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D. Hull Youngblood, Jr.

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Hull’s family has been a predominant force in the security and corrections industry for more than one hundred years. His great-grandfather founded the Southern Steel Company (world’s largest manufacturer of jail/prison hardware) in 1897 in San Antonio, and it remained family-owned and run until 1981. Hull literally “grew up” in the public project industry, and has represented clients across the United States and internationally, in almost every phase of public projects.

Government contracting, project finance, Public Private Partnerships, and related disputes and litigation have been at the heart of Hull’s international practice. The majority of Hull’s work has been devoted to representing clients who do business with local, state, and federal entities in the development, financing, construction, refinancing, dispute resolution, and operations of public projects and their privatization across the United States, as well as in Israel, Great Britain, and Costa Rica.

Hull has been a leader in improving education for lawyers for 25 years, has served the State Bar of Texas in many leadership roles, and was one of the three founders of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Hull also claims to be a “part-time professional” magician, and recently served as President of the Texas Association of Magicians.

Education & Honors

  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, BBA, 1974
  • Baylor University School of Law, JD, 1976
    • 1st Place - Baylor Mock Trial Competition, 1976
    • Outstanding Advocate Award, 1976


  • Texas
  • United States District Court, Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Claims Court, Washington, D.C

Selected Professional Activities

  • Co-Founder & Fellow, San Antonio Bar Foundation (Trustee, 1984-1987)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas (Chair of Board of Directors, 1987-1988; Director 1985-1988; Executive Committee Member, 1986-1989; Chair of MCLE Committee, 2000-2004; Continuing Legal Education Committee Member, 2008-2011)
  • Member, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism (Trustee, 2004-2007; Vice Chair of Board of Trustees, 2005-2007)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (Chair of the Fellows, 2006-2007; Vice Chairman of the Fellows, 2005-2006; Secretary of the Fellows, 2004-2005; Sustaining Life Fellow, 1984 to date)

Other Activities

  • Member, Texas Association of Magicians (President, 2009-2010; Chair, 2010 TAOM Convention; Vice President, 2008-2009; Order of Willard Member, 2009)
  • Member, Society of American Magicians (Chair – International Insurance Committee, 2006-2009; Member, Assembly #206, Austin, Texas, 2004 to date; President, Assebly #206, Austin, Texas, 2008 & 2009)
  • Member, International Brotherhood of Magicians (Member, Ring 18 – San Antonio, Texas, 2007 to date; Member, Ring 60 – Austin, Texas, 2005 to date)

Publications and Presentations

Hull is a prolific writer and speaker on legal topics, including contract drafting, indemnification, financing, and ethics. He is one of the country’s most sought after legal education speakers, having given more than 200 presentations in Texas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington, Arkansas, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. Selected publications and presentations during just the last few years are listed below.

  • “Seven Deadly Sins of Boilerplate” – author/presenter, 29th Annual Colorado Advanced Real Estate Seminar, Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, 2011
  • “Top 5 Things To Consider Before Building a Jail” – panelist, Texas Jail Association, 2011
  • “Risk Transfer Provisions in Commercial Contracts” – webcast panelist, Strafford Publications, 2011
  • “Drafting and Enforcing Complex Indemnification Provisions” – co-author, The Practical Lawyer, August 2010
  • “Drafting Indemnification Provisions for LLC’s and Partnerships” – author, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2010
  • “Seven Deadly Sins of Boilerplate” – author/presenter, Business Strategies, State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Drafting and Enforcing Complex Indemnification Provisions” – webcast panelist & course director, ALI-ABA, 2009
  • “Protecting and Piercing the Corporate Veil – How to Protect the Owners; How to Get the Responsible Party” – author, Advising Small & Mid-size Businesses, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2008
  • “Failure to Fund and Unfunded Obligations” – author, Suing, Defending and Negotiating with Financial Institutions, State Bar of Texas, 2008
  • “Indemnification: Drafting Complex Provisions” – webcast panelist & course director, State Bar of Texas, 2008
Other publications and presentations

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