Partners: Jesse R Pierce, Jack O’Neill
Numbers of lawyers: 12
Pierce & O’Neill is a litigation ‘boutique’ with a single focus — the devoted representation of clients in significant litigation. There are major differences between litigators who engage primarily in motion practice and those who try cases. Pierce & O’Neill is a firm of trial lawyers.
Both Mr Pierce and Mr O’Neill have more than 40 years of experience trying complex civil litigation cases for commercial and energy industry clients. They are members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, have been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® since its inception in 2003, and have earned AV Preeminent ratings* from Martindale-Hubbell.
Main Areas of Practice:
Complex Commercial Litigation:
Disputes involving claims of breach of contracts, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud, interpretation and enforcement of contracts, franchising, real estate, ERISA claims, securities and corporate matters, franchising disputes, copyright and entertainment matters, and a variety of usury and deceptive trade practices matters.
Energy & Natural Resources Litigation:
Disputes involving all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including well blowouts and other well incidents; refinery and pipeline incidents; production platform incidents; pollution actions; groundwater contamination actions; actions involving hydraulic fracing; royalty, overriding royalty, working interest and other ownership issues; interpretation and enforcement of production agreements, assignments, joint operating agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, deeds, leases and all other agreements affecting development, ownership, exploration, production, refining and marketing; title actions; trespass actions; and class actions.
Representation of clients through all stages of the civil appellate process, at both the state and federal appellate court levels, including filing (or defending) the initial appeal in the lower court of an order or judgment, through the briefing process and oral argument; interlocutory appeals, mandamus proceedings, petitions for writ of certiorari and amicus briefs.
Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation:
Disputes involving environmental contamination, chemical exposure, wrongful death and product defects, including claims of contamination of property by natural gas and hydrogen, water pollution, and exposure to benzene.
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Representation of clients in civil matters involving mandatory or optional arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and other alternative dispute resolution forums.
Personal Injury Defense Litigation:
Defense of personal injury claims involving product liability, breach of warranty, design defects, premises liability, failure to warn, negligence, and wrongful death.
Insurance Coverage Disputes/Litigation:
Representation of policyholders in all phases of insurance coverage disputes and litigation, including bad faith claims; breach of contract; failure to defend a policyholder and/or excess verdicts; wrongful denial of coverage, including failure to conduct a reasonable investigation; unreasonable delay in claims processing and/or payment; failure to acknowledge or pay claims; and failure to settle.