Brian R. Gaudet

Of Counsel



Houston, Texas

Phone: 713.653.5761

Fax: 713.890.3967

Practice Areas:

Construction/Surety Law


Oil & Gas


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Brian R. Gaudet

Brian is Of Counsel in the Construction/Surety and Litigation sections of Coats Rose.
Prior to joining the firm  he served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Richard
H. Edelman and the Honorable Charles W. Seymore of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals
in Houston.

At South Texas College of Law, Brian received numerous awards including the Phi Delta
Phi Highest Grade Award in Payment Systems and Civil Procedure, Ferguson Camp
Poll Award for Outstanding Legal Writing, Nobles & Wade Award and Professor Barber
Awards for Distinguished Service. He was also inducted into the Order of the Lytae
and Phi Delta Phi. Brian served as an Assistant Articles Editor for the South Texas Law
Review, and was the Managing Student Editor for the first two issues of the State Bar of
Texas, Construction Law Section’s Construction Law Journal.

Brian has authored and co-authored several articles on a variety of current topics
concerning the construction industry. He routinely lectures and speaks at seminars to
industry, Bar Associations, university classes, and client groups concerning varying
topics, including suretyship, lien laws, fraudulent liens and claims, construction contract
provisions, dispute resolution, bankruptcy issues, electronic discovery, social media,
legislative changes, and project delivery methods.

Brian was named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010-2014.

Practice Emphasis

Brian’s practice focuses on representing public and private owners, sureties, general
contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all phases of the construction cycle from
contract document preparation and review to investigation and resolution of contract
and subcontract defaults. He is at the forefront of current construction industry trends
recently working with multiple public owners to develop, draft, and negotiate Energy
Savings Performance Contracts.

Mediation Training

  • South Texas College of Law – Center for Legal Responsibility
  • Qualified Impartial Third Party under Texas law

Legislative Assignment

  • Former member of the Texas Residential Construction Commission, Arbitration Task Force


  • South Texas College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2004)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (B.A., 1997)


  • 2004, Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western districts of Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • American Bar Association (Tort & Insurance Practice and Construction Law Sections)
  • Liaison to the American Institute of Architects providing comments on their proposed 2014 document revisions
  • State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section)
  • Houston Bar Association (Construction Law Section)