Sydney opened Hewlett Law in September of 2014, but she has always lived right here in Cleburne.
After clerking for two years with the Honorable Terry R. Means, United States District Judge (retired) for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, Sydney joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, where she quickly became an invaluable member of the litigation section. Sydney became a Partner at Shannon Gracey just a few years later and continued working in Fort Worth for 18 years. Oddly, about the time the commute became easier with the completion of the Chisholm Trail Parkway, Sydney decided to come home and work within minutes of her home. It’s a move she has never regretted!
Sydney continues to work in Tarrant county, as well as Johnson and surrounding counties, from her office in Cleburne. Hewlett Law handles all types of civil litigation. In addition to being an experienced litigator, Sydney also reviews and drafts contracts, provides insurance coverage analysis and advice regarding insurance disputes, assists clients with business formation and business disputes, analyzed property damage and causation and provides advice with regard to protecting intellectual property including copyright and trademarks.
Sydney was already the mother of four when she commuted from Cleburne to Waco to attend Baylor University School of Law. Despite that fact, she made law review, served as research and topics editor, competed at the National level in Moot Court Competition, for Baylor, published her law-review article and graduated with honors.
Sydney enjoys what she does. “In terms of really fun life adventures, practicing law comes in right after raising four amazing children with Justin, my husband of 38 years. In the legal profession, every day is a new challenge and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
“The two-years I spent clerking with Judge Means were invaluable. I never go into Court without thinking through what Judge Means would have wanted to know about the issue and what he would have thought was most important. The guidance he gave me early in my career has shaped every argument I have made since.”
Sydney is also honored to serve as the President of the Johnson County Republican Women, where she works to help further true conservatism. The JCRW meets every 4th Tuesday and she would love to see you there.
Sydney also loves spending time with her four grandchildren, running, hiking and reading.
SYDNEY B. HEWLETT, ATTORNEY
Sydney knows how to work hard for the best result. She obtained her degree in English, with honors, from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1994 when her children were ages 13, 10, 9, and 5. Three months later, she started law school at Baylor and graduated with honors in two years and four months, with two areas of concentration: one in general civil litigation and one in criminal practice.
After obtaining her law degree in February of 1997, Sydney worked with MacLean & Boulware until her clerkship began with the Honorable Terry R. Means, United States District Court, Fort Worth Division, the following August. When her clerkship came to an end, Sydney sought and obtained employment with the law firm she felt filed the best briefs in the federal court: Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff and Miller, LLP. Sydney became a partner at Shannon Gracey a few years later and spent 15 years handling complex civil litigation with the firm. At Shannon Gracey, Sydney was recognized as one of the hardest working attorneys year after year, which she attributes to really enjoying her work.
From 1999 through the end of the mold frenzy in 2005, Sydney handled 100s of mold cases for insurers. During that work, she learned the art of preparing a case for trial, recognizing when they need to be resolved, and identifying the most effective and efficient path to either end. Sydney has prepared more than 100 cases for trial including cases involving chemical exposure; mold, hail, hurricane (wind and flood), tornado, and foundation damages; and uninsured motorist claims. She has prepared more than 500 adjusters and many corporate representatives for deposition. And, when it comes to expert presentation or cross examination, Sydney has developed a reputation for being the best—resulting in her assignment to coordinate expert depositions for a large storm.
In addition to her insurance work, Sydney has handled a wide-variety of commercial disputes and business litigation matters for business owners. Her experience ranges from handling consumer complaints for local businesses, to representing Fort Worth commercial property owners in lawsuits with contractors, to defense of national class actions. She has also served as lead counsel on a patent infringement case against Siemens, which resulted in a substantial settlement for her clients.
Sydney is admitted to practice before the U. S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas; and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, as well as all Texas Courts.
Representative cases include:
- Trinity Technical Group v. Siemens, US District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (Patent Infringement, Settlement)
- Wanda M. Page v. State Farm Lloyds, 18th Judicial District Court, Johnson County (Insurance, Favorable Jury Verdict) Community Bank v. City of Duncanville, 162nd Judicial District Court, Dallas, Texas (Contract, Collateral Recovery, Settlement)
- William R. Knoderer, et al. v. State Farm Lloyds, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (Insurance, Favorable Jury Verdict)
- Ralph and Janice Choate v. State Farm Lloyds, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (Insurance, Favorable Jury Verdict)
- E. Lee Qualls, Jr. v. State Farm Lloyds, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (Insurance, Summary Judgment)
Honors and Recognitions include:
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent (5.0)
- Top Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell® (2014 Insurance Law, 2013 Commercial Litigation) Merit Selection Panel, Northern District of Texas (2009)
- Law Clerk for the Honorable Terry R. Means (1997-99)
- Baylor Law Review (1995-1997), Research and Topics Editor (1996)
- Don L. Cravens Outstanding Student in English, UTA (1994)
Publications and Presentations:
- Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit Update, Presentation, 2013
- Prompt Payment of Claims, Training Seminar, 2013
- Motions; Practical Strategies, Training Seminar, 2013
- In the Beginning, There Was Mold: Ballard & Beyond, CPCU Presentation, 2007
- New Frivolous Litigation Laws in Texas: The Latest Development in the Continuing Saga, Baylor Law Review, Spring 1996