Worthy Walker
Partner
Dallas

Expertise and Experience
Worthy Walker is a trial lawyer and problem solver focused on energy, banking and other complex business litigation, and known for his direct approach and convincing, quick-on-his-feet courtroom demeanor. Worthy handles both prosecution and defense of cases throughout the U.S., from initial case strategy through trial and on appeal.

Worthy focuses on the most efficient, creative and effective ways to resolve disputes. Over the years, he has represented various businesses, financial institutions and individuals in disputes in the following industries: banking, oil and gas exploration, natural gas transportation, software, apparel, manufacturing, mining, restaurants and food supply, real estate, aviation, construction and marketing. While many of his clients are individuals and closely held businesses, Worthy also represents major multi-national companies in high-exposure cases.

Worthy has represented directors and shareholders in partnership and shareholder oppression disputes. He also has diverse experience with employment and severance disputes, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret and non-competition matters, as well as nearly every type of employment claim.

In addition, Worthy is often called upon to serve as local counsel to out-of-state attorneys for cases filed in the state and federal courts of Texas, particularly in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin Counties.

Although based in Dallas, Worthy has handled cases and/or been admitted to practice “pro hac vice” in courts in a variety of other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio and Oregon.

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Energy Litigation
Banking
Employment Law

Activities and Honors
Worthy repeatedly has been recognized by his peers as one of the top young business litigation attorneys in the State of Texas.  In 2017, he was named to the “Texas Super Lawyers” list, published by Thompson Reuters and in Texas Monthly magazine.  From 2009 to 2016, he was named to the “Texas Rising Stars” List included in the same publications.  Less than 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys are selected for the “Rising Star” honor.  Worthy also is an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer in the Martindale Hubbell peer-review system, representing the highest level of peer-review rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Worthy is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and Collin County Bar Association.  He also is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Due to his sincere interest in promoting trial advocacy, Mr. Walker frequently volunteers to judge mock trial competitions for Texas high schools.

Education
Southern Methodist University
The University of Texas School of Law

Bar Admissions
Texas, 2001

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Fun Facts
Worthy is a third-generation Texan who spent the majority of his life in North Texas.  He also is a lifelong soccer player and participant in the North Texas soccer community. In his spare time, he can usually be found outdoors with his wife, Amy, and his two children, who also love soccer. Prior to law school, Worthy engaged in many creative endeavors, including being involved in SMU’s advertising “creative track” and working as a graphic artist. He credits this experience for allowing him to view the practice of law – and the presentation of cases at trial – in a unique way.

Tel: (214) 780-1400
Fax: (214) 780-1401
Email: wwalker@shackelfordlaw.net