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Darrell  Noga’s practice involves a variety of defense work and

focuses on representation of diverse governmental and corporate entities.

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Darrell G-M Noga

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

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Attorney, Darrell Noga

PRACTICE AREAS

 

Governmental/Municipal

Defense

 

Commercial Litigation

 

Labor and Employment

 

Collective Bargaining

Negotiations

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Georgetown University

School of Law, J.D., 1984

 

DePaul University, Chicago,

IL, M.A., 1981

(with highest honors)

B.A., 1979

(with highest honors)

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

Texas

 

Illinois

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

AFFILIATIONS

 

State Bar of Texas

Texas City Attorney’s Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Dallas Association of Defense Counsel

Dallas Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Illinois Bar Association

 

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for

the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the

Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the

Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the

Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the

Western District of Texas

Supreme Court of Texas

U.S. District Court for the

Northern District of Illinois

Supreme Court of Illinois

Head of Firm’s Governmental Section

 

Mr. Noga’s current practice involves a variety of defense work and focuses on representation of diverse governmental and corporate entities with a particular emphasis on defending Texas municipalities,

police and fire departments, and other government agencies in various civil rights, land use and planning, employment and tort actions. Mr. Noga also represents such entities and other clients in civil service

and other municipal matters. His experience has led to him being named panel counsel for the Texas Municipal League. He also has substantial additional experience in tort, contract, employment, commercial, insurance, and complex land use litigation, with extensive Federal and State trial experience, and appellate

experience in state courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Author of numerous papers discussing various litigation issues and tactics, school issues, civil rights litigation, employment law and other issues, member of the Texas City Attorneys’ Association and frequent lecturer, and has served on multiple occasions as a member of the State Bar Planning Committee and Faculty for the annual Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar, and was Course Director

in 2008.

 

 

 

Representative Matters

 

Covenant Media of Texas, et al v. City of Cedar Hill, Texas

Covenant Media of Texas, et al v. City of Mesquite, Texas

Pending First Amendment (Billboard cases)

 

Edwards v. Mid-Continent Office Distributors, et al. - Commercial/Business litigation - won state court bench trial

 

Guillaume v. Greenville - Texas Whistleblower Act claim - Won Motion for Summary Judgment

 

Jim Sowell Construction Company vs. City of Coppell - Federal Fair Housing Act claims - won federal trial

I.H.S. Cedars Treatment Center of Desoto, Texas, Inc., et al. v. Ramos, Jr., M.D., et al. v. Jodi Marie Mason, Individually and as next friend of Ashley Ladon Mansfield, a Minor, and as Next Friend of Courtney Marie Mason, a Minor, and Karen Rudd, Respondents - Supreme Court of Texas, 2004 Tex. LEXIS 534; 47 Tex. Sup. J. 666 - Argued before the Texas Supreme Court in conjunction with codefendant's counsel and won case

 

Forney Messenger, Inc. and Cary L. Griffin v. City of Forney - First Amendment retaliation allegations - won federal trial

 

Jerry R. Brown v. Dinerstein Management, Inc., et al. - Premises Liability - won state trial

 

Kristen G. Borth v. City of Cedar Hill, Texas - Employment Discrimination (in testing) against Fire Department - won federal trial

 

David Rigney v. City of Rowlett - Employment termination: Won Motion for Summary Judgment in both state and subsequent federal suits.

 

 

 

Articles

 

“Seven Deadly Sins to Avoid in Collective Bargaining”

Seminar: 2010 - Elected Officials’ Conference, Texas Municipal League and Association of Mayors, Council

Members and Commissioners (AMCC)

 

“Hot Topics in Damages”

Seminar: 2009 - Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, State Bar of Texas

Faculty Member and Member of the State Bar Planning Committee

Seminar: 2009 Workshop, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool

 

“An Illusion of Privacy? Exploring Recent Employee Confidentiality Issues and Related Recent Legislative

and Legal Developments”

Seminar: 2009 - Texas Municipal Human Resources Administration Employment Law Seminar

 

“Reemployment & Mitigation in Calculating Back & Front Pay Losses”

Seminar: 2008 Workshop, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool

 

“Pleas to the Jurisdiction”

Seminar: 2006 Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, State Bar of Texas

Faculty Member and Member of State Bar Planning Committee

 

“Use of Experts: Qualifying, Damages and Getting Ready for Depositions”

Seminar: 2005 Workshop, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool

 

“Handling Texas Claims Involving Governmental Entities”

Seminar: Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo Client Seminar, June, 2005

 

“Defending Fair Housing Act Claims and HUD Complaints”

Seminar: Southwestern Legal Foundation, June, 2002

 

“Removal Practice”

Seminar: Federal Bar Association, March, 2002

 

“Defending Fair Housing Act Claims and HUD Complaints”

Seminar: Southwestern Legal Foundation, June, 2001

 

“Fair Housing Act and HUD Litigation”

Seminar: Southwestern Legal Foundation, June, 2000

 

“So You Call Them Junk! Excluding Them, Including Them: The world of Experts”

Seminar: 1998 Suing & Defending Governmental Entities, State Bar of Texas

Faculty Member and Member of State Bar Planning Committee

 

“The Federal Fair Housing Act and HUD Complaints”

Seminar: Southwestern Legal Foundation, June, 1998

 

“Handling a Trio of Management Issues: Reasonable Accommodation, Leave and Return to Work Under

Current Law”

Seminar: Employment 101, Texas Municipal League, October, 1998

 

“Ethical Considerations In Defending Government Entities, Particularly in Employment Cases, Including a

Discussion of Spoliation Issues”

Seminar: Texas City Attorneys’ Association, Fall Conference, October, 1998

 

“Title IX Exposure of Texas Schools”

Seminar: State Bar School Law Section - 1997 Summer Retreat

 

“Defending Police Excessive Force Cases”

Seminar: Texas City Attorneys’ Association

 

“Where’s My Dancing Partner?”

Seminar: Third Party Practice in Texas

 

“Frivolous Lawsuits in State and Federal Courts”

Seminar: Texas Municipal League

 

“Recent Federal Cases of Interest to Cities”

Seminar: Texas Municipal League - City Attorneys’ Section

 

“Civil Rights Claims - A Trial Lawyer’s Perspective”

Seminar & Course Book

 

 

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