Ms. Balli represents clients in a variety of litigation practice areas including, complex commercial litigation, construction, catastrophic injury, premises liability, products liability, transportation, retail and toxic tort disputes.
Ms. Balli has developed her litigation and trial practice on both sides of the docket, successfully representing both plaintiffs and defendants in several different litigation practice areas all over Texas and the United States. Ms. Balli defends premises owners, contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers in complex litigation matters. Ms. Balli defends national trucking and transportation companies in severe personal injury cases and has expertise in 18 wheeler, cement truck, and fork lift accidents. She represents licensed or registered professionals in construction defects cases. Ms.Balli consults with property management and trucking industries to help establish loss prevention programs. Ms. Balli has the unique experience of working in-house as Senior Counsel for a Fortune 500 retailer. As former Senior Counsel, she managed nationwide commercial litigation and labor and employment cases. She also provided litigation risk analysis to her retailer clients in Sourcing, Product Safety and various product categories impacted by Proposition 65 regulations. Ms. Balli managed the retailer’s Proposition 65 case docket from point of 60 Day Notice Violation through conclusion of litigation. Ms. Balli oversaw Conflict Minerals litigation and advised the retailer on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Conflict Minerals Rule on operations. She was also in charge of overseeing responses to all subpoenas issued to the retailer.
Ms. Balli successfully represented a Fortune 500 retailer in claims by a manufacturer for breach of contract, obtaining a dismissal of all claims in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2013, and the judgment was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2014. In 2011, she obtained a summary judgment based on judicial estoppel on behalf of a national fuel stop and travel plaza in a premises liability case. In 2010, she obtained two summary judgments on behalf of a national engineering firm in construction defects cases filed by homeowners associations. In 2008, she served as second-chair and tried to verdict a product liability toxic tort case on behalf of a product manufacturer and obtained a defense verdict. In 2007, she served as first-chair and tried to verdict a multi-vehicle automobile accident case in Cameron County, Texas, on behalf of one of the nation’s leading diversified construction, energy, and transportation companies. Plaintiffs sought $4 million in damages, and after a two week trial the jury returned an 11-1 defense verdict on liability. Ms. Balli personally managed a construction defects and breach of contracts case on behalf of a school district in South Texas versus various contractors for mold damage. The case settled for approximately $22.5 million in 2001.
She is fluent in Spanish.
Selected Publications, Seminars and Cases:
Julian Orduna Gonzalez, et al. v. Rodrigo Cruz and Transit Mix Concrete & Materials Company, Cause No. 13-07-351-CV, 13th Court of Appeals, Corpus Christi, Texas. (Opinion July 17, 2008)
Strategic Use of New “Offer of Settlement” Procedure Plays Key Role in Texas Trial Victory, Co-author, K&L Gates Commercial Litigation Alert, April 2007
Obesity Litigation Could Be on the Menu in Texas, Co-author, Texas Lawyer, September 12, 2005
Twin Tools Help Defense Attorneys in Medical Device Cases, Co-author, Texas Lawyer, August 22, 2005
A Paralegal’s Role in Assisting Attorneys Using the Texas Rules of Evidence, Legal Assistants of North Texas Association, Dallas, TX, July 8, 2004
Texas Construction Defect and Mold Litigation, National Business Institute, CLE, Dallas, TX, February 17, 2004
The Mold Challenge in Texas, National Business Institute, CLE, Dallas, TX, November 6, 2003
The State of Mold Litigation in Texas, Dallas Bar Association—Construction Law Section, CLE, Dallas, TX, November 6, 2003
Lessons in Plaintiffs’ Litigation: When Mold Attacked an Hidalgo County School, Texas Lawyer, September 1, 2003
Critical Issues in Mass Tort Litigation, Texas Lawyer, CLE, Dallas, TX, April 9, 2003
Professional and Community Involvement
- Dallas Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association
- University of Notre Dame Alumni Association of Dallas and Hispanic Alumni Association
- Southern Methodist University School of Law Alumni Association and Hispanic Alumni Association
- Texas Minority Counsel Program, Planning Committee 2011
- The Family Place Partners
- Friends of the Katy Trail
Awards & Honors:
Texas Super Lawyers: “Rising Star” 2005, 2008-2012, published by Texas Monthly magazine