Pete Marketos


“Pete Marketos is one of the finest trial lawyers to appear in my court.” – Federal District Judge Samuel Hardy Mays, Western District of Tennessee


Pete Marketos tries high-stakes lawsuits to juries and judges.

Pete has won eight and nine-figure plaintiff verdicts and take-nothing defense verdicts in state and federal court.

His verdicts have been featured in National Law Journal’s “Big Money Wins” and the Texas Lawyer’s “10 Million Dollar Club”—which included two of his verdicts in the same year.

Pete is currently co-lead counsel for AT&T’s DIRECTV in a $4 billion trial brought by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged deceptive advertising.

Pete was lead counsel for the New York State Attorney General in a lawsuit filed by Exxon Mobil in federal court in Texas, where Exxon sought to halt the NYAG’s investigation into Exxon’s alleged climate-change coverup. The case was successfully transferred out of Texas and is currently pending in New York.

Over a two-year period alone, Pete was lead counsel in six jury trials and won them all. Those results include:

  • $136 million fraud verdict against Mercedes-Benz from a unanimous jury after a two-week trial—the largest business litigation verdict in the United States in 2013. [See our case study on this verdict. The Thirteenth Court of Appeals affirmed liability and actual damages but reduced the punitive damages portion of the award to $600,000. Reese Marketos is currently working to restore the full amount of punitives in the Texas Supreme Court.]
  • take-nothing defense verdict against a market-dominant credit monitoring company on its claims for theft of trade secrets and a counterclaim verdict for willful violations of antitrust laws.
  • A $5 million fraud and breach of contract verdict against a national communications company over a $15 million supply contract.
  • $6 million negligence verdict and judgment against UPS after a collision between a UPS truck and a cyclist rendered the cyclist a quadriplegic.
  • A complete plaintiff’s verdict dissolving a partnership that owned seven restaurants at DFW Airport after misconduct by a partner, and a take-nothing defense verdict on the partner’s $13 million counterclaim.
  • take-nothing defense verdict and a counterclaim verdict for damages and attorney’s fees in a products defect dispute between two national roofing suppliers after termination of a $75 million supplier relationship.

Pete has also won a $13 million judgment for civil racketeering (“RICO”) violations after a three-week federal trial; defeated a $20 million claim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after a five-week federal trial; obtained damages verdicts and preliminary injunctions in large trade secrets disputes in federal and state courts; and won several multi-million dollar fraud and breach of fiduciary duty verdicts in federal and state courts.

Pete was an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law for several years. He is regularly featured in the Texas Super Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” publication, D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for Business Litigation, and the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.

The Texas Lawyer recognized Reese Marketos as the Litigation Firm of the Year for 2013 in the small firm category.


University of Texas School of Law

Juris Doctor, with honors, 1999

Rice University

Bachelor of Arts, 1996


United States Supreme Court; Texas Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas