November 10, 2009

Dallas, TX – November 10, 2009 – Tom Lillard, Bob Wise, and Andy Szygenda have left the international law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP to open Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC (LWS), a Dallas-based litigation boutique formed to provide elite legal representation at rates responsive to today’s economic climate.

With more than 75 years of experience, 300 trials and arbitrations, and over 50 appeals between them, LWS’s attorneys intend to fill the void for accomplished lawyers who can provide superior legal services at rates that allow clients to base their litigation decisions, not on the cost of litigation, but on business considerations, principal, and disputes’ merits.

“After years of unrelenting rate inflation at large firms, business leaders and individuals are increasingly unwilling to entrust significant disputes to $300 an hour, first- and second- year lawyers supervised by distant $600 an hour partners,” noted Mr. Lillard.  “We have created LWS to satisfy the demand for experienced lawyers whose rate structures allow them to personally take an active role in their clients’ matters.  When our clients hire the experienced lawyers at LWS, they actually get personal attention from those experienced lawyers.”

Mr. Szygenda explained the reasons for establishing LWS as follows: “In an age where law firms increasingly view their clients as profit centers, we appreciate that our clients are real people with real problems who need affordable, accomplished lawyers defending their interests.  We exist to provide that representation.”

The new office of LWS is located in Sterling Plaza at 5949 Sherry Lane, Suite 1255, Dallas, Texas, 75225.

About Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC
LWS is a litigation boutique that represents businesses and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts and arbitration forums throughout the United States and provides pre-litigation counseling to its clients.  The attorneys at LWS have successfully represented clients in a variety of energy-related disputes, employment matters, complex commercial cases involving misrepresentation, contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of confidential information, and tortious interference claims, as well as litigation involving ERISA, construction defects, real property rights, and insurance coverage. 
For more information, visit the firm’s website at or contact Emily Diebitsch at (214) 739-2013 or