This summary of Mr. Dreiling’s expert witness experience does not include a number of lawsuits where he has been designated as an expert witness as to the reasonableness and necessity of trial or appellate attorney’s fees, or hearings or trials in which he has provided expert testimony about these issues.
Retained as a testifying expert for an attorney in a counter claim involving negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, consumer, breach of contract and other claims against the attorney.
Lawsuit involving breach of contract and other claims against an attorney. Mr. Dreiling has been retained as a defense testifying expert; has reviewed the underlying documents and depositions; performed the necessary legal research; and has provided his expert report. Mr. Dreiling’s testimony will involve the propriety of attorney’s contingent fee agreements, and issues involving the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Formal arbitration proceeding involving the formation, management and dissolution of a professional limited liability partnership. Mr. Dreiling was retained as a defense testifying expert; analyzed the relevant documents and deposition testimony; performed the necessary legal research; provided expert reports, and provided deposition and arbitration testimony on issues involving the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, a partner’s liability to his professional partnership, breach of a partner’s fiduciary duty, the proper interpretation and application of the Texas Partnership Act; and legal principles involved in the interpretation of the relevant provisions in the partnership agreement that served as the basis of the arbitration proceeding.
Motion for new trial proceeding in which Mr. Dreiling was retained as a testifying expert for the party seeking a new trial of an underlying trust lawsuit. Mr. Dreiling evaluated the underlying lawsuit; was the only witness to testify at the motion for new trial hearing; and provided testimony establishing a prior attorney’s professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary obligation, violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and opposing counsel’s attempt to coerce a settlement via the threat of criminal prosecution - testimony that supported the trial court’s decision to grant a new trial of the underlying lawsuit.
Mr. Dreiling was lead plaintiffs’ counsel in a lawsuit involving multiple claims against a bank concerning the bank’s mismanagement of a new home construction loan. Mr. Dreiling discovered and developed evidence, and provided testimony that resulted in trial court ordered sanctions against the bank in excess of $500,000.00.
Lawsuit involving claims by a lawyer against another lawyer for fees arising from an alleged fee sharing agreement in an underlying products liability/wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Dreiling was retained as a defense expert; analyzed the underlying suit; evaluated the plaintiff’s attorney’s performance in the preparation and trial of the underlying suit, and was prepared to provide expert testimony that the plaintiff’s attorney was not entitled to an attorney’s fee because he committed legal malpractice in handling the underlying suit; breached his fiduciary duties to his clients; and violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Retained as a plaintiff/insured’s consulting expert to evaluate insurance contract, and extra contractual insurance claim issues in this federal court underinsured motorist lawsuit against a national insurer.