Wayne B. Mason

Partner
wayne.mason dbr.com
Phone: (469) 357-2502 (469) 357-2502
Fax: (469) 327-0860

About

Wayne B. Mason is a highly experienced trial attorney who defends national and international clients in diverse complex litigation matters across the country. His exceptional communication skills and “cut-to-the-chase” style has endeared him to judges, juries and clients, who appreciate his straightforward approach.

Wayne acts as national and regional coordinating counsel and is often retained to represent companies facing “bet the company” litigation risks. He has substantial experience with class action cases and serves as lead counsel on bellwether cases, where the ramifications of a verdict extend far beyond the individual case. While many lawyers handle class action cases, and some have even try  class certification hearings, few hold the distinction, of having tried a class action case after it was certified. He also acts as a consultant to corporations by managing litigation and helping them  minimize exposures. Due to the high profile of many of his cases, Wayne has extensive experience with dealing the media and protecting his clients corporate brand.

He is routinely called upon by clients to serve in the lead-attorney role in complex cases headed for trial. Wayne’s clients know they can count on his courtroom savvy and cool resourcefulness under pressure, making him the ideal lawyer for these situations, regardless the subject matter of the case. The range of some of his recent engagements demonstrates this: he defended one of the largest school districts in the U.S.; strategizing in corporate governance and SEC matters for Fortune 100 clients; acting as lead counsel in an MDL; acting as lead defensive counsel in the Flint Water Crisis in Genesee County, Michigan; recently securing a very favorable jury verdict in a Mary Carter case tried for six weeks in Los Angeles; and acting as lead counsel in a class action tried in Missouri. Wayne is admitted pro hac vice in state and federal court in 38 states.

One of Wayne’s unique attributes is that he understands the power of narrative in litigation. His story-based approach to presenting information entertains, instructs and, most importantly, persuades judges and juries alike. An engaging storyteller, Wayne’s thoughtfully crafted stories and parables have captivated audiences from courthouses to convention halls.

Recognitions

"Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation (2017)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Litigation Counsel of America-Fellow

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

“Unquestionably, Mr. Mason ... possess[es] … a level of skill and experience only a very small percentage
of lawyers have … as demonstrated throughout this litigation and by the verdict.” 

Member, American College of Trial Lawyers

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.S., 1981

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Organizations

  • National Center for State Courts – Lawyers Division
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Past President and Executive Committee member
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Past President and Executive Committee member
  • Defense Research Institute, Past Member of Board of Directors
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow