Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP


  • WBE

Firm Size

  • 11-20

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

Located in downtown Dallas, the majority woman-owned law firm of Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP provides a full range of legal services to businesses and individuals.  The firm’s 19 attorneys practice advertising law, corporate law and business transactions, employment law, estate planning, health law, litigation (commercial, fiduciary, personal injury and products defense, probate, and Title IX), nonprofit law, real estate law, securities law, and trademarks. A particular area of expertise is conducting internal investigations in employment and securities law matters.  Established in 2007, FGHW is the largest woman-owned law firm in North Texas.


Dallas, TX

1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 3700, Dallas, TX 75201

Person of contact: Mary L. O'Connor

Dallas, TX

1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 3700, Dallas, TX 75201

Person of contact: Debra Witter

Dallas, TX

1700 Pacific Avenue Suite 3700



Person of contact: Kellee Wehrmann

Dallas, TX

1700 Pacific Avenue Suite 3700

Person of contact: Julie Heath

Practice Areas

  • ADR/Arbitration
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Corporate
    • Corporate Governance
    • Internal Investigations
  • Corporate, M&A & Securities
    • Asset Purchases, Stock Purchases, and Leveraged Buyouts
    • Corporate Governance
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Private Placements
  • Intellectual Property
    • Copyright
    • IP Agreements/Licensing
    • Trademark
  • Labor & Employment
    • Arbitration
    • Class Actions / MDL
    • Compliance
    • Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents
    • Investigations - Internal/Agency
    • Leave and Pay Acts (e.g. FLSA / FMLA / Service Contracts Act / Davis Bacon Act / Walsh-Healey)
    • Litigation
    • Regulators/Regulations (e.g. DOL, NLRB, OFCCP, OSHA, OWBPA, SOX,)
    • Trade Secret
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Consumer and Product Liability Litigation
    • Corporate/Commercial (Shareholder Derivative Suits, Securities, FINRA, Antitrust, Banking, Bankruptcy, etc.)
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)
    • Estate/Trust Law
    • Health and Healthcare Law
    • Personal Injury (Torts, Premises Liability, Toxic Torts)
    • Real Estate
    • Restaurant Retail & Hospitality
  • Native American
  • Real Estate/Commercial Transactions
    • Acquisitions, Leasing, and Dispositions
    • Commercial Leases
    • Development
    • Eminent Domain
  • Securities
    • Compliance/Regulatory
    • FINRA Litigation
    • Litigation

Firm Bio


The majority woman-owned law firm of Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP provides a full range of legal services to businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations.

Located in downtown Dallas since 2007, Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP is rated AV™ Preeminent®, the highest rating awarded to law firms, and is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).

For Businesses

Representing companies and organizations from family-owned shops to the Fortune 1000 list, FGHW’s award-winning attorneys offer a full complement of business legal services, including litigation and arbitration in the areas of personal injury defense, products liability, employment defense, securities, cyber-liability, and general commercial disputes.  FGHW also provides counsel in advertising and promotions law, employment law, contracts and business transactions, business formation and governance, commercial real estate, trademarks and copyrights, mergers & acquisitions, and taxation, as well as formation of nonprofit organizations.

For Individuals

For individuals and families, FGHW provides legal services including estate planning, probate and probate litigation, adoption, elder law and guardianships.

For Nonprofit Organizations

FGHW is highly experienced in forming nonprofit organizations and applying for tax-exempt 501(c) status.  For nonprofits that are already established, FGHW provides board counsel, governance assistance, contracts, merger and acquisition counsel, and fundraising legal advice.

Experienced and Award-Winning

  • Routinely named to awards lists, including . . .
    • Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service) (Liza Farrow-Gillespie 2013-2017; Julie Heath 2012-2017; Scott Chase 2003-2017; Mary L. O’Connor 2010-13)
    • Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star” (a Thomson Reuters service) (Jennifer Lewis 2014-2018)
    • Best Lawyers in America (listed by Woodward White, Inc.) (Scott Chase 2012-2018)
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas (D Magazine) (Liza Farrow-Gillespie 2013-2018; Julie Heath 2017-2018; Mary L. O’Connor 2017; Scott Chase 2013-2016)
  • Substantial experience with large Dallas law firms (Baker Botts, Akin Gump, Jenkens & Gilchrist)
  • Winner of a “Top 10 Texas Verdict,”  Texas Lawyer Magazine
  • Board Certifications, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in Health Law (Scott Chase), Personal Injury Trial Law (Henry Wehrmann), and Estate Planning & Probate (Jennifer Lewis)
  • Former Probate Court Judge (Chris Wilmoth)
  • Routinely appointed in civil matters by state and federal judges
  • Former federal judicial law clerks, interns, briefing attorney (Liza Farrow-Gillespie, Chris Wilmoth, Jennifer Lewis)
  • In-house experience:
    • Former General Counsel with publicly traded companies (Scott Chase)
    • Former SVP-Legal with publicly traded company (Debra Witter)