Dustin Gaines
Dustin T. Gaines
  • J.D., Liberty University School of Law
  • Editor-in-Chief, Liberty University Law Review
  • B.A., Pensacola Christian College
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • All Texas State courts
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association Trial Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association Construction Law
  • State Bar of Texas School Law
  • State Bar of Texas Litigation
  • State Bar of Texas Appellate
Dustin focuses his practice on litigation matters related to churches, schools, and non-profit organizations. He has a diverse practice that focuses on general civil litigation matters and constitutional/religious liberties matters.

Senior Associate





Dustin is an experienced litigation attorney that handles cases from intake to evaluation and discovery, including expert and fact witness depositions, motion and briefing practice, and eventually all the way through resolution, whether it be through trial, arbitration, settlement, and dismissal, including appeals.

Dustin also brings years of ministry experience to the firm. He has served for many years in church ministry and Christian school administration. As both an attorney and pastor—Dustin relates with pastors and will guide you to a resolution of your legal challenge from a pastor/attorney’s perspective

Representative Experience

Labor and Employment Law
Representation of clients in all aspects of employment disputes before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the federal trial courts with jurisdiction over employment claims.

Successful defense of federal lawsuits alleging employment discrimination and retaliation.

Successful defense of nonprofit corporation in a federal employment lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.

Successful defense of a private Christian school in a federal employment lawsuit alleging discrimination based upon sex and retaliation.

Successful defense of a private school in a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination based upon disability discrimination under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act.

Successful representation and defense of church in state administrative proceedings alleging violation of the Texas Payday laws.

Successful representation and defense of church clients in state unemployment law disputes.

Successful representation and defense of church in state administrative proceedings alleging violation of Texas wage and overtime laws.

Church Dispute Resolution
Successful representation of churches navigating church member disputes. Representative engagements include resolution of matters in state court proceedings and negotiating resolution and avoiding litigation.

Extensive experience pertaining to courts’ jurisdiction and lack of jurisdiction of ecclesiastical matters pertaining to board disputes, clergy termination, church disciplinary matters, and all other ecclesiastical matters.

Obtained multiple dismissals of church lawsuits filed against churches over governance and board control issues.

Successful defense of a church case involving First Amendment religious liberties defenses.

Civil Litigation
Obtained summary judgment for Dallas County entity sued for general negligence.

Successful defense a large outdoor cooking equipment manufacturer in a federal lawsuit alleging negligent design and manufacture of its product.

Obtained dismissal of a construction company that was sued for an injury that occurred on the premises of Job site.

Obtained a dismissal of a store that was sued for an injury that occurred on the store premises.

Successful bench trial and summary judgment in a property ownership dispute. Successfully obtained full title to property, back-owed rental amounts, and attorneys’ fees.

Church Defense
Extensive involvement and successful entity defense of churches and schools sued for the alleged acts of the entities’ employees and volunteers.

Insurance Defense
Obtained a favorable settlement for church in claims it had against its insurance carrier for nonpayment of claims.

Tax Exemption Litigation
Successful defense of church that was sued by the State of Texas for back-taxes. Successfully obtained retroactive tax exemption for church and obtained dismissal of the lawsuit.

Construction Law
Successful defense of nonprofit entity in a mechanics’ lien lawsuit. Obtained favorable settlement for entity and sued general contractor for recovery of entity’s damages in the lien lawsuit.

Obtained a dismissal for large builder in Harris County, Texas that was sued for defective construction.

Obtained a favorable verdict—for less than what was offered in settlement negotiations—or a general contractor/builder that was sued for defective construction of residential property.

Obtained a favorable settlement in a multi-million-dollar construct defect case in defense of the general contractor that constructed an entire community of apartments.

Obtained a dismissal for a subcontractor sued in a multi-party construction case involving a public-school building.

Obtained a default judgment against general contractor that failed to complete a building project within the required timeframe.

Representative Clients:
Zurich Insurance Company
Church Mutual Insurance
Philadelphia Insurance Company
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
Tony Evans Ministries
The Village Church
Gateway Church
RightNow Media
Coram Deo Academy

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