Rebecca Alcantar
Shareholder

Email: ralcantar@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3359

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

An aggressive advocate who never loses sight of the need for cost-effective solutions, Rebecca Alcantar brings over 20 years of diverse experience and a long record of positive results to her general litigation practice.

Whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, Rebecca’s approach is both meticulous and strategic. She understands that successful outcomes aren’t the result of chance; they come from thorough preparation, a holistic view of the issues, and a deep understanding of the law. Rebecca’s skills as a business litigator have earned her the trust of a wide range of domestic and international companies and insurers. Her professional accomplishments have also earned her an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability

Rebecca’s practice is centered on the resolution of complex litigation matters, including the defense of construction lawsuits, healthcare liability claims, premises liability, transportation, products liability, and general business litigation. At trials, hearings, depositions, mediations, and arbitrations in state and federal courts, Rebecca is a tenacious defender of her clients in construction defect and premises liability cases, allegations of deceptive trade practices, contract disputes, warranty claims, non-subscriber, employment discrimination claims, and personal injury cases.

In addition to her active trial docket, Rebecca also represents clients at the appellate level, submitting briefs and presenting oral arguments at the state and federal level, including the Texas Supreme Court.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rebecca earned her law degree at Texas Tech University, where she served as associate editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. She is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal for global geotechnical engineering firm in which the client paid nothing in a settlement of a multi-party lawsuit involving a 43-home residential construction defect claim in New Mexico.
  • Obtained defense verdict for property owner accused of lack of security related to a sexual assault on its business premises in Bexar County, Texas.
  • Obtained several defense awards in arbitration matters defending a nursing home client in non-subscriber on-the-job injuries and Title VII discrimination claims.
  • Secured summary judgment in favor of a transportation broker in a $7 million wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Successfully represented a national title company in mortgage fraud cases throughout Texas, and successfully defended the company in quiet title actions and cases involving breach of indemnity agreements in mortgage title insurance policies.
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of an ambulance service company in medical malpractice case.
  • Orchestrated successful settlements of multiple cases on behalf of corporate and insurance clients.
  • Advised and represented multiple commercial businesses and premium funding companies in litigation claims arising from Hurricane Ike.
  • On behalf of a subcontractor, obtained reversal of an appellate court decision in a leading case on sovereign immunity involving a municipality’s rail system. Reata Constr. Corp. v. City of Dallas, 197 S.W.3d 371 (Tex. 2006)

Professional Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Defense Research Institute

Honors and Recognitions

  • AV Rated, a Martindale Peer Reviewed Rating

Publications and Presentations

Rise of the machines: Texas Products Liability

April, 2019

Personal Injury Damages

April, 2019

Advancing your case through motion practice

April, 2019

Got the winter claims blues? Texas claims and slip and falls,

February, 2017

Sexual Assault Survivors Guide – Contributor

January, 2017

Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, June 2016

June, 2016

• Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, coauthored May, 2016 Eagles International Associates

May, 2016

Liens: Do I really need to pay this? Again? (Co-author with Paul W. Bennett)

April, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Update (Co-authored with Doug Fletcher)

January, 2016

Texas evidence flashcards (co-author)

January, 2016

Arbitration: Do You Really Want It?, HR Southwest Conference, November 2015

November, 2015

Proposed Regulations Clarify the Meaning of a Safe Drilling Margin in the OCS, Offshore Magazine

July, 2015

The Macondo Litigation in a Nutshell, LOGA Industry Report

June, 2015

BP Oil Spill Lessons Learned, Energy Executive

April, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Document Preservation Notice May Violate SOX, HCCA – Compliance Today, June 2015

March, 2015

Pregnant Pause: U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Against UPS, March 31, 2015

March, 2015

Social Media in Claims and Litigation

January, 2015

Mandatory E-Filing Has Arrived (Again): Tips and Traps for the Unwary, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Summer 2014 Received Stars of Texas Bars Award for Best News Article

January, 2015

Overview of Construction Law and Risk Management for Subcontractors

January, 2014

The Michael Morton Act: What prosecutors and defense attorneys need to know

October, 2013

Served as Moderator for Appellate Law seminar, Jefferson County Bar Association

January, 2013

Construction/Real Property Defense and Damage Analysis

January, 2013

Presented Legislative Update: HB274 at annual NAIW conference

May, 2012

Federal Ban on Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Use: Implications for Commercial Motor Vehicles, co-authored May 30, 2012 issue of The Voice, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

