Macdonald Devin Madden Kenefick Harris

John Kenefick

Dallas / Ft. Worth
Office Phone: 214.651.3342
Office Fax: 214.747.0942
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Practice Areas

  • Construction Liability
  • Environmental / Toxic Tort
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking / Transportation
John S. Kenefick is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully represented builders, contractors, trucking companies, product manufacturers, distributors and other business entities, in business and commercial disputes, as well as personal injury and property damage cases. He has tried over 25 cases to verdict in Illinois and Texas.

Martindale Rating

AV® Preeminent™


  • Northern Illinois University, Juris Doctor 1992, cum laude
  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Science, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1992
  • Texas, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts: Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards And Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2014, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition, Construction Litigation, 2011 - 2015
  • Corporate Counsel, Construction Litigation, 2009 and 2010
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Sales (Art. 2. UCC) 1991
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, 1990

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association ◦ Member Bench Bar Conference Subcommittee, 2003
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Membership Chairman, Construction Law Committee, 2011
  • DRI Construction Law Committee Steering Committee Member
  • DRI Construction Law Committee 2009 Program Co-Chair

Presentations And Publications

  • Speaker at Business Litigation and Insurance Law Conference with two presentations: Ethical Considerations in Negotiation and Mediation (click here for a PDF of the presentation) and Texas Legislative Update, Construction Law (click here for a PDF of the presentation), September 2011
  • Presented Meeting The Good Faith Obligation During Claims Handling at Business Litigation and Insurance Law Conference, September 2010. Click here for a PDF of the presentation.
  • Co-author of the Texas Chapter of Construction Litigation Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium, published by DRI, February 2010. Click here for DRI bookstore.
  • Developments in Indemnity and Additional Insured Agreements, presented at Business and Insurance Litigation Update, October 2009. Click here for a PDF of the presentation.
  • Published article in DRI For the Defense: Understanding Stigma Damage Claims, June 2009. Click here for a PDF of the article.
  • Published article in DRI For the Defense: The Best Defense You Have Never Used, August 2008. Click here for a PDF of the article.
  • Presented Who Owes Who What and When Do They Owe It? at DRI Annual Meeting/Construction Law Committee in Washington DC, October 10, 2007.
  • Speaker at Macdonald Devin Construction Conference: Use and Misuse of Experts in Construction Defect Cases, Plus: Top 10 Ways to Control Your Experts, September 21, 2007.
  • Presented Construction Defect Claims Handling - New Developments and Legislative Trends, Macdonald Devin Construction Conference, September 29, 2006. Click here for a PDF of the white paper.
  • Speaker, Bi-Annual Meeting, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fall 2002
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