Debate: Whose Dishonesty is Covered? Gulfcoast Fidelity & Surety Institute. June 2003.
Construction and Surety Law. Annual Survey. 56 SMU Law Review 1353. 2003.
Construction and Surety Law. Annual Survey. 55 SMU Law Review 775. 2002.
Legal, Ethical, and Practical Considerations for an Insurer’s Witness Interviews In the Context of a Fidelity Bond or Commercial Crime Policy Claim Investigation. VII Fidelity Law Journal 1. 2001.
Bond Claims in the E‑commerce World: The Impact of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, and Other Technological Developments. 36 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 735 (2001); and American Bar Association Annual Mid‑Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee. Jan. 2001.
Employee Theft v. Manifest Intent: The Changing Landscape of Commercial Crime Coverage. 36 Tort And Insurance Law Journal 43. 2000; and Surety Claims Institute. Summer 2000.
Trying to Try the Complex Employee Dishonesty Claim: Motions for Summary Judgment; Discovery and Evidentiary Issues; and the Court’s Charge. American Bar Association Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee. Jan. 2000.
Recurring Questions in Loan Loss Coverage Cases. V Fidelity Law Journal 103. 1999.
When an Outsourced Employee Steals from an Insured, Is there Crime Policy Coverage? ABA Annual Meeting. 1998.
Interpretation, Construction, and Reformation of the Commercial Crime Policy. ABA Commercial Crime Policy. 1997.
Coauthor. Superpowers of Federal Regulators: How the Banking Crisis Created an Entire Genre of Bond Litigation. 31 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 817. 1996.
Flight Attendant Furies: Is Title VII Really the Solution to Hiring Policy Problems? 58 Journal of Air & Law Commerce 267. 1992.
- Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC), Co-Chair 2002-2003, 2003-2004; Charity Screening Committee 2005, 2006
- Dallas Heart Ball, Board of Directors, 1998-2002
- Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wish Night founding Committee Chair
- Named among The Best Lawyers in America®, (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2013