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Litigation: General Commercial — Texas


Beck Redden LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding track record of representation in high-stakes litigation, with particular strength in trial work across the full ambit of complex commercial cases. Especially well regarded for its expertise in handling professional liability, legal malpractice and energy sector disputes. Often trusted by clients to handle appellate matters, as well as those at first instance, primarily acting for defendants. Boasts an impressive and diverse client list including Fortune 500 companies.

Strengths Clients report: "Services are very well coordinated, which maximizes value. Strategies are carefully crafted, discussed and cleared with the client and expertly implemented. Everyone at Beck Redden, paralegals and secretaries included, are invested in the case and jump in without hesitation. The written work product is best in class."

Sources regard the team as comprising "top-notch trial lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Enterprise Products Partners and successfully secured the reversal of a trial court’s jury verdict of $535 million dollars in a dispute over the existence of a business partnership between Enterprise Products Partners and Energy Transfer Partners.

Represented Whataburger in a dispute over the interpretation of a settlement agreement between Whataburger and one of its franchisees, where the franchisee claimed the right to keep renewing the franchise agreement when it expired and also claimed to be the beneficiary of fiduciary-type duties.

Notable practitioners

David Beck is lauded as a "superb lawyer and a gentleman" by sources. He is regarded as a leading expert in commercial and energy litigation, and is regularly called upon by clients to handle complex matters. He enjoys an "astounding reputation as trial lawyer" and is regarded as one of the leading lights in this field.

The "highly regarded" David Gunn is considered a "pioneer" of the appellate field. He practices exclusively in appeals and has extensive experience handling a wide variety of commercial disputes from insurance to oil and gas matters. He represents clients on both sides of the docket in matters at state and federal court level.

Sources hail Russell Post as "very bright," adding that "he does excellent work." He is a go-to for appellate matters, and has represented clients as lead counsel in significant appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas appellate courts and the Fifth Circuit. He acts for plaintiffs and defendants on disputes in a wide variety of sectors.

Alistair Dawson has a broad litigation practice with experience handling a variety of commercial disputes, class actions, energy disputes and professional liability matters. He recently acted for the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation in a lawsuit against an allegedly fictitious Houston-based estate planning and probate law firm that had set up a sham website to defraud elderly individuals in the USA and Canada, successfully attaining a temporary restraining order shutting down the website.

Eric Nichols is a "very personable, very smart and very good lawyer who is well respected," according to sources. He regularly acts for clients on complex civil litigation and has additional expertise in white-collar criminal disputes. One interviewee says: "He is a terrific guy and is outstanding in every way, with a great background in government service."

Joe Redden has a wealth of experience advising clients on a diverse range of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes, patent infringement cases and disputes in the oil and gas sector. His practice includes acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials at both state and federal courts.

Connie Pfeiffer is gaining prominence in the Texas appellate Bar for her adept handling of cases as lead counsel. She is called upon to represent clients on a broad range of commercial disputes, as well as legal malpractice and personal injury matters. She has experience arguing cases before the Texas Supreme Court among other appellate courts.

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Gibbs & Bruns LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Superbly accomplished representation on both sides of the docket, with substantial recent victories for plaintiffs and defendants in a range of headline commercial disputes. Particular expertise in the securities and energy arenas, with additional capability in relation to environmental litigation and professional malpractice defense. Possesses an impressive client list including industry giants, as well as small and midsized companies across numerous sectors. Particularly noted for its representation of clients in the banking and finance, energy and technology sectors.

Strengths Sources report: "The team is very strategic, extraordinarily well prepared and very well versed in the law and technicalities. It is laser-focused and very efficient in its representation."

Attesting to the firm's strength in securities litigation, clients comment: "The firm has very good industry knowledge and very good industry relationships on both the business and legal sides, and is very attentive."

Clients enthuse: "When the stakes are high, the firm's litigation is excellent and its preparation in cases is unmatched."

Work highlights Reached a $2.416 billion settlement with the Plan Administrator for Lehman Brothers Holdings and the other debtors in the Lehman bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of 14 institutional investor clients.

Represented Enterprise Products Operating LLC in an engineering and construction dispute with Amec Foster Wheeler USA, concerning lengthy delays and an estimated $700 million in cost overruns arising out of the construction of a large petrochemical refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Kathy Patrick is regarded as an "excellent strategist" and "a spectacular lawyer" by sources. She continues to be recognized as one of the foremost experts in commercial and securities litigation. Clients appreciate that "she is tough-minded but collaborative," and further enthuse: "She is incredibly smart and a talented orator."

"Excellent lawyer" Robin Gibbs is regarded as an "iconic name in Texas law practice." He represents clients on both sides of the docket in a wide range of commercial disputes and has enviable expertise handling matters in the energy field. He is held in high esteem for his "simply fantastic" trial performance, with clients describing him as "the godfather of trial lawyers" and explaining that "he prepares cases like no other and is simply very impressive."

The "supremely impressive" Barrett Reasoner "has garnered a very significant reputation" for his expertise in energy and commercial litigation. Clients praise him as a "top-shelf litigator" and note that he "writes extremely well and presents very well in front of judge and jury."

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Staying true to its original firm model since 1983, Gibbs & Bruns lawyers focus their practice on complex commercial litigation disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants.  High-stakes and huge-exposure matters are the firm’s forte, although we handle all manner of small- and medium-sized disputes for a variety of clients.  Over the years, our work with clients has provided significant exposure to the banking, financial services, energy, technology, insurance, health care, and construction industry sectors.  Yet, the firm itself has remained boutique-sized, earning a reputation for an “incredibly consistent array of talent,” and a “leaner and more effective approach to complex litigation.” (Chambers USA).   The firm was recently praised by a client:

  • There is no substitute for hiring experts; they didn't research the case, they either knew them or had participated in them; they knew the law, the judges, what our judge was likely to do, what local counsel to bring in - they just knew everything right off the bat. Once we engaged them, I didn't have to be quite as worried as before. (Chambers USA)

Our willingness to share risk with our clients through various alternative and contingent fee arrangements—something Gibbs & Bruns has done since its inception—provides unique value.  This approach has always been a part of our culture.  Every case we take on is handled in a personal manner, not at a professional distance.  The size of our team insists on this very principle.



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Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected trial group with especially lauded experience in relation to IP and business disputes, as well as those in the energy industry. Deep bench of expert litigation counsel well versed in handling commercial matters, including in relation to financial services, breach of contract, professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Draws particular praise for its practitioners' ability to handle significant bet-the-company litigation. Acts for clients across a wide range of sectors including financial services, healthcare and insurance.

Strengths Interviewees describe the group as a "very good team" and praise that it "has depth."

Work highlights Acted for Energy Transfer Partners in a dispute over the existence of a partnership with Enterprise Products Partners to build a pipeline to the Gulf Coast to move millions of barrels of oil that were stranded in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Represented Mesa Petroleum Partners in a suit to recover oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin of West Texas valued at over $1 billion, arising from a breach of a development contract.

Notable practitioners

Mike Lynn is regarded as a "very fine lawyer" and is particularly commended for his "efficiency, kindness and clarity when explaining legal matters." He advises clients across all manner of commercial disputes and is noted for his adept handling of matters concerning fraud, breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation.

The "highly regarded" Trey Cox has a broad commercial litigation practice and a wealth of trial experience. Of particular note is his expertise in antitrust, patent infringement and breach of contract disputes.

Eric Pinker is widely regarded in the market as a "very good lawyer." He centers his practice on complex commercial and intellectual property disputes.

Jeremy Fielding is a "very strong young lawyer and very hard-working," according to sources. He is developing a strong reputation for his representation of plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes.

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McKool Smith - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly experienced litigation outfit with an extensive roster of accomplished trial lawyers adept at representing sophisticated clients in a variety of commercial disputes. Particularly well known for its expertise in patent disputes, with additional experience in securities, antitrust and bankruptcy matters. Possesses a breadth of practice that takes it beyond Texas, with its lawyers having conducted trials nationwide. Acts for governmental entities as well as businesses from a broad range of industries including manufacturing, energy and financial services.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The firm generates results like no other firm I have ever worked with and it is very responsive, but first and foremost it is creative in its approach and incredible with its follow-through."

Interviewees report: "The firm has a really impressive integrated team from top to bottom and as a trial firm it is able to deploy the right resources quickly and effectively."

Work highlights Represented Red Lion Medical Safety and 16 other plaintiffs in a jury trial concerning allegations that GE engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the servicing of anesthesia machines, securing $131.4 million verdict against GE.

Acted for Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in litigation arising out of the bankruptcy of Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corporation, which includes various recovery actions and an insurance coverage action in the Bankruptcy Court.

Notable practitioners

Samuel Baxter is held in high esteem for his wealth of trial experience, with clients describing him as "one of the best cross-examiners in the country." He has an impressive wealth of experience in IP litigation and is regarded as a "powerhouse" in the area by market commentators.

