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Litigation: General Commercial - Texas: Houston & Surrounds
"Adam is a great lawyer. He is very bright and represents his clients vigorously and professionally." "He is very good and very well prepared."
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In the past 10 years, Adam has recovered more than $240 million for his plaintiff clients in litigation, domestic arbitrations, and international arbitrations. On the defense side, he has handled matters ranging from bet-the-company cases to individual claims such as corporate malfeasance, securities fraud, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Adam has a strong track record in the arbitral arena, handling domestic and international disputes concerning the construction of power plants, oil refineries, and offshore drilling platforms, as well as the interpretation of joint operations agreements, farm-in agreements, and other energy industry-specific contracts. He has arbitrated matters before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), JAMS, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and under the Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). His arbitrations have included disputes arising in Argentina, China, the former Soviet Union, India, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey.
Adam started his legal career at Vinson & Elkins, where he was a partner in the Litigation group handling a wide variety of business disputes. He later joined King & Spalding, where he was co-head of the International Arbitration group before co-founding Schiffer Hicks Johnson in 2007.
- Elected member, American Board of Trial Advocates
- American Bar Association
- American Bar Foundation
- Houston Bar Association
- Houston Bar Foundation
- Retained just four months before trial to serve as lead trial lawyer representing the defendant, an oil and gas exploration and development company, in a conversion and negligence case. Plaintiff sought $25 million in actual damages and unspecified punitive damages based on a claim that our client produced gas (through casing leaks) from zones owned by plaintiff. After an eight-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor on all counts.
- Serving as co-lead counsel, represented the plaintiff on its breach of contract and quantum meruit claims in a construction lawsuit. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of our client, awarding $34.5 million in damages, the full amount sought. The case later settled for $20 million.
- Represented the plaintiff as lead counsel in a tortious interference with contract lawsuit arising out of a contract to manufacture and wholesale frozen oriental-style dinners. After a six-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $14.5 million for our client, the full amount sought. The case was later settled for $4 million when the defendant liquidated its business following the entry of judgment.
- Served as lead counsel representing the plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud lawsuit involving breach of a letter agreement to purchase a company. After a five-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client for approximately $16 million.
- Represented the respondent, an engineering firm, in an ad hoc construction arbitration. The claimant, the owner of the offshore production platform at issue, sought $67 million for reimbursement of expenses associated with certain warranty repairs and for deferred production damages. The tribunal awarded the claimant $6.5 million in warranty expenses—substantially less than half of respondent’s last offer of settlement to avoid arbitration.
- Hired just two weeks before final hearing, took first chair representing the claimant in a breach of contract case involving distribution of electricity to a region of Turkey. Turkish law applied at the hearing, which took place in Geneva. Our client was awarded $28 million, paid by the Turkish government.
- Served as first chair representing the claimant operator of an oil and gas lease off the coast of India in an LCIA arbitration to resolve a joint operations agreements dispute. Indian law applied in the case, which was tried for two weeks. Obtained an award in favor of our client entitling it to sole possession of gas property worth $30 million for a payment to respondent of a discounted book value of less than $4 million.
- Represented the respondent/counter-claimant in an ICC arbitration over the construction of a power plant in Peru. We obtained an award of approximately $10 million on our client’s counterclaim with a finding of no liability on the respondent’s claims. After the award was affirmed on appeal by the federal district court, we settled the case for the full $10 million ICC arbitration award.
- Represented the claimant as co-lead counsel on a breach of contract claim involving the modernization of an oil refinery in Siberia, in the former Soviet Union, decided under Russian law. Three arbitrators, including a Queen’s Counsel and then-presiding judge of the World Court, conducted a two-week arbitration in London, England, and rendered a final award of approximately $14 million in favor of our client, which was paid in full by the respondent.
Expert in these Jurisdictions
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
Local Litigation Star
Top Energy and Natural Resources Litigator, Top Commercial Litigator
Leading International Arbitration Lawyer
Euromoney’s Experts Guide
Ranked in International Arbitration
Best Lawyers in America®
Leader in International Construction Disputes
Cross-Border Construction and Projects Handbook
University of Houston School of Law
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