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Wesley S. Alost

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Overview

Wes Alost is a respected litigator, as well as a bar and civic leader.  For almost twenty years, his practice has concentrated on defending products and premises liability claims in high-stakes, personal injury litigation in State and Federal Courts across the country.  He has served as national litigation counsel to a former Fortune 500 corporation, as well as regional counsel for international corporations, prominent closely-held companies and family businesses.  Typically, the claims he defends involve allegations of catastrophic loss, including terminal illness or death.

Mr. Alost has also represented various contractors in the prosecution and defense of construction claims, including suits and claims based upon breach of contract and construction delays. His broad experience also includes commercial litigation, professional liability actions, personal and commercial auto liability litigation, and maritime law.

Representative Experience

  • Defended industrial solvent producer as national counsel in personal injury, workers’ compensation and other litigation matters across the country. Most claims involved allegations of catastrophic personal injury or death, as well as claims for punitive damages.
  • Defended industrial minerals producer in hundreds of toxic tort suits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims.
  • Defended premises owner in wrongful death and personal injury toxic tort suits, including claims for neurological injury and death from welding fume exposure.
  • Represented process piping fabricator in multi-jurisdictional litigation against natural gas compression plant owner and general contractor, asserting breach of contract claims in excess of $1.5 million.
  • Defended several independent insurance agencies from third-party claims under professional liability policies.
  • Represented elevator manufacturing and servicing companies, both in defense of scores of personal injury and wrongful death claims, as well as in the prosecution of numerous construction and service contract claims.
  • Represented publishers’ advertising representative in month-long jury trial against magazine publisher and related corporate entities, including preparation of all post-trial motions and successful appellate pleadings.
  • Obtained jury verdict, including attorneys’ fees, on behalf of homeowners in breach of warranty and DTPA action against door and casement window manufacturer, including preparation of all post-trial motions and successful appellate pleadings.
  • Defended electrical component manufacturer in both premises and products liability claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage allegations.
  • Represented association of businesses in the hospitality industry in defeating attempt by the Regional Transit Authority to impose sales and use tax on hotel occupancy in the New Orleans region, including preparation of successful appellate pleadings.
  • Defended owner of tanker truck struck by commercial freight train in Webster Parish, Louisiana in personal injury suit brought by train crew.
  • Defended numerous personal injury suits, many including catastrophic loss claims, on behalf of commercial and personal auto liability carriers including surplus lines carriers.
  • Defended workers’ compensation claims against restaurants and hospitality-related businesses through a not-for-profit, state regulated and member-funded pool for workers’ compensation coverage.

Reported Cases

  • Hendrian v. Safety-Kleen Sys., Inc., No. 08-CV-14371, 2015 WL 4770966 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 13, 2015)
  • Union Carbide Corp. v. Loftin, 256 S.W.3d 869 (Tex.App. – Beaumont 2008)
  • Shell Oil Co. v. Baran, 258 S.W.3d 719 (Tex.App. – Beaumont 2008)
  • Regional Transit Authority v. Kahn, 742 So.2d 960 (La.App. 4 Cir. 1999)
  • Wicker v. Ford Motor Co., 67 F.Supp.2d 623 (E.D. La. 1999)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Named by his peers as a “Texas Rising Star” in Texas Monthly magazine for 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010
  • Articles/Book Review Editor of Loyola Poverty Law Journal, 1996 – 1997

Professional/Civic Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Dallas Bar Association Ambassador
    • 2017 Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, Co-Chair
    • 2014-2016 At-Large Director, Board of Directors
    • 2013 Bench/Bar Committee, Co-Lead-Chair
    • 2012 Public Forum Committee, Chair
    • 2010 CLE Committee, Chair
    • 2008 Courthouse Committee, Co-Chair
    • Recipient, Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award (2008)
    • Recipient, Presidential Citation (2012)
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Cub Scout Pack 325, Cubmaster
  • Boy Scout Troop 42, Committee Member
  • Dallas Academy Dad’s Club, Lower School Representative

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