University of Scranton, B.S., 1979
Ohio Northern University, J.D., with honors, 1986
Advisory Board for Houston READ Commission
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Ohio Northern University, Phi Kappa Phi
Manuscript Editor, Ohio Northern Law Review
Seven American Jurisprudence Book Awards
Wayne Risoli’s practice centers on business litigation matters including securities law, business torts and trademark law. One of Texas' most successful litigators, in his 20-year career he has never lost a trial. Mr. Risoli represents brokerage houses and registered investment advisors, wealthy families, and companies of all sizes in matters involving broker fraud, noncompliance, NASD claims and business torts. He also represents families and executors in probate litigation.
Mr. Risoli is the former Chairman of the Litigation Section at the Firm, and currently serves as its Managing Shareholder, a position he has held since 2004.
- Prosecuted claims against broker and brokerage house in $2.1 million NASD “suitability” and compliance arbitration.
- Defended stockbrokers and RIAs in large “suitability” arbitrations
- Successfully defended defendant Texas banks against $9 million and $6 million breach of fiduciary and forced stock buy back claims in four and three week trials.
- Won Fifth Circuit appeal for local developer against the Resolution Trust Corporation in $25 million claim against former Bank Tying Act violation.
- Represented a NASA contractor in a seven week trial in which the Plaintiff sought $14 million. Jury deliberated for three hours and rendered a take nothing judgment.
- Represented one of Texas’ most prominent families in a two-week trial in which the Plaintiff sought $17 million estate. The jury rendered a take nothing judgment.
- Represented a Houston privately-held oil service business sued for $7 million for fraud by supplier. Jury rendered take nothing judgment. Court ruled that plaintiff had to pay Mr. Risoli’s client’s legal fees.
- Represented large local bank sued for $3 million for unfair lending practices. Court rendered directed verdict.
- Successfully represented in a pro bono appeal an African American police officer terminated by a city in Harris County.
Seminars & Presentations
- "The Art of Picking a Jury," 2002 Texas CLE presentation
- "Stockbrokers Facing More and More 'Suitability' Claims," Houston, Dallas and San Antonio Business Journals
- “Before Suing Your Broker, Be Sure To Do Your Homework,” Houston, Dallas and Boston Business Journals
- Law.Com - The Mid-Market Report, November 15, 2019
- As 2019 winds down, the leaders of five Texas firms discuss their firm's strategy for staying competitive over the near termTexas Lawyer, October 23, 2019
- Texas Lawyer, April 2016
- Revenue at mid-size firms lags nationwide, but Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s figures are outpacing 2013
- The New Face of Law Firm ManagementStarting your firm's leadership strategy at the recruitment levelLegal Management Magazine, April 2013
- The Legal Intelligencer, April 2013