Mike McKool has an enviable commercial litigation practice, with clients frequently calling upon him to handle their most complex disputes. His experience handling IP litigation matters is of particular note. Clients comment: "He is an extraordinarily gifted attorney and one of the best litigators in the business. He is client-focused and works at a fever pitch to obtain the best outcome for his clients."

Lewis LeClair has a well-regarded commercial litigation practice and is experienced with advising clients on class actions, antitrust and IP matters. He has an active trial practice, and clients note that "he is a senior litigator with lots of experience, is very detail-oriented, has good judgment and reads judges very well."

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Susman Godfrey LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Broad-ranging and highly respected litigation practice with a policy of recruiting attorneys with previous experience working in the judiciary. Acts for both plaintiffs and defendants on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including in the antitrust, IP and oil and gas spaces. Frequently takes on complex bet-the-company cases for its list of prestigious clients. Boasts an impressive number of Fortune 500 companies on its client roster.

Strengths One client comments: "The team provides great service, is very dedicated and driven to win, has high energy and is willing to put the work in. The lawyers are great in court in front of juries and judges. We really felt that we had the A team."

Another client notes: "From research to writing, advocacy to negotiation, and all the areas in between, it is the finest law firm I've worked with."

Work highlights Acted for Humble Surgical Hospital against health insurer CIGNA, successfully securing a $19.2 million judgment in a case concerning CIGNA's violation of the terms of its policies by denying coverage to patients who exercised their contractual right to choose Humble Surgical Hospital, an out-of-network provider, for their care.

Represented Green Mountain Glass, obtaining a $50.3 million judgment against Ardagh Glass for willfully infringing a patent for technology that allows glass manufacturers to use recycled glass of mixed colors.

Notable practitioners

The "wonderful" Neal Manne serves as a managing partner of the firm. He is regularly called upon to represent clients from across the country in trial. His broad practice includes insurance, energy, antitrust and constitutional disputes. He enjoys a "great reputation" and is widely hailed as an "excellent lawyer."

Clients say Stephen Susman is "smart, savvy, practical, incredibly hard-working, dedicated, client-focused and a force to be reckoned with. He provides outstanding advocacy and lawyering at every juncture." He has developed a national reputation for his wealth of experience handling complex commercial disputes. Sources hail him as "fantastic" and a "very fine lawyer," adding that "he knows how to try cases."

Barry Barnett is "an exceedingly fine lawyer and hard-working," according to sources. He has particular experience handling major IP, energy and antitrust disputes. Market sources note that he is "very strategic" and a "really good trial lawyer."

Geoffrey Harrison is highly thought of in the market, with peers highlighting him as "very smart" and adding that he does a "fantastic job" for his clients. He has an active trial practice and possesses expertise across a wide range of general commercial disputes including those concerning energy, environmental and antitrust issues.

Harry Susman regularly acts for clients on high-profile commercial litigation matters. He has a national client base and experience acting for clients on both sides of the docket.

Mark Wawro is a "superb senior trial lawyer," say sources. He has extensive experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes.

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Reynolds Frizzell LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation boutique with a strong track record of representing clients in a range of commercial matters, with particular emphasis on energy and natural resources. Additional expertise includes handling IP, breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder disputes. Handles disputes in state and federal courts, including courts of appeal, as well as assisting clients in domestic and international arbitration. Represents both plaintiff and defendant companies from a broad range of industries.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "The team is very responsive and works well together. I can call anyone at the firm and they will get me an answer right away, whether it is relating to administrative or legal matters."

Another client notes: "For a commercial dispute, it would be our go-to."

Work highlights Defended Energy Transfer Partners in a suit filed by Enterprise Texas Pipeline for, among other things, allegedly breaching an agreement concerning Energy Transfer’s operation of the 240-mile Old Ocean Pipeline.

Represented Wood Group Mustang in a suit alleging over $43 million in damages arising out of alleged failures to detect certain critical defects in ten pipelines in Port Arthur, Texas.

Notable practitioners

Jean Frizzell receives an "A-plus" from clients, who praise him as an "extraordinary trial attorney and legal strategist with the highest level of professionalism," adding that "he understands the client's needs, wants and expectations, and is very personable, very flexible and extremely responsive." He has a diverse commercial litigation practice, which includes breach of contract and environmental disputes. Interviewees say: "He has a real-world perspective and gets results. In the courtroom, he is incredibly effective."

"Great lawyer" Chris Reynolds enjoys an excellent reputation for his adept handling of both commercial and energy disputes. His expertise also includes securities fraud, IP, engineering and construction disputes, with experience representing clients on both sides of the docket.

Jeremy Doyle regularly handles complex commercial disputes and is also developing notable expertise in oil and gas matters. Clients consider him to be a "go-to lawyer for commercial litigation" and note that "he is great, and provides good guidance and creative ideas in litigation."

About the Team (content provided by Reynolds Frizzell LLP)

With over 175 years of litigation experience, our reputation for trial skills and preparation ensures that our opposition knows we are willing to try each case, no matter the size, region, or industry.

Reynolds Frizzell is a commercial litigation firm focused on resolving complex disputes across the globe. Working for clients of all sizes in a variety of matters, we put our team—some of the country’s top legal minds and trial lawyers—on the job, assessing quickly and efficiently how we can achieve the best possible result for each client.

Clients entrust us with their toughest problems, and we invest on a personal level to achieve their goals. We’ve seen consistently that by positioning our client to win at trial, we maximize results at every stage of a case. Our focus on strategy and tireless preparation leaves no room for frivolous litigation—only success.

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Yetter Coleman LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Nimble boutique with a strong and creative bench of litigators well versed in handling complex business disputes spanning a diverse array of matters including antitrust, IP and contractual disputes. Highly accomplished in representing clients from a variety of industries, such as energy, technology and finance. Also offers capabilities in appellate litigation.

Strengths Sources say: "The team has excellent trial lawyers, and knows how to organize a case and how to present it to a jury."

Clients describe it as "a strong team with hands-on litigators."

Work highlights Successfully defended Southwestern Energy Company and its subsidiaries against class actions in Arkansas where the plaintiffs alleged that Southwestern improperly deducted from its royalties certain post‐production costs paid to affiliated companies.

Represented the owners of mining company Hardesty Sand & Gravel in a business civil rights case against the County of Sacramento for violations of procedural and substantive due process rights.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Reagan Simpson has a mixed trial and appellate practice, which involves extensive experience in commercial and energy litigation. He is additionally noted for his expertise in tort cases.

Paul Yetter " has great intellectual capability and is a great trial lawyer," according to clients, who add: "He is very smart, very adept, doesn't overstate the case and is always very well prepared." He has a highly regarded commercial litigation practice, with particular industry expertise in energy, transportation and technology. Sources say: "He is an outstanding trial lawyer and has very sound judgment." He is also described as "an excellent strategist."

The "fantastic" Collin Cox impresses sources with his performance in trials. He has a respected litigation practice, which involves acting for clients on both sides of the docket. He offers particular expertise in the financial services, software and energy industries.

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Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Robust litigation specialists with a fast-growing reputation as a feared opponent for established national firms. Especially strong experience in representing clients in the technology and energy arenas. Additionally adept at acting for clients in the software, financial and automotive industries. Trial-oriented group of attorneys who are unafraid to take on the full range of high-value commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "The firm is always responsive and available any time any time of the day for a client. The lawyers have a really good bedside manner and know how to work with clients."

Sources report: "The team is hard-working, smart, honest and enjoyable to work with."

Work highlights Represented Prime Natural Resources in a breach of contract dispute with underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, over offshore oil facilities damaged by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Obtained a $9.2 million federal jury verdict for patent licensing company Saint Lawrence Communications against technology company Motorola Mobility in a patent infringement lawsuit.

Notable practitioners

Clients say John Zavitsanos "is smart, funny, has incredible trial skills and works hard for us. He truly cares for his clients." He has a respected commercial litigation practice and regularly acts for clients in trial. He is experienced across a broad range of disputes from complex commercial matters to labor disputes. One client comments: "He is a great client advocate and has really good judgment."

Demetrios Anaipakos is "a very smart lawyer and fantastic business person who is a strong advocate," according to sources. He has a well-regarded commercial litigation practice and is particularly noted for his representation of plaintiffs in IP disputes. One client enthuses: "I have been extremely impressed with his courtroom skills. I think he is one of the finer trial attorneys in the patent space in the US. He is extremely smart but also able to engage during cross-examination in a way that is interesting, entertaining and extremely effective."

Sources praise associate Adam Milasincic as "smart and hard-working, with great trial skills." He is developing a strong commercial litigation practice and represents clients on matters in both state and federal courts.

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AZA is first and foremost a trial firm. Our 50 lawyers are in a jury trial roughly once a month. Our courtroom experience, our knowledge of what will matter to a jury or judge, and our command of trial technology permit us to do this efficiently. Being trial-ready also strongly influences settlement. Opponents recognize that with more than 225 trials under our belts, we have confidence in our position and our ability to advocate that position. In fact, AZA is often hired on the eve of trial, once it has become clear that the case must be tried.

