John Kincade is a principal in the in the Financial Institutions practice group.
His practice focuses at all levels of federal and state securities litigation, arbitration and regulatory enforcement disputes. John represents a wide range of financial services clients including investment advisers, banks, and their registered persons in complex FINRA arbitrations, FINRA Enforcement proceedings and investigations, and SEC and State enforcement matters.
Prior to joining the firm, John was Co-Chair of Winstead’s Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group.
John graduated from St. Marys University School of Law with distinctions. While at St. Marys University, John was an Articles & Symposium Editor for the St. Mary's Law Journal. John received his B.A., Government, from University of Texas at Austin.
Awards & Accolades
- Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012, 2018-2021
- The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2013-2014, 2018-2021
- Anton v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Russell Norwood, 355 S.W. 3d 251 (Tex. App. – Austin 2001, pet. denied). In a case of first impression, the appellate court held that an IRA account custodian and its employee have no duty to notify an intended beneficiary of a change in beneficiary designation made by the IRA account owner.
- In re Performance Nutrion, Inc., (Mims, Trustee v. Kennedy Capital Management, Inc., 239 B.R. 93 (N.D. Tex. Bankr. 1999)). Obtained a judgment in favor of client bankruptcy trustee on claims for breach of fiduciary duty, self dealing, failure to maximize value, and conspiracy/aiding and abetting, following a 21-day trial.
- Holley v. Kitty Hawk, Inc.,200 F.R.D. 275 (N.D. Tex. 2001). Established further parameters and requirements for notice by a proposed lead plaintiff/lead counsel in Rule 10b-5 action.
- Nat'l Converting v. Bankers Trust, 134 F. Supp. 2d 804 (N.D. Tex. 2001). In an issue of first impression, established that a non-employee/non-shareholder family member may act as a client representative of a closely held, family corporation with regard to the receipt of privileged attorney client communications.
- Clapsaddle v. Telescape
- Gililland v. Taylor Invs.
- Janvey v. Algire
- Roth v. Mims
- Weber v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith
Defended National Bank against fraud and breach of ISDA Master Agreement claims relating to failure to hedge energy-commodity prices.
Negotiated a complex securities-account privacy agreement (GLB Act & PII) between the country’s largest investment management firm and a high-net-worth oil industry customer and its family and ranch office.
Successful resolution of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Receiver’s state court breach of fiduciary duty derivative claim lawsuit against former management and board of directors of publicly traded company related to pre-insolvency financing arrangements and later Chapter 11 liquidation of retail distribution company.
Defense of alter ego and contract interference lawsuit against BVI Trust client. Prosecuted client’s breach of exclusive license and patent agreement.
Defend and advise corporate and individual clients in SEC, state, and regulatory investigations and actions, Wells Submissions, and creative settlement agreements, regarding accounting practices, internal controls, related party transactions, insider trading, and other activities.
Successful prosecution of client’s breach of contract lawsuit following interface-app developer’s disclosure of client’s user interface source code and communications and dispatch software.
Led team defending country’s largest broker dealer in over 20 high-profile, media reported, securities fraud claims stemming from the actions of one stockbroker.
Defended an international investment advisor/brokerage firm in a high-profile FINRA arbitration regarding alleged wire transfer fraud scheme, achieving successful settlement while minimizing public reputational damage in the face of difficult facts. Achieved settlement of less than 100% of the theft and minimized public reputation damage in the face of difficult facts.
Two-year representation of former associated person while serving as Government’s lead witness in federal prosecutions of Stanford Financial Ponzi-scheme defendants and defended same client against SEC charges.
Directed confidential external and third-party investigation of business-technology competitor regarding anti-competitive business practices.
Representation of higher education public institution relating to third party administrator and advisor, recordkeeping, and custodian parties regarding 403(b) related Ponzi scheme.
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Speaking Engagements & Events
- Making the Pen Mightier Than the Sword: Negotiating, Drafting and Litigating Arbitration Clauses in Financial Services AgreementsSpeaking Engagement, Dallas, TX, February 2010
Associations & Organizations
- Member, Securities Industry Association (Compliance & Legal Division)
- Member, American Bar Association (Section of Litigation – Class Actions and Derivative Suits, Securities Litigation, and Litigation Technology)
- Member, Dallas Bar Association, Securities Section (1996 - Present)
- Section Officer (2010 – 2014)
- Section Chair (2014)
- Member, State Bar of Texas, Antitrust and Business Litigation, Consumer and Commercial Law, and Corporate Counsel Sections
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Member, Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) Compliance Roundtable
- Member, Dallas Zoological Society
- Member board of directors 2003-2014
- Executive Committee and Chair of Governance Committee 2009 – 2014
- Chair of Compensation Committee 2011 – 2014
- Volunteer, Visiting Nurses Association, Meals on Wheels
Areas of Practice
- St. Marys University School of Law, J.D., 1986
- University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government, 1983
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. Supreme Court