The Team

Founding partners Kelly Curnutt and Doug Hafer brought experience from large international firms, as well as small trial boutique firms when they formed Curnutt & Hafer, L.L.P. The firm’s passion, expertise, and determination has earned them Super Lawyer designations, and a prestigious AV rating, signifying the pinnacle of skill and integrity under the Martindale-Hubbell Rating System.

Our Mission

Our firm's mission is to treat every client's problem as if it were our own, and we focus on achieving the best bottom line results possible. To reach this goal, we have assembled a team of attorneys made up of accomplished business professionals, compassionate advocates, and experienced litigators. Our attorneys are committed to applying their skills and experience to resolving your problems through creative legal solutions. It is our goal that all of our clients will give us their highest personal recommendation.

Awards & Accreditations

 

Kelly J. Curnutt

Partner

Overview:

Throughout his career, Kelly Curnutt has successfully tried a wide array of cases in state and federal courts, both in Texas and other states, including complex business disputes, oil and gas cases, and injury and death claims. Additionally, Mr. Curnutt has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, briefed and argued over one hundred motions in state and federal courts, and has argued a number of cases in the appellate courts.

For several consecutive years, Mr. Curnutt has been selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers,” a listing of top attorneys in Texas compiled through independent polling and research and is published by Texas Monthly. This distinction is held by no more than five percent of Texas lawyers each year. Mr. Curnutt is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, the highest skill and ethics and integrity ranking available. He is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is the Past President of the Arlington Bar Association.

Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation
Oil & Gas Litigation
Insurance Litigation
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Nursing Home Liability

Background

Kelly Curnutt obtained his law degree in 1993 from the Southern Methodist University School of Law where he was the Managing Staff Editor of the SMU Law Review Association, Oral Argument Champion and Best Brief Finalist in the all-school moot court competition, Outstanding Advocate in the mock trial competition, recipient of an American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship, member of the Order of the Barristers, and Province Winner in the International Graduate of the Year Award for the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Mr. Curnutt received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1989 from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he served as president of his fraternity Phi Delta Theta, was selected to the Honor Roll and National Dean's List from 1985 to 1989, and served as a Younglife School Director. Mr. Curnutt is a former Certified Public Accountant, having previously worked for the KPMG Peat Marwick public accounting firm prior to entering law school.

Personal

Mr. Curnutt resides in Arlington, Texas with his wife, their youngest son, and two Labrador Retrievers. Their oldest son is a recent graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Both Mr. Curnutt and his wife grew up in Arlington where they collectively enjoy an expansive network of business and personal acquaintances. Mr. Curnutt is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, fishing, hunting and being outdoors with his family and friends whenever possible. He is also active in community affairs through the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club, and volunteering at his sons’ schools in various volunteer capacities.

Mr. Curnutt is an active member of Fielder Church, where he ushers during worship service, and teaches kindergarten on Sunday mornings. On Monday nights Mr. Curnutt leads a small group at the Arlington Men’s Class of Bible Study Fellowship. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of his favorite Bible verses:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Honors and Awards

AV "Preeminent" (5.0 out of 5) Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, current

"Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly, 2011-2016

"Top Lawyer," Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2011-2016

Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member

Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 2008

College of the State Bar of Texas, 1999

Fraternity

Phi Delta Theta

Education

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Juris Doctor, 1993
Honors: Order of the Barristers
Honors: Province Winner, Phi Delta Phi International Graduate of the Year Award
Honors: Recipient, American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship
Honors: Champion, Oral Argument, Jackson & Walker Moot Court Competition
Honors: Finalist, Best Brief, Jackson & Walker Moot Court Competition
Honors: Outstanding Advocate, Vial Hamilton Mock Trial Barristers Association
Law Review: Southern Methodist University Law Review Association, Managing Staff Editor, 1992-1993

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certifications/Specialties

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998

Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2009
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997
Texas, 1993

Published Works

"Surface-Owner Conflicts: When and How to Obtain a TRO" (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis), American Association of Professional Landmen, Southwest Land Institute Publication, April 14, 2011

"Surface-Owner Conflicts: When and How to Obtain a TRO" (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis), Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen, March 1, 2010

Classes/Seminars Taught

"A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes and the Current State of the Accommodation Doctrine," Southwest Land Institute, hosted by the American Association of Professional Landmen, Dallas, Texas, April 14, 2011

"A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes," Energy Symposium, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, March 4, 2011

"A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes," Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen (FWAPL), October 14, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas
Member

Arlington Bar Association
Past President

Tarrant County Bar Association
Member

Tarrant County Bar Association, Energy Law Section
Member

Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Interim President and CEO, 2015-2016

Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club
President Elect

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas, 2000-2014
Board of Directors, and Member

Young Men for Arlington, 1995-2000
President

Phi Delta Theta Arlington Alumni Club
Past President

 

Douglas R. Hafer

partner

Overview:

Douglas Hafer is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, the highest skill and ethics and integrity ranking available. For seven years, he was selected for inclusion in “Texas Super Lawyers,” a listing of top attorneys in Texas compiled through independent polling and research and is published by Texas Monthly. This distinction is held by no more than five percent of Texas lawyers for the year. Mr. Hafer is also Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hafer has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts ranging from personal injury to oil and gas to complex business and employment disputes. Additionally, Mr. Hafer has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, and briefed and argued over one hundred motions in state and federal courts. Mr. Hafer also has significant appellate court experience. He has successfully represented appellants and appellees in cases argued before the federal and state appellate courts.

Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation
Oil and Gas Litigation
Insurance Litigation
Franchise Litigation
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death

Representative Cases

Frymire Eng'g Co. v. Jomar Int'l, Ltd., 259 S.W.3d 140 (Tex. 2008)

Padilla v. Flying J, Inc. , 119 S.W. 3d 911 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2003)
Tex. Ass'n Govt. Risk Mgmt. Pool v. Matagorda County, 52 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. 2000)

Webb v. B.C. Rogers, 174 F.3d 697 (5th Cir. 1998)

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas
Member

American Bar Association
Member

Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association
Member

Tarrant County Bar Association
Member

Tarrant County Bar Association, Energy Law Section
Chair, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, 2011-2012; Secretary, 2010-2011

Arlington Bar Association
President, 2009; President-Elect, 2008; Secretary/Treasurer, 2007

Dallas Bar Association
Member

The College of Master Advocates and Barristers
Senior Counsel

Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Member

Certifications/Specialties

Board Certified In Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004

Education

Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Juris Doctor, 1993
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Southern Methodist University Law Review, Leading Articles Editor, 1991-1993

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Bachelor of Science, Business, 1989

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1997
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997
Texas, 1993

Published Works

"Lost Future Royalties: Lessons from Recent Decisions" (co-author with Logan W. Simmons), 31 Franchise L.J. 150, 2012

"Mineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor's Rights, Obligations, and Risks in Royalty Mispayment Scenarios, Including the Pitfalls and Prerogative of Self-Help Recoupment" (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis), 18 TEX. WESLEYAN L. REV. 85, 2011

"Mineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor's Right of Recoupment" (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis), Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, August, 2011

"Surface-Owner Conflicts: When and How to Obtain a TRO" (co-author), American Association of Professional Landmen, Southwest Land Institute Publication, April 14, 2011

"A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes and The Current State of the Accommodation Doctrine," (co-author with Daniel B. Mathis and Logan W. Simmons), 17 TEX. WESLEYAN L. REV. 47, 2010

Seminars Taught

"Mineral Royalty Mispayments: A Discussion of Common Mispayment Scenarios and Applicable Law," Strafford Webinar, November 21, 2013

"Failure-To-Develop Litigation: An Overview of Failure-To-Develop Litigation, Including Protection of Geophysical Data, and Lessons Learned in Trial," Energy Symposium, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, March, 2012

"Mineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor's Rights, Obligations, and Risks in Royalty Mispayment Scenarios, Including the Pitfalls and Prerogative of Self-Help Recoupment," Energy Symposium, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, March 3, 2011

"A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes and The Current State of the Accommodation Doctrin," Energy Symposium, Wesleyan School of Law, March 16, 2010

Honors and Awards

AV "Preeminent" (5.0 out of 5) Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, current

"Top Lawyer," Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2011-2016

"Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly, 2006, 2008-2014

State Bar College, 2000-2001

 

Adam K. Alexander

Associate

Background:

Adam K. Alexander concentrates his practice in oil and gas and business litigation. He is a member of numerous legal organizations, including the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. Mr. Alexander is admitted to practice law in all state courts of Texas.

Adam Alexander received his law degree in 2012 from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. While at Texas Wesleyan, Mr. Alexander was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and also served as citation editor for the Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law. Mr. Alexander focused his law school coursework in the area of civil litigation and property law. Prior to law school, Mr. Alexander graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Language.

Areas of practice:

Oil and Gas Litigation
Business Litigation
Franchise Litigation
Personal Injury

Education

Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
Juris Doctor, 2012
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
Law Journal: Citation Editor, Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Bachelor of Arts, 2009
Major: Political Science
Major: Spanish Language and Literature

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2012

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas
Member

American Bar Association
Member

Arlington Bar Association
Member

Dallas County Bar Association
Member

Tarrant County Bar Association
Member

 

Vicki Minter Hafer

Family Law Attorney

Background:

Vicki Minter Hafer concentrates her practice in family law. A member of the State Bar of Texas, she is also a member of the Arlington, Tarrant County Bar and Tarrant County Family Law Bar Associations. Prior to establishing her practice with Curnutt & Hafer in 2005, Ms. Hafer worked for two years as an associate attorney for Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, L.L.C. In 2009, she was selected for inclusion in Texas Monthly’s “Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in Family Law” edition. In 2011, Ms. Hafer was selected as a “Tarrant County Top Attorney” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.

Ms. Hafer’s expertise in family law includes cases of adoption, divorce, grandparent access, child support, enforcement, protective orders, and custody, including custody suits affecting the parent-child relationship, modification suits and paternity suits.

For more information, visit http://www.vickihafer.com

Area of practice:

Family Law

Education

Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Juris Doctor, 1994
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Hatton W. Summers Scholar
Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Torts
Honors: Barristers
SMU Law Tutor
Southern Methodist University Law Review, 1992-1994

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Bachelor of Arts, 1991
Major: Journalism
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1994

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
Member

Tarrant County Bar Association
Member

Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
Member

Arlington Bar Association
Member

Honors and Awards

"Top Lawyer," Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2011

"Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in Family Law,” Texas Monthly, 2009

 

Pat Wadlington, Jr.

Of Counsel

Bar Admissions:

Admitted to practice before all Texas State Courts

Admitted to practice before all Northern and Southeastern Federal District Courts of Texas

Areas of practice:

Business Torts
Negligence, Product Liability
Wrongful Death
Commercial Sales
Deceptive Trade/Unfair Competition
Probate and Trust Litigation
Intentional Torts
Invasion of Privacy
Public Information (State and Federal)
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Corporate and Business Organization Disputes

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
Juris Doctor, 1994
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Named Outstanding Male Graduate of 1994
Honors: Order of the Lytae
Honors: Editorial Board member, South Texas Law Review, 1993-94

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
Bachelor of Science, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

Texas Bar Association
Member

Dallas Bar Association
Member

 

Logan W. Simmons

Associate

Background:

Logan W. Simmons concentrates his practice in business litigation, oil and gas, and select personal injury. He is a member of numerous legal organizations, including the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and the Tarrant County Bar Association.

Two-time winner of the Texas Bar Journal annual short story contest, Simmons’ articles include Good News, Sunshine (2016, first place) and Johnny Flash (2017, second place).

Simmons received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. He served as the Associate Editor for the Texas Review of Law and Politics and was one of only seven recipients of the Townes-Rice Scholarship. Named the Robert Miller Scholar, Simmons also holds a B.S. in Political Science from Baylor University.

Areas of practice:

Oil and Gas Litigation
Business Litigation
Franchise Litigation
Personal Injury

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
Juris Doctor, 2007
Honors: Townes-Rice Scholarship recipient
Texas Review of Law and Politics, Associate Editor, 2005-2007

Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Bachelor of Arts, May 2004
Major: Political Science
Honors: Robert Miller Scholar (top student in department)

Bar Admission

Texas, 2007

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

Tarrant County Bar Association
Member

Dallas County Bar Association
Member

Arlington Bar Association
Member

State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section
Member

Publications

“Lost Future Royalties: Lessons from Recent Decisions” (co-author with Douglas R. Hafer), 31 Franchise L.J. 150, 2012

“A Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes and The Current State of the Accommodation Doctrine” (co-author with Douglas R. Hafer and Daniel B. Mathis), 17 TWESLEYAN L. REV. 2010

Two-time Texas Bar Journal annual short story contest winner, including “Good News, Sunshine” (2016, first place) and “Johnny Flash” (2017, second place).

 

Yvette M. Harper

Paralegal

Areas of Expertise

Yvette Harper provides paralegal and administrative support to partner Doug Hafer. She also manages and oversees numerous budgetary, information technology and other administrative functions for the firm.

Education and Certifications

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Bachelor of Science, 1995
Major: Political Science

Southeastern Paralegal Institute (Brightwood College)
Paralegal Certificate, 1996
With Honors

 

Deanne Schmidt

Case Manager

Areas of Expertise

Deanne Schmidt provides paralegal and administrative support to partner Kelly Curnutt. She also provides oversight and service to those clients of Curnutt & Hafer who are involved in personal injury cases.

Professional Associations and Education

State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division

Arlington Bar Association
Executive Secretary, 2006-2012

McMurry University, Angelo State University and
The University of Texas at Arlington
Various coursework

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