April L. Farris

Partner
Contact
afarris@yettercoleman.com
713.632.8076 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

April represents clients in high-stakes matters including contract disputes, business torts, Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) procedure, and government-law issues. She has argued and won cases for her clients in the Fifth Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, and Texas courts of appeals. Her advice on brief craftsmanship appears in the Winning on Appeal appellate treatise, and she gives frequent presentations on legal issues. She previously served as an Assistant Solicitor General for the State of Texas.

As an experienced appellate litigator, April knows that she best serves the client by being helpful to the court. Her briefs blend compelling factual story-telling with sharp legal analysis, crafted in the belief that every brief should be a persuasive and enjoyable read, never a slog.

April is a prolific public speaker, especially on the Texas anti-SLAPP statute. She has given more than ten presentations on TCPA practice throughout the state. April currently serves a three-year term on the Council of the Texas State Bar Appellate Section.  She also co-chairs the Appellate Section’s CLE committee.

Representative Experience
  • Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. v. West Texas LPG Pipeline, L.P. Obtained a favorable appellate interpretation of contract on behalf of West Texas LPG Pipeline in a contract dispute valued at over $10 million.
  • America’s Collectibles Network, Inc. v. Sterling Commerce (America) Inc. Obtained Sixth Circuit victory on issue of duplicative damages, saving client IBM over $18 million.
  • Confidential Client.  Won total TCPA dismissal of million-dollar lawsuit against energy client for breach of contract and quantum meruit. Trial court awarded our client full attorney fees, conditional appellate fees, and sanctions.
  • Estate of O’Hern v. Mughrabi. Achieved appellate reversal of order denying TCPA motion as to live portion of fiduciary-duty breach claim. Claim sought to penalize former HOA members for exercising their free-speech rights.
  • DTM Assets, LP et al. v. FDNM, Inc. Procured settlement in favor of plaintiff-appellee client for 99.9% of the supersedeas bond amount on the eve of case submission. Briefing demonstrated trial-stage waiver of appellant's primary appellate point.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • 2019 Gutenberg Award, Abilene Christian University
  • "Texas Rising Star," in Appellate by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Council Member: Texas State Bar Appellate Section, 2016-2019
  • Committee Chair: Government Appellate Lawyers’ Committee, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, 2014-2017
  • Board Member:  Abilene Christian University Alumni Bar Association, 2016
  • Director: Civil Appellate Practice 101 Annual Course, 2016
  • Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
  • Garland R. Walker Inn of Court
Presentations & Publications
  • "Texas-Style Appeal for Litigation Finance - Monetizing Claims Even While Case Drags On," Texas Lawyer, November 14, 2019 (co-author)
  • “Texas Anti-SLAPP Overview," 42nd Annual Advanced Civil Trial  Course, 2019 (moderator)
  • “Changes to Motion to Dismiss Procedure in Texas,” Business Disputes Annual Course, 2019 (panelist)
  • “Texas Citizens Participation Act and Anti-SLAPP: Hand Grenade or Rifle Shot?” Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, 2019 (panelist)
  • “Texas Supreme Court Update,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2019
  • “How TCPA Motions to Dismiss Have Changed Texas Litigation: UT Law CLE Webcast, March 2019 (co-presenter)
Education & Professional Background
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2009 (Managing Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy)
  • Abilene Christian University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2006 (Presidential Scholarship, ACU Board of Trustees Award)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009-2010
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2009