Fred D. Wilshusen

Fred D. Wilshusen

Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
972-993-8242 (Direct)
214-369-3008 (Main)
Fax:
214-369-8393
Email:

Fred D. Wilshusen is a founding partner of Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen, LLP and has practiced construction law for more than 35 years with an emphasis on construction and related business law and transactional matters. After graduating with honors from Texas Tech School of Law, he was a briefing clerk for the State Court of Appeals for the 5th Judicial District in Dallas, Texas.  Mr. Wilshusen represents clientele from all segments of the construction industry, and in doing so, has handled matters involving all types of construction law issues. Mr. Wilshusen regularly counsels clients in out-of-court resolution of disputes and litigates and arbitrates construction claims to final disposition. He has tried cases involving all types of construction disputes including payment claims, lien and bond claims, defective construction disputes, and delay and labor impact claims.

Additionally, Mr. Wilshusen provides a full range of services to clientele throughout the life cycle of their respective businesses.  Fred reviews and drafts construction contracts and represents clients in a wide array of business transactions including the formation of business entities, the purchase and sale of businesses, and the purchase, sale, and lease of commercial real estate.  

Mr. Wilshusen's qualities and expertise are recognized by his membership as a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, the membership of which is approximately 200 construction lawyers nationwide and is by invitation only. Mr. Wilshusen has held leadership positions in legal professional organizations such as the ABA Forum on Construction Law (former Governing Committee member), Texas State Bar Construction Law Section (Chair 2019-2020) and the Construction Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association (former Chair). He received the designation to Texas Super Lawyers for the area of Construction Litigation for the years 2013-2020. Additionally, he is recognized in the The Best Lawyers in America (Texas) for the years 2009-2020 and named Lawyer of the Year in 2020 for his high caliber of work in the practice area of Construction Law and the law firm has been named Best Law Firm (Tier 1 in Construction Law) from 2010-2020. 

Mr. Wilshusen is a member of the AAA Panel of Construction Arbitrators and also acts as a mediator of construction disputes. He is editor and author of leading publications in construction law and a frequent speaker regarding construction law issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Complex Litigation, Arbitration & Appeals
  • Corporate Transactions & Real Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation and Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. cum laude
  • Austin College, Sherman, Texas
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • Texas Lien and Bond Claims Handbook (Co-Author) 1st - 6th Ed., Supplement 2012 ,
  • Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues (Co-Editor) , ABA, 2008
  • Texas Construction Trust Fund Act and Bankruptcy Preferences (Co-Author) , 1 Construction Law Journal 43, Winter, 2003
  • Fundamentals of Construction Law 1st Ed. (Co-Editor) , ABA, 2001
  • Tricks and Traps in the Mechanics Lien Law , 14th Annual Texas Construction Law Conference, March 9, 2001
  • Hard Hat Case Notes Column (Editor) , The Construction Lawyer, 1999
  • Hard Hat Case Notes Column (Editor) , The Construction Lawyer, 1998
  • Hard Hat Case Notes Column (Editor) , The Construction Lawyer, 1997
  • Construction Law: Annual Survey of Texas Law (Co-Author) , 44 S.W.L.J. 2101, 1990
  • How to Beat a No Damage for Delay Clause (Co-Author) , 9 The Construction Lawyer, 17, 1989

Classes/Seminars

  • Cradle to Grave: Relation Back of Mechanic's Liens, Priority, Removeables, and Foreclosure; Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, February, 2010
  • Pleading and Proving Subcontractors Claims, Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, February, 2009
  • The Texas Construction Trust Fund Act and Bankruptcy Preferences, Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, March 4, 2004 - March 5, 2004
  • After the Dance: Substantial Completion and Beyond, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (Program Co-Chair), April 18, 2002 - April 19, 2002
  • Anticipating, Responding to and Litigating the Catastrophic Construction Failure, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, April 26, 2001 - April 28, 2001
  • Tricks and Traps in the Mechanic's Lien Laws, Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, March 8, 2001 - March 9, 2001
  • Going to the Mattresses: Coverage Wars with Insurers in Construction Defect Cases, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, May 4, 2000 - May 5, 2000
  • Advanced Project Delivery Systems, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (Program Co-Chair), October 16, 1998 - October 17, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow - American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Texas Super Lawyers (Construction Litigation) 2013-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America (Texas) - Construction Law 2009-2020
  • Texas Lawyer of the Year (Construction Law) 2020
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Who's Who Legal-Construction, 2013-2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, former Governing Committee Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, 2019-2020 Chair
  • Star Bar of Texas, Construction Law Foundation of Texas, 2019-2020 President
  • Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section, former Chair
  • Construction Education Foundation of North Texas, Board Member
  • American Subcontractors Association-North Texas Chapter, Counsel
  • Texas Construction Association, Counsel
  • AAA Panel of Construction Arbitrators