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Biography

Jesse Pierce has more than forty years of litigation experience and has tried many types of cases in state and federal courts of Texas and other states.  He specializes in civil trials of cases dealing with complex energy and commercial issues.  Mr. Pierce is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.  He is licensed to practice in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Mr. Pierce represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and has represented clients in many types of complex litigation, including oil and gas, environmental, product liability, interpretation and enforcement of contracts, temporary restraining orders, trade secrets, franchising, real estate, ERISA claims, securities and corporate matters, franchising disputes, copyright and entertainment matters, and a variety of fraud, usury, and Deceptive Trade Practices matters, and has extensive experience in class action litigation.  Mr. Pierce frequently lectures at continuing legal education seminars and was a drafter of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges for Oil and Gas Cases. 

Representative Experience

  • Hall v. White, 525 S.W.2d 860 (Tex. 1975)
  • Texas Instruments, Inc. v. Teletron Energy Mgmt. Inc., 877 S.W.2d 276 (Tex. 1994) (rehearing overruled)
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, et al. v. Pool, 124 S.W.3d 188 (Tex. 2003).
  • City of Pasadena v. Richardson, 523 S.W.2d 506 (Tex. Civ. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 1975) (civil rights);
  • Gaal v. BASF Wyandotte Corp., 533 S.W.2d 152 (Tex. Civ. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 1976) (trade secrets);
  • Best Steel Buildings, Inc. v. Hardin, 553 S.W.2d 951 (Tex. Civ. App.—Tyler 1978) (wrongful death);
  • Pan American Life Insurance Co. v. Youngblood, 569 S.W.2d 951 (Tex. Civ. App.—Tyler 1978) (insurance);
  • Claude Regis Vargo Ent., Inc. v. Bacarisse, 578 S.W.2d 524 (Tex. Civ. App.—Houston [14th Dist] 1979) (commercial);
  • C&W Manhattan Associates v. Lively, 588 S.W.2d 671 (Tex. Civ. App.—Beaumont 1979) (commercial).
  • Dunn v. Davis, 590 S.W.2d 752 (Tex. Civ. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 1979) (land title);
  • First City Nat’l Bank v. Hardy, 620 S.W.2d 732 (Tex. Civ. App.—Corpus Christi 1981) (oil and gas);
  • Amoco Oil Co. v. Hardy, 628 S.W.2d 813 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 1981) (class action);
  • Superior Oil Co. v. City of Port Arthur, 726 F.2d 203 (5th Cir. 1984) (constitutional challenge to annexation);
  • Superior Oil Co. v. City of Port Arthur, 726 F.2d 203 (5th Cir. 1984) (constitutional challenge to annexation);
  • Gulf Oil Corp. v. Fuller, 695 S.W.2d 769 (Tex. App.—El Paso 1985) (discovery privilege issues);
  • Enterprise Int’l, Inc. v. Corporacion Estatal Petrolera Ecuatoriana, 762 F.2d 464 (5th Cir. 1985) (commercial, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act);
  • Wadsworth Bus. Ctr. v. Connell, 775 S.W.2d 663 (Tex. App.—Dallas 1989) (real estate);
  • Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Kennedy, (Tex. App.—El Paso 1991) (class action);
  • NL Inds., Inc. v. GHR Energy Corp., 940 F.2d 957 (5th Cir. 1991) (commercial);
  • Lee v. WalMart Stores, Inc., 943 F2d 554 (5th Cir. 1991) (commercial);
  • Parten v. Cannon, 829 S.W.2d 327 (Tex. App.—Waco 1992) (oil and gas);
  • GeoSouthern Energy Corp. v. Chesapeake Operating, Inc., 274 F.3d 1017 (5th Cir. 2001) (dispute among working interest owners);
  • GeoSouthern Energy Corp. v. Chesapeake Operating, Inc., 241 F.3d 388 (5th Cir. 2001) (dispute among working interest owners);
  • Law v. Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, 65 S.W.3d 121 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2001, pet. denied) (lease termination);
  • Moore Landrey, LLP v. Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C., 126 S.W.3d 536 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, no pet.) (contract);
  • C.M. Asfahl Agency v. Tensor, Inc., 135 S.W.3d 768 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2004, no pet.) (contract);
  • DX Terminals, Ltd. v. Bayer Corporation, 214 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2006, pet. denied) (contract).
  • In re Charter Oil Co., ., 63 B.R. 662 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1986).
  • Barras v. Monsanto Co., 831 S.W.2d 859 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 1992).
  • Mitchell Energy Corp. v. Bartlett, 958 S.W.2d 430 (Tex. App.— Fort Worth 1997).

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Disputes & Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Trade Secrets & Non-Compete Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Domestic Arbitration/ADR
  • Securities Litigation

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in Chambers USA for Energy & Natural Resources Litigation, 2009-2019
  • Selected Lawyer of the Year in Oil & Gas Law - Houston, by Best Lawyers, 2011
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America as a leading practitioner in Commercial Litigation, Natural Resources Law-Litigation, and Oil & Gas Law-Litigation
  • Selected Energy & Natural Resources Expert by Global Law Experts
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation
  • Selected Top 100 Lawyers in the Houston region, Super Lawyers, 2008-2010 and 2012-2016
  • Selected Top 100 lawyers in Texas, Super Lawyers, 2008 and 2010
  • Recognized in Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America as a leading practioner in Toxic Torts
  • Martindale-Hubbell® "AV Preeminent" Rating
  • Order of the Coif, University of Texas Law School

Memberships

  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The Center for American and International Law – Oil & Gas Practice Committee
  • Council of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • State Bar of Arkansas
  • State Bar of Pennsylvania
  • State Bar of Ohio
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

Publications

  • "How to Deal with the Expert Witness”, Texas Bar CLE, 2015
  • “The Use and Perils of Sight Drafts in Leasing Transactions”, 59th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 2013
  • Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law, 8th Annual Energy Litigation Conference, The Institute for Energy Law, 2009
  • Protecting Company Secrets and Rights to Compete: When Employer and Employees Clash in the Oilfield, 60th Annual Conference on Oil and Gas Law, Institute for Energy Law, 2009
  • Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law, 7th Annual Energy Litigation Conference, The Institute for Energy Law, 2008
  • Termination of Oil, Gas, and Mineral Leases: Savings Clauses and Defensive Doctrines, Texas State Bar Webcast Panelist, 2008
  • Termination of Oil, Gas, and Mineral Leases: Savings Clauses and Defensive Doctrines, 26th Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Texas State Bar Association, 2008
  • Oil and Gas Pattern Jury Questions and Instructions, Oil, Gas & Energy Resource Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, September 14, 2005
  • Current Issues in Gas Royalty Litigation, Arkansas State Bar Association Oil, Gas & Energy Law Seminar, 2005
  • Termination of Oil, Gas & Mineral Leases: The Temporary Cessation of Production & Production in Paying Quantities Doctrines, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section Report, Vol. 27, No. 4, June , 2003
  • Common Law Claims in Environmental Contamination cases, Advanced Environmental Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • Standards of Appellate Review, Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Institute, 1996
  • Current Issues in Controversies Between Royalty Owners and Energy Companies, Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law, American Bar Association, 1993

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Austin College
    • B.A. - 1971