Jonni Walls

Jonni Walls

Full-time faculty

Clinical Professor of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy

"The more effective a lawyer can be in speech and writing, the better professional he or she will be." - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Jonni Walls has practiced law in Texas since 1991, specializing in employment litigation for management, as well as supervisor training and counseling with respect to Human Resource issues. Professor Walls was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville (B.A. With High Honors, 1968). She graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., cum laude & Order of the Coif, 1991) in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, Professor Walls was Notes & Comments Editor for the Journal of Air Law & Commerce. She is admitted to practice in all Texas courts, United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has served as an Adjunct Professor for SMU Dedman School of Law since 1992.

Professor Walls’ practice experience includes litigation of statutory and common law claims arising in the employment context; practice before administrative agencies; arbitration of disputes arising under employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements; contract negotiation; drafting of employment policies and handbooks; management training seminars; enforcement of confidentiality and non-competition agreements; and alternative dispute resolution. Her experience also includes traditional labor law, union representation campaigns, defense of unfair labor practice charges, litigation of cases alleging hybrid duty of fair representation and breach of contract claims, and practice before the National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment Litigation
  • Supervisor training and counseling with respect to Human Resource issues


B.A., University of Tennessee
J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law


Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy