J.D., (cum laude) Pepperdine University School of Law, 1991
B.A., (magna cum laude) Abilene Christian University, 1988


Selected as "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2017 and 2018

AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Selected as one of Texas' Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 in Commercial Litigation by Legal Leaders Magazine

Recognized as one of the  2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Commercial Litigation Law by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Martindale Hubbell, and National Law Journal

Named "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, 2016 and 2017


Charlene Koonce


Ms. Koonce prosecutes and defends commercial disputes on behalf of large and small clients. She has obtained favorable results through bench and jury trials, summary judgment, and settlement in cases involving complex international contract disputes, CGL insurance defense matters, commercial tenancy, and consumer disputes. Ms. Koonce’s practice emphasis is in federal litigation, and her experience includes extensive service as and representation of equity receivers in government enforcement cases.

General Litigation and Trial Experience

Jury and bench trials in state and federal courts. Extensive experience with federal court motion and appellate practice, including disputes regarding jurisdiction, choice of law, limitations, standing, fraud, fraudulent transfer, negligence, discovery, and evidentiary issues. Obtained summary judgments against dozens of brokers, recipients of Ponzi payments, and others in numerous receivership lawsuits, and successfully defended those judgments on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

Published or reported decisions include:

Eckard Global Energy, LLC v. Bakken Assumptions I, LLC, 2015 WL 5043079 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 26, 2015) (Relying on Plaintiffs’ choice of law analysis in denying Defendants’ motion for summary judgment where Defendants misappropriated Plaintiffs’ oil & gas investment trade secrets);

Forex Capital Markets, LLC v. Crawford, __S.W.3d___ 2014 WL 7498051 (Tex. App – Dallas, Dec. 31, 2014, pet denied) (Affirming denial of motion to dismiss where Receiver asserted only assigned investor claims which were not subject to arbitration provision binding receivership entity);

Aaes v. 4 G Companies, 558 F. App’x 423 (5th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 135 S. Ct. 405 (2014) (Affirming denial of Plaintiffs' Motion to Alter or Amend Final Order of Dismissal, following 12(b)(6) dismissal of Plaintiff's Complaint which alleged securities fraud and RICO claims; Order granting 12(b)(6) Motion found at Aaes v. 4G Companies, 2012 WL 949040 (S.D. Tex Mar. 20, 2012));

F.T.C. v. IAB Mktg. Associates, LP, 972 F. Supp. 2d 1307, 1309 (S.D. Fla. 2013) (Denying Defendants’ motions to lift asset freeze to pay living expenses);

Crawford v. Silette, 608 F.3d 275 (5th Cir. 2010) (Affirming imposition and foreclosure of lien in favor of Receiver despite assertion of Florida homestead protection, where fraudulently obtained funds were transferred from Ponzi operator to innocent home-owner, and used to satisfy mortgage);

Hartis v. Century Furniture Indus., Inc., 230 S.W.3d 723 (Tex App -Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, no pet.) (Upholding judgement following bench trial involving UCC Article 2 formation, interpretation, and enforcement issues);

SEC v. Resource Dev. Int’l, LLC, 217 Fed. Appx 296 (5th Cir. 2007) (Upholding district court’s orders finding respondent in civil contempt and directing his incarceration and denying respondent’s subsequent motion to purge contempt, where Receiver demonstrated respondent failed to comply with orders requiring production of documents and information demonstrating respondent’s disposition of receivership assets);

Warfield v. Byron, 436 F.3d 551 (5th Cir. 2006)(Upholding summary judgement directing brokers’ disgorgement of commissions received in exchange for sale of fraudulent securities).  

Publications and Speeches

“Must-Know Quirky Litigation Matters” – Panel member, 2015 NAFER Conference
Co-Author of “Broadcasting Lies:  Broadcaster Liability in Consumer Fraud", Part 1, published in the June, 2015 Commercial Fraud Committee newsletter, American Bankruptcy Institute 
“What Happens to the Business When Fraud or Other Illegal Activities Occur” – 2014 University of Texas at Dallas Fraud Conference
“Understanding the Implications of Fraudulent Transfer Laws to Creditors:  What Lies Ahead in 2006 LIVE Webcast” – 20016 The Knowledge Group


Ms. Koonce has served on the Parents’ Organization Board for her children’s school, and on various leadership committees for her church. She also enjoys coaching youth volleyball.

Professional Involvement

Board of Directors, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers,  2015- present
Board of Directors, Empowering Women as Leaders, 2015 - 2017
Admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal
Member, Fifth Circuit Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas, 1991 to Present
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
Chair, Scheef & Stone Diversity Committee
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
DISD Volunteer – Girls with Pearls

Education and Professional Background

J.D., (cum laude) Pepperdine University School of Law, 1991
Full-time intern, Honorable Sidney A. Fitzwater, United States District Judge, January – May 1990
B.A., (magna cum laude) Abilene Christian University, 1988

Honors and Awards

Awarded President’s Scholarship
Pepperdine Law Review, 1989-1991
American Jurisprudence Award, Real Property

Dallas Office

Ph (214) 706-4200
Fx (214) 706-4242
500 North Akard Street
Suite 2700
Dallas, Texas 75201