Eva DeLeon focuses on civil litigation, with extensive experience with both the trial and appellate aspects of cases. Her experience includes myriad litigation issues, ranging from personal injury defense to complex construction litigation to first- and third-party insurance disputes.
While working towards her undergraduate degree, Eva successfully defended her senior thesis on Bowers v. Hardwick, Lawrence v. Texas, and the Gay Rights Movement, which was awarded distinction.
Prior to joining Thompson Coe, Eva represented numerous individuals, business organizations, and school districts, successfully prosecuting and defending a variety of cases through trial. With her strong legal writing skills, Eva has a proven record of success in eliminating adverse claims through motion practice, resulting in extremely favorable settlements or even total dismissals of the opposing parties’ claims against her clients.
She has also successfully prepared appellate briefs and motions, including matters decided by the Supreme Court of Texas. Eva relentlessly advocates for her clients and leaves no stone unturned when building the strongest possible case for them.
Successfully defended a first-party claim against a major insurance company, foreclosing on an insured’s duty to defend claim through summary judgment and resulting in a take-nothing judgment.
Assisted with prosecution of an appeal of a sweeping jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs in a construction defect lawsuit, resulting in the rendition of a take-nothing judgment on appeal.
Successfully prosecuted mandamus through the Supreme Court of Texas in a personal injury lawsuit seeking inflated medical expense damages, obtaining reversals of the trial court’s order to deny an independent medical examination of the plaintiff and striking all defense experts and, through the related appellate opinions, helped ensure a more level playing field for other personal injury defendants in Texas.
Successfully eliminated nearly all of a plaintiff’s claims through summary judgment in a complex multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving dozens of defendants, resulting in a low-cost settlement for the remaining claims. In that same litigation, her motions for summary judgment against other defendants prompted them to nonsuit their third-party claims and crossclaims against her client.
Obtained a favorable jury verdict for her client in a hotly contested, high-stakes personal injury lawsuit in a venue notoriously hostile for defendants, in part because she elicited testimony from the plaintiff’s primary expert admitting to the jury that he had no objective evidence to support his opinion for medical causation.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
J.D., cum laude , 2010
SMU Law Review, Senior Staff Editor, staff editor
Best Brief Nominee, Jackson Walker Moot Court Competition
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
B.A., cum laude, 2004
Louisiana Scholars’ College
Professional and Community Activities
Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Troop Leader, 2014-2016; Volunteer, 2012 –2020
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Volunteer Attorney, 2011 – 2014
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas