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R. Heath  Cheek

Heath Cheek has extensive experience helping clients with complex business disputes. His legal skill has been recognized by his peers and business leaders throughout North Texas.  He has been named as a five time Texas Monthly Super Lawyer Rising Star, Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas by D Magazine,  and a“40 Under Forty” by Dallas Business Journal. 

He represents everyone from Fortune 500 companies, start up businesses, and high net worth individuals in complex and high stakes litigation involving securities, real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property and trade secrets, nonsubscriber defenses litigation, high net worth trusts and estates, internal investigations, and general commercial litigation.  He is known for his vigorous representation of his clients and his ability to understand not only the legal issues, but the business objectives and considerations of his clients. 

His cases have involved amounts in controversy ranging up to $1.2 Billion.  He has represented clients in multi-million dollars disputes in state and federal courts and arbitrations in dozens of counties across Texas (both urban and rural) as well as litigation in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama.  He has represented clients in the following industries:  private equity, real estate, oilfield/energy services, financial institutions, agriculture, telecommunications, technology, professional sports leagues, media companies, outdoor advertising, and health care.


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


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Judicial Circuit and Federal Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Related Industries

Representative Matters
  • Represented a start-up energy midstream services provider against one of the largest oilfield services providers in Texas in a bet-the-company non-compete action. Plaintiff sought to shut the client down for alleged violations of a non-compete. Successfully defeated efforts by the plaintiff to impose a temporary injunction following an evidentiary hearing and reached a successful confidential settlement of all remaining issues two weeks prior to trial.   
  • Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally successfully represented a start-up oilfield services company in a complex trade secrets and non-compete case brought by a competitor. Utilizing the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute, Bell Nunnally was able to maximize pressure on the opposing party to facilitate an early, favorable settlement.
  • 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 a start-up real estate technology company that developed groundbreaking services in the homeowners association management industry. The client had a dispute with $30 million in controversy with a former partner/client where that partner attempted to duplicate the client’s technology and cut them out of the processing. Following heavy, multi-jurisdiction, bet-the-company litigation, Bell Nunnally was able to obtain favorable settlement for its client.
  • Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally successfully represented former officers and directors of a large conservative think tank who were sued for over $15 million for allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty. Bell Nunnally was able to get the case resolved for nuisance value, following removal of the case to federal bankruptcy court. 
  • Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally successfully represented a group of individuals (including a former Texas Rangers baseball star) who were sued for over $10 million for their involvement in the ownership and management of a bar in Uptown Dallas. Bell Nunnally as able to get all of the individuals dismissed following multiple rounds of summary judgment and extensive discovery.
  • In a long-running dispute, Heath and a team from Bell Nunnally successfully represented an oilfield services company against a private equity-backed competitor over alleged violations of non-competes and damage to real property. Following multiple lawsuits, Bell Nunnally was able to collect 100% percent of the client’s damages.   
  • 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.
  • Routinely represents employers on collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act for overtime and minimum wage compensation.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Represents employers in proceedings to protect their trade secrets and to enforce restrictive covenants relating to competition from former employees and dissemination of company information.
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021 and 2022.
  • Named "Future Star" in the Benchmark Litigation 2020 Guide.
  • Named lawyer "On the Rise" by Texas Lawyer, 2020.
  • Named to D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" List, 2018-2020.
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2021.
  • Midwestern Cattle verdict named to the “Texas Lawyer Hall of Fame Verdicts” List.
  • 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
    • Cabinet Chair, 2018-2020
    • Development Cabinet Vice-Chair, 2015-2017
    • Raffle Chair, 2011-2015
  • Cotton Bowl Council, 2015-present
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors, 2016-present
  • Junior Achievement of Dallas, Board of Directors, 2019
  • 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 PAC, Board of Directors, 2019-2021
  • TREC Associate Leadership Class, 2016-2017
  • TREC ALC Alumni Steering Committee, 2021
  • 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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