Winstead’s Business Divorce Team
- Ladd Hirsch
- John Tancabel
- Yasmin Atasi
- Steve Cagle
- David F. Johnson
- James Ruiz
- Steve Clarke
- Brad Monk
Ladd Hirsch is a solution-oriented business trial attorney with more than 30 years experience representing companies and high net worth business clients in complex litigation cases and arbitration matters. Ladd is both tenacious and pragmatic for his clients representing them in the courtroom and also in the boardroom with a clear-eyed focus on obtaining results that meet his clients’ short and long-term business goals.
Ladd has extensive experience prosecuting and defending complex business litigation matters, including disputes involving claims for breach of contract, business fraud, violations of fiduciary duties, breach of non-compete covenants, theft of trade secrets and business defamation. He has litigated claims arising in all of the following industries: real estate, manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, commercial lending, computer software and technology, construction, retail sales, insurance, multi-level marketing, beer distribution, food service, and video games.
Since the late 1990s, Ladd has devoted a significant focus of his practice on assisting clients who are going through a Business Divorce. In this practice, Ladd handles claims and related litigation for clients who are majority owners and minority investors holding substantial stakes in private Texas companies. In Business Divorce matters, Ladd prosecutes and defends claims both for and against fiduciaries (officers, directors, managers, general partners and trustees), which include claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of company governance documents and shareholder derivative claims. In this Business Divorce practice, Ladd also works regularly with family law attorneys and their clients to assist them with complex business and property issues that frequently arise in family law divorce proceedings.
Ladd has tried cases to judgment in both state and federal courts, including federal courts in New York and Chicago, and he has argued cases on appeal at both the state and federal levels in Texas. Throughout his career, Ladd has represented clients under hourly, contingent and hybrid (mixed-hourly and contingent) fee arrangements. Ladd has also been retained by other Texas attorneys to serve as an expert witness on the subject of recoverable legal fees. (Full Bio)
John Tancabel represents businesses and individuals in a variety of complex, high-stakes disputes in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. John has extensive experience with ownership disputes over the control and management of businesses, including fiduciary duty and securities related litigation. John brings a deep knowledge of business divorce issues to the resolution of these conflicts. John also has significant experience with class action and multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Before entering private practice, John served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sidney A. Fitzwater, who at the time was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. (Full Bio)
Yasmin Islam Atasi has been a member of Winstead’s litigation practice since 1990. Her practice includes lender liability defense, debt collection for financial institutions, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant litigation, securities fraud litigation, insurance defense, Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation and general complex commercial disputes. (Full Bio)
Steve Cagle – Houston
Steve Cagle is a member of Winstead’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Steve’s practice focus is complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction and contract disputes. Steve represents a wide range of clients from the energy, real estate and construction industries. He has represented clients in matters involving partnership disputes, derivative actions, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, theft of trade secrets and real estate disputes and transactions. As a senior litigation attorney, Steve is experienced in key business and industry issues that enable him to rapidly establish the best direction and solution for solving business challenges as efficiently as possible. (Full Bio)
David F. Johnson – Fort Worth
David Johnson maintains an active trial and appellate practice and has consistently worked on financial institution litigation matters throughout his career. David is the primary author of the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, which reports on legal cases and issues impacting the fiduciary field in Texas. David’s financial institution experience includes (but is not limited to): breach of contract, foreclosure litigation, lender liability, receivership and injunction remedies upon default, non-recourse and other real estate lending, class action, RICO actions, usury, various tort causes of action, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and preference and other related claims raised by receivers. David also has experience in estate and trust disputes including will contests, mental competency issues, undue influence, trust modification/clarification, breach of fiduciary duty and related claims, and accounting. (Full Bio)
James Ruiz – Austin
James Ruiz has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts across the nation representing his clients’ business interests for more than 25 years. James has broad industry experience in complex business and commercial litigation and arbitration cases in several substantive areas, including banking and real estate, intellectual property, securities, insurance, franchisor/franchisee disputes, corporate and partnership issues and governmental enforcement actions. James’ diversified experience has been key to his ability to come up with novel theories when handling complex litigation matters and to develop creative solutions to resolve difficult business problems. (Full Bio)
Steve Clarke – Dallas
Stephen Clarke is a trial and appellate lawyer who focuses on complex civil litigation. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes, contract and business tort litigation, class actions, insurance litigation, fiduciary litigation, real-estate litigation, and construction litigation. He also advises businesses and individuals on risk management and litigation avoidance. (Full Bio)
Brad Monk – Dallas
Brad Monk focuses his commercial litigation practice on defending large and small companies and individuals in breach of contract, business, medical device, non-compete, personal injury, professional liability, trade secret, and transportation industry disputes. Brad has extensive experience litigating cases in all pretrial phases and during trial. He has served as national coordinating counsel in product liability cases for manufacturers in the construction industry and as trial counsel for REIT-owned hotels and property management companies. He has also worked on teams defending banks, directors and officers, healthcare providers and medical device manufacturers in complex, multiparty, and multidistrict litigation up to and through trial and arbitration. (Full Bio)