Scott R. Humphrey

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Biography

Scott R. Humphrey has over 10 years' experience defending a wide variety of clients in complex commercial, energy, toxic tort and environmental litigation. Mr. Humphrey has experience defending clients across a full range of commercial disputes, including allegations of fraud, breach of contract, antitrust violations and breach of fiduciary duty. He has also represented clients in investigations of commercial activities by federal regulatory agencies. Mr. Humphrey has particular experience representing and defending clients in the energy industry. He is also experienced in representing industrial clients in cases involving exposure to benzene and asbestos.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Humphrey worked in the Houston office of Baker Botts. Prior to his legal career, he worked for 14 years as a manager and principal consultant for a national environmental consulting firm.

Representative Experience

  • Represented an independent oil and gas company against fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by investors, culminating in a five-week jury trial.
  • Represented an international oilfield services company in a breach of contract arbitration proceeding.
  • Represented an independent oil and gas producer in a $50 million state court breach of contract action.
  • Represented a venture capital company in a one-week arbitration proceeding related to the liquidation of an oil and gas royalty trust.
  • Participated in the successful defense of a petroleum refining client in RCRA citizens suit action involving leaking underground storage tanks.
  • Represented five oil and gas producers in a federal class action case brought by royalty owners.
  • Represented an agricultural commodity company in two-week arbitration hearing for a breach of contract claim related to the sale of assets to another company.
  • Successfully obtained a mandamus from the Texas Supreme Court of a trial judge's improper pretrial ruling in a toxic tort matter, closing a potential venue loophole for plaintiffs.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction in state court against a construction machinery dealer that was misappropriating a manufacturer's equipment.
  • Defended a large energy company in a series of related state and federal class action lawsuits related to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis.
  • Represented a large utility company in investigations brought by the FERC, CFTC, SEC and DOJ related to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis.

Coordinated the investigation of and responses to subpoenas related to these matters:

  • Defended petroleum refining and chemical clients in approximately 100 toxic tort cases involving allegations of benzene exposure and other workplace injuries.
  • Coordinated the investigation of alleged accounting misconduct for a large energy client, including the management of outside auditors and reporting to Board of Directors, resulting in $20 million accounting restatement.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Disputes Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation

Education

  • J.D., Magna Cum Laude, University of Houston Law Center
  • M.B.A., Southern Methodist University
  • M.S., Texas A&M University
  • B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Texas A&M University

Awards And Recognition

  • Recognized by Law & Politics as a "Texas Rising Star" 2010-2011

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association

Publications

  • The Assignment of Oil & Gas Leases: Conditions, Constraints and Consequences, Institute for Energy Law, 62nd Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference (Feb. 17, 2011) (co-author with Mark K. Glasser).
  • "Environmental Citizen Suits — What to do when citizens try to take the place of the EPA," Baker Botts CLE Seminar Series - Legal Issues in Gas Exploration and Production, December 7, 2010.
  • Drawing Lines: The D.C. Circuit Forces the EPA and Congress to Clean Up the Process of Setting Air Quality Standards in American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. EPA, 37 HOUS. L. REV. 839 (2000).

Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas