Slates Harwell

EDUCATION

B.A. (English and Political Science), Louisiana Tech University (2004)

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2009)

Aaron T. Capps

Partner

With a wealth of experience in addressing legal challenges faced by those engaged in the construction industry, Aaron has assisted clients in all manner of complex issues. He represents Fortune 500 companies with most of his time spent advocating on behalf of owners, developers, and general contractors regarding private and public projects. He also has experience representing clients regarding issues arising from oil and gas projects and wind farms. In addition to his construction experience, his knowledge base extends into numerous other areas as he has handled personal injury lawsuits, lease issues, entity formation, representing creditors in bankruptcy issues, and numerous partnership disputes.

Aaron has successfully tried multiple cases to jury verdicts and arbitration awards. The knowledge Aaron has gained litigating construction disputes has enabled him to help clients on the front-end of projects as he has negotiated over $500 million in construction contracts. He has also drafted a variety of contracts, including those concerning employment matters and property purchases.

Away from work, Aaron enjoys time with his wife and two kids skiing, camping, attending concerts, fly fishing, or generally finding an excuse to stay outside with the family’s dog, Lincoln. As a former college football player and four-year team captain, he also thoroughly enjoys talking about or watching any sporting event.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

“Spoliation:  How it Impacts Your Case” – multi-client presentation (April 2012)

“Keeping Your Case Out of Federal Court with Fraudulent Joinder” – published in The Dicta (April 2012)

HONORS AND AWARDS

Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation, Texas (2023)

Board Certified for Construction Law Specialization by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2021 – present)

Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers (2022), Texas Rising Stars (2013 – 2021) (Construction Litigation), as published in Texas Monthly (A Thomson Reuters Service)

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40 (2018 and 2020)

Texas Young Lawyers Association, President’s Award of Merit (2014)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Selected as the “One to Watch” (August 2011)

Advocate, AAJ National Mock Trial Team

Louisiana Tech Football Team Captain (2001 – 2004)

Member, Western Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2002 – 2004)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

TouchDown Club of Dallas, New Members Class (2022 – 2023)

State Bar of Texas, Construction Law and Business Litigation Sections (2013 – present)

Dallas Bar Association:  Construction, Insurance, and Torts and Insurance Sections, Council of the Construction Law Section (2019 – present)Texas Association of Young Lawyers, Board Member (2012 – 2016)

The Real Estate Council, Class of the Associate Leadership Council (2017)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Leadership Class (2011)