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R. Heath  Cheek
Biography

Heath Cheek’s practice is focused on trials and disputes. He represents Fortune 500 companies, start up businesses, and high net-worth individuals in complex and high stakes litigation involving securities, real estate, health care, internal investigations, labor and employment, trusts and estates, patent and trade secrets litigation, and general commercial litigation. His cases have involved amounts in controversy ranging from a few hundred thousand to our $1.2 Billion. He has represented clients in the following industries: real estate, private equity, financial institutions, agriculture, telecommunications, technology, professional sports leagues, media companies, outdoor advertising, health care, and energy.


Education

  • J.D., Baylor Law School, 2006
  • B.A. in History and Political Science, magna cum laude in Honors Studies, Texas Tech University, 2003

Related Industries

Representative Matters
  • Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally obtained a $23.1 million dollar judgment after a week long jury trial in Jack County, Texas for a large United States cattle broker after Bell Nunnally’s client was defrauded by another Texas-based cattle broker. The case involved the untangling of a check-kiting scheme involving hundreds of transactions, tens of millions of dollars, and thousands of head of cattle which were allegedly bought and sold as part of a check-kiting scheme.  The verdict is believed to represent one of the largest cattle frauds in Texas history.
  • Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally successfully represented an innovative virtual payment technology company in a series of lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions involving trade secrets, patent infringement and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims.
  • Heath regularly represents private clients in disputes with government bodies and the Office of the Texas Attorney General over the scope of the Texas Public Information Act and other open records laws.
  • Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally represented a private equity group from lawsuits with over $40 million controversy by high net-worth investors claiming the group committed multiple violations of federal and Texas securities laws in acquiring a multinational industrial company.
  • Heath successfully obtained a $3,000,000 judgment from a Dallas State Court on behalf of an investment advisor arising out of the advisor’s work on the acquisition of an energy pipeline company on behalf of a Dallas-based private equity firm.  Following the judgment, Heath navigated a complicated collection process and negotiated a favorable payout agreement with the trustee of a Louisiana bankruptcy action.
  • On the day before Christmas Eve, Heath obtained emergency writs of attachment and garnishment on behalf of a community bank to prevent the disbursal of proceeds from the sale of a collateralized agricultural business in Northeast Texas.
  • Heath has been involved in more than a dozen FINRA arbitrations on both the claimant and defense side involving suits by investors brought against financial advisors.
  • Heath led a FINRA arbitration representing a high net worth oil and gas investor in a broker-dealer suit seeking over $10 million in damages and obtained a favorable settlement.
  • As an integral part of a team of lawyers, Heath represented a Dallas-based securities company in a $3,000,000 arbitration concerning the underwriting of municipal bonds by obtaining a dismissal. 
  • Heath obtained a motion for summary judgment for a Dallas-based homebuilder in a case of first impression involving obligations of Municipal Utility Districts under the Texas Water Code, serving an important role as part of a team of lawyers. 
  • Heath played an important role in a motion for summary judgment for a national insurance company in conjunction with an employee embezzlement of over a million dollars.
  • Heath served in an advisory role in due diligence matters pertaining to litigation and labor matters arising out of the $500,000,000 purchase of a national restaurant chain by client.
Noteworthy
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Texas Monthly, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • Selected by the Dallas Business Journal # for inclusion on its annual “40 Under Forty” list for 2013.
  • In 2011, selected as one of the Five Outstanding Young Dallasites by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce.
  • Selected by the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee to chair a committee comprised of one hundred of the best and brightest young professionals in North Texas to assist and perpetuate the Host Committee.
  • Baylor Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Baylor Moot Court Team
  • Order of Barristers, Baylor University School of Law
  • At Texas Tech University, Heath was awarded Greek Man of the Year recognizing the most outstanding senior male student
Activities & Memberships
  • State Fair of Texas
    • Development Cabinet Vice-Chair, 2015-present
    • Raffle Chair, 2011-2015
  • Cotton Bowl Council, 2015-present
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors, 2016-present
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association
    • National Board of Directors, 2014-present
    • Rawls College of Business Scholarship Fundraiser Steering Committee, 2013-present
    • Founding Chairman of Texas Tech Quarterly Business Briefing, 2008-2013
    • Texas Tech Alumni Association of Dallas, President, 2011
  • Dallas Christian Legal Society, Board of Directors, Chair of National Day of Prayer Luncheon, 2013
  • TREC Associate Leadership Class, 2016-2017
  • Dallas Breakfast Group, 2016-present
  • Dallas Museum of Art
    • Board of Directors Underwriting Committee, 2015
    • Junior Associates, Chair, 2015
    • Affair of the Art Co-Chair, 2014
  • Maverick PAC, Dallas Co-Chair, 2010-present
  • Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 Alumni Association, 2013-present
  • Republican Lawyers of Dallas, Chair, 2012-present
  • North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, Chair of NFL On Location Action Team, 2009-2011
  • Chairman of American Cancer Society Starlight Gala Board of Directors, 2009
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Young Lawyers Association, Leadership Class, 2010-2011
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church, Greeter
  • Dallas Rocks Host Committee, Sponsorship Chairman, 2009
  • The Real Estate Council of Dallas Young Guns
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