Although many of our cases involve high-stakes litigation for multinational companies, we also excel at representing individuals and mid-sized businesses with serious legal issues. We also understand that a superior result does not always involve a verdict or judgment, and are equally skilled at developing creative solutions to business problems.

AZA also manages company investigations. We help company boards, in-house counsel, and audit committees identify problems and ensure compliance before litigation ensues.

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Baker Botts LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent standard of representation in a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particularly robust reputation in relation to energy and securities litigation. Able to draw on a strong geographic footprint in litigating cases across the country, offering additional expertise in technology, antitrust and environment. Also highly acclaimed for its capacity to take on an array of disputes at appellate level. Caters to clients from a wide range of sectors including technology, energy and financial services.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "highly qualified, experienced in complex commercial litigation" and "among the very best at assessing, strategizing and conducting litigation."

One client comments: "The lawyers are very responsive and very client-focused. They know our business very well and understand where our sensitivities are."

Work highlights Represented the $3.8 billion Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund in a challenge against the City of Houston to the constitutionality of the Texas state statute which governs the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund.

Secured a victory before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists in a decade-long dispute with the Texas Medical Association regarding the authority of marriage and family therapists to diagnose mental illness.

Represented Halliburton in a securities class action alleging that Halliburton and its CEO made misrepresentations concerning Halliburton's liability for asbestos claims, the benefits of its merger with Dresser Industries, and its accounting for fixed-price construction contracts.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned litigator Rod Phelan is "extremely effective, smart, a persuasive advocate to the court, both orally and in writing, and a good client communicator," according to interviewees. He has a strong track record of litigating business-critical disputes, and is notable for his ability to try cases in court. One source notes: "If I had an important lawsuit, the first person I would call would be Rod Phelan. He is smart, hard-working and has a magnetism in the courtroom."

The "spectacular" David Sterling continues to be recognized as "one of the leading lawyers in Texas in connection with securities litigation, particularly derivatives and class action litigation." He frequently handles high-stakes securities class actions on behalf of companies and their directors. Clients say: "He is very smart and knows all the case law, and can quickly and effectively summarize it."

Thomas Phillips draws on a wealth of experience from his former role as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He has a highly regarded appellate practice advising clients across a range of matters, from commercial to constitutional issues. Clients describe him as a "good team player, an extraordinary legal talent and a good tactician."

Danny David specializes in securities litigation. He regularly represents companies and directors in securities class actions and fiduciary duty lawsuits. One client reports: "He is an outstanding attorney, knowledgeable, well spoken and intuitive. He keeps clients apprised and is friendly, professional and proactive. He is highly engaged with clients."

Macey Reasoner Stokes chairs the firm's appellate practice. Clients praise her as "knowledgeable, practical and easy to work with," adding that "she is an outstanding appellate lawyer and a fantastic writer." She has experience representing clients on a diverse range of civil appeals in both state and federal courts.

Travis Sales has a growing profile for his expert handling of commercial disputes, including litigation arising in the energy sector. Sources highlight his "deep experience in products defense cases and commercial matters of all kinds," adding that he is "very experienced and able." Clients report: "He is well connected, highly effective, a great strategist and has an excellent bedside manner."

Clients say Aaron Streett is "extremely knowledgeable, responsive and able to handle a complex matter on a tight time schedule with great insight and sophistication." He handles a broad range of appellate matters and has significant experience litigating in the Fifth Circuit and the DC Circuit.

Evan Young has a growing appellate law practice, which includes experience handling matters in the Texas Supreme Court as well as federal appellate courts. Clients appreciate that he is "polished, thorough, quick-thinking, succinct and engaging."

Clients say John Anaipakos "does an excellent job, is very thorough, careful and thoughtful, and provides very practical advice." He is noted for his adept handling of commercial litigation, including disputes in the energy sector. He also offers expertise in employment litigation.

Jessica Pulliam is developing an impressive reputation for her experience handling securities class actions and regulatory investigations. Clients say: "She has great savvy, a lot of courtroom experience and, most importantly, great experience when it comes to securities litigation."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Nationally prominent firm with a long-established Texas presence supported by a decorated roster of highly respected commercial litigators. Particular prowess in relation to the defense of product liability, antitrust and FCA suits. Frequently handles high-value matters for nationally or internationally prominent clients in the energy, utilities, telecommunications and healthcare industries, among others.

Strengths Interviewees value the depth of the firm's litigation bench, noting: "The Texas team is very, very deep."

Work highlights Defended Bechtel and Jacobs Engineering in an $8 billion arbitration brought by Motiva Enterprises involving claims arising out of the expansion of Motiva’s Port Arthur Refinery.

Represented Xerox and Conduent State Healthcare in litigation brought by the State of Texas alleging that Xerox violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act by misrepresenting the process it followed to review Medicaid claims for orthodontic services.

Notable practitioners

William Dawson is regarded as a "great lawyer" and is regularly called upon to handle high-stakes litigation. He is experienced across a diverse array of matters including breach of contract, intellectual property, oil and gas and whistle-blowing claims.

Allyson Ho is an expert appellate litigator with a strong track record of appearing before the US Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts. She is experienced with representing major corporate clients in a wide range of disputes, including IP and product liability matters. Clients say she is a brilliant legal mind" and "exceptionally gifted at oral arguments," and further note that her advocacy is "smooth as silk."

Clients say Robert Walters is an "exceptional practitioner and trusted adviser. He is a hard-working, results-oriented lawyer who focuses on finding efficient, cost-effective solutions for his clients." He has a well-regarded commercial litigation practice with a wealth of experience handling business torts, antitrust and class action suits.

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Jones Day - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-resourced national litigation group with a Texas operation supported by offices in both Houston and Dallas. Areas of expertise include environmental, consumer and breach of fiduciary duty litigation, as well as disputes involving energy and IP. Significant strength in relation to white-collar crime and investigations by government agencies, as well as a notable securities litigation offering.

Strengths Clients praise: "The firm has lots of bench strength in all practice areas and is a good one-stop shop. It is always willing to put the best lawyer on the job."

One client reports: "The firm was very accommodating, easy to reach and responsive, listened to me, and was always thinking ahead."

Work highlights Represented Air Evac EMS, an air ambulance carrier, in federal lawsuits against various Texas and West Virginia state officials who administer the states' workers' compensation systems and public employee health insurance systems.

Represented the board of directors of PMFG in connection with litigation filed by shareholders of PMFG in Texas and Delaware, alleging that the PMFG board breached its fiduciary duties by agreeing to a proposed merger with CECO Environmental without sufficient consideration.

Notable practitioners

Scott Fletcher is co-head of the firm's securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice. He is lauded by sources as a "smart and creative securities litigator." He is regarded as an expert in securities fraud and shareholder derivative litigation, and also offers counsel on SEC investigations. Clients say: "He is always the best prepared in the room and knows when to pick a fight and when to back off."

David Woodcock is hailed as a "superb counsel" by clients, who particularly value his pragmatism and previous experience as a regional director of the SEC. He specializes in white-collar litigation and is skilled at representing clients in SEC investigations, and also offers expertise in financial reporting and accounting. Sources say: "He is excellent to deal with, understands the issues very well and prepares excellent court materials. His strengths include an excellent understanding of the issues, the law, the processes and court management."

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King & Spalding LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-established dispute resolution team seated in two Texas offices in Houston and Dallas, providing excellent coverage for a wide range of local and national clients. Noted ability in relation to the representation of clients in the energy industry, with further expertise in handling complex securities cases. Clients hail from an array of sectors including healthcare, consumer products and financial services. Proficiency in handling consumer class actions and international arbitrations adds to the comprehensive coverage afforded to clients by the practice group.

Strengths One client comments: "I think the firm has a really good, practical approach and does a good job. They have the expertise and understand how the real world works. jThey are just responsive and very helpful."

Another source says: "I would highlight the firm as very professional. Everyone I worked with was very knowledgeable, which was reflected in the advice provided."

Interviewees describe the attorneys as "excellent lawyers and experts," with one source noting: "The quality of lawyering is very good."

Work highlights Defended the Ventech Companies in litigation brought by TexStar claiming breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranties, negligence and fraud.

Acted for former officers of ATP Oil & Gas, a Texas-based energy company which was forced into bankruptcy by the Deepwater Horizon disaster and ensuing moratoria on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Paul Bessette enjoys an excellent reputation for his securities litigation expertise and regularly represents clients in shareholder class actions, derivative litigation and SEC proceedings. Clients appreciate that he is "an expert in the area and knows it extraordinarily well," and add: "Practicing in this area is an art, and he is very good at it."

Robert Meadows handles a broad array of complex commercial disputes, with particular expertise representing clients in the energy industry. Sources highlight his "wonderful knowledge base" and describe him as a "talented lawyer and a smart guy who is good on his feet."

