Russell Lewis

Department Chair - Litigation (Houston) Partner

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Houston

P: +1.713.229.1767 F: +1.713.229.2867

Energy-Related Matters and Class Actions

  • Representing Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC in crisis response, governmental enforcement defense, and multiple class actions and private party lawsuits arising out of Deer Park terminal fire
  • Represented Cobalt International Energy, Inc. and its directors and officers in securities class action alleging 10b-5 and Section 11 claims
  • Represented product manufacturer in crisis response, governmental enforcement defense, and multiple class action lawsuits arising out of alleged backflow event resulting in implementation of city-wide water use ban
  • Represented international plumbing system manufacturer in multistate defense of federal class actions alleging product liability and consumer fraud claims arising out of allegedly defective plumbing systems
  • Represented international E&P company with strategic advice related to assets in West Africa and Gulf of Mexico
  • Represented international energy company in dispute with drilling rig company regarding liabilities arising from release in Gulf of Mexico
  • Represented international E&P company in dispute regarding area of mutual interest
  • Represented international E&P company in dispute with royalty holder
  • Represented energy company consortia in condemnation proceedings instituted by a pipeline company
  • Represented sovereign state in Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) arbitration regarding allegations of expropriation of oil company under a bilateral investment treaty
  • Represented sovereign state in defense of claims brought by investors in arbitration under Energy Charter Treaty

Investigations

  • Represented international E&P company in multi-year investigations by SEC and DOJ concerning FCPA allegations arising out of operations in West Africa
  • Represented E&P company in investigation by EPA into Clean Water Act violations
  • Represented international chemical manufacturer in investigation related to allegations of financial fraud
  • Represented energy company in securities class action investigation and lawsuit
  • Represented manufacturing company in internal investigation into accounting practices

Other Representations

  • Represented major automobile manufacturer in commercial dispute involving warranty and pricing claims arising out an exclusive supplier's design and manufacture of diesel engines
  • Represented petrochemical company against gross negligence employee claims alleging exposure to benzene and benzene-containing products. Second-chaired trial resulting in take nothing verdict
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in defense of indemnity action for strict liability claims resulting from alleged exposures to pesticide products, gaining summary judgment for client
  • Represented major chemical company in defense of multiple product liability cases arising from the usage of industrial and household solvents
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in multistate defense of negligence and strict liability claims involving thimerosal-containing pediatric vaccines