Case Studies

Experience Driven Results
Appellate
Commercial Disputes
Energy
  • Texas Oil Company Found Negligent When Dry Hole Drilled 600 Yards from Intended Target

    Two years after drilling a dry hole in a Louisiana lake to the tune of $4.3 million, a Texas oil company and its working interest owners discovered the well had been drilled in the wrong location—600 yards from the intended target. The oil company demanded arbitration against our client, who provided a consultant to supervise drilling, and against the company that drilled the well and the company that towed the drilling barge into position.

  • Defense Found Not Guilty in Breach of Oral Partnership Agreement

    A former investment banker accused our client of breaching an oral partnership agreement to identify and acquire oil and gas prospects and conspiring with a large private equity fund to misappropriate an opportunity to acquire an oil and gas company.

  • Bad BOP Parts Make a Good Insurance Recovery

    An oil and gas operator drilling a well in southeast Texas experienced a “kick” of flow coming back up the well to surface. The drilling crew timely activated the pipe rams of the blowout preventer, but it failed to hold pressure, and the kick rapidly became a massive above-ground blowout.

Insurance
  • Key Cross Examination Turns the Tide on Coverage Lawsuit

    After Hurricane Katrina downed five of its platforms and destroyed or damaged the associated wells and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, a Houston-based independent energy company sought recoveries under several insurance policies.

Insurance Coverage
  • Key Cross Examination Turns the Tide on Coverage Lawsuit

    After Hurricane Katrina downed five of its platforms and destroyed or damaged the associated wells and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, a Houston-based independent energy company sought recoveries under several insurance policies.

Products Liability
  • Bad BOP Parts Make a Good Insurance Recovery

    An oil and gas operator drilling a well in southeast Texas experienced a “kick” of flow coming back up the well to surface. The drilling crew timely activated the pipe rams of the blowout preventer, but it failed to hold pressure, and the kick rapidly became a massive above-ground blowout.

  • Proof of Product Defect Required Even If Fire Destroys Evidence

    A Texas pesticide manufacturing company burned after a gas-vapor explosion occurred in an industrial oven used to melt chemicals for retail products.

Professional Liability
  • Texas Oil Company Found Negligent When Dry Hole Drilled 600 Yards from Intended Target

    Two years after drilling a dry hole in a Louisiana lake to the tune of $4.3 million, a Texas oil company and its working interest owners discovered the well had been drilled in the wrong location—600 yards from the intended target. The oil company demanded arbitration against our client, who provided a consultant to supervise drilling, and against the company that drilled the well and the company that towed the drilling barge into position.

Subrogation Recovery
  • Proof of Product Defect Required Even If Fire Destroys Evidence

    A Texas pesticide manufacturing company burned after a gas-vapor explosion occurred in an industrial oven used to melt chemicals for retail products.

  • Bad BOP Parts Make a Good Insurance Recovery

    An oil and gas operator drilling a well in southeast Texas experienced a “kick” of flow coming back up the well to surface. The drilling crew timely activated the pipe rams of the blowout preventer, but it failed to hold pressure, and the kick rapidly became a massive above-ground blowout.

  • Oil Company Receives Recovery When Pipeline Is Ruptured by Wayward Dredge

    After a company hired to perform maintenance dredging of a ship channel in the Gulf ran its dredge over a subsea gas pipeline, causing an explosion and fire, we filed suit against the dredging company, and against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who had permitted both the pipeline installation and the dredging project.