Michael Biles is "super smart" and "very skilled at drafting and organizing," according to clients. He centers his practice on securities litigation and regularly acts in securities class actions and derivative lawsuits.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Wide-ranging expertise in litigation, spanning general commercial, securities, product liability and energy disputes. Highly regarded bench of litigators well versed both in securing favorable settlements and in taking cases to trial. Geographic reach allows the team to provide comprehensive representation for clients in multiple industries throughout the USA and internationally. Boasts an impressive client roster, featuring companies in the energy, finance, healthcare and mining sectors, among others.

Strengths One client reports: "It's a great experience every time. The bench strength is so deep, I can always find someone at the firm to deal with, whatever the issue on my plate. I also appreciate client service the firm offers."

Clients enthuse: "The team ensures availability and is able to offer strategic and timely counsel."

Work highlights Acted for Chevron in a class action brought by Kansas and Oklahoma royalty owners for alleged underpayment of oil and gas royalties by Chevron to a class of several thousand royalty owners.

Defended MoneyGram and its directors in shareholder class actions filed in Delaware and Texas challenging its $1.2 billion acquisition by Ant Financial.

Notable practitioners

Gerard Pecht represents businesses and their officers in high-stakes securities litigation, and is particularly proficient in the representation of energy companies. He is held in high esteem, with sources highlighting him as a "top-flight securities litigator" and the "most prominent SEC litigation lawyer in the country." Clients appreciate that he is "very knowledgeable and confident in the advice."

William Wood leads the firm's energy and infrastructure practice group and has a strong track record of representing energy companies in high-profile litigation and arbitration. His recent experience includes environmental contamination and breach of contract disputes. Market commentators note that he is a "great trial lawyer."

Rodney Acker is described as "terrific" and "a great attorney" by market commentators. He skillfully navigates securities class actions on behalf of financial institutions such as investment banks and broker-dealers. He also acts in regulatory matters.

Reagan Brown has a highly regarded commercial litigation practice, which includes notable trial experience. Clients note: "He is as good a strategist as you will find anywhere."

Daniel McClure primarily focuses on commercial litigation in the energy sector. Interviewees describe him as "wonderful" and commend his "wealth of knowledge" in the oil and gas space. His recent work includes whistle-blower actions and royalty disputes.

Peter Stokes is adept at handling securities litigation as well as SEC investigations, and his experience with Rule 10b-5 class actions is of particular note. Interviewees note that he is "really excellent," adding that he is "very bright and capable." Clients appreciate that he is "able to provide sound advice that assists in guiding the company toward making necessary decisions."

Stephen Dillard acts in a wide array of complex commercial disputes and has additional expertise in environmental litigation, including toxic tort cases and groundwater contamination claims.

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Of our 125 US litigation partners, nearly 15 percent of them have an impressive list of complex, first-chair jury trial experience. Our ability to offer a boutique trial team to our clients within a global legal practice is just another reason we are unique. In fact, in Texas alone, we have more than 10 trial lawyers who are fellows of The American College of Trial Lawyers, a compilation of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. 

We continue to handle new, complex matters for some of the largest companies in the world in several major industries, including: energy, financial institutions, life sciences, technology and entertainment. Whether it was securing a jury trial victory for the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company in an eight-figure indemnity suit, obtaining a reversal in the Supreme Court of Texas for a large health care nonprofit, obtaining summary judgment in a multi-million dollar antitrust conspiracy case, securing a million dollar jury verdict on a breach of contract and fraud claim, or achieving final approval in a landmark 13-year class action involving more than a million insurance policyholders, Norton Rose Fulbright trial lawyers have a track record of successfully resolving our clients’ toughest cases.

Every year, we donate tens of thousands of hours to pro bono matters, worth millions of dollars in legal fees, to help those who are unable to pay for services.

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Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly skilled litigation boutique called upon to handle many of the most high-profile commercial matters in a range of sectors. Recent experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secrets, energy, automotive and technology disputes. Expertise expands to cover investigations and white-collar criminal cases involving securities fraud, insider trading and FCPA violations.

Notable practitioners

Shaun Clarke is well regarded for his representation of prominent companies and individuals in significant white-collar litigation. His experience with trials is of particular note, and he also regularly represents clients in SEC investigations.

Lee Kaplan has significant experience counseling corporate clients as well as individuals in litigation. He handles a broad range of matters including oil and gas, securities, antitrust and intellectual property cases. Market sources recognize him as a "fantastic lawyer" and a "notable player in the market."

Craig Smyser is a seasoned commercial litigator, experienced with complex business disputes as well as personal injury cases. Interviewees describe him as "a strong player" and a "very fine lawyer," with clients noting that he is "thorough and aggressive."

David Isaak routinely represents clients in government investigations and white-collar litigation, including cases involving fraud, theft of trade secret and environmental crimes. He is well regarded in the market, with interviewees describing him as "very, very smart."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-resourced national firm with a great depth of experience in handling litigation across the full gamut of commercial areas. Especially well known in relation to its expertise in energy disputes, with additional prowess in antitrust, environmental and construction matters. Frequently acts for major oil and natural gas production companies, as well as catering to clients in the construction, mining, financial services and technology sectors. Also boasts highly regarded securities and appellate specialists, in addition to a fast-growing white-collar criminal defense practice which handles significant investigations.

Strengths Clients value its "very deep bench of resources" and "impressively deep expertise in Houston."

Sources also describe the team as "extremely responsive" and note that its "client services are excellent overall."

One client reports: "The V&E lawyers were simply superb," and adds that "every strategy or approach the firm suggested proved to be the correct course."

Work highlights Represented Energy Transfer Equity in litigation pertaining to the company’s right to terminate a proposed $38 billion merger with the Williams Companies.

Acted for Marathon Oil in six lawsuits involving underpayment of royalties and breach of contract.

Notable practitioners

The “formidable” Harry Reasoner is held in high esteem, with sources describing him as a "dean of the Texas Bar" and a "fantastic person and trial lawyer." He has a wealth of experience handling complex commercial litigation, often on behalf of major energy companies.

Marie Yeates engages in significant appellate litigation at the state and federal levels. Her experience representing clients in the energy and construction sectors is of particular note. One source comments: “I think very highly of her; she is super smart.”

Michael Holmes receives praise for his “excellent judgment and case management skills,” with interviewees reporting: "He thinks through the legal and practical issues, and is very skilled at plotting the overall strategy for taking matters to a successful conclusion." He is a well-regarded securities litigator, with additional expertise in corporate governance and regulatory enforcement.

Jeffrey Johnston is “an outstanding litigator who provides great counsel,” according to interviewees. Clients especially value his "very calm and confident demeanor." He has significant experience handling SEC and DOJ investigations and also regularly takes a leading role in securities class actions.

Thomas Leatherbury is recognized as “a fine appellate writer and strategist,” with clients further noting: "He is very experienced, very smart and pleasant to work with." His broad appellate practice includes a notable emphasis on media and First Amendment issues, as well as expertise in commercial and intellectual property matters.

Guy Lipe frequently litigates on behalf of companies in the energy sector, and his recent experience includes royalty claims and construction disputes. He is considered by clients to be a "go-to lawyer in Houston for complex litigation.”

James Thompson has a wealth of expertise relating to energy and natural resources, and regularly handles litigation and arbitration in this area. According to clients, he is a “very knowledgeable and experienced energy litigator.”

John Wander brings the “benefit of his strategic thought” to his diverse securities and white-collar litigation practice. His experience includes SEC investigations and shareholder litigation. He receives praise for his "reasonable approach and very amiable style," and interviewees further report that "his thinking on the bigger issues is just phenomenal. He is a very reasoned man."

The “exceptional” Phillip Dye regularly acts for domestic and international companies in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes commercial litigation and arbitration.

Ferguson McNiel litigates a wide a range of matters, including commercial, toxic tort and energy cases. He is described by interviewees as an “excellent lawyer.”

Amy Tankersley Perry is described as “excellent” and a "top associate" by market commentators. She counsels clients on internal and government investigations and offers additional expertise in securities litigation.

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  • With a national experience base that runs from the wellhead to Wall Street, V&E’s litigators represent clients in diverse industries, including but not limited to energy, pharmaceuticals, automotive, mining, construction, technology, and media/entertainment.
  • As a leading law firm headquartered in the energy capital of the world, V&E’s trial lawyers combine technical proficiency in the energy industry with a robust understanding of the business side and beyond. Our litigators and appellate lawyers represent clients extensively in litigation matters related to the myriad issues encountered in recovering oil and gas from unconventional resource plays in Texas and throughout the country. 
  • Our seasoned trial lawyers have substantial experience in jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, with a particular strength in Texas, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration and mediation. Our appellate lawyers frequently appear before state and federal appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court, addressing cutting-edge legal issues.
  • We have handled cases in Texas, Delaware, Nevada, California, Missouri, Indiana, New York and Louisiana, among numerous other states. Unlike other Texas firms, we offer extensive experience litigating governance and voting rights issues in the context of master limited partnerships (MLPs), particularly in the Delaware Chancery Court. 

