Educating Dallas Citizens on the civil court system.

Citizens Civil Academy


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William M. Toles


  • Washington and Lee 
  • University School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Washington and Lee 
  • University, B.A., 1992
  • Secretary, Executive 
  • Committee of the 
  • Washington and Lee 
  • Student Body, 1994-1995

Bar Admissions:

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Practice Areas:

  • Business/Commercial 
  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Nonsubscriber Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Premises Liability/Retail Litigation
  • Construction Liability and Defects
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Cyber Law/Data Privacy/Data Security
  • Amusement Park/Recreational Activity

William Toles is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent-rated attorney.

William is a trial lawyer with extensive experience handling high exposure litigation. After trying more than 75 jury trials as an assistant Dallas city attorney, Mr. Toles joined another Dallas-area law firm in 1998 as a senior litigator and later name partner prior to coming to FSSV in 2012. He has handled more than 40 civil trials to a successful conclusion and jury verdict. Mr. Toles has trial experience throughout the state of Texas in tort litigation ranging from simple negligence cases to more complex premises liability, DTPA, commercial and contractual dispute matters.

Mr. Toles is active in his church and community. He is a member of the Steward Board of Christian Chapel CME Church. Mr. Toles has previously served as a United Way Grant Panel Member and Chairman, and he was a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2012 and a Class Advisor for the Leadership Dallas Class of 2013. William is actively involved with Leadershape. He has previously served as a cluster facilitator at a national session, and a co-lead facilitator at the University of Texas (Austin) and The Ohio State University. Additionally, he has served as a Big Brother through the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District.

Mr. Toles is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and was one of three course directors for the 2011 Advanced Personal Injury Course CLE, hosted by the State Bar of Texas. He is also a former member of the Washington and Lee Alumni Board. He currently serves as a Class Agent for his law school class, a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Washington and Lee University Board of Directors, former President of the Law Council at Washington and Lee School of Law (2014-2015) and former Chair of the Washington and Lee Law Annual Fund (2013-2014).


Spencer P. Browne
Reyes | Browne | Reilley

Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Spencer Browne has tried over 50 cases to verdict throughout Texas. He has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts, judgments, and settlements. His practice focuses on complex pharmaceutical, contract, insurance, trucking, and general personal injury litigation.

Spencer was voted ‘Dallas Best’ by D Magazine for 2015

Spencer was named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyer Magazine in 2011-2016.


  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • University College, Oxford University. Oxford, England.


  • Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei
  • Angel Reyes & Associates
  • National Football League (NFL) Law Clerk
  • Reyes Bartolomei Browne

Memberships, Community Involvement and Recognition

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice

Licenses & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Personal Injury Trial Law
  • United States District Court, Northern, Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • 2011 Advanced Personal Injury Law Course
  • Spencer Browne, How to Try the $50k (and Under) Car Wreck Case, State Bar of Texas, July 2011 (Dallas); August 2011 (San Antonio); September and November (Houston).

Cheryl Lee Shannon
District Judge
305th District Court


Hon. Cheryl Lee Shannon has been a District Judge in Dallas County for  twenty one years, presiding over the 305th District Court hearing juvenile matters, child abuse and neglect cases and a myriad of matters relating to parental termination/adoption issues.  She was formerly an Associate Judge in Dallas County for both the 304th and 305th District Courts and held this position for four years before being elected to the Bench.

Judge Shannon graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Political Science in 1979 and from the University of Houston Law Center in 1982.  Upon completion of Law School she worked in various areas of the legal profession including real estate, corporate and family law.

Judge Shannon currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas County Juvenile Board, President of the Dallas County Charter School Board, has served on the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, is a member of the State Bar of Texas Juvenile Justice Committee and has served on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.  She has formerly served  as a Board Member of Texas CASA, Board Member of Texas School Safety Center Board, Supreme Court Task Force of Foster Care and Committees relating to Youth Issues that are too numerous to name. She is active member of the Juvenile Section of the Dallas Bar Association and has served on the Nominations Committee for the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas.   She has been recognized by Dallas CASA and many local civic organizations for her commitment to children.  Judge Shannon received the 2010 L. A. Bedford Distinguished Jurist Award and the 2011 Women of the Judiciary Award from a leading Business and Professional Women’s Club. Judge Shannon also received the 2012 Humanitarian Award for her selfless commitment to youth and families from Top Teens of America – Dallas Chapter.

Judge Shannon has been a previous presenter to the Advanced Family Law Course in 2004 – “Kinship – The Ties that Bind” replicated by the Dallas Bar Association and Juvenile Law Conference in 2005 and 2006 respectively; Advanced Family Law Course in 2007 – Gestational Agreements, Termination and Adoption;  Advanced Family Law Course 2008 –  Adoption Issues: Tips for the Lawyer and a presenter to the Marriage Dissolution Seminar 2009 – Visitation for the Impaired Parent; Advanced Family Law Course 2010 – Disproportionality – How Legal Representation Impacts the Best Interest of the Child.  Judge Shannon is a presenter for the New Chiefs Development Conference through Sam Houston State University and is a frequent presenter in Dallas County in Seminars and Conferences relating to Juvenile Law and Child Abuse and Neglect Matters.  Most recently Judge Shannon was the Keynote Speaker for the Champion for Children luncheon hosted by Texas Lawyers for Children and the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic for the SMU Dedman School of Law and the Keynote Speaker for the 30th Annual Prevent Child Abuse Texas Conference.

Judge Shannon is also an Adjunct Professor in the Social Work Department of Eastfield Community College.



Judge Denise Garcia

303rd District Court (Family)

Judge Brenda Hull -Thompson

County Probate Court #1