Kendal Simpson


Kendal Simpson is a complex commercial litigator who represents businesses and individuals in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of subject matters, including fraud, breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and bankruptcy. Exhaustive preparation, creative problem-solving, tenacity, and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Kendal’s practice. She prides herself on taking a personal interest in her clients’ concerns. No matter how complex the case, Kendal is committed to achieving outstanding results.

In her highest profile case, Kendal prevailed with Partners Joel Reese and Brad Gordon in a highly publicized lawsuit filed by T. Boone Pickens and Cowboy Athletics, Inc. against an insurance agent over the “Gift of a Lifetime” program. Representing the insurance agent, Kendal worked with the trial team to help successfully procure summary judgment on various contract, negligence, and fraud-based claims for which Mr. Pickens and Cowboy Athletics sought more than $33 million in damages.

By way of both written briefing and oral argument, Kendal led the appeal and successfully preserved the trial team’s summary judgment when Mr. Pickens and Cowboy Athletics sought review and reversal in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Experience*

  • Successfully defeating a temporary restraining order that would have enjoined the sale of an internationally renowned soccer club
  • Successfully preserving a $10 million judgment in a federal lawsuit involving claims against former corporate officers for RICO violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract
  • Obtaining favorable rulings in opposing over $41 million of fee enhancement requests filed in federal bankruptcy court

Before joining Reese Marketos, Kendal worked as an intern for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, as a law clerk for the Honorable Catharina Haynes on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then as a litigation associate at Haynes Boone, LLP.

Kendal obtained her juris doctor degree from SMU Dedman School of Law. Kendal was a member of the SMU Law Review Association, was published in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, served as a guardian ad litem through the child advocacy clinic, graduated magna cum laude, and was honored as a member of Order of the Coif.

*Includes matters handled prior to joining Reese Marketos


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2008; Order of the Coif; SMU Law Review Association, Journal of Air Law and Commerce
  • Vanderbilt University Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Communication Studies and Spanish; Phi Beta Kappa


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit