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Mason P. Hester

Associate

 

Address:

Houston, Texas

Phone: 713.651.0111

Fax: 713.651.0220

mhester@coatsrose.com

 
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Construction/Surety Law

Litigation

Commercial Litigation

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Mason P. Hester

In 2013, Mason was one of only three Texas attorneys elected by their peers to the statewide governing Council for the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section; he will serve on the Council until 2016. In 2014, Mason was also among the roughly 2.5 percent of all Texas attorneys named a “Texas Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers rating service.  He also previously served as statewide Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section. Mason graduated with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he excelled in courses in Construction Law and Construction Litigation. During law school, Mason was a Mock Trial semifinalist, Articles Editor for The Review of Litigation, recipient of a Texas Law Fellowship, and was elected a Permanent Class Representative for the Class of 2006.

Mason obtained his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with Special Honors in History and Liberal Arts Honors, was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant, was President of the History Honors Society, and was one of a select group of students to receive recognition for outstanding achievement by the university’s French and Italian Department. In addition to being very active in the legal community, Mason is also involved in various civic activities, including Race for the Cure and providing pro bono legal services to Texas veterans.

Practice Emphasis

Mason’s practice focuses on construction-related legal matters such as construction litigation, arbitration and transactions. He has represented design professionals, owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sub-contractors/suppliers in a variety of construction transactions and disputes.

Education

  • University of Texas (B.A., with honors in History and Liberal Arts, 2000)
  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006)

Admitted

  • 2006, Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Southern Districts of Texas

Affiliations

  • North Chamber Leadership Lab Alumni Association (Former Board of Directors)
  • State Bar of Texas (Governing Council for the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas (Insurance Law Section)
  • Associated General Contractors

Representative Experience

  • Won fraud judgment and over half of a million dollars in net payment to client as first chair in trial for case related to university construction project
  • Drafted and negotiated $6 million prime contract for federal building construction project
  • Drafted and negotiated $2 million prime contract for exterior renovation of downtown sky rise
  • Won $100,000 contested summary judgment on behalf of subcontractor in payment dispute

Publications

  • “Out of Bounds: The Dallas Cowboy Practice Facility Collapse and the Implied Covenant to Build to Code, Construction Law Section of The State Bar of Texas, 25th Annual Construction Law Conference, March 2, 2012.
  • Construction Industry – 2011 Legislative Update, July 19, 2011.
  • “Proceed with Caution: Liability for Invalid Liens” (co-author with Brian Gaudet), Construction Law Section of The State Bar of Texas, 24th Annual Construction Law Conference, March 2011.
  • “Recent Developments in Texas Construction Law” (co-author with Kyle Gooch, Andrea Hight, and Rick Reed), Texas Associated General Contractors, June 14, 2010
  • “Bankruptcy Law’s Affect on Your Lien Rights: Who can you ‘trust’?” Associated Builders and Contractors, Texas Statewide Chapter, Merit Shop Journal, May 2008.
  • “The Statute of Repose: 10 Years May Not Be What it Used to Be,” Associated Builders and Contractors, Houston Chapter, Build Houston, April/May 2008.
  • “SB 9: Fingerprints, Photographs, Background Checks, Oh My!,” Associated Builders and Contractors, Houston Chapter, Build Houston, February/March 2008.
  • “Causes of Action for a Construction Defect Claim in 2008,” Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 21st Annual Construction Law Conference, February 2008.
  • “Pay-if-not-Paid: Understanding the New Contingent Payment Law,” Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, September 2007.
  • “Not so Fast: That Indemnity Agreement Might Not be Enforceable,” American Subcontractor’s Association, Houston Chapter, Subscript, Spring 2007.
  • “The New Frontier: Electronic Discovery in Construction Cases,” Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 20th Annual Construction Law Conference, March 2007.
  • “Non-traditional Uses of the Constitutional Lien,” Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, January 2007.

Speeches

  • “Out of Bounds: the Dallas Cowboys practice facility collapse and a builder’s implied covenant to build to code”, presented to Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section, July 2011 and the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, March 2012
  • “Pay-if-not-Paid? Understanding the crucial, and confusing, Texas pay-if-paid law,” presented to the Associated General Contractors, San Antonio chapter, October 12, 2011.
  • “Texas Mechanics Liens and Bond Claims” presented to University of Texas at San Antonio School of Architecture, March, 2011.
  • “How Can Architectural and Construction Law Affect My Practice?,” Young Architects Forum, AIA San Antonio, April 15, 2010.
  • “The Fraudulent Lien Law: Where are we now?”, San Antonio Bar Association Construction Law Section, June 9, 2010
  • “The Subcontract: With Emphasis on Key Clauses from the General Contractor’s and Subcontractor’s Perspectives,” Texas State Bar Construction Law Section Basic Course in Construction Law Conference (Austin), October 22, 2009.
  • “Introduction to ConsensusDocs and Comparison to AIA forms on key issues,” presented to the South Texas chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors Building Communities Conference (South Padre Island), September 25, 2009.
  • “Introduction to ConsensusDocs and Comparison to AIA forms on key issues,” presented to the San Antonio Young Constructors Forum, April 9, 2009.
  • “Causes of Action for a Construction Defect Claim: What Owners and General Contractors Can and Can’t Do (and Why),” interactive webcast presented on behalf of the Texas State Bar Construction Law Section, January 21, 2009.
  • “Comparison of ConsensusDocs and AIA Forms on Key Issues – Delays, Changes, and Change Management,” presented to the San Antonio chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors, November 12, 2008.
  • “Comparison of ConsensusDocs and AIA Forms on Key Issues – Liability Risk Transfer: Consequential & Liquidated Damages, Limitations of Liability, Indemnity, and Insurance,” presented to the San Antonio chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors, October 8, 2008.