Louis "Louie" Layrisson

Partner

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Houston

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Louie Layrisson's trial practice includes energy litigation and complex commercial disputes for clients in the oil and gas, renewables, power, manufacturing, and technology sectors. Louie has handled a broad range of litigation across the U.S. and before various arbitral institutions.

In the energy industry, he works closely with investors, developers, manufacturers, operators, service companies, transporters, and refiners on operational issues and disputes across the energy chain. Louie regularly counsels on disputes related to the energy supply chain and force majeure, leases and power agreements, title, royalty obligations, surface disputes, environmental issues, joint ventures and partnerships, midstream agreements, indemnity, insurance coverage and recovery, and distressed assets.

Louie is ranked nationally in oil and gas litigation by Chambers USA, 2020-2021 (Band 1), where he has been described as an "absolutely fantastic" advocate who is "responsive, very sharp, has fantastic instincts and really digs into the details." Thomson Reuters has recognized Louie as a "Texas Super Lawyer" in 2020 and 2021.

Louie is active in the Houston community, serving as the Chair-Elect of the Houston Bar Association's Litigation Section and on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations including the Wesley Community Center, and the Benjamin Blanchard Memorial Foundation.

Before joining the firm, Layrisson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay C. Zainey of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Related Experience

Upstream Energy Litigation

  • Renewable and Traditional power generators – lead counsel in various commercial disputes and MDL litigation arising out of Winter Storm Uri
  • International energy technology company – representation in energy construction dispute arising out of multi-billion dollar greenfield manufacturing project
  • Energy investors – advice regarding private equity investment risk mitigation, including portfolio company disputes and restructuring-related disputes such as oil and gas foreclosure litigation and bankruptcy trustee claims
  • Oil & gas producers – advice regarding U.S. operations in Eagle Ford, Permian, Haynesville, Bakken, and Marcellus shale plays, including traditional oil and gas litigation matters, nuisance, royalty disputes and class actions, contract and commercial disputes, crude-by-rail lease and transportation disputes, environmental legacy and coastal erosion litigation, and related operational issues
  • International E&P company – defense of royalty class action claims involving allocation and commingling claims, resulting in denial of class certification in 2019 and subsequent summary judgment dismissals of opt-out lease claims
  • Oilfield services suppliers – litigation arising from oil and gas well incidents, contract disputes, indemnity and insurance issues, and major greenfield facility construction disputes
  • Frac services provider – tried property damage and insurance coverage bad faith dispute to verdict in 2019, granted $5.3 million-dollar judgment including treble damages and attorneys' fees
  • Energy manufacturer – defense of breach of contract, conspiracy, trespass, and fraud claims arising out of frac sand supply dispute
  • International energy investors – jurisdictional challenges to U.S. venue for various international energy disputes.
  • Public exploration and production corporations – provided in-house legal counsel as secondee related to shale and deepwater operations, compliance, commercial agreements, and supervision of litigation dockets across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wyoming and North Dakota

Midstream and Downstream Energy Litigation

  • Midstream Manufacturers and Transporters – advice regarding force majeure declarations and subsequent disputes arising out of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Product Manufacturers – represented multiple clients in crisis response, governmental enforcement defense, and multiple class action lawsuits arising out of industrial incidents
  • Major refining companies – advice regarding various disputes relating to personal injury, products liability, and contract disputes arising out of downstream operations in Texas and Louisiana
  • Major integrated oil and gas corporation – assisted in multistate defense of federal class action alleging product liability claims, trial team obtained denial of class certification
  • Fortune 100 refining corporation – defense of toxic tort suit relating to benzene exposure claims, including 2016 decision striking plaintiff's experts and dismissing case, unanimously affirmed by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • International commodity marketing company – advice regarding anti-corruption compliance and arbitration disputes

Commercial Disputes

  • Technology consulting firms – advice regarding partnership disputes, trade secret protection, employment and procurement issues, venture capital, and corporate governance matters
  • Manufacturing companies – representation in various business litigation involving product liability claims, force majeure claims, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, control of business, tortious interference, and antitrust claims
  • Commodities traders – defense of breach of contract, fiduciary duty, conspiracy, and fraud claims in domestic arbitrations and bankruptcy adversary proceedings
  • Fortune 500 retailer – defense of claims through federal jury trial in suit alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition
  • Professional sports organization – assisted in products liability action against arena sign manufacturer; case tried in Texas state court to verdict
  • Fortune 500 power generation company – arbitration of management-labor disputes in connection with power generation plants throughout Texas, including favorable arbitration awards as first-chair counsel
  • Regional insurance company – defense of first-party and third-party personal injury and property damage claims
  • Pro Bono Veteran Client – received full reversal of administrative benefits denial by Veterans' Affairs, relief retroactive to 2005 for Iraq War veteran

Representative and Reported Decisions

  • First-chair trial counsel for Compass Well Services in obtaining a jury verdict exceeding $5 million dollars against insurer in a complex oil and gas incident dispute involving disputed indemnity and bad faith insurance claims, affirmed on appeal (Great American Insurance Company of New York v. Compass Well Services, LLC, 2020 WL 7393321 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth, Dec. 17, 2020, pet. denied))
  • Defeated class certification in putative royalty class action involving nearly 4,000 royalty owners in Eagle Ford shale (Regmund v. Talisman, No. 4:16-CV-02960, 2019 WL 2863926. Southern District of Texas)
  • Obtained dismissal of private nuisance and negligence claims alleging injuries from odors, noises, and emissions from oil and gas operations in the Eagle Ford, in trial and appellate opinion holding that plaintiffs failed to present qualified expert testimony to support such claims (Cerny v. Marathon Oil Co., 480 S.W.3d 612 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2015, pet. denied))
  • Excluded Plaintiffs' expert witnesses and obtained dismissal in toxic tort suit relating to benzene exposure claims, unanimously affirmed by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Konrick v. Exxon Mobil Corp., Civil Action No: 14-524, 2016 WL 439361 (E.D. La. Feb. 4, 2016), aff'd, 670 F. App'x 222 (5th Cir. 2016))

Awards & Community

Recognized for Nationwide Oil & Gas Litigation in Chambers USA, 2020-2022

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2020-2021

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2015-2019

Recipient, President's Award, presented by Houston Bar Association, 2015 & 2018

Recipient, Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2019

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