J. Hoke Peacock II
Partner since 1970
J. Hoke Peacock II has a broad-based practice primarily in business
litigation. Hoke has been listed in
The Best Lawyers in America since 1997. Over the last 47 years, he
has been a bond lawyer, a contracts
lawyer, a real estate lawyer, and a trial lawyer. He has always
tried the odd or different cases, from wage
and hour disputes in the late 1960's, securities arbitrations in the
1970's, bankruptcy cases in the 1980's, business disputes in the
1990's, to patent infringement cases as plaintiff and defendant in
the late 1990's and early 2000's. He was lead counsel for the City
of Beaumont in proceedings to recover $20,000,000 it lost in the ESM
Government Securities debacle, which cases were in Florida, New
York, and Texas, and were in state and federal courts, including
bankruptcy court. Ultimately, the City recovered $22,000,000
from ESM and its principals and from the banks and auditors that
made the ESM scam possible. Hoke
also represents several mineral owners in disputes with surface
interests and other mineral owners. He
is actively involved in business affairs serving as a director of
American Electric Technologies, Inc.
(NASDAQ Symbol AETI).
His representative experience includes:
Led plaintiff's trial team in federal court suit for
infringement of Hong Kong patent resulting in a
verdict of $19,000,000.00.
Jointly led the defense of Prudential Insurance
Company in three sales practices cases in Jefferson
County, Texas in which class certification was
Represented lawyers in breakup of large plaintiffs'
asbestos law firm.
Led defense team in successful settlement of a multi
million dollar business fraud case.
Represented major aircraft manufacturer as plaintiff
in patent infringement suit that resulted in
substantial recoveries from several defendants after
plaintiff's successful appeal to Federal Circuit
from adverse Markman ruling by trial court.
Handled and resolved multi-party legal malpractice case
against major law firm arising out of a $5,000,000 land
Hoke received his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1963 and his law degree with honors from the University of
Texas School of Law in 1965. While attending the University of Texas
School of Law, Hoke was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review,
a member of the Order of the Coif and a member of the Friar Society.
He has been Board Certified in Commercial and Residential Real
Estate Law since these specialties were first recognized by the
Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1983. He served on the Real
Estate Specialization Examination Commission the following year and
for a number of years thereafter, ultimately becoming Chairman of
that Commission. Hoke has also been Board Certified in Civil Trial
by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991. Thereafter,
he served on the Civil Trial Specialization Examination Commission
for 10 years. He is one of only a dozen or so Texas lawyers that are
Board Certified in both Commercial Real Estate Law and Civil Trial
Law, and is the only lawyer who has ever served on both examination
commissions for these specialties.
Hoke is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Proctor of the
Maritime Law association of the United States.
Hoke is a member of The Southeast Texas Orchid Society and has
served as its President.
Hoke practices primarily in the firm's office in
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