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Norman W. Peters, JR.

The Peters Law Firm, PLLC

4511 Yoakum, Suite 110
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 654-5806

E-mail: npeters@peters-law-firm.com


 

EXPERIENCE:

 

KASOWITZ, BENSON, TORRES & FRIEDMAN, L.L.P., Houston, Texas

Litigation Partner (January 2003 to February 2014)

Litigation Associate (July 2000 to January 2003)

 

Ten year partner in Houston office of New York-based national litigation firm handling disputes in Texas, New York, California, Illinois, Delaware and Louisiana. First chair responsibility and Houston partner in charge of mass toxic tort docket of premises and product defect based litigation. First and second chair trial responsibility in various commercial based litigation claims, energy sector related claims, securities law claims, contractual disputes, civil RICO claims and bankruptcy adversary claims.

 

Notable Recent Representations:

  • Defense of a nation-wide natural gas transportation, storage, gathering, processing and distribution company against ground water contamination claims arising from historical operations at a processing and distribution facility in West Texas.

  • Integral team member with second chair responsibility in the successful prosecution of a four-week trial alleging systematic and rampant failures by multiple contractors hired for the construction of a multi-state natural gas pipeline.

  • Representation of national bridge-financing company in connection with a default on a loan for the development and operation of hot-dip galvanizing facility in Robstown, Texas.

  • Successful defense of $7 million indemnity claim brought by an international oil field services company, obtaining summary judgment dismissing all claims, which decision was ultimately affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Defense of leading chemical manufacturer in an action by an employee of an independent contractor who claimed that he contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos while working at the client’s facility. Following extensive discovery, the court granted client’s summary judgment motion dismissing all claims.

  • Defense of a multi-national corporation in mesothelioma action, obtaining summary judgment dismissing all claims based on the defendant's lack of control over the manner, method and operative detail of the plaintiff’s work.  

  • Successful defense of employer in litigation by employee claiming breach of a purported employment contract and wrongful termination, obtaining summary judgment dismissing all claims against client, which judgment was affirmed on appeal.

  • Successful representation of insurance carrier in multi-million dollar claim for defense and indemnification coverage in which the policyholders asserted that a "sudden and accidental" exception to standard general commercial liability policy pollution exclusion did not apply to preclude coverage, which decision was upheld at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

DAVIS, ORETSKY & GUILFOYLE, Houston, Texas

Litigation Associate (December 1999 to July 2000)

First and second chair responsibilities for mass toxic tort, commercial and insurance defense docket.

DAVIS & SHANK, P.C., Houston, Texas

Litigation Associate (September 1996 to December 1999)

First and second chair responsibilities for mass toxic tort, commercial and insurance defense docket.

SOULES & WALLACE, P.C., Houston, Texas

Litigation Associate (March 1994 – September 1996)

Young associate responsible for much of the research, drafting and document review on insurance coverage matters and various tort and commercial disputes. 

 

 

EDUCATION:

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SCHOOL OF LAW

J.D., May 1993

 

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

B.A. in Finance, May 1989

 

 

ASSOCIATIONS/AFFILIATIONS:

State Bar of Texas

Fort Bend Bar Association

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

 

BAR ADMISSIONS:

1993, Texas

 

COURT ADMISSIONS:

  U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2012

  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2003

  U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1993
 
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1997

 

REPORTED DECISIONS:

    S. Union Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 581 F. Supp. 2d 120 (D. Mass. 2008)

    Smith Int'l, Inc. v. Egle Group LLC, 490 F.3d 380 (5th Cir. 2007)

    Smith Int'l, Inc. v. Egle Group, L.L.C., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6012 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 27, 2006)

   Mullenix v. Celanese, Ltd., 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 6358 (Tex. App. Corpus Christi Aug. 11, 2005)

    In re CNA Holdings, 102 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. App. Beaumont 2003)
    Guaranty National Insurance Co. v. Vic Manufacturing Co., 143 F. 3rd 192 (5th Cir. 1998)

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

    Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit, September 15, 2012: "Protection from Liabilities Due to Injuries to Independent Contractor," San Antonio.

 

    University of Houston CLE, 1998. "Ethical Consideration and Legal Malpractice Prevention in Family Law," Dallas, Texas

 

PUBLICATIONS:

    Liability and Independent Contractors, Texas Lawyer, June 25, 2012.

    Ethical Considerations and Legal Malpractice Prevention in Civil Litigation Under the New Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Discovery, January 1999.

    Recent Trends and Developments In Legal Malpractice, March 1998.

 

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