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Bracewell LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Fast-growing litigation bench with a reputation for creative approaches to disputes both before and in trial for a range of major corporate clients. Especially accomplished at handling appeals and suits arising out of the energy sector, with further capabilities in banking, securities, IP and environmental matters. Has enjoyed a number of recent successes in high-level appeals courts, and also fields expertise in white-collar litigation.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's strengths as "its responsiveness and knowledge of the law and its ability to give good advice and counsel. The lawyers have good judgment."

One client comments: "Its greatest strengths are its accessibility or depth of resources."

Clients appreciate that the team is "technically excellent" and "very responsive to its clients."

Work highlights Defended Apache in litigation brought by three energy companies, alleging potential damages of more than $1.1 billion relating to certain purchase and sale agreements, mineral leases and mutual interest agreements pertaining properties located in four Texas counties in the Permian Basin.

Represents Pier 1 and its former CEO and CFO in a putative class action involving claims for securities fraud.

Notable practitioners

Clifford Gunter has a wealth of experience representing energy companies in commercial and environmental litigation, and also counsels clients in the financial services and industrial sectors. His broad expertise includes fraud, breach of contract, antitrust and regulatory enforcement.

Sean Gorman represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of commercial disputes, including energy-related litigation. Clients consider him to be "a very compelling strategic thinker" and note that he is "very responsive, knowledgeable, practical and insightful." According to one source, "his courtroom presence is polished and he also projects a genuineness and humility that allows him to connect effectively with people."

Warren Harris chairs the firm's appellate practice group and has a strong track record of handling appeals in state and federal courts. One client regards him as a "go-to guy," adding that "he is efficient, bright and makes my job easier."

The "terrific" Jeffery Vaden draws on his experience as a prosecutor in his handling of corruption and healthcare fraud investigations. Market commentators note that he is a "fantastic guy with a really great practice."

Chair of the firm's litigation practice Stephen Crain handles a wide range of commercial and energy-related litigation. His expertise includes contractual, securities and construction disputes. He is described by market commentators as "very bright and very experienced in oil and gas matters."

Jeffrey Oldham has developed an impressive appellate litigation practice, with significant expertise in energy-related matters. He is experienced in representing clients before state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court. He is described as "a very bright and talented lawyer" by market sources. Clients appreciate that he is forward-thinking, explaining: "Jeff is adept at looking ahead of where a case is presently positioned to appreciate the future consequences of the decisions that need to be made along the way."

Ryan Myers is a highly regarded associate who specializes in white-collar litigation and internal investigations. His recent work includes investigations involving foreign bribery and corruption, as well as financial crime.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for High-quality litigation group accompanying a superbly talented appellate bench widely seen as the most accomplished in Texas. Especially active in significant securities, energy, trade secrets and class action matters. Acts for a diverse client portfolio, which includes major financial services, transportation, telecommunications, energy and natural resources companies. Handles commercial litigation matters of all sizes and appeals for some of the state's largest jury verdicts.

Strengths Clients comment: "Its client service is first-rate, and the lawyers are effective, smart, hard-working, collegial and client-focused."

One source reports: "As a group, they are thoughtful, very responsive and very strategic," and further describes the team as "flexible and responsive."

Work highlights Defended AT&T in a putative class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all property owners between Dallas and Houston who have an AT&T telephone cable running beneath their land pursuant to easements granted in the 1950s. The lawsuit alleges that AT&T has abandoned the easements and that the underground cable is leaking lead and other contaminants.

Represented the NFL in litigation against the organizers of a fantasy football convention, who allege the NFL improperly interfered with the convention.

Notable practitioners

Nina Cortell is a formidable appellate litigator who is sought out by clients to argue their most complex matters. Sources agree she is "terrific" and "very impressive," and clients comment: "Nina is very thorough, thoughtful, detail-oriented, persuasive and practical." According to one interviewee, she is "brilliant and the gold star for client service. She can swoop in to save the day, all the while remaining calm and collected. She is our trusted adviser when it comes to big cases and we rely heavily on her expertise."

The "incredible" Mike Hatchell continues to be "one of the most highly thought of" practitioners at the Texas appellate Bar. He has extensive experience representing clients before the Texas Supreme Court and other appellate courts.

Katherine Addleman routinely defends companies and senior executives in white-collar criminal cases and government investigations. She is recognized for her "very deep experience in the SEC area," and one client comments: "As far as securities enforcement goes, Kit in particular would be the first person that I would call."

Lynne Liberato is notable for her experience with arguing cases before the Texas Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Her recent work includes trademark infringement, personal injury and other commercial matters.

Karen Precella cochairs the firm's appellate practice group and frequently represents clients before state and federal appeals courts. Her experience includes complex commercial and energy matters. Clients say: "Karen is a very experienced and capable appellate attorney who writes beautifully and persuasively. She is well respected among the judiciary and her peers. The quality of her work is truly outstanding."

Daniel Gold is noted for his expertise in securities litigation, and has significant experience representing companies and directors in high-stakes derivative claims. Clients appreciate that he is an "excellent strategist," noting "his problem-solving is unparalleled." He is also described as "incredibly smart and a very good writer."

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Jackson Walker LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Longstanding presence in the Texas litigation market, with notable ability for handling complex disputes at trial. Regularly handles national and international cases, including arbitrations, particularly in the areas of aviation, energy and media. Also provides assistance with securities litigation, white-collar and government investigations.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's responsiveness, with one source saying: "The associates and partners are excellent and timely communicators."

Work highlights Represented McKesson Healthcare, InTouch Technologies, ALR Technologies and MyNetDiary in a patent infringement suit brought by plaintiff My Health.

Defended Woodlands Development in litigation brought by more than 70 homeowners, who claimed that their lots were developed over an active fault line, which caused damage to their foundations, and alleged that Woodlands Development had failed to act as a reasonably prudent developer.

Notable practitioners

Charles Babcock continues to be recognized as "an excellent trial attorney." He continues to act for commercial clients in breach of contract disputes and is also notable for his handling of First Amendment and media litigation.

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Jackson Walker is the “go to” trial firm for many clients in complex or bet-the-company cases in Texas and across the U.S. Clients often tell us, “We hire you for the difficult ones.” Our trial attorneys are known for advocacy, judgment, and responsiveness. Listening, understanding and believing in the goals of our clients are our guideposts in delivering results at the courthouse.

Jackson Walker’s trial group is one of the Southwest’s largest, encompassing nearly half of the firm’s 340+ lawyers. Our diverse experience covers multiple industry sectors and specialty practice areas and takes us into courthouses across the Lone Star State, from the major markets of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley, East and West Texas, and the Gulf Coast. Our trial practice also spans the U.S., as we have litigated cases in nearly every state in the union.

We remind ourselves every day of the privilege we enjoy representing outstanding clients in important cases demanding the best we can offer.

For more information, visit: https://www.jw.com/practice-areas/litigation/

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Locke Lord LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Substantial experience in representing a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses in commercial litigation matters. Well equipped to handle all contentious matters facing businesses, including contract, antitrust, class action defense, tax and insolvency. Especially robust experience with mortgage disputes and cases arising in the energy sector.

Strengths Clients report that the firm does "a fantastic job" and particularly commend its nationwide capabilities: "They know the litigation space as well as anyone, even in states where they're not based."

The firm is also described as "very professional" and "a pleasure to deal with" by market commentators.

Work highlights Represented Spinning Star Energy in a three-way dispute with Transgroup Worldwide Logistics and intervenor Violet Rose Holdings over ownership of 12 wind turbines valued at more than $18 million.

Acted for EP Energy in litigation concerning payment for royalties under a large block of properties in the Eagleford Shale.

Notable practitioners

The "absolutely excellent" Paul Coggins continues to be recognized as one of the leaders of the white-collar criminal Bar. He acts on behalf of corporate clients and executives in a wide array of regulatory investigations and white-collar litigation, and is particularly proficient at handling antitrust issues. Clients comment that he is "excellent at the big-picture strategy and higher-level discussions with opposing counsel."

Tim Johnson draws on his previous experience as a US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas in his handling of white-collar litigation and regulatory investigations. He often counsels clients in the oil and gas industry, and is recognized for his significant expertise in FCPA matters. "Tim kept us informed of developments in the matter, was responsive to us and exercised sound judgment," reports one client, adding: "The experience was excellent."

Michael Powell maintains a broad commercial litigation practice, with a notable emphasis on disputes arising in the energy sector. He is described as an "outstanding oil and gas litigator" and is noted for his "in-depth knowledge of royalty litigation." He attracts praise for his "engaging" advocacy and "masterful" trial performance, with interviewees noting that "he has a wonderful rapport with judges and juries." Clients appreciate that "he knows so much about energy but can explain abstract energy concepts in a way that the average juror can understand."

Cynthia Timms is "very knowledgeable in the area of appellate law," according to interviewees. She has a strong track record of securing appellate victories on behalf of clients in the oil and gas sector, among others. One source says: "She is very intelligent and one of the hardest workers I have ever encountered."

Kiprian Mendrygal is noted for his representation of individuals and corporations in a wide array of white-collar matters, including internal investigations. A client notes that he does "an excellent job on research and preparation, and keeping me informed."

Kelly Vickers handles a wide array of white-collar matters as part of her "very sophisticated docket." Her expertise includes price fixing, fraud and bribery, and she also provides regulatory compliance advice to businesses. Clients report: "She is very responsive and practical. Her experience is deep in this area."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Noted strength in handling complex IP and product liability disputes, including for the many Fortune 500 companies on its client roster. Well reputed in the industry for its appellate strength, handling cases concerning constitutional law through to financial services and IP-related matters. Notable expertise in product liability disputes and additional experience with energy and environmental litigation.

Strengths Clients say the firm does "a terrific job," explaining that the team “understands our business” and the "written work product is excellent."

Sources also note that the firm's “attention to detail on the specifics is excellent.”

Interviews say: "The firm has an excellent team and excels at customer service."

Work highlights Secured an appellate victory for International Paper, affirming a take-nothing judgment, in a multibillion-dollar environmental liability lawsuit brought by Harris County and the State of Texas.

Represented Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson Company, in litigation alleging that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused breast tissue development in boys.

Notable practitioners

Winstol Carter is a seasoned trial lawyer experienced in a broad range of commercial disputes. He acts on behalf of clients from the energy, technology and life sciences sectors, among others. One source says: "He's very able in trial. I was impressed with him."

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Proven track record. Client-centric service. Tenacious and creative advocacy. These attributes define Morgan Lewis’s global litigation practice upon which clients rely to guide them on their contentious matters, including their most complex crisis management matters. Our litigators handle a broad scope of matters, including commercial disputes and class actions, as well as securities, white collar, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, tax, product liability and mass tort, and environmental litigation.

We are guided by our clients’ business objectives regarding a successful result—early resolution, arbitration, or aggressive courtroom advocacy up to and including US Supreme Court arguments. Depending on the desired result, we are positioned to prevail in every environment. We win in state courts, federal courts, bankruptcy courts, arbitration forums, and US Tax Court; before regulators; and in the court of public opinion.

Our clients are a “who’s who” of industry leaders in financial services, automotive, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail, and technology. Morgan Lewis litigators routinely represent leading global companies such as HP, Toyota, JPMorgan Chase, Uber, Anthem, Johnson & Johnson Company, Schlumberger, Deutsche Bank, E*TRADE, Health Net, Southern California Gas Company, and Intel, among others, in commercial litigation disputes, many of which involve defending against class actions.

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Sayles Werbner, PC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Specialist litigation boutique, with renowned trial lawyers active in Texas and across the country. Handles a wide range of matters including commercial litigation, product liability and intellectual property, and demonstrates additional expertise in appellate litigation and white-collar defense work. Caters to a diverse client base which includes companies in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial sectors.

Strengths Interviewees are “impressed with the responsiveness” of the firm, and further note that its "client service is exceptional."

One source says: "They are ‘i’ dotters, ‘t’ crossers, and do their homework, covering all bases."

Work highlights Represented the City of Dallas in litigation brought by firefighters, police officers and rescue workers seeking enforcement of a 1979 city ordinance governing wage increases.

Represented Flexuspine in a patent infringement case involving spinal fusion implants.

Notable practitioners

Richard Sayles is a highly regarded litigator, described by sources as an "accomplished trial lawyer." One commentator says: "He is a very experienced and very knowledgeable trial lawyer who knows the Bench in Texas very well and has tried a lot of cases. He has excellent judgment in terms of evaluating strategy and advising on how to proceed." He represents individuals and corporations in both state and federal courts, and his broad expertise includes contractual disputes, securities, product liability and legal malpractice.

Mark Werbner receives praise for his "superior intellect," and interviewees add that “his success with juries is attributable to how very good he is." He handles high-stakes commercial litigation and is also well versed in healthcare fraud and white-collar defense.

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Thompson & Knight LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation group able to draw on resources spanning four offices in the state. Particularly noted expertise in relation to disputes arising in the oil and gas sector, with additional recent experience in representing clients in the transportation industry. Recognizable strength in securities litigation and enforcement, as well as white-collar criminal defense matters.

Strengths Clients note that the firm houses “really smart lawyers” and its “client service is extremely high.”

One interviewee says: "My overall impression was good. The information was thorough and direct. They met their deliverables and were a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Acted for Life Partners Creditors’ Trust in a case against its founder and former general counsel relating to a fraudulent scheme involving the sale of life settlements.

Represented Encompass Office Solutions in connection with claims against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for its failure to pay Encompass for services provided to patients with employer-sponsored insurance.

Notable practitioners

Craig Haynes advises on broad range of commercial disputes and is “very active in the energy space in Dallas.” His experience includes royalty litigation and commercial disputes in the energy sector. An interviewee describes him as “one of the smartest lawyers I've ever worked with.”

Richard Roper is very highly regarded for his handling of white-collar criminal cases. Sources say: “He is very experienced and very wise, and he gives really good advice.”

Kenneth Held is a “terrific” securities litigator who acts on behalf of a diverse client base, including companies in the financial services and energy sectors. His expertise includes 10b-5 and Section 11 claims.

Timothy McCormick has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with significant expertise in securities litigation. He also assists clients facing SEC regulatory enforcement actions.

About the Team (content provided by Thompson & Knight LLP)

Thompson & Knight conducts an extensive litigation practice in trial and appellate courts in every part of Texas, across the Southwest, throughout the U.S., and around the world. Our Trial lawyers combine keen analysis, thorough preparation, practical skills, and comprehensive experience to represent clients effectively before judges, juries, and arbiters. If a favorable pre-trial solution is not or cannot be reached, we try cases vigorously and confidently to verdict.

The Firm has an active complex commercial and business litigation practice involving breach of contract, tortious interference with existing or contemplated contracts, breach of fiduciary duties, agreements limiting competition, misuse of intellectual property, antitrust violations, fraud and deceptive trade practices, securities law violations, employer/employee disputes, and collection of debt, among others. In addition to handling disputes at trial, we help our clients protect their rights and avoid liability for such claims.

Our lawyers combine keen analysis, careful preparation, practical skills, and comprehensive experience to represent clients effectively before judges, juries, and other arbiters.  If we cannot secure a favorable pre-trial solution, we try cases confidently and vigorously to verdict or bench decision.

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A deep bench of seasoned trial lawyers, offering wide-ranging expertise in commercial and white-collar litigation. Well equipped to handle disputes in the energy sector, with additional experience litigating on behalf of financial services, technology and real estate companies.

Strengths Clients comment that the firm is "incredible, responsive and practical."

Work highlights Represented Arbonne International in a lawsuit alleging that Arbonne was operating an illegal pyramid scheme and engaging in unfair competition and RICO activities.

Acted for Metaswitch in a lawsuit brought by one of its competitors, Genband, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Orwig has a wealth of experience with white-collar litigation, having previously worked at the DOJ. He is especially well versed in False Claims Act investigations, and also advises on healthcare fraud, data security and securities matters. Clients say: "He is bright, he is practical and his government experience makes him valuable in terms of his advice, and also his ability to work with and be respected by law enforcement personnel." Interviewees also describe him as an "excellent attorney who is well organized and has the ability to manage a team well."

Paula Hinton is a “very experienced” litigator who handles high-stakes business disputes and is especially visible in the energy space. Sources say her trial performance is “compelling,” explaining that "she knows how to humanize difficult witnesses and how to pitch the company's story."

Tom Melsheimer is a "terrific trial lawyer with tremendous skill and judgment," say sources. He is “particularly well regarded in the IP litigation area,” and his broad commercial and white-collar litigation practice also includes fraud, insider trading and False Claims Act litigation.

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Senior Statesperson

Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Coleman of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP is a respected figure at the commercial litigation Bar. He has experience in acting on both sides of the docket in a wide range of business disputes, including malpractice and breach of fiduciary claims.

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Senior Statesperson

J Clifford Gunter III

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clifford Gunter has a wealth of experience representing energy companies in commercial and environmental litigation, and also counsels clients in the financial services and industrial sectors. His broad expertise includes fraud, breach of contract, antitrust and regulatory enforcement.

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Senior Statesperson

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seasoned litigator Rod Phelan is "extremely effective, smart, a persuasive advocate to the court, both orally and in writing, and a good client communicator," according to interviewees. He has a strong track record of litigating business-critical disputes, and is notable for his ability to try cases in court. One source notes: "If I had an important lawsuit, the first person I would call would be Rod Phelan. He is smart, hard-working and has a magnetism in the courtroom."

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Senior Statesperson

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The “formidable”Harry Reasoner is held in high esteem, with sources describing him as a "dean of the Texas Bar" and a "fantastic person and trial lawyer." He has a wealth of experience handling complex commercial litigation, often on behalf of major energy companies.

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Band 1

Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Babcock continues to be recognized as "an excellent trial attorney." He continues to act for commercial clients in breach of contract disputes and is also notable for his handling of First Amendment and media litigation.

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McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Baxter is held in high esteem for his wealth of trial experience, with clients describing him as "one of the best cross-examiners in the country." He has an impressive wealth of experience in IP litigation and is regarded as a "powerhouse" in the area by market commentators.

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Band 1

Beck Redden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Beck is lauded as a "superb lawyer and a gentleman" by sources. He is regarded as a leading expert in commercial and energy litigation, and is regularly called upon by clients to handle complex matters. He enjoys an "astounding reputation as trial lawyer" and is regarded as one of the leading lights in this field.

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Band 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Dawson is regarded as a "great lawyer" and is regularly called upon to handle high-stakes litigation. He is experienced across a diverse array of matters including breach of contract, intellectual property, oil and gas and whistle-blowing claims.

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Band 1

Fogler, Brar, Ford, O'Neil & Gray

From the Chambers USA guide

Murray Fogler of Fogler, Brar, Ford, O'Neil & Gray is "a fantastic lawyer" and "at the top of his game," according to sources. He is regularly called upon to handle complex commercial disputes, with a notable focus on handling matters in the energy sector. One client considers him a go-to litigator for bet-the-company matters and notes: "He is the best litigator I have seen."

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Reynolds Frizzell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jean Frizzell receives an "A-plus" from clients, who praise him as an "extraordinary trial attorney and legal strategist with the highest level of professionalism," adding that "he understands the client's needs, wants and expectations, and is very personable, very flexible and extremely responsive." He has a diverse commercial litigation practice, which includes breach of contract and environmental disputes. Interviewees say: "He has a real-world perspective and gets results. In the courtroom, he is incredibly effective."

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Band 1

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer"Robin Gibbs is regarded as an "iconic name in Texas law practice." He represents clients on both sides of the docket in a wide range of commercial disputes and has enviable expertise handling matters in the energy field. He is held in high esteem for his "simply fantastic" trial performance, with clients describing him as "the godfather of trial lawyers" and explaining that "he prepares cases like no other and is simply very impressive."

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Band 1

Rusty Hardin & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extraordinary"Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associates is sought out to handle extremely complex commercial litigation and white-collar matters. He wins great acclaim for his trial skills, with one interviewee stating: "I consider him to be the best trial lawyer in the state of Texas." Another enthuses: "If I were in Houston and had a lawsuit that I needed to win, he would be the person I would call. He is smart, hard-working, knows how to organize a team and has a charismatic personality."

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Band 1

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mike Lynn is regarded as a "very fine lawyer" and is particularly commended for his "efficiency, kindness and clarity when explaining legal matters." He advises clients across all manner of commercial disputes and is noted for his adept handling of matters concerning fraud, breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation.

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Band 1

Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "wonderful"Neal Manne serves as a managing partner of the firm. He is regularly called upon to represent clients from across the country in trial. His broad practice includes insurance, energy,  antitrust and constitutional disputes. He enjoys a "great reputation" and is widely hailed as an "excellent lawyer."

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Band 1

McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Mike McKool has an enviable commercial litigation practice, with clients frequently calling upon him to handle their most complex disputes. His experience handling IP litigation matters is of particular note. Clients comment: "He is an extraordinarily gifted attorney and one of the best litigators in the business. He is client-focused and works at a fever pitch to obtain the best outcome for his clients."

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Gibbs & Bruns LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Kathy Patrick is regarded as an "excellent strategist" and "a spectacular lawyer" by sources. She continues to be recognized as one of the foremost experts in commercial and securities litigation. Clients appreciate that "she is tough-minded but collaborative," and further enthuse: "She is incredibly smart and a talented orator."

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Band 1

Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Stephen Susman is "smart, savvy, practical, incredibly hard-working, dedicated, client-focused and a force to be reckoned with. He provides outstanding advocacy and lawyering at every juncture." He has developed a national reputation for his wealth of experience handling complex commercial disputes. Sources hail him as "fantastic" and a "very fine lawyer," adding that "he knows how to try cases."

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Band 1

Yetter Coleman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Yetter "has great intellectual capability and is a great trial lawyer," according to clients, who add: "He is very smart, very adept, doesn't overstate the case and is always very well prepared." He has a highly regarded commercial litigation practice, with particular industry expertise in energy, transportation and technology. Sources say: "He is an outstanding trial lawyer and has very sound judgment." He is also described as "an excellent strategist."

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Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Barnett is "an exceedingly fine lawyer and hard-working," according to sources. He has particular experience handling major IP, energy and antitrust disputes. Market sources note that he is "very strategic" and a "really good trial lawyer."

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Reagan Brown has a highly regarded commercial litigation practice, which includes notable trial experience. Clients note: "He is as good a strategist as you will find anywhere."

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Band 2

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "highly regarded"Trey Cox has a broad commercial litigation practice and a wealth of trial experience. Of particular note is his expertise in antitrust, patent infringement and breach of contract disputes.

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Band 2

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sean Gorman represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of commercial disputes, including energy-related litigation. Clients consider him to be "a very compelling strategic thinker" and note that he is "very responsive, knowledgeable, practical and insightful." According to one source, "his courtroom presence is polished and he also projects a genuineness and humility that allows him to connect effectively with people."

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Band 2

Geoffrey Harrison

Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Geoffrey Harrison is highly thought of in the market, with peers highlighting him as "very smart" and adding that he does a "fantastic job" for his clients. He has an active trial practice and possesses expertise across a wide range of general commercial disputes including those concerning energy, environmental and antitrust issues.

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Band 2

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lee Kaplan has significant experience counseling corporate clients as well as individuals in litigation. He handles a broad range of matters including oil and gas, securities, antitrust and intellectual property cases. Market sources recognize him as a "fantastic lawyer" and a "notable player in the market."

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Band 2

McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Lewis LeClair has a well-regarded commercial litigation practice and is experienced with advising clients on class actions, antitrust and IP matters. He has an active trial practice, and clients note that "he is a senior litigator with lots of experience, is very detail-oriented, has good judgment and reads judges very well."

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Band 2

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Yvette Ostolaza of Sidley Austin LLP is held in high regard for her expert handling of complex commercial disputes, government investigations and arbitrations. Clients say: "She's a whirlwind. She's so smart and such a fighter. She is also creative and can come up with fantastic arguments." They also commend her impressive powers of persuasion, noting: "She could seriously convince you that the sky is purple; she's that good an advocate."

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Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Pinker is widely regarded in the market as a "very good lawyer." He centers his practice on complex commercial and intellectual property disputes.

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Band 2

Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Powell maintains a broad commercial litigation practice, with a notable emphasis on disputes arising in the energy sector. He is described as an "outstanding oil and gas litigator" and is noted for his "in-depth knowledge of royalty litigation." He attracts praise for his "engaging" advocacy and "masterful" trial performance, with interviewees noting that "he has a wonderful rapport with judges and juries." Clients appreciate that "he knows so much about energy but can explain abstract energy concepts in a way that the average juror can understand."

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Band 2

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "supremely impressive"Barrett Reasoner"has garnered a very significant reputation" for his expertise in energy and commercial litigation. Clients praise him as a "top-shelf litigator" and note that he "writes extremely well and presents very well in front of judge and jury."

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Band 2

Reynolds Frizzell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Great lawyer"Chris Reynolds enjoys an excellent reputation for his adept handling of both commercial and energy disputes. His expertise also includes securities fraud, IP, engineering and construction disputes, with experience representing clients on both sides of the docket.

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Band 2

Sayles Werbner, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Sayles is a highly regarded litigator, described by sources as an "accomplished trial lawyer." One commentator says: "He is a very experienced and very knowledgeable trial lawyer who knows the Bench in Texas very well and has tried a lot of cases. He has excellent judgment in terms of evaluating strategy and advising on how to proceed." He represents individuals and corporations in both state and federal courts, and his broad expertise includes contractual disputes, securities, product liability and legal malpractice.

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Band 2

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Smyser is a seasoned commercial litigator, experienced with complex business disputes as well as personal injury cases. Interviewees describe him as "a strong player" and a "very fine lawyer," with clients noting that he is "thorough and aggressive."

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Band 2

Tillotson Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Tillotson of Tillotson Law has a wealth of trial experience and represents clients from a wide variety of industries in complex commercial litigation, including multiparty disputes. He is described by sources as an "excellent lawyer" and receives particular recognition for his "good judgment."

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Band 2

Sayles Werbner, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Werbner receives praise for his "superior intellect," and interviewees add that “his success with juries is attributable to how very good he is." He handles high-stakes commercial litigation and is also well versed in healthcare fraud and white-collar defense.

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Band 3

Ajamie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Ajamie of Ajamie LLP has a broad commercial litigation practice which includes securities litigation in addition to contractual disputes. Clients commend him as "relentless, energetic and intelligent," adding: "He is a powerful advocate who leads a team well." One source enthuses: "He is a hard-working and successful trial lawyer who never quits. He is completely devoted to his clients and works tirelessly for them."

