Biographical Information

Douglas Hafer is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, the highest skill and ethics and integrity ranking available. For seven years, he was selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers,” a listing of top attorneys in Texas compiled through independent polling and research and is published by Texas Monthly. This distinction is held by no more than five percent of Texas lawyers for the year. Mr. Hafer is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hafer has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts ranging from personal injury to oil and gas to complex business and employment disputes. Additionally, Mr. Hafer has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, and briefed and argued over one hundred motions in state and federal courts. Mr. Hafer also has significant appellate court experience. He has successfully represented appellants and appellees in cases argued before the federal and state appellate courts.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Texas, 1993

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997


Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Juris Doctor, 1993
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Southern Methodist University Law Review, Leading Articles Editor, 1991-1993

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Bachelor of Science, Business, 1989

Honors & Awards

AV “Preeminent” (5.0 out of 5) Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, current

“Top Lawyer,” Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2011-2016

“Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly, 2006, 2008-2014

State Bar College, 2000-2001

Professional Associations

Board Certified In Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004

Representative Cases

Frymire Eng’g Co. v. Jomar Int’l, Ltd., 259 S.W.3d 140 (Tex. 2008)

Padilla v. Flying J, Inc. , 119 S.W. 3d 911 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2003)

Tex. Ass’n Govt. Risk Mgmt. Pool v. Matagorda County, 52 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. 2000)

Webb v. B.C. Rogers, 174 F.3d 697 (5th Cir. 1998)


“Lost Future Royalties: Lessons from Recent Decisions” (co-author with Logan W. Simmons), 31 Franchise L.J. 150, 2012

“Mineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor’s Rights, Obligations, and Risks in Royalty Mispayment Scenarios, Including the Pitfalls and Prerogative of Self-Help Recoupment” (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis), 18 TEX. WESLEYAN L. REV. 85, 2011

“Mineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor’s Right of Recoupment” (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis), Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, August, 2011

“Surface-Owner Conflicts: When and How to Obtain a TRO” (co-author), American Association of Professional Landmen, Southwest Land Institute Publication, April 14, 2011

“A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes and The Current State of the Accommodation Doctrine,” (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis and Logan W. Simmons), 17 TEX. WESLEYAN L. REV. 47, 2010