Craig L. Dowis

Craig L. Dowis

Section Chair - Professional Liability
Dallas 214-871-8244
Assistant - Vivian Demianiw214-880-2622


Craig Dowis represents numerous commercial and residential real estate brokers and agents, appraisers, insurance agents, engineers, architects, title companies, lawyers, and inspectors. This representation includes pre-suit consultations regarding contract disputes, litigation and Texas Real Estate Commission complaints against real estate professionals.

In addition to this representation, Craig conducts seminars to real estate agencies and appraisers concerning litigation avoidance and other critical issues facing their profession.

Representative Experience

  • Defended real estate brokerage in a transaction involving the sale of an approximate $725 million residential property, believed to be the largest residential transaction in history at the time of the sale.
  • Defended prominent Plaintiff’s attorney in multi-day arbitration arising out of claims for legal malpractice. Arbitration panel completely exonerated client.
  • Negotiated exclusive marketing and sale agreement for high profile condominium complex on behalf of premier Dallas luxury real estate broker.
  • Obtained no action finding of complaint filed against real estate brokerage and agent with Texas Real Estate Commission for unauthorized practice of real estate in Texas.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of DTPA, negligence, fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims against Texas insurance agency and individual agents filed in difficult venue.
  • Represented multiple commercial real estate brokers in connection with claims involving allegations of fraud and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
  • Represented numerous engineers and architects relating to negligence claims in connection with their professional services.
  • Obtained a directed verdict in favor of real estate agent/agency clients in a week-long trial in a difficult venue involving a premises liability claim.
  • Obtained multiple summary judgment rulings on real estate agent/agency disclosure issues and commission disputes.
  • Resolved multi-million dollar real estate agent claims involving high-profile plaintiffs.
  • Represented title company involving foreclosure of multiple properties resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Represented numerous property inspectors involving negligence and DTPA claims, obtaining favorable resolutions.
  • Obtained multiple dismissal’s of claims against real estate agents/agencies without offering any settlement money.
  • Negotiated confidential sales agreement for a high-profile purchaser in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas.
  • Resolved appraisal board complaint against a prominent Dallas appraiser.
  • Resolved Texas Real Estate Commission complaints against multiple real estate agents.
  • Obtained favorable resolution for insurance agents involving claims of DTPA, Insurance code violations, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.


  • Nova Southeastern University/University of Texas  (J.D.)
  • University of Texas at Austin  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2000

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Professional and Community Activities

  • Professional Liability Defense Federation, Immediate Past Vice-Chair of the Real Estate Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Exes

Speeches and Presentations

  • October 2013 presentation to General Star Texas Insurance Agent Litigation Overview
  • Sponsored speaker for Republic Title of Texas regarding real estate agent and broker litigation
  • Multiple seminars sponsored by Republic Title for real estate agents and brokers, entitled "Dodging Litigation"
  • Appraiser and Real Estate Agent Errors and Omissions, Summer 2011, General Star Insurance Company
  • Appraiser Liability Avoidance, Houston Area Appraisal Institute, August 17, 2010
  • Numerous seminars provided to real estate agents/agencies throughout North, East and West Texas.
  • Appraiser Liability Avoidance - Appraiser Institute Seminar concerning Litigation Avoidance, Fall 2008

Professional Recognition

  • Named a 2010-2013 Super Lawyer - Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine.

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