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Heather L. Winkles

Associate

T: 972-934-9100     F: 972-934-9200     hwinkles@feesmith.com

PRACTICE AREAS

 

General Civil Litigation

 

Transportation Liability

 

Premises Liability

 

Products Liability

 

Professional Liability

 

Wrongful Death & Survival

 

ADA Website Accessibility

 

Creditors’ Rights

 

Bankruptcy

 

Commercial Litigation

 

 

EDUCATION

 

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2015

 

The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2010

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

Texas

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

 

Texas State Court

 

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

 

 

HONORS

 

Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers: 2019 – 2020

 

Top Attorneys by Texas Monthly Magazine: 2019 – 2020

 

The Top Women Attorneys in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine: 2021

 

Recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction: 2020

 

CALI Award for Excellence Legal Ethics: 2015

 

Certificate of Appreciation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott: 2008, 2013

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

AFFILIATIONS

 

Dallas Women Lawyers Association

 

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

 

Dallas Regional Chamber

of Commerce

 

Dallas Bar Association

 

State Bar of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Lane Winkles is an Associate Attorney at Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP in Dallas, Texas. Her primary practice is defense of individuals and businesses in high-stakes matters, including commercial litigation, transportation liability, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, wrongful death & survival, and ADA website accessibility. Heather’s representation commences in pre-suit negotiations and extends through post-judgment remedies in state, federal, bankruptcy, and appellate courts across Texas and the United States.

 

Heather began her legal career in the representation of secured creditors of consumer and commercial loans in the automotive finance industry. Her focus is loss mitigation by efficient collateral recovery via sequestration/replevin/repossession. It also includes handling bankruptcy, storage/mechanic’s liens, state and federal seizure/forfeiture, priority disputes, bonded titles, lien loss, dealer agreements, judgment enforcement, SCRAs, medical bills, domestic support, landlord/tenant, and probate.

 

She is a two-time selectee as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Attorneys designated as Rising Stars are up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger and have practiced law for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team to receive this honor. The Texas Rising Stars list is also published by Texas Monthly Magazine. In the January 2021 issue of Texas Monthly Magazine Heather will be featured in The Top Women Attorneys in Texas. She has also been recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction.

 

Ms. Winkles earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, including a business certificate from the Red McCombs School of Business. Heather earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law, including a mediation certificate from the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution.  While in law school, Heather was an Editor of the CURRENTS: International Trade Law Journal.  She made the Dean’s Honor List, was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence in legal ethics, and was a finalist in several mock trial competitions.  She also clerked for the Texas Attorney General’s Office and served as a Judicial Intern for the 311th District Court in Harris County, Texas.  Her most beloved moment of her law school career came as a participant in a study abroad program in Galway, Ireland, where she took direct instruction from United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. As a law student of Justice Scalia, she learned to unveil the frequent legal arguments that the late Justice said, “will come before the Court clad, so to speak, in sheep's clothing” and to vehemently advocate when the “wolf comes as a wolf.”

 

Heather is a native Texan with roots that stem back to the Republic of Texas.  She enjoys boating on Lake Ray Hubbard with her family and Labrador Retriever named Amicus Curiae.

 

 

 

Certifications

Basic Forty-Hour Mediation Certificate, Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution

 

Business Foundations Program Certificate, Red McCombs School of Business

 

 

 

Representative Matters

Defended in federal court credit union in alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title III Website Accessibility that resulted in a voluntary dismissal with prejudice. Cheryl Thurston v. Local 20 IBEW Federal Credit Union, Case No. 3:18-CV-00133, N.D. Tex., Jan. 18, 2018.

 

Prevailed on appeal for a national automotive finance company that it had an absolute right to nonsuit a lawsuit after regaining possession of a vehicle from a writ of sequestration when the repair shop failed to assert affirmative relief. Body Shop Auto Storage v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., No. 01-17-00693-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 5722 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] July 26, 2018).

 

Prosecuted in federal court a lawsuit on behalf of finance company that asserted a sundry of claims against insurance company that resulted in the immediate settlement and tender of rightful funds exceeding $1.32 million to the finance company.

 

Secured a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against dealer on behalf of lender to protect business reputation, safety of its customers and employees, and financial interests at stake exceeding $300,000.

 

Prosecuted breach of trust and fiduciary duty claims involving mineral interests in the multi-millions in Terry County, Texas.

 

Defended a dealer in defaulted floor plan agreement against lender and insurance company in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that resulted in dealer being paid total loss proceeds.

 

 

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