Thomas R. Phillips

Partner

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Austin

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Since returning to private practice, he has represented scores of clients in appeals to state and federal appellate courts on a wide variety of commercial, personal injury, regulatory and constitutional issues. Among the cases he has successfully argued on appeal are:

  • Pinto Technology Ventures, L.P. v. Sheldon, 2017 WL 2200357 (Tex. May 19, 2017)
  • Dacus v. Parker, 466 S.W.3d 820 (Tex. 2015)
  • Klumb v. Houston Municipal Employees Pension Systems, 458 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. 2015)
  • Union Carbide Corp. v. Synatszke, 438 S.W.3d 39 (Tex. 2014)
  • State of Texas v. Public Utility Commission, 344 S.W.3d 349 (Tex. 2011)
  • BP America, Inc. v. Marshall, 342 S.W.3d 59 (Tex. 2011)
  • TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. v. Combs, 340 S.W.3d 432 (Tex. 2011)
  • Gonzalez v. Guilbot, 315 S.W.3d 533 (Tex. 2010)
  • Houston Municipal Employees Pension System v. Ferrell, 248 S.W.3d 151 (Tex. 2007)
  • The Huff Energy Fund, L.P. v. Longview Energy Co., 482–S.W.3d 187–(Tex. App.–San Antonio, 2015), aff’d, 2017 WL 2492004 (Tex. June 9, 2017)
  • Guillory v. Seaton LLC, 470 S.W.3d 237 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, pet. denied)
  • ConocoPhillips v. Noble Energy, 462 S.W.3d 255 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2015), aff’d, 2017 WL 2719329 (Tex. June 23, 2017)
  • XTO Energy, Inc. v. Smith Production, Inc., 282 S.W.3d 672 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2009, pet. granted, cause dism’d)

Other cases in which he has represented a successful appellate party include:

  • Ex parte James Richard “Rick” Perry, 483 S.W.3d 884 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
  • In re Longview Energy Co., 464 S.W.3d 353 (Tex. 2015)
  • Texas State Bd. of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists v. Texas Medical Assoc., 511 S.W.3d 28 (Tex. 2017)
  • Ochsner v. Ochsner, 517 S.W.3d 717 (Tex. 2016)
  • Texas Student Housing Authority v. Brazos County Appraisal District, 460 S.W.3d 137 (Tex. 2015)
  • Waste Management of Texas, Inc. v. Texas Disposal Systems Landfill, Inc., 434 S.W.3d 142 (Tex. 2014)
  • Paradigm Oil, Inc. v. Retamco Operating Co., 372 S.W.3d 177 (Tex. 2012)
  • Enbridge Pipeline (East Texas) L.P. v. Avinger Timber LLC, 386 S.W.3d 256 (Tex. 2012)
  • Hemyari v. Stephens, 355 S.W.3d 623 (Tex. 2011) (per curiam)
  • Basic Capital Management v. Dynex Commercial, Inc., 348 S.W.3d 894 (Tex. 2011)
  • Merck & Co., Inc. v. Garza, 347 S.W.3d 256 (Tex. 2011)
  • Grohman v. Kahlig, 318 S.W.3d 882 (Tex. 2010) (per curiam)
  • Grant Thornton LLP v. Prospect High Income Fund, 314 S.W.3d 913 (Tex. 2010)
  • In re United Services Automobile Association, 307 S.W.3d 299 (Tex. 2010) (orig. proceeding)
  • In re Southwestern Bell Tele. Co. L.P., 235 S.W.3d 619 (Tex. 2007) (orig. proceeding)
  • In re Castillo, 201 S.W.3d 682 (Tex. 2006) (per curiam) (orig. proceeding)
  • Hoover Slovacek LLP v. Walton, 206 S.W.3d 557 (Tex. 2006) (on rehr’g)
  • Chicas v. Texas Mutual Ins. Co., 2017 WL 2117541 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] May 16, 2017)
  • Tractor Supply Co. of Texas, L.P. v. McGowan, 2016 WL 1722873 (Tex. App.–Waco Apr. 28, 2016, pet. denied)
  • Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC v. Carduco, Inc., 2016 WL 1274535 (Tex. App.–Corpus Christi, Mar. 31, 2016, pet. filed)
  • City of Houston v. Houston Municipal Employee Pension System, 513 S.W.3d 114 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2016, pet. filed)
  • City of Houston v. Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund, 502 S.W.3d 469 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2016, no pet.)
  • Associated Air Center LP v. Tary Network Ltd., 2015 WL 970664 (Tex. App.–Dallas March 4, 2015, no pet.) (mem. op.)
  • Teladoc, Inc. v. Texas Medical Board, 453 S.W.3d 606 (Tex. App.–Austin 2014, pet. denied)
  • In re Choudhri, 2014 WL 2854875 Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] June 3, 2014) (orig. proceeding)
  • In re Sugarland Anesthesia PLLC, 2013 WL 6569026 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 12, 2013) (orig. proceeding)
  • Hendrick Medical Center v. Tex. Podiatric Medical Assn., 392 S.W.3d 294 (Tex. App.–Eastland 2012, no pet.)
  • 2055 Inc. and Coates v. McTague, Sprigg & Bus. Incentives, Inc., 2009 WL 2506342 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2009, no pet.)
  • Casserlie v. Shell Oil Co., 902 N.E.2d 1 (Ohio 2009)
  • CenterPoint Energy, Inc. v. Miller County Circuit Court, 276 S.W.3d 231 (Ark. 2008)
  • Sherwin-Williams Co. v. State, 951 A.2d 428 (R.I. 2008)

Finally, he has successfully represented Amici in several important cases, including:

  • Conference of Chief Justices in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., 556 U.S. 868 (2009), and ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas, currently pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Texas Association of Business in Texas Commission on Environmental Quality v. City of Waco and Bosque River Coalition, 413 S.W.3d 403 and 413 S.W.3d 409 (Tex. 2013)
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Texas Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ruttiger, 381 S.W.3d 430 (Tex. 2012)
  • Texas Association of Realtors in Wind Mountain Ranch LLC v. City of Temple, 333 S.W.3d 580 (Tex. 2010)
  • Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC in ExxonMobil Corp. v. Gill, 299 S.W.3d 124 (Tex. 2009)
  • NextEra Energy Resources, LLC in Public Utility Company v. City of Harlingen, 311 S.W.3d 610 (Tex. App.–Austin 2010, no pet.)