Jason E. Williams
JASON E. WILLIAMS is a commercial trial lawyer with a focus on construction litigation, securities and fiduciary litigation, and energy litigation. He has first-chair trial and arbitration experience. He has also argued as lead counsel before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before attending law school, Jason worked for four years as a mechanical engineer in the manufacturing and construction industries.
- J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center (2004)
- Order of the Coif
- Houston Law Review, Articles Editor
- Order of the Barons
- B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University (1997)
Represented owners in contractor termination and lender liability dispute. Obtained $1.2 million arbitration award and judgment.
Defended bank in suit alleging construction defects seeking $10 Million. Case settled for nominal amount shortly before trial.
Represented major pipeline company in claims related to failure of large-diameter natural gas pipeline.
Represented major pipeline company in claims related to cost-overruns and defective pipe in interstate natural gas pipeline.
Represented utility company in a $24 million arbitration concerning EPC contract for the expansion of an existing power plant.
Represented integrated oil and gas company in construction dispute involving multinational EPC contract for modifications of two refineries.
Represented municipal utility district seeking damages for design and construction. Obtained favorable seven figure settlement on the eve of trial.
Represented numerous municipal utility districts in court proceedings and arbitrations concerning construct defects, performance and payment bonds, and other payment disputes.
Securities and Fiduciary Litigation
Represented Trustee in FINRA arbitration concerning unsuitability of municipal bond funds. Case settled favorably before final hearing.
Defended majority shareholder of marine services company in dispute with minority shareholder involving shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary. Due to our aggressive strategy, my client bought out the minority shareholder’s interest for less than fair market value.
Represented minority shareholder of an oil trading company in suit against majority shareholders involving shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary. The case settled favorably the day after the court granted our motion for partial summary judgment.
Defended investor in publicly-held company in private securities litigation alleging a pump-and-dump and fraud.
Represented oil and gas services company defending breach of warranty claims for loss of a hole due to allegedly defective downhole. Case settled favorably after our summary judgment hearing.
Represented non-destructive testing and inspection company against competitor’s claim of tortious interference and theft of trade secrets. Obtained dismissal of all of competitor’s claims and subsequently obtained judgment against competitor in Judge Sim Lake’s court for $2.1 million.
Represented major natural gas pipeline operator in contract dispute with customer concerning force majeure event.
Represented limiter partner in dispute against operator concerning well operations and joint interest billings.
Lead counsel representing landlord in trial over breach of lease. Obtained judgment awarding rent and attorney’s fees in landlord’s favor.
Represented lender in alleged wrongful foreclosure case. The federal district court granted our motion to dismiss and the plaintiff then moved in the United States Fifth Circuit for an emergency motion for stay, which we defeated. The plaintiff subsequently dismissed its case.
Represented major insurance companies in first-party coverage disputes involving D&O insurance, employment practices liability insurance, and property and casualty insurance.
Tried, as first-chair prosecutor, 14 jury trials for the City of Houston.
Speeches and Publications
- Co-speaker and co-author, “Why Didn’t You Tell Someone? – A Review of Good and Bad Quality Assurance/Quality Control Case Studies,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, February 2012, Houston, Texas
- Co-presenter, “Dealing with Code Upgrade Coverage Issues,” presented at the WIND Texas Symposium, Houston, Texas, April 2009
- Co-presenter, “Construction Contracts 101,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Water Board Directors, San Antonio, Texas, July 2008
- “Republican Party of Minnesota v. White Threatens Judicial Impartiality in Texas,” 41 Houston Law Review 202 (2004)
Jason is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- American Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Construction Sections)
- Federal Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Construction Law Section; Securities Litigation and Arbitration Section; Oil and Gas Section; LegalLine Committee, Co-Chair (2005)
- Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- Antitrust and Business Litigation; Business Law; Construction Law; Litigation Section; Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law
- Houston Achievement Place, Board of Directors (2011 – present)
- Bayou Breakfast Club, Member (2009 – present)
- Buffalo Bayou Partnership – Bayou Buddies, Steering Committee (2006 – 2010)
- Houston Racquet Club (Member 2012-present)
- Senior Associate with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
- Before attending law school, Jason worked for four years as a mechanical engineer in the manufacturing and construction industries.