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Bobby Meadows is an accomplished trial lawyer known for winning challenging cases. He represents clients in litigation throughout the United States, including trials in state and federal courts, international and domestic arbitrations, summary jury trials and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Bobby's trial experience includes both commercial and tort litigation. Significant commercial matters include multi-million dollar breach of contract and fraud claims arising out of failed business ventures, shareholder derivative suits, oil and gas operating agreements, leases, joint venture agreements and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts. In tort litigation, he regularly appears in court defending large corporations accused of environmental damage by plaintiffs seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for land restoration, personal injuries and remediation of municipal water supplies. His tort clients include oil and gas companies, construction/engineering companies, product manufacturers and others.

As a trial lawyer, he represents clients in litigation in federal and state courts throughout the U.S., along with international and domestic arbitrations, summary jury trials and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. In more than 50 jury trials and over 34 years, he has litigated a variety of matters, including the most difficult cases in some of the most challenging venues.

Bobby has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a top lawyer in Texas for General Commercial Litigation and Energy and Natural Resources Litigation. He was named a 2016 "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation, and listed as a "Leading Individual" for 2016 by The Legal 500. He has also received recognition in his practice areas from Texas Super Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500, and was listed among Houston's top lawyers by H Texas Magazine.

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Credentials

B.A., University of Texas

J.D., University of Houston

M.P.A., Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas

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. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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

Oklahoma

Texas

American College of Trial Lawyers

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Foundation

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee

Named an Environmental MVP


Law360, 2014


Chambers USA, 2004-2012


Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2012

Client Service All-Star Attorneys


BTI, 2008-2010

Exceptional legal counsel: energy litigation


Legal 500, 2009-2012


Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2013

Matters

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 punitive damages and accepted Chevron’s proposed remediation plan.

2014-17: In a lawsuit the New York Times described as The Most Ambitious Lawsuit Ever (October 3, 2014), the Southeast 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 oil field services in West Africa. Plaintiff sought more than $20 million in unpaid receivables and damages; the ICC Tribunal awarded Plaintiff only its uncontested receivables and dismissed the damages claim entirely.

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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 punitive damages and accepted Chevron’s proposed remediation plan.

2014-17: In a lawsuit the New York Times described as The Most Ambitious Lawsuit Ever (October 3, 2014), the Southeast 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 oil field services in West Africa. Plaintiff sought more than $20 million in 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 million and 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 million to 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 bill. 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.

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February 23, 2015
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September 22, 2014
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Matters

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 punitive damages and accepted Chevron’s proposed remediation plan.

2014-17: In a lawsuit the New York Times described as The Most Ambitious Lawsuit Ever (October 3, 2014), the Southeast 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 oil field services in West Africa. Plaintiff sought more than $20 million in unpaid receivables and damages; the ICC Tribunal awarded Plaintiff only its uncontested receivables and dismissed the damages claim entirely.

See more
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Matters

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 punitive damages and accepted Chevron’s proposed remediation plan.

2014-17: In a lawsuit the New York Times described as The Most Ambitious Lawsuit Ever (October 3, 2014), the Southeast 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 oil field services in West Africa. Plaintiff sought more than $20 million in 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 million and 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 million to 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 bill. 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.

Insights

Newsletter

October 15, 2015
Business Lit Ledger Fall 2015

Newsletter

February 23, 2015
Business Lit Ledger Winter 2015

Newsletter

September 22, 2014
Business Lit Ledger Fall 2014

View all

Credentials

B.A., University of Texas

J.D., University of Houston

M.P.A., Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas

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. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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

Oklahoma

Texas

American College of Trial Lawyers

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Foundation

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee

Named an Environmental MVP


Law360, 2014


Chambers USA, 2004-2012


Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2012

Client Service All-Star Attorneys


BTI, 2008-2010

Exceptional legal counsel: energy litigation


Legal 500, 2009-2012


Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2013