Blair J. Leake

Blair J. Leake

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Location:
Austin, Texas
Phone:
512-961-4389
800-787-9579
Fax:
512-476-5382
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I was born in Dallas, Texas, and I still don't think my fellow Austinites have ever forgiven me for it. After graduating from Mesquite High School, I attended the University of Texas in Austin and earned a bachelor's degree in History. During that time, I worked as a sports writer for the Daily Texan and interned at ESPN Radio. After graduation, I covered college sports and recruiting as a writer for a subsidiary of Yahoo Sports.

Ever the glutton for punishment-and having always been told I was an attorney whether I liked it or not-I eventually decided to switch gears and attend the University of Houston Law Center. I quickly gravitated toward competing in just about every trial advocacy competition I could find while also interning with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Thanks to my diligent coaches and excellent teammates, I finished law school with accolades that included the Hofheinz Award for top advocate of the year, the Byron McCoy Excellence in Advocacy Award, the Distinguished Advocate Award, and an induction into the National Order of the Barristers.

After graduating from law school, I jumped at the chance to try jury trials alongside my father at Leake Law Firm,
PLLC, where I spent most of my time successfully representing individuals and small businesses across North Texas
in a range of different kinds of lawsuits. After a few years, my wife and I decided to move back to Austin-her
hometown and the city we both felt most at home in-when I was given the opportunity to join and learn from the
talented host of trial attorneys at Wright & Greenhill, PC. Since joining Wright & Greenhill, I have represented
Central Texas cities, businesses, and individuals in various different types of litigation proceedings, including jury
trials in both federal and state courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 2013
  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 2009
    • Major: History

Representative Cases

  • Successfully obtained a sizeable jury verdict for a plaintiff client against a predatory sibling who had taken advantage of the their elderly father’s lack of mental capacity, embezzled money from him, and wrongfully altered his last will and testament to try and steal his estate upon his passing
  • Successfully defended a Central Texas city accused of employment discrimination in a federal jury trial
  • Successfully litigated on behalf of a plaintiff client who had been defrauded by a home builder corporation that engaged in knowing violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
  • Successfully obtained a no liability judgment at trial for an Austin-based small business accused of being liable for the actions of an independent contractor
  • Successfully obtained a no liability judgment at trial for a small business owner who had been wrongfully accused of Fraud, Breach of Contract, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, while also obtaining a judgment on a counterclaim for fees owed to my client for work performed
  • Successfully defended a small business in a jury trial where an adjacent landowner had attempted to steal the client’s land and property through a claim of Adverse Possession
  • Successfully litigated cases involving personal injury for clients involved in motor vehicle and other accidents

Honors and Awards

  • Hofheinz Award, UHLC, 2013
  • Byron McCoy Excellence in Advocacy Award, UHLC, 2013
  • Distinguished Advocate Award, UHLC, 2012
  • Outstanding Committee Chair, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2017 - 2018
  • Texas Bar College, 2014 - Present
  • National Order of the Barristers, 2013 - Present
  • Garland Walker Inn of Court, 2013
  • President’s Award of Merit, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2019 - 2020
  • Inducted as a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Inducted as a member of the Texas Bar College, 2014
  • Inducted as a member of the National Order of the Barristers, 2013
  • Inducted as a member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Austin Young Lawyer's Association, 2016 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, Member, 2013 - Present
  • Texas Bar College, Member, 2013 - Present
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2016 - Present
  • Kaufman County Bar Association, 2013
  • Federal Bar Association, 2018 - Present
  • AYLA Community Service Days Committee, Co-Chair, 2017 - Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2017 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Austin Young Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2020 - 2021
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2019 - 2020
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association, Director, 2016 - 2018
  • Kaufman County Bar Association, President, 2014 - 2015
  • UHLC Moot Court Board, Senior Vice Chair, 2012 - 2013
  • UHLC Advocates, Executive Board Member, 2011 - 2012