Respected Dallas Litigator and Appellate Lawyer Charlene Koonce Joins Brown Fox’s Dallas Office
August 23, 2021 by Brown Fox
Brown Fox is pleased to announce that Charlene Koonce has joined the firm as Partner. AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Koonce is frequently recognized for her legal skills by peers and legal publications, including D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list and Super Lawyers.
Brown Fox’s Managing Partner Russ Brown shared, “We’re genuinely humbled to have an attorney of Charlene Koonce’s caliber join our firm. She adds tremendous legal skill, wisdom, and integrity to an already talented litigation team.” Brown Fox Partner Cort Thomas added, “Having worked alongside Charlene (both as co-counsel and even as her client), I know that she is a fantastic addition to our burgeoning litigation and receivership practices. More importantly, I am ecstatic to partner with yet another talented, character-first lawyer who fits seamlessly on the Brown Fox team.”
Ms. Koonce brings a breadth of trial and appellate experience and has obtained favorable results through bench and jury trials, summary judgment, and appellate victories. Her recent tenure as the interim writ attorney and staff attorney for the Chief Justice of the Dallas Court of Appeals provides invaluable insight and expertise regarding appellate and mandamus issues, although she is equally at home in federal courts.
Along with litigation experience in a wide range of business and commercial litigation matters, Ms. Koonce has served as or represented equity receivers in more than two dozen government enforcement cases. She has obtained judgments against dozens of brokers, recipients of Ponzi scheme payments, and other facilitators or fraudsters in receivership-related lawsuits, and successfully defended those judgments on appeal at the Fifth Circuit.
Ms. Koonce graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University, then later cum laude from Pepperdine School of Law, where she received the President’s Scholarship (full tuition) and served as a member of the Pepperdine Law Review. She interned for the Hon. Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, U.S. District Court Judge from the Northern District of Texas. Ms. Koonce started her career at a large international firm and later joined a small regional firm, helping grow it to 60+ attorneys and becoming its first female equity partner.
Ms. Koonce is active in the community and has volunteered with the Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), DISD’s “Girls with Pearls” program, which mentors young immigrant girls, and as a YMCA youth coach. She currently serves on the Pepperdine Law School Board of Advisors and previously served on the Board of Directors of NAFER, Empowering Women as Leaders, and National Counsel of Appellate Staff Attorneys.