Joshua L. Hedrick2022-08-23T20:20:20+00:00



Joshua L. Hedrick is a business trial lawyer and a founding member of Hedrick Kring Bailey PLLC. Mr. Hedrick focuses his practice on high-stakes litigation. As a result of this focus, Mr. Hedrick handles a broad array of business disputes representing both plaintiffs and defendants. His clients range from large, publicly-traded corporations to small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. In recent years, his practice has increasingly focused on bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, with a particular focus on the representation of post-confirmation liquidating trustees. His practice also includes shareholder and partnership disputes, fiduciary relationship disputes, insurance disputes, trade secret disputes, contract disputes, commercial real estate disputes, construction defect disputes, and disputes between commercial lenders and commercial borrowers.

Mr. Hedrick spends a significant amount of his time in the courtroom prosecuting and defending actions involving temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions, and the appointment of receivers; handling oral arguments; and trying lawsuits to judges and juries. Mr. Hedrick is also an experienced advocate in arbitration proceedings administered by the American Arbitration Association and others.

Professional Background

Mr. Hedrick is regularly sought out for his expertise in business litigation and trial advocacy. He has previously served as an adjunct professor of law at the UNT Dallas College of Law and at Baylor Law School. Most recently, he taught the trial advocacy course at UNT Dallas during the spring 2017 Semester. Mr. Hedrick also served as the Co-Director of Advocacy Programs for the UNT Dallas College of Law, where he coordinated instruction for the mock trial program and assisted with the development of the curriculum for advocacy students. Mr. Hedrick has extensive experience coaching competitive mock trial teams, both at UNT Dallas and Baylor Law.

Before founding Hedrick Kring Bailey PLLC, Mr. Hedrick was Counsel in the business litigation section of the Dallas office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he served on the Dallas office’s recruiting and hiring committee.

Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Hedrick spent a year serving as law clerk for the Honorable Ed Kinkeade of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. While in law school, he served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Justice Bob Pemberton of the Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin.

Mr. Hedrick is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Mr. Hedrick is also a member of the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He is an active member of the Dallas civic community, where he supports many community organizations. Most recently, Mr. Hedrick served for over five years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization providing interscholastic debate opportunities for students in the Dallas Independent School District.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully served as lead trial counsel in bankruptcy litigation matter involving claims against affiliated bankrupt oil and gas entities, resulting in bench trial victory; case settled after bench trial
  • Successfully served as lead counsel to the trustee of the Dune Plan Trust in lawsuit asserting claims against former directors and officers of bankrupt entity; case settled after favorable ruling following pre-trial evidentiary hearing
  • Served as lead counsel to beneficiary of liquidating trust in matter involving fraud and contractual claims previously held by debtor
  • Currently serving as co-counsel to liquidating trustee in a matter involving fraudulent transfer claims pending in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Served as a member of trial team in insurance dispute that resulted in a favorable $20 million verdict
  • Currently serving as co-counsel for class action involving underpaid royalty claims
  • Served as lead counsel in successful prosecution of case on behalf of minority shareholder in technology company in a dispute with majority shareholders and company management
  • Successfully defended the officers and directors of a private oil and gas company in a dispute with minority shareholders related to stock acquisition and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Successfully defended the majority investor in a commercial real estate venture in a dispute with the venture’s management
  • Successfully served as lead trial counsel in real estate case involving claims for trespass and declaratory relief related to an easement, resulting in trial court findings of fact for client and judgment for client
  • Successfully obtained an ex parte temporary restraining order on behalf of an employer against a former employee who had allegedly stolen company trade secrets
  • Successfully defended an employee at an injunction hearing where a former employer sought a temporary injunction to prevent the employee from working for a competitor
  • Successfully defended a commercial lender at a temporary injunction hearing where a commercial borrower sought to enjoin the foreclosure of a multimillion-dollar property
  • Successfully defended commercial lender in an adversary proceeding filed by a bankrupt commercial borrower
  • Successfully obtained the ex parte appointment of a receiver over a multimillion-dollar commercial property
  • Prosecuted and defended multiple cases involving breach of contract claims related to supply agreements with millions of dollars at stake

Educational Background

Mr. Hedrick received his B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Missouri in 2004. He founded the University of Missouri Policy Debate Team and was an active CEDA/NDT collegiate debater, winning several tournaments and numerous speaker awards. In 2004, he was recognized as the College Debater of the Year (Glenn R. Capp Award).

Mr. Hedrick received his J.D. cum laude in 2007 from Baylor University, where he was the Leon Jaworski Scholar and served as an executive editor for the Baylor Law Review. While in law school, he was a member of Baylor’s moot court and mock trial teams, winning a variety of competitions including the 2007 American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Mock Trial National Championship and the 2006 ABA Moot Court Regional Championship. As a result of his success in the Baylor Law advocacy programs, he was recognized as Baylor Law School’s most outstanding advocate in 2007.

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