Wesley L. Nute, Jr. is a senior associate in our Plano Office. Wesley brings a unique set of skills and expertise thanks to his background representing school districts in student and employment matters, providing board governance advice and counsel, as well as litigating in both state and federal courts. Wesley also has experience as insurance defense counsel and previously served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas.
Wesley earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law where he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Lora J. Livingston (ret.), 261st Civil District of Travis County and the Honorable Jeff L. Rose (ret.), 353rd Civil District of Travis County (now former Chief Justice of the Texas Third District Court of Appeals). Wesley received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies with a minor in Economics from Duke University.
Within his legal practice, Wesley has represented both public and public charter schools as outside counsel and in-house counsel, handling a variety of school law matters including personnel issues, administrative hearings, Title IX concerns, and discrimination issues. He has conducted comprehensive investigations into Title VII discrimination complaints as well as Title IX claims, provided in-service trainings and counsel on both wage and hour disputes and leave issues, and advised boards on governance matters and crisis communications relating to issues of public controversy, including First Amendment considerations.
In addition to his legal accomplishments, Wesley is active in his community and generously shares his knowledge in academic spaces and in the areas of art and culture. He intermittently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the UNT Dallas College of Law instructing law students in the arts of negotiation and interviewing and counseling clients. Moreover, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to enrich the city through the humanities.
Wesley is admitted to practice in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is a member of the School Law and Labor and Employment Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Council of School Attorneys, the Dallas Bar Association, and the J.L. Turner Legal Association.
Wesley’s paralegal is Lisa Jackson.