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Chief Justice John and Lena Hickman Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law


Email: wdorsane@mail.smu.edu

Phone: 214-768-2626

Education:

B.A., 1967, University of Pennsylvania
J.D., 1970, University of Texas

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Chancellors, and a member of the Order of the Coif, Professor Dorsaneo was a litigation specialist in Dallas after graduation from law school. He is the principal author of the twenty-six volume Texas Litigation Guide published by Matthew Bender & Company and the co-author of the five-volume Texas Civil Trial Guide, as well as three casebooks entitled Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure, Texas Pre-Trial Litigation, and Texas Trial & Appellate Litigation, and several other volumes on Texas litigation. He is Board certified in civil appellate law and is an active member of the Advisory Committee to the Texas Supreme Court, a member of the American Law Institute, and Chairman of the Texas Supreme Court's Task Force for Revision of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.


Primary Articles

REEXAMINING THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY, 54 SMU Law Review 1695 (2001).

JUDGES, JURIES, AND REVIEWING COURTS, 53 SMU Law Review 1497 (2000).

REVISION AND RECODIFICATION OF THE TEXAS RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE CONCERNING THE JURY CHARGE, 41 South Texas Law Review 675 (2000).


Books

TEXAS LITIGATION GUIDE, 26 Volumes (Matthew Bender 1977-2004) (treatise and practice guide).

TEXAS LITIGATION GUIDE, Releases 54A-76 (Lexis-Nexis, Jan. 1999-August 2004).

Dorsaneo & Soules, TEXAS CODES AND RULES, 2000-2004 editions (2000-2003).

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: CIVIL PROCEDURE, William V. Dorsaneo, III and Elizabeth G. Thornburg (LexisNexis 2003).

Crump, Dorsaneo and Perschbacher, CASES AND MATERIALS ON CIVIL PROCEDURE, (Lexis-Nexis, 4th Ed. 2001).

Crump, Dorsaneo, Chase and Perschbacher, CASES AND MATERIALS ON CIVIL PROCEDURE, 2000-2004 Supplements (Lexis-Nexis, 2000-2004).

Crump, Dorsaneo, Carlson and Thornburg, TEXAS CIVIL PROCEDURE: TRIAL AND APPELLATE PRACTICE, (Lexis-Nexis, 4th Ed. 2001).

Dorsaneo, Crump, Carlson and Thornburg, TEXAS CIVIL PROCEDURE: TRIAL AND APPELLATE PRACTICE, 2000-2004 Supplements (Lexis-Nexis, 2000-2004).

TEXAS CIVIL PROCEDURE: PRETRIAL LITIGATION, 2000-2004 Supplements (2000-2004).

Dorsaneo and Johnson, TEXAS CIVIL TRIAL GUIDE, 6 Volumes (Lexis-Nexis, 1989-2004) (treatise and practice guide on procedure and evidence).

TEXAS CIVIL TRIAL GUIDE, Releases 9-12 (Lexis-Nexis, 1999-2004).


Speeches/Presentations

Chairman/reporter for Texas Supreme Court’s Task Force on Recodification of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. (Current).

Chairman, Subcommittee on Appellate Rules, Advisory Committee to the Texas Supreme Court. (Current).

Board Member, Appellate Judges Education Institute. (Current).

“Standards of Sufficiency Review,” presented to DBA Appellate Section, October 21, 2004.

“Analysis of a Successful Petition for Review,” presented to The State Bar of Texas CLE, “18th Annual Civil Appellate Practice Course,” September 2004.

“Insurance Litigation and You: The Impact of Insurance Litigation - Discovery Compendium,” presented before State Bar of Texas CLE, June 2004.

“Changing The Balance of Power: Juries, The Courts, And The Legislature,” presented before the State Bar of Texas CLE, “Practice Before the Supreme Court,” April 2004.


