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Andrew W. Zeve
Andrew Zeve co-chairs the firm’s Energy Litigation Group and maintains a diverse trial practice. In addition to his energy litigation practice, Andrew represents and counsels clients in a variety of litigation areas, including intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. He represents a range of international to Fortune 500 clients from industries including: energy, construction, commercial real estate, and oilfield services and equipment manufacturers. He works closely with in-house teams to manage cases from initial filing to final judgment. Andrew has jury trial, bench trial, and arbitration experience in state and federal courts across the country and has experience conducting Markman hearings and disputes before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
During law school, Mr. Zeve served as an intern to the Honorable David Hittner in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas.
Trex Properties v. Triple Crown Energy and BCF Minerals. Successfully represented Triple Crown Energy and BCF Minerals as first chair in the jury trial in Tulsa, Oklahoma involving a dispute with a land services broker over commissions related to several large mineral rights and leasehold acquisition projects. The plaintiff sought over $2 million in connection with various contract and tort claims. After a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict denying the plaintiff any commissions and rejecting all tort claims.
Representing a subsidiary of a large Italian conglomerate in a dispute relating to the construction of a large petrochemical plant. The dispute includes claims made by and against the owner of the plant, the general contractor, several subcontractors, and multiple materialmen.
Successfully represented Juno Energy as first chair in the trial of an eight-figure title dispute involving oil and gas properties in west Texas. On the second day of trial, Bracewell secured a settlement with one party but continued the trial against the other remaining party. After a week-long bench trial, the judge ruled immediately after closing arguments that Juno had title to the property.
Chart Energy & Chemical v. SME Associates. Represented the manufacturer of brazed aluminum heat exchangers in a breach of contract and trade secret dispute involving technology used in cryogenic plants. The case favorably settled in mediation one month before trial.
Key Energy Services v. CC Forbes and Petron Industries. Represented the plaintiff in a patent infringement suit related to the monitoring of workover services. Key sought both economic damages and a permanent injunction against the defendants. A favorable settlement was reached for our client after three days of trial and Forbes ceased its infringing activities in Mexico immediately.
S&B Engineers & Constructors v. PL Propylene. Represented the owner of a large petrochemical plant in an arbitration dispute with the EPC contractor regarding warranty claims raised by the owner and delay claims made by the EPC contractor. A favorable settlement was reached in mediation just two weeks before arbitration.
Cooper Cameron Corporation v. Vetco Gray Inc., 2009 WL 838177 (Tex. App.— Houston [14th Dist.] 2009). Represented Vetco Gray Inc. as lead associate winning multiple summary judgments establishing the validity of a reduced royalty rate license. Vetco prevailed in arbitration at the district court level and on appeal.
Key Exploration v. Charger Oil & Gas. Represented an oilfield operator in a dispute with the joint operator in a gas field in East Texas. After a three-day arbitration, our client prevailed on its claims and defeated the claims asserted by the joint-operator.
Ginardi v. Kinder Morgan Treating. Represented Kinder Morgan in a series of class action disputes related to Kinder Morgan's operation of treating facilities in natural gas compressor stations. After defeating class certification, all cases were settled.
VAE Nortrak North America Inc. v. Progress Rail Services Corporation, 459 F. Supp. 2d 1142 (N.D. Al. 2006). Represented Progress Rail as lead associate and was granted summary judgment dismissing patent infringement claims.
Duke Energy International, et al. v. Belyea Company, et al. Defended Belyea Company as lead associate in a suit over the sale of a coal-powered cogeneration power plant located in North Carolina that was to be disassembled and moved to Guatemala. Settled favorably in mediation.
Key Energy Services, Inc. v. Joseph Eustace, 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 2970 (Tex. App.— Eastland 2009). Represented Key Energy Services as lead associate in a dispute with a former employee regarding stock options.
PrintGuard, Inc. v. Anti-Marking Systems, Inc., 535 F. Supp. 2d 189 (D. Mass. 2008). Represented Anti-Marking Systems, Inc. in this patent infringement dispute and defeated the plaintiff's attempt to obtain a preliminary injunction as lead associate.
PL Propylene v. Lampson International. Represented the owner of a large petrochemical plant in an arbitration dispute with a subcontractor regarding delay and cost claims under a lump sum contract. The case was resolved favorably in mediation.
PL Propylene v. KNM Process Systems. Represented the owner of a large petrochemical plant in a dispute with the manufacturer of certain critical equipment. PL Propylene alleged the equipment was not completed on time and had substantial defects, while the manufacturer made claims for excusable delay
Florence Harvey et al. v. Forge USA and Mosaic Fertilizer, L.L.C., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42913 (E.D. La. 2008). Represented Forge USA as the lead attorney on the case and got the company dismissed from a class action lawsuit relating to a plant explosion.
Summage v. CIT Group/Consumer Finance, et al., Cause No. D170714, 136th Judicial District of Jefferson County, Texas (2006). Represented CIT Group as the lead attorney on the case in a bench trial which resulted in all of Plaintiff's claims being dismissed and granting all relief sought by CIT Group. The trial court's decision was upheld on appeal at Summage v. CIT Group/Consumer Finance, et al., 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 3375 (Tex. App. - Beaumont 2006, no pet).
Finger Furniture Co. v. Mattress Firm Inc., 75 U.S.P.Q.2d 1848 (S.D. Tex 2005). Represented the Mattress Firm as lead associate and prevailed on a motion to dismiss all trademark infringement claims.
Baker Atlas v. Cheruvather, No. 2004-14485, 133rd Judicial District of Harris County, Texas. Represented Baker Atlas as the lead attorney on the case in bench trial resulting in judgment granting Baker Atlas all relief requested.
Onyx Industrial Services Inc. v. Cogen Cleaning Technology, No. H-02-2360, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (2004). Represented Onyx Industrial Services Inc. as lead associate and won summary judgment dismissing 12 counterclaims asserted against Onyx.
Publications and Speeches
"From Classroom to Courtroom; Practical Tips to Help Prepare Associates for Their First Trial," Texas Lawyer, October 1, 2016
J.D., Order of the Coif, The University of Texas School of Law, 2003
B.S., Industrial Engineering, magna cum laude, Texas A&M University, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Foundation
Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2010, 2013-2016
Associate Editor, Texas Law Review