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Hunter Fugate

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Hunter Fugate concentrates his practice in litigation with a focus on commercial disputes.

Professional Biography

Overview

Hunter Fugate is an associate in Baker Donelson's Houston office and a member of the Litigation Group.

Hunter concentrates his practice in litigation with a focus on commercial disputes. As a litigator he has handled a wide range of matters involving commercial and residential real estate disputes. He brings extensive trial experience that includes both jury and bench trials, alternative dispute resolution, appellate matters, and defending government and regulatory investigations. Hunter also has experience in client development by educating clients through teaching legal seminars on compliance issues involving lease contracts, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other federal and state statutes and regulations.

Before joining Baker Donelson, Hunter practiced commercial litigation at a boutique business litigation firm in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, Hunter graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully defended a national multifamily management company in a lawsuit involving various breach of contract claims, which resulted in a unanimous jury verdict.

  • Successfully defended national multifamily owners and management companies in several disputes before the Texas Workforce Commission.

  • Successfully defended a national multifamily management company in an administrative action against a city water utility for reimbursement of improper overcharges for water usage.

  • Successfully represented national multifamily owners and management companies in hundreds of bench trials and numerous jury trials across Texas involving residential and commercial disputes.

  • Successfully defended national multifamily owners and management companies in numerous residential and commercial lawsuits involving breach of contract claims, business related tort claims, DTPA claims and discrimination lawsuits.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Real Estate Litigation (2021)
  • Member – State Bar of Texas
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Houston Bar Association
  • Member – Houston Young Lawyers Association
Speaking Engagements
  • "Leasing 101," Houston Apartment Association (2019)
  • "Leasing 101," Houston Apartment Association (2018)
  • "Leasing 101," Houston Apartment Association (2017)

Education

  • SMU Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude
    • Recipient, Dean's Scholarship
    • Dean's List Scholastic Honor Roll
    • Advocacy Champion, Jackson Walker Moot Court Competition
    • Member, Corporate Law Association
  • Baylor University, B.A., 2012
    • Recipient, Presidential Academic Scholarship
    • Dean's List Scholastic Honor Roll

Admissions

  • Texas, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2019

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