May, 2012

A Lawyer’s Guide to the Advertising and Solicitations Rules

January, 2012

Professional Liability—Design Professionals: Texas Certificate of Merit Analysis

January, 2012

Analysis of Venue Favorability and Practical Tips on Venue Selection and Options to Limit Liability in Unfavorable Venues, Co-Author

January, 2012

Featured speaker at Council on Litigation Management – Defense Strategies National Defense Counsel

March, 2011 New Orleans, Louisiana   

Internet Dating Websites: A Refuge for Internet Fraud, 12 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 389

January, 2011

Co-author of the Texas Chapter of Construction Litigation Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium, published by DRI

February, 2010

Developments in Indemnity and Additional Insured Agreements, presented at Business and Insurance Litigation Update

October, 2009

Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update, 21 APP. ADVOC. 212

January, 2009

Featured panel speaker at Medmarc’s 24th Annual Medical Device Seminar – Application of Social Media When Defending and Cross-Examining Experts

June, 2008 Hot Springs, Virginia   

Toast to the Constitution, Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex Inn of Courts Joint Meeting

January, 2008

Who Owes Who What and When Do They Owe It? at DRI Annual Meeting/Construction Law Committee

October, 2007 Washington D.C.   

Featured panel speaker presenting a Bad Faith Litigation and Claims Handling seminar at Church Mutual Insurance Company

May, 2007

Featured Speaker at Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Seminar – When Personal Injury Becomes Personal Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases

September, 2006 San Francisco, CA   

Named shareholder, David Macdonald, will be a featured speaker at DRI's Construction Law Seminar to be held September 7-8, 2006 in San Francisco.

The topic When Personal Injury Becomes Personal - Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases will cover the implications of an OSHA violation in a personal injury lawsuit, including what can be done to protect clients when OSHA investigates an injury at a construction project.

Some of the issues addressed will also include whom OSHA considers the employer when there are multiple contractors on the project, determining when evidence of an OSHA violation is admissible in a personal injury lawsuit, and how to minimize the effects if evidence is admitted.

Guest Speaker at Insurance Women of San Antonio (IWSA)

July, 2006 San Antonio, Texas   

Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects, presented at Continuing Education Conference

June, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina   

Featured Speaker at Eagle International Conference – Update Texas Good Faith Insurance Issues

May, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada   

"Update Texas", the May 2006 conference held in Las Vegas, was hosted by Eagle International, an International network of defense attorneys and claim adjusters.

Featured speaker, David Macdonald, presented Good Faith Insurance Issues.

Guest Speaker for Federation of Insurance Women of Texas (FIWT) 2006 Mid-Year Conference

April, 2006 Austin, Texas   

Recent Developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Court Practice seminar, State Bar of Texas (CLE accredited)

January, 2006

Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement, and Contractual Protections Against a Fraud Claim, CLE

June, 2005

Co-author: “Useful Strategies in the Battle of Experts,” Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop

January, 2005 Austin, Texas   
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Educational/Professional Background

  • Texas Tech University, Juris Doctor, 1992
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, 1989
  • Texas Tech Law Review, Associate Editor

Court Admissions

Rebecca Alcantar is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

  • Overview
  • Representative Experience
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  • Honors and Recognitions
  • Publications/Presentations
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Rebecca Alcantar

Shareholder

Email: ralcantar@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3359

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

An aggressive advocate who never loses sight of the need for cost-effective solutions, Rebecca Alcantar brings over 20 years of diverse experience and a long record of positive results to her general litigation practice.

Whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, Rebecca’s approach is both meticulous and strategic. She understands that successful outcomes aren’t the result of chance; they come from thorough preparation, a holistic view of the issues, and a deep understanding of the law. Rebecca’s skills as a business litigator have earned her the trust of a wide range of domestic and international companies and insurers. Her professional accomplishments have also earned her an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability

Rebecca’s practice is centered on the resolution of complex litigation matters, including the defense of construction lawsuits, healthcare liability claims, premises liability, transportation, products liability, and general business litigation. At trials, hearings, depositions, mediations, and arbitrations in state and federal courts, Rebecca is a tenacious defender of her clients in construction defect and premises liability cases, allegations of deceptive trade practices, contract disputes, warranty claims, non-subscriber, employment discrimination claims, and personal injury cases.

In addition to her active trial docket, Rebecca also represents clients at the appellate level, submitting briefs and presenting oral arguments at the state and federal level, including the Texas Supreme Court.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rebecca earned her law degree at Texas Tech University, where she served as associate editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. She is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.