Other

Texas Torts Update Articles: DRAM SHOP ACT LIABILITY, October 2004, Issue No. 10. TTCA NOTICE REQUIREMENT, September 2004, Issue No. 9. ERISA PREEMPTION OF DENIAL-OF BENEFIT CLAIMS, August 2004, Issue No. 8. OBJECTION TO CONCLUSORY NATURE OF EXPERT TESTIMONY NOT WAIVED, July 2004, Issue No. 7. PLEADING AND PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS IN STATE PARK CASES, June 2004, Issue No. 6. DOWNWARD SPIRAL LED TO DEATH, May 2004, Issue. No. 5. NO DEFECT INFERENCE FOR OLD PRODUCTS, April 2004, Issue No. 4. INSURER’S STAFF COUNSEL MAY REPRESENT INSUREDS, February 2004, Issue No. 2. ANDERSEN MAY JOIN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN SHAREHOLDERS’ SUITE, January 2004, Issue No. 1. PROVISION OF LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT, December 2003, Issue No. 12. FACTUAL SUFFICIENCY REVIEW STANDARDS REVISITED, November 2003, Issue No. 11. EXTRINSIC FRAUD NEEDED FOR BILL OF REVIEW, October 2003, Issue No. 10. A NEW CHAPTER OF TORT REFORM, September 2003, Issue No. 9. PROOF OF SPOLIATION NEEDED BEFORE SPOLIATION INSTRUCTION CAN BE SUBMITTED, August 2003, Issue No. 8. AVOIDING BASIC TENETS OF INSURANCE-CONTRACT CONSTRUCTION WHILE CONSTRUING TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTE VEHICLE EXCLUSIONS, July 2003, Issue No. 7. KNOWING INSTIGATION NEEDED TO IMPOSE FALSE IMPRISONMENT LIABILITY, June 2003, Issue No. 6. PATIENT’S BILL OF RIGHTS, May 2003, Issue No. 5. FORESEEABILITY OF A THIRD PARTY’S CRIMINAL ACTS, April 2003, Issue No. 4. USE OF BROAD-FORM DAMAGES JURY QUESTIONS, March 2003, Issue No. 3. TEACHING HOSPITAL VICARIOUSLY LIABLE FOR RESIDENT’S NEGLIGENCE, February 2003, Issue No. 2. INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITY LIABILITY, January 2003, Issue No. 1. CONDITION’ OF SPEED LIMIT SIGN NEAR SCHOOL, April 2002, Issue No. 4. RESTATEMENT OF TORTS § 414, GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S LIABILITY FOR INJURY TO SUBCONTRACTOR’S EMPLOYEE, March 2002, Issue No. 3. ATTORNEY-LEGISLATOR’S DUTY TO CLIENTS, February 2002, Issue No. 2. R.C.S. ARTICLE 4590I § 13.01, EXPERT REPORTS AND GRACE PERIOD IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES, January 2002, Issue No. 1. R.C.S. ARTICLE 4590I § 13.01, EXPERT REPORT REQUIREMENT IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES, December 2001, Issue No. 12. CELLULAR PHONE TOWER WAS A NUISANCE, November 2001, Issue No. 11. SUING LAWYERS, ABUSE OF PROCESS, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, OR TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE?, October 2001, Issue No. 10, “ MISCELLANEOUS TORT LEGISLATION, September 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 9. REASON-TO-EXPECT STANDARD IN FRAUD CASES, August 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 8. DE NOVO REVIEW FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGE AWARDS, July 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 7. WAIVERS OF COMMON-LAW RIGHT TO SUE EMPLOYERS ENFORCED, June 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 6. CONTINUED REPRESENTATION NOT REQUIRED TO TOLL LIMITATIONS, May 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 5. STATES IMMUNE FROM SUIT UNDER AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, April 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 4. THE EQUAL INFERENCE RULE AND REASONABLE MINDS, March 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 3. SETTLEMENT CREDITS IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES, February 2001, Volume 2001, Issue -No. 2. CAUSATION IN PRODUCTS LIABILITY CASES, January 2001, Volume 2001, Issue No. 1. EXAMINING DOCTORS MAY BE LIABLE TO COMPENSATION CLAIMANT, December 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 12. ` EXEMPLARY DAMAGES AND PREJUDGMENT INTEREST IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES, November 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 11. LEARNED INTERMEDIARY DOCTRINE EXPANDED, October 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 10. TXDOT LIABLE FOR NEGLIGENCE OF HOUSTON METRO, September 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 9. AIRBAG REQUIREMENT WOULD CONFLICT WITH FORMER DOT STANDARD, August 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 8. CLASS ACTION INAPPROPRIATE FOR RESOLVING TOXIC EXPOSURE CLAIMS, July 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 7. NO DUTY OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING IN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS, June 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 6. BROAD BUT REASONABLE CONSTRUCTION OF WAIVER PROVISIONS, May 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 5. RULES OF EVIDENCE APPLY TO TWCC RECORD, April 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 4. EQUAL TREATY RIGHTS REQUIREMENT CONSTRUED, March 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 3. GOVERNMENTAL IMMUNITY FROM SUIT IS JURISDICTIONAL, February 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 2. UNCONSTITUTIONAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PARENTS OF VIABLE FETUSES, January 2000, Volume 2000, Issue No. 1. REVIEW OF DISMISSAL UNDER SECTION 13.01, December 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 12. OWNER NOT LIABLE FOR ASSAULT IN GARAGE, November 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 11. RISK-UTILITY ANALYSIS STILL APPLIES IN DEFECTIVE DESIGN CASES, October 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 10. MISCELLANEOUS TORT LEGISLATION, September 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 9. RESTRICTIONS ON Y2K LITIGATION, August 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 8. ATTORNEY MAY BE LIABLE TO NON-CLIENT FOR NEGLIGENT MISREPRESENTATION, July 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 7. ACCIDENT DISCHARGE OF SHOTGUN ‘AROSE OUT OF USE’ OF VEHICLE, June 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 6. DAUBERT STANDARDS APPLY TO ALL EXPERT TESTIMONY, May 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 5. EVIDENCE OF GOVERNMENT’S INSURANCE IS NOT DISCOVERABLE, April 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 4. IN-HOME DEMONSTRATION REQUIREMENT GIVES RISE TO DUTY, March 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 3. UNDIVIDED DUTY TO DEFEND AGAINST PARTIALLY COVERED CLAIMS, February 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 2. CLAIMS AGAINST PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION BARRED BY MALPRACTICE STATUTE, January 1999, Volume 1999, Issue No. 1. REPORTER AT BRANCH DAVIDIAN COMPOUND WAS ‘PUBLIC FIGURE’, December 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 12. PAID EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ADMISSIBLE; MULTIPLE AWARDS MAY VIOLATE DUE PROCESS, November 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 11. FAILURE TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE NOT NEGLIGENCE PER SE, October 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 10. NO DUTY TO WARN EPILEPTIC OR TELL HIM NOT TO DRIVE, September 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 9. LIMITATIONS IN PRE-BIRTH MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES, August 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 8. NON-SUBSCRIBERS NOT LIABLE FOR RETALIATORY DISCRIMINATION, July 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 7. COMMON-LAW PREJUDGMENT INTEREST RULES REVISED, June 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 6. MENTAL ANGUISH BASED ON NEGLIGENT PROPERTY DAMAGE IS NOT COMPENSABLE, May 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 5. ELEVATOR OWNER OWES INVITEE ONLY DUTY OF ORDINARY CARE, April 1998, Volume 1998, Issue No. 4.