Robert E Meadows (Bobby)

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Robert Meadows

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In the last decade, Mr. Meadows handled numerous high profile cases, many of which were tried. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Meadows spent a combined total of more than one year and three months in the courtroom.

  • 2015: After a three-week jury trial in Abbeville, Louisiana, Mr. Meadows’ trial team won a defense verdict for Chevron in an oilfield contamination case.  The jury rejected the plaintiff’s request for $115 million plus damages and accepted Chevron’s proposed remediation plan. 
  • 2014-2017: In a lawsuit the New York Times described as The Most Ambitious Lawsuit Ever (October 3, 2014), the Southwest Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued nearly 100 members of the oil and gas industry, alleging that defendants’ oil and gas operations caused the loss of the Louisiana wetlands and this, in turn, exposed New Orleans and the surrounding areas to increased flooding and hurricane damage.  Mr. Meadows, representing Chevron, removed the case to federal court, and then successfully argued on behalf of all defendants to defeat remand.  Mr. Meadows later argued the motion to dismiss for all defendants, which was also granted and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed both the jurisdiction and dismissal rulings in 2017.    
  • 2014: Mr. Meadows and his team defended Halliburton Company in Lisbon, Portugal, in an ICC arbitration involving breach of contract claims relating to the provision of oilfield services in West Africa.  Plaintiff sought unpaid receivables and damages; the ICC Tribunal awarded plaintiff only its uncontested receivables and dismissed the damages claim entirely. 
  • 2013:  In 2013, Mr. Meadows achieved a victory for Chevron in an MTBE case.  Plaintiff, Crescenta Valley Water District (CVWD), sued Chevron and other major energy defendants for over $40 million.  The lynchpin for CVWD’s damages claim was CVWD’s modeling expert; and after a full day evidentiary hearing, the Court struck the expert’s modeling opinions, allowing Chevron, the only remaining defendant, to achieve a cost of defense settlement.
  • 2011/2012: Mr. Meadows is national trial counsel for Chevron in cases concerning the gasoline additive MTBE.  In early 2012, after a three-month trial, Mr. Meadows and his team won a defense verdict for Chevron in an MTBE case brought by the City of Merced, California.  
  • 2010: Mr. Meadows led his trial team to a defense verdict for client Shell Oil Company in a drinking-water contamination case tried over a period of almost five months in California Superior Court in San Bernardino, California. The City of Redlands, California, claimed contamination of groundwater and  argued for $46 millionand an unspecified amount of punitive damages. This case was selected by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top Ten Defense Verdicts of 2010.
  • 2009: After a three-week jury trial in Vidalia, Louisiana, Mr. Meadows’ trial team won a defense verdict for Chevron in a case alleging property damage from historic oilfield operations in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. The plaintiff demanded $125 millionto remediate the property, as well as punitive damages. Prior to trial, Chevron and the other defendants submitted a $1 million remediation plan, which plaintiff refused. The jury rejected plaintiff's damages claims and accepted the Chevron-proposed remediation costs of $1 million.
  • 2008: A three-member AAA panel in Houston, Texas, rendered a take-nothing judgment in favor of Chevron. The plaintiff, LL&E, sued to enforce a ‘preferential purchase right’ on oil and gas properties valued at $600 million that Chevron owned and sold to a competing purchaser, Hillcorp. LL&E claimed that Chevron wrongfully allowed Hillcorp access to certain seismic data that had been jointly developed by LL&E and Chevron, and Hillcorp was able to use the data to submit a lower bid. The arbitrators rejected the claim.
  • 2008: Mr. Meadows and team obtained a major victory on the eve of trial for Cooper Industries in a mass toxic tort case. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky granted summary judgment against four bellwether plaintiffs. Plaintiffs contended that general evidence of contamination in the area, combined with alleged evidence of elevated chemicals in the plaintiffs’ blood, was sufficient to show causation. The court disagreed.
EDUCATION
J.D., University of Houston
M.P.A., Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
B.A., University of Texas

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Oklahoma
Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas