- Served as co-lead trial counsel in successfully defending Colonial Pipeline Company in the first case to be tried arising from the rupture of four petroleum pipelines and the largest inland gasoline spill in U.S. history and a large fire. The plaintiffs claimed personal injuries and property damage, and sought millions in punitive damages. Following a 12-week trial, a Jefferson County (Beaumont), Texas, jury rendered a unanimous verdict of no liability and causation on behalf of Colonial. These plaintiffs were part of a larger group of 17,000 persons who brought suit in more than 40 lawsuits filed in five counties, and the trial was selected by The National Law Journal as the nation’s top environmental/toxic tort defense victory in one of 15 cases in various categories receiving similar recognition.
- Represented the owner and operator of a large natural gas pipeline that was struck by a third-party contractor resulting in an explosion that killed one person and injured others and resulted in multiple lawsuits and regulatory action. Involvement began in the immediate aftermath of the incident and continued through the resolution of the litigation matters.
- Represented an energy company in connection with a salt dome gas storage facility gas release and fire, participated in the response to the incident in anticipation of litigation and claims, and represented the company in litigation brought by area residents and businesses.
- Represented petrochemical company in connection with a large refinery explosion resulting in substantial property damage; responded to the scene within twenty-four hours of the occurrence and assisted with issues involving regulatory agency investigations, claims by community members, and issues related to anticipated litigation.
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.