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Band 3

Winstol D Carter Jr

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Winstol Carter is a seasoned trial lawyer experienced in a broad range of commercial disputes. He acts on behalf of clients from the energy, technology and life sciences sectors, among others. One source says: "He's very able in trial. I was impressed with him."

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Band 3

Yetter Coleman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic"Collin Cox impresses sources with his performance in trials. He has a respected litigation practice, which involves acting for clients on both sides of the docket. He offers particular expertise in the financial services, software and energy industries.

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Band 3

Beck Redden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alistair Dawson has a broad litigation practice with experience handling a variety of commercial disputes, class actions, energy disputes and professional liability matters. He recently acted for the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation in a lawsuit against an allegedly fictitious Houston-based estate planning and probate law firm that had set up a sham website to defraud elderly individuals in the USA and Canada, successfully attaining a temporary restraining order shutting down the website.

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Band 3

Christopher Hanslik

BoyarMiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Hanslik of BoyarMiller is a respected commercial litigator whose practice includes contractual, energy and employment matters, among others. One client says: "He is a very articulate, persuasive and intelligent attorney who does a superb job as an advocate. He presents our company's arguments in a professional and elegant manner. He has done an excellent job being our voice, and representing us in a manner consistent with our core values and beliefs."

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Band 3

Hicks Thomas LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robin Harrison of Hicks Thomas LLP has expertise with construction, real estate and banking disputes as part of his broad commercial litigation practice. He is called upon to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in trials. Sources report that they have been "very impressed" with his work.

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Band 3

D Ferguson McNiel

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ferguson McNiel litigates a wide a range of matters, including commercial, toxic tort and energy cases. He is described by interviewees as an “excellent lawyer.”

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Band 3

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Meadows handles a broad array of complex commercial disputes, with particular expertise representing clients in the energy industry. Sources highlight his "wonderful knowledge base" and describe him as a "talented lawyer and a smart guy who is good on his feet."

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Band 3

Beck Redden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Nichols is a "very personable, very smart and very good lawyer who is well respected," according to sources. He regularly acts for clients on complex civil litigation and has additional expertise in white-collar criminal disputes. One interviewee says: "He is a terrific guy and is outstanding in every way, with a great background in government service."

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Band 3

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Travis Sales has a growing profile for his expert handling of commercial disputes, including litigation arising in the energy sector. Sources highlight his "deep experience in products defense cases and commercial matters of all kinds," adding that he is "very experienced and able." Clients report: "He is well connected, highly effective, a great strategist and has an excellent bedside manner."

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Band 3

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karl Stern of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP impresses sources with his adept handling of commercial litigation matters, and is held in high regard for his handling of disputes in the energy sector. He acts for clients in arbitrations as well as state and federal courts.

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Band 3

Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Susman regularly acts for clients on high-profile commercial litigation matters. He has a national client base and experience acting for clients on both sides of the docket.

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Band 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Robert Walters is an "exceptional practitioner and trusted adviser. He is a hard-working, results-oriented lawyer who focuses on finding efficient, cost-effective solutions for his clients." He has a well-regarded commercial litigation practice with a wealth of experience handling business torts, antitrust and class action suits.

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Band 3

Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Wawro is a "superb senior trial lawyer," say sources. He has extensive experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes.

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Band 3

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say John Zavitsanos"is smart, funny, has incredible trial skills and works hard for us. He truly cares for his clients." He has a respected commercial litigation practice and regularly acts for clients in trial. He is experienced across a broad range of disputes from complex commercial matters to labor disputes. One client comments: "He is a great client advocate and has really good judgment."

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Band 4

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Abrams of Blank Rome LLP has a broad litigation practice with experience acting for clients in the financial services, legal and energy sectors, as well as government entities and individuals. Sources describe him as a "very good, talented lawyer."

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Band 4

Demetrios Anaipakos

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Demetrios Anaipakos is "a very smart lawyer and fantastic business person who is a strong advocate," according to sources. He has a well-regarded commercial litigation practice and is particularly noted for his representation of plaintiffs in IP disputes. One client enthuses:"I have been extremely impressed with his courtroom skills. I think he is one of the finer trial attorneys in the patent space in the US. He is extremely smart but also able to engage during cross-examination in a way that is interesting, entertaining and extremely effective."

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Band 4

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say John Anaipakos"does an excellent job, is very thorough, careful and thoughtful, and provides very practical advice." He is noted for his adept handling of commercial litigation, including disputes in the energy sector. He also offers expertise in employment litigation.

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Band 4

Porter Hedges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Bayko of Porter Hedges LLP is praised as "meticulous, responsive, knowledgeable and professional" by clients, who also value his "timely advice and attention to detail." He has a broad practice spanning commercial and energy-related disputes, with notable experience handling class actions.

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Band 4

Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada & Mockler PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Leon Carter of Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada & Mockler PLLC is recognized as a "very talented trial lawyer." He is adept at handling a wide range of commercial disputes, as well as intellectual property and employment litigation.

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Band 4

Stephanie Clouston

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephanie Clouston of Alston & Bird LLP is "tenacious, extremely skilled and has very good judgment," say sources. Her expertise includes litigation in the construction, manufacturing, telecommunications and energy industries. Clients enthuse: "She is a great communicator, gives very clear direct legal advice and delivers crystal-clear thinking and good humor. She is a great joy to work with on stressful matters. She is an excellent team manager and technically very astute."

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Band 4

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's litigation practice Stephen Crain handles a wide range of commercial and energy-related litigation. His expertise includes contractual, securities and construction disputes. He is described by market commentators as "very bright and very experienced in oil and gas matters."

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Band 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thad Dameris of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP specializes in litigation and arbitration arising in the aviation industry, and also counsels clients in the energy sector. One client reports that "he is just extraordinary," adding that "his strength is an ability to lay out a strategy in a humble and conciliatory way."

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Band 4

Stephen C Dillard

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Dillard acts in a wide array of complex commercial disputes and has additional expertise in environmental litigation, including toxic tort cases and groundwater contamination claims.

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Band 4

Reynolds Frizzell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Doyle regularly handles complex commercial disputes and is also developing notable expertise in oil and gas matters. Clients consider him to be a "go-to lawyer for commercial litigation" and note that "he is great, and provides good guidance and creative ideas in litigation."

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Band 4

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paula Hinton is a “very experienced” litigator who handles high-stakes business disputes and is especially visible in the energy space. Sources say her trial performance is “compelling,” explaining that "she knows how to humanize difficult witnesses and how to pitch the company's story."

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Band 4

The Lanier Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm has an active commercial litigation practice, which sees him acting for both individuals and corporations. He has a notable focus on personal injury and product liability cases, an area in which he is lauded as an "exceptional plaintiff-side lawyer." He enjoys an exceptional reputation for his trial capabilities, with one source enthusing: "He is an unbelievably good trial lawyer."

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Band 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Leahy of Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a broad commercial litigation practice and is especially active in energy-related litigation. His experience includes high-value breach of contract and royalty claims.

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Band 4

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Melsheimer is a "terrific trial lawyer with tremendous skill and judgment," say sources. He is “particularly well regarded in the IP litigation area,” and his broad commercial and white-collar litigation practice also includes fraud, insider trading and False Claims Act litigation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Montgomery of Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP regularly advises clients on commercial disputes and arbitrations. He is particularly adept at representing oil and gas companies. He is praised by clients as a "very competent and experienced trial attorney."

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Oakley of Hogan Lovells US LLP acts on a broad range of commercial disputes, drawing also on a wealth of experience from his previous role as a District Court judge. He regularly handles disputes in the energy sector.

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Band 4

Pierce & O’Neill, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jesse Pierce of Pierce & O’Neill, LLP has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice, with significant expertise pertaining to the energy sector. He represents clients on both sides of the docket. Sources say he is "a very skilled trial lawyer" and "really knows the oil and gas litigation business."

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Band 4

Beck Redden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joe Redden has a wealth of experience advising clients on a diverse range of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes, patent infringement cases and disputes in the oil and gas sector. His practice includes acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials at both state and federal courts.

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Band 4

Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Shipley of Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP advises clients on a broad range of commercial disputes. His strength in the energy sector is of particular note, and he is hailed by commentators as a "very accomplished oil and gas lawyer." Clients report: "He is a very clever litigator and also a practical business adviser."

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Up and Coming

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Fielding is a "very strong young lawyer and very hard-working," according to sources. He is developing a strong reputation for his representation of plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes.

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Up and Coming

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anna Rotman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a growing reputation in the market, with one source describing her as an "exceptional advocate." Her practice spans a diverse range of industries, and she has experience acting on behalf of clients on both sides of the docket. Clients value her "well-reasoned and extremely practical advice," and note that "one of her greatest strengths is her calm and poise."

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Associates to watch

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources praise associate Adam Milasincic as "smart and hard-working, with great trial skills." He is developing a strong commercial litigation practice and represents clients on matters in both state and federal courts.

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