Charles Conrad is a Director in the Litigation and Construction and Surety sections. Charles’ practice focuses on complex commercial disputes in the energy and construction industries, both onshore and offshore. Charles regularly assists owners, EPC contractors, as well as other contractors in potential and actual construction disputes involving petrochemical refineries, infrastructure, heavy industrial process facilities, offshore platform construction, and vessel construction. Charles also regularly litigates matters involving oil and gas, admiralty/maritime, transportation, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. Charles operates as a true business advisor to his clients, maintaining an intense work ethic combined with a creative approach to litigation. This approach has resulted in success for his clients when it comes to trial, oral arguments, motions, and negotiations.
Charles has been selected to the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Texas Super Lawyers lists, and he has also been previously selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star list for five consecutive years (2009-2013). This is an honor conferred upon only 2.5% of the total lawyers in Texas. He has also received an AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Texas Lawyer magazine also recognized Charles as “Litigator of the Week” in November of 2012. Charles continues to support his alma mater as a volunteer judge of mock trial and moot court competitions at South Texas College of Law.
- J.D., 2003, South Texas College of Law
- B.B.A., 2000, The University of Texas at Austin
- Texas, 2003
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow
- Houston Bar Foundation – Fellow
- Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
- American Bar Association (Litigation and Insurance sections)
- Houston Bar Association
- Claims & Litigation Management (“CLM”) Alliance – Member
Representative Matters (Trial)
- Counsel to an EPC contractor, who was contracted to provide consultancy services as part of an owner’s integrated project management team (engineering management, procurement and construction management) for on matters related to the modernization and upgrade to a large refinery in South America.
- The defense of an offshore construction dispute involving the horizontal drilling of multiple wells off of the coast of Louisiana. The claims were in excess of $12 million. Mr. Conrad’s client was dismissed via summary judgment, and it was subsequently awarded its defense costs.
- The defense of vessel construction claim in excess of $45 million in damages arising out of a fire to a jackup rig that occurred during the vessel’s modernization and upgrade project. On the first day of trial, Mr. Conrad’s client was granted summary judgment and was subsequently awarded all of its defense costs after appeal.
- The defense of a multi-million dollar breach contact claims by the owner by successfully establishing owner’s delay, impact and differing-site-condition claim by the general contractor and its subcontractor.
- The defense an environmental company in a multi-million dollar pipeline explosion case in East Texas. After a two-week jury trial, Mr. Conrad’s client received a unanimous 100% defense verdict.
- The defense of a wrongful death claim arising out of explosion that occurred during the construction of interstate pipeline. Mr. Conrad obtained a summary judgment dismissal for his client.
- The prosecution of property damage claim following a vessel-platform collision following Hurricane Rita. Mr. Conrad obtained a favorable settlement for his client.
- The defense of an intellectual property dispute alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, negligence, business disparagement, and conspiracy seeking over $15 million in damages. Mr. Conrad obtained dismissal for his for client.
- The defense of personal injury claim arising out of vessel capsizing off the coast of Trinidad. At the conclusion of trial, Mr. Conrad’s client received 100% defense verdict, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- A trial where Mr. Conrad’s client received a directed verdict during a jury trial as to the plaintiffs’ breach of contract claims arising out of hundreds of oil and gas wells located in Oklahoma.
- The prosecution of numerous claims arising out of oil and gas contracts.
- The prosecution of a tenant’s inverse condemnation claim. Mr. Conrad obtained a favorable settlement for his client.
- The successful defense of numerous claims under the Jones Act and the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Representative Matters (Appellate)
- G.T. Leach Builders, LLC v. Sapphire V.P., LP, 458 S.W.3d 502 (Tex. 2015)
- Energy XXI, GoM, LLC v. New Tech Eng’g, L.P., 787 F.Supp.2d 590 (S.D.Tex.2011)
- The Offshore Drilling Co. v. Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corp., 604 F.3d 221 (5th Cir. 2010)
- Dominguez v. Gulf Coast Marine & Assocs., 607 F.3d 1066 (5th Cir. 2010)