Barbara L. Emerson

Co-Founding Partner

Barbara Emerson is a co-founder of Bellinger & Suberg, LLP, then Bellinger & DeWolf, in 1996 and is the senior member of the Firm's Litigation Practice. She represents local regional and national clients in business and commercial litigation and collection activities including commercial real estate foreclosures and receiverships.

Barbara began her Texas legal career in 1981 in the Texas panhandle, moving to the Dallas Metroplex in 1988 when she joined the Dallas office of Arter & Hadden. It was at Arter & Hadden where she met Glen Bellinger and Steve DeWolf with whom she founded the Firm in 1996. She has more than 30 years of litigation experience in federal and state trial courts and appellate courts.

  • State of Missouri – 1980 (inactive)
  • State of Texas – 1982
  • United States District Courts
    Western District of Missouri
    Northern District of Texas
    Eastern District of Texas
    Western District of Texas
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts
    Western District of Missouri
    Northern District of Texas
    Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals
    Fifth Circuit
    Eleventh Circuit

University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A. Honors Degree in Political Science, 1977

Drake University Law School
J.D. with Honors, 1980

  • 1980 - Gangwere, Clarke & Kitchin
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1981 - Witherspoon, Alkin & Langley
    Hereford, Texas
  • 1988 - Arter & Hadden
    Dallas, Texas
  • 1990 - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Dallas Regional Office – Litigation Counsel
  • 1991 - Ronquillo & DeWolf, P.C.
    Dallas, Texas
    Shareholder, 1993
  • 1996- Co-Founded Bellinger & DeWolf, LLP
    Dallas, Texas
    Founding Partner with Glen Bellinger and Steven DeWolf, originally known as Bellinger & DeWolf, LLP
Established ground breaking law on the rights of property owners against property seizures by interstate shippers.

Defense verdict in suit against judgment creditor and creditor's attorney fo collection activities on a multimillion dollar judgment and successfully negotiated payment of the judgment.

Successful arbitration in defense of breach of contract for sales services and purchase of business.

Representation of Receiver in management and liquidation of more than sixty (60) real estate investment entities abandoned by major real estate developer who fled the country to avoid prosecution, including successful defense of appeal to Fifth District Texas Court of Appeals.

Successful prosecution of objection to discharge in Bankruptcy of $6 million dollar judgment.

Successful settlement of claims against a national shipper for conversion of equipment.
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas-Litigation Section
    Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
    Dispute Resolution Section
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Child Advocate-CASA Dallas

Phone: 214-954-9540


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