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S. Rafe Foreman

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Current Employment Position

  • Senior Partner and Trial Lawyer

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • New Mexico, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • Texas, 1988
  • Oklahoma, 1997
  • Missouri, 2014

Biography

Professor S. Rafe Foreman has been training lawyers and future lawyers for almost his entire career. He has continued to practice as a trial lawyer for over 33 years. He has extensive experience practicing law: criminal defense, trial specialist, plaintiff’s personal injury, malpractice, civil rights, employment, discrimination, wrongful death, excessive force.

He also serves as an expert witness in various aspects of the law. S. Rafe Foreman has tried cases all over America and has trained lawyers in various places around the world. He is completing his book on Voir Dire called Communication Energy: Decoding Voir Dire. He is a trial master in his field of trial advocacy. He is back to the full time practice of law and trying cases. S. Rafe Foreman likes the Barrister role and is a strong advocate for his clients.

When your legal matter turns into a legal emergency, you need an expert. S. Rafe Foreman has well over 33 years of experience as a trial lawyer, teacher of trial lawyers and resolver of legal emergencies.

Past Positions

  • Trial Lawyer’s College Podcast Host, 2020 - Present
  • Hutchison & Stoy, Senior Trial Lawyer, 2019 to 2021
  • Stetson University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2012 - Present
  • UMKC School of Law, Douglas Stripp Chair in Advocacy & Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy, 2011 to 2019
  • Foreman Law Office, 2011 to 2019
  • Foreman, Lewis & Hutchison P.C., Partner, 2004 to 2011
  • Morris & Morris, LLP, Partner, 1996 to 2004
  • Hammerle, Finley, & Foreman, 1994 to 1996
  • Solo Practitioner Attorney, 1990 to 1994
  • McCreary, Veselka, Beck & Allen, P.C., Attorney, Branch Office, Managing Associate, 1989 to 1990
  • Hardie-Hallmark, P.C., Attorney, 1988 to 1989
  • Stanley H. Kaplan LSAT Instructor, 1988
  • Hardie-Hallmark, P.C., Law Clerk, 1987
  • Shamus & Perrin, Law Clerk, 1987
  • Brown, Harding, Brown & Tabor, Law Clerk, 1985 to 1986
  • Texas A&M University Athletic Department, Academic tutor, 1984 to 1985

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Board Certified – Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994

Classes & Seminars

  • DUIDLA plenary speaker Chicago, Il , 2021
  • Course director and senior faculty: Trial Lawyers College- Trial Skills Course, Shangrilah, Red Feather, Colorado 2021
  • Florida association of criminal defense lawyers Trial demonstration, 2020
  • Tennessee Asso. of Criminal Defense lawyers paper and speech on winning in Voir Dire, 2020
  • Trial Lawyer’s College -Mo ranch senior faculty and teaching demonstration an opening statement, 2020
  • Nevada Justice Association keynote speaker on Winning Voir Dire, 2020
  • FACDL presenter on why lawyers should win in Voir Dire, 2019
  • ASGPP National Convention Plenary Speaker, Dallas, TX (first attorney plenary speaker), 2018
  • DUIDLA National Convention Speaker, Florida, 2018
  • Civil Jury Trial Demonstration, UMKC speaker and presenter on voir dire CLE , 2018
  • Federal Trade Commission Lawyer Deposition Training, 2018
  • U.S. Armed Forces JAG Officer Training Los Angeles, CA , 2018
  • Trial Lawyers College Teaching, Annapolis, MD, Faculty Lead, 2018
  • Iowa Association for Justice Convention- 2nd Circle, Plenary speaker, 2017
  • Alaska Trial Lawyers’ Conference- Damages, Alaska Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Trial Lawyers College - Defense of the Damned, 2017
  • U.S. Armed Forces JAG Officer Training, Savannah, GA, 2017
  • Bridging Harts Intensive Psychodrama workshop training, 2017 to 2018
  • U.S. Armed Forces JAG Officer Training, Santa Fe, NM May 2017, March 2018
  • U.S. Armed Forces JAG Officer Training, Middletown, RI April 2017
  • Communication Energy, Loyola Los Angeles, EATS program, LA, CA Dec. 2016
  • Advocacy Training, St, Hugh’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, England UK Aug. 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Federal Trade Commission Deposition Training, Washington, DC, June 2016
  • Ohio Association for Justice Nation Convention Plenary speaker, November 2016
  • Teaching the Voir Dire Section of the LLM in Advocacy Program at Stetson University College of Law, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Winning Voir Dire: Using Second Circle Energy, Missouri Assoc. of Trial Attorneys, Lake of the Ozarks, June 28, 2015
  • Winning Voir Dire: Using Second Circle Energy, Trial Lawyers College, June 25, 2015
  • Federal Trade Commission Deposition Training, Washington, DC, June 2015
  • Psychodrama and Persuasion, Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills seminar, Gulfport, Florida, May 2015
  • The Art of Persuasion, Trial Academy of the Federal Bar, September 16, 2014
  • Trial Skills in Advocacy, Trial Lawyers College, Wyoming, July 2014
  • Analysis of Jury Selection, Missouri Paralegal Association Seminar, June 20, 2014
  • Comparative Advocacy: US System to Europe System, Ireland/Wales, May/June 2014
  • Psychodrama and Persuasion, Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills seminar, Stetson University, Gulfport, FL, May 2014
  • Planning & Preparing Evidence for Trial in Matrimonial Cases: Is There Anything Sacred Anymore? Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, Lake Ozark, MO, August, 2013
  • Solo & Small Firm Conference (two lectures), Voir Dire and Litigation, Branson, MO, June 2013
  • Trial Lawyer’s College Death Penalty seminar, Dubois, WY, June 2012, 2013,2014,2015
  • Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills seminar, Stetson University, Tampa, FL, May 2013
  • Trial Lawyer’s College Death Closing Arguments seminar, Pottsboro, Texas, May 2013
  • Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Missouri Bar Labor & Law Symposium, November 2012
  • Voir Dire Seminar, Trial Lawyers College (Illinois), October 2012
  • Impeachment, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, August 2012
  • Graduate Course, Trial Lawyers College, August 2012
  • Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdict, Trial Lawyers College, June 2012
  • Winning Your Case in Voir Dire, UMKC School of Law CLE, May 2012
  • Educating Advocates, Stetson Law, May 2012
  • Trial Techniques CLE to Lawyers from MO and KS, May 2011
  • Public Defender Training, Senior Faculty (4 days), May 2011 (Texas)
  • Lawyers USA Feature article on “Damages” – National Lawyer Weekly Publication pub-lished May 2011 (Nationally)
  • Advocacy Training, Stetson School of Law–Guest Faculty, panel member and staff, May 2001 (Florida)
  • Auctioneer for “Faces of Innocence” Fundraiser and Gala, May 2011 (KC, MO)
  • Trial Lawyer’s College – Senior Faculty and Faculty lead (8 days) – July, 2011 (Wyoming)
  • Effective Communications CLE course with Josh Karton taught to 30 MO/KS lawyers, Au-gust 2011 (KC, MO)
  • Trial Lawyer’s College, Graduate Course, Senior Faculty (5 Days), August 2011 (Wyoming)
  • Lawyers USA – Feature story on What Lawyers Could Learn from Auctioneers published Aug. 30, 2011(Nationally)
  • Psychodrama and Trial, presenter and lecture, August 2011-present (Texas)

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Member Idalou Methodist Church
  • Volunteer of the YEAR – 2008 Speedway Children’s Charities
  • Hundreds of Charity Auctions for various organizations – 1987 to present (over $25 million raised for charities so far)
  • Parker Square Playhouse Board of Directors - Flower Mound Community Theater
  • Panhandle Heritage Foundation – Life Member

Published Works

  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Communication Energy: Decoding Voir Dire, book in editing 2018
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Damages, A New Perspective, 2017-18
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Winning Voir Dire: Using Second Circle Energy, 2014-2018
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, The Art of Persuasion, September 2014
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Direct Exam, The Warrior, Spring 2010
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Never Try A Case Alone Again, The Warrior, Spring 2008 at p. 48-55
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Free To Be, The Warrior, Spring 2008, at p 1-4
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Making the Courtroom YOUR Stage By Inspired Imagination, The Warrior, Fall 2008, at p. 13-21
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Transition, The Warrior, Summer 2007, at p. 1-2
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Courage, The Warrior, Spring 2007 at p. 1-2
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Texecuted,  The Warrior Fall 2007 at p. 17-19
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Hope, The Warrior, Summer 2006 at p. 1-2
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Healing, The Warrior, Fall 2006
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Why are We Here? The Warrior, Fall 2006 at p. 1-2
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Where Do We Begin?, The Warrior, Winter 2005 at p. 1-2
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, Do You Hear What I See?, The Warrior, Summer 2004 at p. 35-40
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, She Won Her First Case, The Warrior, Spring 2004 at p. 14-15
  • Foreman, S. Rafe, In Search of The Emotional Truth, The Warrior, Fall 2003, p. 34-38

Representative Cases

  • Eaves vs. Carrier Corp, CA No: 3:19 CV-1153-B, $4,000,000 jury verdict in US District Court Dallas division. 72-year-old white male prevailed on claim of gender discrimination. 2021
  • Salcido vs. State of New Mexico, consolidated on Appeal as State v. Nunez, 2 P.3d 264 – changed Constitutional law in the State of New Mexico and made new constitutional law for the state on the issues of collateral estoppel and double jeopardy in criminal cases and civil forfeitures. 
  • Cathie Williams vs. Waffle House, Inc., 2005 WL 1309225, (Verdict and Settlement Summary) (Tex.Dist. Apr 27, 2005) (N0. 67-198284-03). P Sexual harassment jury verdict
  • Adam Bennett, Plaintiff, v. Dallas Thegical Seminary, et al., Defendants, 2005 WL 4827287 (Trial Order), (Tex.Dist. Oct 13, 2005) – sexual abuse by minister and liability from Seminary
  • Shirley Nagel, individually and as representative of the Estate of Joel Don Casey v. Harris County, Texas; G. Young; D. Gehring; D. Thomas; and J. Cavitt, 2009 WL 3864806, (Verdict and Settlement Summary) (Tex. Dist. March 02, 2009) (N0. 2007-08301) 1983 and P wrongful death verdict.
  • Maria Guadalupe NEVAREZ, Terry S. Stevens, Administrator of the Estate of Encarnacion Nevarez, Miguel Nevarez, Encarnacion Nevarez, Jr., Alfredo Nevarez, Plaintiffs, v. The County Of Finney County, Kansas, (Serve: Pete Olson, County Administrator 311 N. Ninth Garden City, Kansas 67846), Kevin Bascue, in his Individual and Official Capacity, Jerry Quint, in his Individual and Official Capacity, Robert Pacheco, in his Individual and Official Capacity, Stanley, 2004 WL 2079678, 2004; 1983 and wrongful death case (settled on courthouse steps)
  • Wesley Landsfeld v. Comptroller, State of Texas; State of Texas, 2009 WL 3802465, (Verdict and Settlement Summary) (Tex. Dist. Oct. 25, 2009) (N0. 96-219-034-06) AGE discrimination P verdict
  • Stroud v. Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City, 2005 WL 4230064, (Verdict and Settlement Summary) (Unknown State Ct. (Mo.) June 2005) (N0. 4CV217147) Whistle Blower P verdict.
  • Kathy Nieves v. East Texas Medical Center Emergency Medical Services and Jeremy Cox, 2008 WL 4488703, (Verdict and Settlement Summary) (Tex. Dist. Aug 29, 2008) (N0. 69987) Sexual Harassment P Verdict
  • Davis vs. Texas Lime Co., 2005 WL 6042276, (Verdict and Settlement Summary) (Unknown State Ct. (Tex.) June 2005) (N0. C200200254) P verdict

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • Doctorate of Jurisprudence - 05/1998
    • Honors: Board of Barristers
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta Chief Justice
    • Honors: Mock Trial Team
    • Honors: Moot Court Team
  • Texas A&M University
    • B.S. - 05/1985
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List – 4 semesters
    • Honors: Distinguished Student in Academics – 6 semesters
    • Honors: President’s Academic List – 4.0 with 23 hours
    • Honors: Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges
    • Honors: Student Government
    • Honors: Ghost Speech Writer – Chancellor Arthur Hansen – TAMU
    • Honors: Buck Weirus Spirit Award
    • Major: Agricultural Education
  • Fielding University
    • 2007
    • Honors: 4.0 GPA
    • Major: Psychology

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Alpha Zeta
  • Phi Alpha Delta

Honors

  • 2021 – Lifetime Achievement Award Stetson School of Law & EATS Conference
  • 2019 - OACDL Superstar Presenter Award Ohio
  • 2018 - US NEWS & WORLD Reports nationally ranked Trial Advocacy Program
  • 2018 - Tournament of Champions Qualifier for Fall 2018
  • 2016-18 - A- rating for Trial Advocacy Program by National Jurist
  • 2017-18 Finished 6th in Nation in Trial Advocacy, Fordham Law Rankings
  • 2017 - Tournament of Champions Qualifier for Fall 2017
  • 2017 - 21st Nationally Ranked Advocacy Program, US News and World Reports
  • 2017 - Top Gun National Quarter Finalist, 3rd in Nation 2017 (coach)
  • 2017 - National Finalist and Regional Winner NTC 2017 (coach)
  • 2017 - National Finalist and Regional Winner AAJ 2017 (coach)
  • 2016 - Expert Network Award 2017
  • 2016 - Top 1% Attorney’s In America 2016
  • 2015 - “Toughest Professor” Runner-up – UMKC Law Student Body
  • 2014 - National Finalist – National Trial Competition – Instructor
  • 2014 - South Texas Challenge Trial Advocacy Competition – Octofinalist – Instructor
  • 2011 - Disability Rights - Texas Award
  • 2010 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2009 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2008 - Richard “Dick” Cerza NATIONAL Speedway Children’s Charity Award
  • 2008 - Law Dragon’s Top 500 Lawyers in America
  • 2008 –Top Attorney – Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2008 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2007 - FW Board President’s Gavel Award
  • 2007 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2006 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2006 - Volunteer of the Year – Speedway Children’s Charity
  • 2006 - TAA Auctioneer’s Educational Award
  • 2005 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2005 - Top Attorneys- Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2004 - Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2003 - Outstanding Service Award Lewisville ISD
  • 2003 - Lewisville Education Foundation – Scholarship honoree
  • 2002 - Trial Lawyer College – Class President
  • 2002 - One of 48 attorneys in U.S. selected to attend Trial Lawyer’s College
  • 2001 - Flower Mound Leadership Class award
  • 2000 - Who’s Who Among American Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • Trial Lawyers College, Graduate, 2002
  • Trial Lawyers College, F-Warrior Board of Directors, 2002 to 2010
  • Trial Lawyers College, F-Warrior Board President, 2005 to 2007
  • Trial Lawyers College, Faculty Member, 2002 to Present
  • Trial Lawyers College, TLC Board of Directors, 2005 to 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • Oklahoma State Bar
  • Sports & Entertainment Law Section, 1988 to 1999
  • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (former)
  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (former)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer (former)
  • International College of DWI Defense Lawyers (former)
  • DUIDLA member, 2017 to Present
  • Texas Auctioneer Association