John PolzerPartner, Dallas / Fort Worth

Mr. Polzer is a Partner in Cantey Hanger's Fort Worth office and also practices in the Dallas office. He represents clients in all areas of the Metroplex and beyond.

Principal Practice Areas


  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2002, B.S.
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 2005, J.D.
    Law Journal: Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, Articles, Editor
  • Represented E & P company in title litigation involving over 200 parties
  • Represented Global Technology Company in an antitrust suit filed by a major airline
  • Represented International Oil and Gas producer in shareholder litigation filed after announcement of merger
  • Represented national supplier in products liability suits across the United States
  • Cade v. Cosgrove, 430 S.W.3d 488 (Tex.App.—Fort Worth 2014, pet. filed)
  • Sawyer v. Wright, 471 F.App’x 260 (5th Cir.2012)
  • Austin Commercial Contractors, L.P. v. Carter & Burgess, Inc., 347 S.W.3d 897 (Tex.App.—Dallas 2011, pet. denied).
  • Am. Bd. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Inc. v. Yoonessi, 286 S.W.3d 624 (Tex.App.— Dallas 2009, pet. denied)
  • Thermacor Process, L.P. v. BASF Corp., 567 F.3d 736 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • The Honorable Elizabeth Ray, 165th District Court, Harris County, Texas, Intern
  • The Honorable Wesley Steen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Intern
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, 2005
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court – New Mexico
  • University of Texas System, Chancellor’s Council (Centurions)
  • Adjunct Professor – TCU
    – Undergraduate (Courts class), 2010-present
    – Masters Program (Legal Procedure), 2016-present
  • Owner, Premier Wines Distributing
  • Junior Achievement
  • Legal Line
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Fort Worth Business Press, 2012
  • Recognized in the list of “Texas Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service,  2011-2015
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the April 2014 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters service
  • Polzer, J., et. al (2014). Prosecuting the prosecutor: The makings of the Michael Morton Act. The Social Science Journal
  • Getting “Hometowned”: U.S. Supreme Court enforces forum selection clause, Fort Worth Business Press, February 7, 2014
  • “Discounted Justice: The Potential Misuse of Alford Pleas for Future Exonorees”, John Polzer, Johnny Nhan, and Katherine Polzer, The Social Science Journal 50 (2013) 374-380
  • “Business Friendly Rules Adopted By Texas Supreme Court”, John Polzer and Matthew Neill, Fort Worth Business Press, June, 2013.
  • “Selecting Counsel for Business Litigation”, Featured in the Fort Worth Business Press (2013-02-23)
  • “Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Joint Defense and Common Interest Privileges”, CityBizList Dallas, August 28, 2012
  • “Get Owner Involved to Support Mechanic’s Lien” published in the September 19-25 edition of the Fort Worth Business Press
  • “Ipse Dixit – False Claims Litigation Against the Federal Government”
  • “Mr. Sandman: Hot Topics in Building Construction”, presented at the 2010 Texas Association of Defense Council meeting, Contributing Author