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Robb, Edmund W.
Edmund W. Robb
Senior Counsel
P: +1.713.221.1237
F: +1.800.404.3970

Terri Franco


Mr. Robb focuses on commercial disputes arising in the energy industry, and he has experience prosecuting and defending complex commercial litigation, oil and gas disputes, energy agreements, environmental and regulatory matters, and securities claims.  Mr. Robb works closely with in-house teams to manage and prepare cases at all stages, from initial investigation to final judgment.  He has represented clients in state court, federal courts and in arbitration, and he has conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of corporations, boards, and board committees.  Mr. Robb also has experience handling probate, product liability, and constitutional cases.

Representative Matters

Energy Litigation
Lead associate for plaintiff private equity firm in case alleging more than $100 million in damages arising from the purchase and sale of a natural gas storage business; the case settled at the end of discovery on favorable terms for client.

Lead associate defending multinational company from approximately $750 million of contractual claims related to a Production Handling Agreement, Spar Operating Agreement, and other contracts related to offshore production.

Lead associate currently defending oil and gas company against claims brought by lessors seeking to avoid mineral leases in the Eagleford Shale.

Represent shippers in disputes involving allegations of force majeure based on accidents, lack of supply and service interruptions.

Business & Securities Litigation
Lead associate defending financial services company from claims arising under the securities laws, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and the common law stemming from failure of investment fund during the recession.

Lead asspcoate defending a regional waste collection company resolve shareholder claims that the company's president had breached his fiduciary duties and that the corporation should be dissolved.

Helped defend a large hospital in a certificate of need challenge where a union asked the Department of Health to impose price controls as a condition of expansion; the case was dismissed by the trial court, and the union ultimately dropped the appeal.

Helped directors and officers of an alternative energy startup corporation resolve several investor lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Helped defend a large pharmaceutical company against a shareholder class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with a proposed merger.

Assisted the board of directors of a publicly traded corporation in an internal investigation into
allegations of accounting improprieties.

Assisted an international industrial corporation in a Federal Grand Jury investigation of alleged
violations of the Clean Water Act at a local facility.

Assisted a regional bank with a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena seeking information about a customer’s alleged ponzi scheme.

Environmental Litigation
Helped a now-defunct wood treatment company and current land owners successfully recover funds from a railroad company to remediate contaminated property on the Puget Sound.

Helped defend the owner of a Montana mine against a government enforcement action brought under CERCLA.

Assisted a group of small cities with a successful challenge to the Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Assisted a dairy industry group with a successful challenge to the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation General Permit issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology.


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2000

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington


American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association


Thomson Reuters, Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics, 2009-2010
Demaray Scholar