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Denise Cotter Villani • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Dallas, Texas

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Ogletree Deakins
700 Preston Commons
8117 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75225
phone 214.987.3800
fax  214.987.3927


Ms. Villani is a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins” Dallas office. She specializes in litigation and has extensive trial experience.  She also has an active employment arbitration practice and has managed and resolved, or taken to hearing, dozens of employment arbitrations.
. Ms. Villani also does management training in all aspects of employment law and has presented on issues including: “How to Conduct a Sexual Harassment Investigation,” “Workplace Romance,” “The Interplay of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act” and the “Americans with Disabilities Act and Mental Disabilities.”  She also does appellate work and has argued cases before the Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal.Ms. Villani has particular experience handling age, sex and disability discrimination cases.  She practiced as a medical technologist in a teaching hospital before attending law school and her medical background has helped her develop expertise in disability cases and cases involving claims of emotional distress.  She regularly works with psychologists and psychiatrists in evaluating claims for emotional distress and stress related disability claims.Ms. Villani practiced in Oklahoma for several years before moving to Texas and maintains her Oklahoma license.  She regularly practices in all Oklahoma and Texas courts and was voted a Texas Super Lawyer in 2005.


  • College: B.S. in Medical Technology, Oklahoma State University, 1976
  • Law School: J.D., with distinction, Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1983; Named Outstanding Graduate

Bar Admissions

State of Oklahoma, 1983, Western District of Oklahoma, 1983, State of Texas, 1989, All Federal District Courts in Texas, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal
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