Isaac Villarreal


When Isaac Villarreal tells opposing counsel he wants to try a case, they know he’s not bluffing—it’s his favorite part of practicing law, and he’s very good at it.

Despite his passion for persuading 12 strangers in the jury box to side with his client, Isaac won’t recommend going to trial if it’s not in the client’s best interests or doesn’t positively affect their bottom line.

Isaac represents small and large companies in litigation involving contract claims, business torts, real estate disputes, residential and commercial construction defects, mechanic’s and materialman’s liens and bond claims, probate and estate contests, and commercial and consumer collection and foreclosure matters.

His advocacy skills are extraordinary, starting with his intense preparation, and he has earned the respect of judges and counsel on both sides of the aisle. Competitive by nature, Isaac relishes the opportunity to outwit his opponents, whether the amount in controversy involves thousands or tens of millions of dollars.

In addition to litigation, Isaac drafts and negotiates business transactions, acts as outside general counsel, and manages relationships between clients and other Dykema attorneys without ever having to refer a matter to another law firm. He is a client’s first call for any legal, business, or even personal need, and he wants it that way.

Throughout any given representation, Isaac continually invests in learning the client’s business and understanding the potential harm and consequences of any looming legal or business issues. Drawing from Dykema’s deep bench of talent, he assembles specialized litigation or deal teams within the firm and develops strategies to achieve each client’s unique objectives.

Business clients of all sizes and a variety of industries rely on Isaac’s skills and experience. They depend on him to quickly mitigate or resolve issues and avoid obstacles and pitfalls, whatever form they take.

I find success in the courtroom and at the negotiation table because I embrace and enjoy the intellectual challenge. My clients come out on top because of my professionalism, zeal, and a reputation that is built upon a foundation of hard work, preparation, and an established history of sustained success when the stakes are high.
    • Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, J.D., magna cum laude, Editor-in-Chief of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review, 2008
    • Southwest Texas State University, LL.M., 2004
    • Southwest Texas State University, B.A., 2002
  • Bar Admissions

    • Minnesota, voluntary restricted status
    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • All Courts for the State of Minnesota, voluntary restricted status
    • Named a Top Lawyer by H-Texas Magazine 2016-Present

      • Named a Top Lawyer in Houston for Commercial Litigation for 2016-2022 by Houstonia Magazine
      • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers, 2020-2021
      • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Texas Rising Star" 2017-2019
      • American Bar Association
      • State Bar of Texas (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections)
      • Houston Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)
      • Hispanic Bar Association
      • Galveston Bar Association
      • Garland Walker American Inns of Court
      • Texas Association of Mediators

Latest News and Insights

Press Releases9.18.23

15 Dykema Attorneys Named to Texas Super Lawyers List for 2023

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 15 of its Texas-based attorneys—from…

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Speaking Engagements5.18.23

Game Theory in Negotiations

Isaac Villarreal will serve as a featured panelist at the Hispanic National Bar Association Region…

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Press Releases9.21.22

14 Dykema Attorneys Named to Texas Super Lawyers List

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 14 of its Texas-based attorneys—from…

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