Roy Atwood is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in representing companies in complex litigation. He has represented clients in construction, toxic tort, and product liability litigation, as well as state and local tax, outsourcing, contract, environmental class action, and negotiable instrument litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in Texas and across the country and represented clients in arbitration. Roy has served as national coordinating counsel for a group of Fortune 100 companies in lawsuits involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs in more than 20 jurisdictions. As national coordinating counsel, he has served in leadership roles on steering committees and in joint defense groups.
Roy recently assisted Firestone Building Products with claims relating to damage to the Superdome sustained during Hurricane Katrina. He also represented an international soft drink bottler in litigation over an acquisition. In 2008, he represented at trial a refining company disputing its state income tax obligations in Alaska. In 2001 and 2002, Roy was a member of a team of lawyers who obtained defense verdicts for clients in toxic tort cases, each of which The National Law Journal recognized as one of the top 20 defense wins of the year. Roy was also part of a trial team that represented a municipal utility company in a five-month trial over the construction of a nuclear power plant.
In addition to winning at trial, Roy has successfully negotiated settlements for clients when settlement was the appropriate result, sometimes under very difficult circumstances. In one matter, Roy handled contentious negotiations for a client that lasted five days and were conducted entirely in the presence of a United States Magistrate Judge.
After 14 years as a partner at Jones Day, Roy retired from Jones Day at the end of 2012 and opened Atwood Gameros LLP. He made this move with the intent of providing clients with efficient and high quality service at reasonable rates.
Roy is a frequent speaker on litigation-related topics and teaches in trial skills programs. He serves on the board of the Trial Skills section of the Dallas Bar Association and is a member of the Dallas Bar Foundation. He is past president of the board of trustees of LaunchAbility, which helps people with developmental disabilities lead fulfilling lives. In 2011, LaunchAbility honored Roy with their Milton P. Levy Jr. Volunteer Award. He has served on various boards and commissions in the city of Carrollton, Texas, including serving as a planning and zoning commissioner. Roy is also a Boy Scout leader, a Sunday school teacher, and a member of the board of a church-sponsored children's weekday program.
Roy has been licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas since 1988.