Scott R. Humphrey

Scott R. Humphrey

Houston, Texas

SCOTT R. HUMPHREY has ten 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.

Prior to 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

  • 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.

  • Represented five oil and gas producers in a federal class action case brought by royalty owners.

  • 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.

  • 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 a venture capital company in an 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 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 an construction machinery dealer that was misappropriating a manufacturer's equipment.

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2001
    • Law Review: Houston Law Review, Member
  • Southern Methodist University
    • M.B.A. - 1989
  • Texas A&M University
    • M.S. - 1985
    • Major: Atmospheric Science
  • Texas A&M University
    • B.S. magna cum laude - 1983
    • Major: Atmospheric Science

Published Works

  • 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


  • "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

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association