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Troy (T.J.) Hales

Troy (T.J.) Hales has substantial experience advocating for clients in state and federal courts at all stages of litigation, including on appeal. T.J. primarily advises and represents clients in matters involving real estate and landlord-tenant issues, lien and bond claims, and contract disputes. T.J. also advises employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, arbitration agreements, class-action waivers, employee privacy, and biometrics compliance. He has experience obtaining results for clients through mediation, litigation, and post-judgment remedy processes.

Prior to private practice, he clerked with the Hon. Christine A. Nowak in the Eastern District of Texas and completed a public interest fellowship at the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, where he worked on criminal and civil litigation matters. During law school, T.J. served as the Managing Editor of the SMU Law Review, competed in the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration and Philip C. Jessup International Law Moots, and externed with the Hon. Amos L. Mazzant in the Eastern District of Texas.


  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • B.B.A., with distinction, Baylor University Hankamer School of Business


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" List, 2021 and 2022
  • Recipient, Wilson W. Herndon Memorial Award for highest grade in Antitrust class, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Activities & Memberships
  • Austin Involved Board Internship Program
  • 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder
  • Dallas LGBT Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Association of Former Law Clerks of the Eastern District of Texas
  • “Ministerial Exception to Employment Laws and Other Topics,” Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference, San Francisco, April 21, 2018.
  • “Religious Land Use Issues,” Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference, Dallas, September 29, 2017.

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