Solving Problems, Cost-Effective Results

Skelton & Woody is dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal representation in business litigation while offering clients extraordinary value. Cost-effectiveness, sound judgment and innovative solutions are our hallmarks. Our exceptional group of professionals have the backgrounds and experience found at the top tier of the nation's largest and most expensive law firms, but our Texas business litigation lawyers deliver results with personal service and dramatically lower costs that larger firms are not structured to offer. Our clients have hailed our creativity in controlling the risks, costs and outcomes of high-stakes litigation. Long-standing clients have counted on our ability to deliver spot-on analysis, prompt advice and critical results like early dismissals, summary judgments, and victories at trial.

Based in Austin, the Texas business litigation attorneys at Skelton & Woody handle cases and appeals throughout the state, with a long history of work in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. Our practice encompasses all types of business litigation, with particular emphasis on insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims, real estate and construction-related suits, business breakup disputes, fiduciary litigation, banking and lender liability litigation, contract disputes of every variety, business torts, products liability, bankruptcy litigation, employment law disputes, probate litigation involving wills and trusts, defense of class actions and intellectual property litigation.

A sampling of our clients include some of the nation's largest insurers such as The Travelers, technology firms such as Samsung, DISH Network and DirecTV, manufacturers like Sanyo Special Steel and US Pipe, banks such as Bank of the Ozarks, several central Texas construction firms and successful start-ups like Austin's own Sweet Leaf Tea Company, Deep Eddy Vodka and High Brew Coffee.

The firm has an extensive appellate practice, with our Texas business litigation lawyers often being retained for the first time on a file at the post-trial level. We also handle regulatory matters before Texas regulatory agencies. We counsel clients on employment law matters, such as negotiation of employment and separation agreements, and we handle a wide variety of contract negotiations, including assisting Sweet Leaf Tea in building its national distribution network.

With over 33 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Hamp Skelton also frequently provides expert reports and expert testimony on attorneys' fees, insurance matters and other topics, as further described under the Expert Services tab. He also serves as trustee for family trusts and as custodian for minors in family partnerships. Hamp frequently acts as local counsel to large, national law firms on major commercial and intellectual property cases, taking a substantive co-counsel role in these cases.

Hamp’s colleagues have given him an “AV” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics. They have also designated him a Super Lawyer in the 2009 through 2014 surveys of Texas lawyers published by Law & Politics Media and the publishers of Texas Monthly magazine.