Will King

Senior Attorney

Phone: (713) 221-3840

Fax: (713) 337-8850

Email: william.king@mhllp.com

Office: HOUSTON

Will King is an attorney in McDowell Hetherington’s Houston office who serves people and businesses faced with diverse legal challenges. Clients trust him to thoroughly understand their objectives, deliver timely advice, and implement well-researched strategies that yield efficient results.

Over the past decade, Will has built a successful practice centered on litigating commercial and business disputes with particular emphasis on labor, real estate, insurance, and regulatory matters. In recent years, he’s also expanded his work to include constitutional litigation and appeals. From favorable summary judgment rulings to precedential appellate decisions, his winning briefs and oral arguments have consistently persuaded state and federal judges to find for his clients.

A graduate of Baylor Law School, Will won several advocacy awards as a law student and was chosen to serve as the post-graduate teaching assistant for his alma mater’s renowned Practice Court program. Prior to joining the firm, Will worked as a lawyer at well-respected plaintiff’s and commercial litigation firms in the Houston area where he represented scores of clients in hotly contested cases.

Outside of the office, Will has no discernible hobbies. However, on the weekends, he can usually be found taking naps with his toddler, listening to heavy metal while doing yardwork, and hunting for Houston’s best hole in the wall restaurants with his wife.

AWARDS
  • Super Lawyers: Texas Rising Star, 2018-2023 (Awarded to Top 2.5% Texas Attorneys)
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Defended client against tortious interference counterclaims and secured opinion reversing lower court’s denial of Texas Citizens Participation Act motion to dismiss. Hart v. Manriquez Holdings, LLC, 661 S.W.3d 432 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2023, no pet.).
  • Defended clients against their insurer’s coverage action. Secured summary judgment finding existence of coverage despite expansive policy exclusion. Princeton Excess & Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. A.H.D. Houston, Inc., No. 4:20-CV-03680, 2022 WL 3356529 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 12, 2022).
  • Obtained mandamus relief from district court’s order authorizing notice and granting collective action status. In re A&D Interests, Inc., 33 F.4th 254 (5th Cir. 2022).
  • Successfully represented business association in a First Amendment and due process challenge to an administrative rule that expanded application of a statutory fee. Tex. Entm’t Ass’n, Inc. v. Hegar, 10 F.4th 495 (5th Cir. 2021), cert. denied, 213 L. Ed. 2d 1080 (June 21, 2022).
  • Defended small business against FLSA misclassification claims from start to finish. Obtained a complete defense verdict and successfully defended the jury’s decision on appeal. Nelson v. Tex. Sugars, Inc., 838 Fed. Appx. 39 (5th Cir. 2020).
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction requiring the U.S. Small Business Administration to cease applying an expression-based rule of ineligibility that prevented clients from accessing financial benefits under the Paycheck Protection Program. Negotiated and resolved case through entry of a consent judgment. D. Houston Inc. v. United States Small Bus. Admin., CV H-20-2308, 2020 WL 6268528 (S.D. Tex. Oct. 20, 2020).
  • Secured mandamus relief from district court’s discovery order in putative collective action. In re Spiros Partners, Ltd., No. 20-50318, 2020 WL 3407771 (5th Cir. June 19, 2020).
  • Defeated adverse litigant’s mandamus petition challenging trial court’s order expunging lis pendens recorded against clients’ valuable acreage. In re Transmountain Partners, L.L.C., 08-19-00316-CV, 2020 WL 401834 (Tex. App.—El Paso Jan. 24, 2020, no pet.).
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a family trust in complex litigation involving real estate fraud. E. Evenson Family Living Trust v. Alamo Title Co., et al., Cause No. 2016-61600, 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.
  • Represented developer in complex construction defect case involving collapse of massive retaining walls. Secured favorable settlement. ProPavers, LLC v. YSM-Ponderosa, LLC, et al., Cause No. 2016-34729, 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.
  • Represented homeowners in a hotly contested nuisance action against concert venue. Negotiated comprehensive settlement and entry of a consent judgment. Theresa Cavin, et al., v. White Oak Events, LLC, et al., Cause No. 2016-85669, 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of real estate investors in breach of fiduciary duty adversary proceeding. In re Whittington, 530 B.R. 360 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 2014).
  • Represented thousands of call center workers in multistate wage and hour class and collective action. Ribot v. Farmers Ins. Group, CV 11-02404 DDP FMOX, 2013 WL 3778784 (C.D. Cal. July 17, 2013).
ASSOCIATIONS
  • Member, First Amendment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
ADMISSIONS
  • Texas
  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Circuit
EDUCATION
  • Baylor Law School, J.D., 2011
  • Texas State University, B.A., English, magna cum laude, 2007