• Biography

    Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, Ben Mesches successfully leads appellate and litigation teams in high-stakes cases at the crossroads of major public policy questions and emerging legal issues.

    Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners (2019-2020), as a leading Texas appellate lawyer, clients value Ben’s experience and big-picture perspective, seek his counsel in developing crisis-management strategies in the aftermath of potentially crippling adverse trial court decisions, and praise his ability in “preparing us for” the ranges of issues and outcomes that “come up on appeal and what to expect” as litigation unfolds.

    Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ben has been the architect of winning litigation strategies in the appellate courts. In 2019 alone, he has secured high-profile wins in these cases:

    • In the Texas Supreme Court in a landmark case upholding the constitutionality of public pension reforms implicating nearly $1 billion in pension assets.
    • Before the Fifth Circuit in a wind-power dispute worth more than $300 million, reversing—for the second time—a district court decision.
    • At the Third Circuit in a trademark case in which the court held that a major pharmaceutical company owned intellectual property rights, defeating an $80 million claim.

    Ben’s peers recognize his collaborative leadership style both inside the firm and within prestigious legal organizations. In addition to leading the firm’s global litigation practice, he has served as President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers—the only national appellate-bench organization in the country—and Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section.

    And Ben is regularly asked to write and speak on litigation and appellate practice topics, including post-judgment strategy; practice before the Texas Supreme Court; Fifth Circuit trends; bankruptcy appeals; and the selection and preservation of issues for appeal.

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • "Appellate Year-in-Review: The Fifth Circuit and SCOTX," co-author, Texas Lawbook, December 26, 2019.
    • “When the Heat is On: Handling Bonds, Stays, and Other Appellate Emergencies,” panelist, 2019 AJEI Summit, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2019.
    • “Chief Justice Jack Pope’s Influence on Jurisprudence,” presentation at the State Bar of Texas’ History of Texas and Supreme Court Jurisprudence course, Austin, Texas, April 28, 2017.
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2001, with honors; Member, Texas Law Review
    • B.A., Political Science, Trinity University, 1998, cum laude
      • Justice Harriet O'Neill, Texas Supreme Court (2001-2002)
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Supreme Court
    • Texas Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas