W. Ralph Canada Jr.

Ralph Canada has 30 years of trial and appellate experience, not just in his home state of Texas, but also before courts and arbitration panels throughout the country.
Attorney Ralph Canada

W. Ralph Canada Jr.

ralphc@lfdslaw.com
214-572-1784
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Ralph’s experience includes a diverse array of complex commercial disputes such as business torts, contract disputes, tax, real estate development, and professional malpractice.  Ralph has previously been a partner in and the litigation head of the Dallas offices of two different national law firms. In 2011, Ralph was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters service, in the Business Litigation category.

Since 2003, he has represented plaintiffs in numerous tax shelter matters, in courts, arbitration tribunals, and on appeal throughout the country, and has twice spoken at ABA Tax Section Meetings on civil litigation involving tax shelters. He recently successfully argued the case of Ouwinga v. Benistar 419 Plan Servs., Inc., 694 F.3d 783, 787 (6th Cir. 2012), before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in which class claims against the promoters of a life-insurance based tax shelter were reinstated and remanded to the federal district court for discovery.

  • Lead plaintiffs’ counsel in numerous tax shelter cases against major law, accounting and investment firms, including two class actions certified for settlement in Southern District of New York
  • Lead trial counsel in multi-week arbitration over the sale of a computer company
  • Lead trial counsel in multi-week trial representing the former CEO of a retail company
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • State of Texas (1979)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
  • Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Western District of Michigan
  • J.D. cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1979 | Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Environmental Law Review
  • Author, “The SEC and Environmental Disclosure,” 1 Harv. Env’tl Law Rev. 392 (1977)
  • Co-Author, “Surviving the First Year of Law School” (Lord Publishing 1978)
  • B.A. with highest honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1976 | Phi Beta Kappa

Attorney Ralph Canada

W. Ralph Canada Jr.

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ralphc@lfdslaw.com
214-572-1784
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