For more than 20 years, Bryan Dumesnil has provided his clients with the intense dedication needed when facing complex litigation challenges. In doing so, he has focused his practice on three primary areas: commercial litigation, financial institutions litigation and contingent fee litigation.
Bryan, chair of the firm's financial institutions litigation practice group, represents commercial clients in diverse civil litigation matters, including contractual disputes, business torts, and energy-related litigation. He also represents financial institutions and financial services industry clients in complex litigation matters such as consumer class actions, priority disputes, syndication and participation agreements, Ponzi scheme and investment fraud claims, and traditional lender liability claims. Finally, Bryan represents commercial and individual clients as plaintiffs on a contingency basis, including the representation of litigation and liquidation trustees in adversary claims against former officers and directors of companies that have filed for bankruptcy protection.
In addition to his client responsibilities, Bryan serves as the co-hiring partner of the firm’s summer associate recruiting program in Houston, and as a member of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Recent Notable Matters
Southern Copper Corporation — defending client and certain members of its board of directors in shareholder derivative class action complaint asserting alleged breach of contract and alleged breach of fiduciary duties
Compañia Mexicana de Taxis Aereos, S.A. de C.V. — commercial arbitration proceeding administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution
ASARCO LLC — Sterlite agreed to buy ASARCO’s assets out of bankruptcy and reneged. The case went to trial where it was established that Sterlite had breached, and a $132.75 million damage award was obtained.
Confidential client — represented a company’s former president as a plaintiff on a contingent basis in prosecuting claims against company and its chief executive; dispute involved millions of dollars of claims and was decided in arbitration
Huntsman Corporation — plaintiff against its former insurance broker, Marsh, alleging federal antitrust and RICO claims and state law claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
ASARCO LLC — Prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of ASARCO in a dispute over whether a Bankruptcy Code provision authorized Baker Botts LLP to recover legal fees that it incurred in litigating against ASARCO over its bankruptcy fees. Bracewell’s appellate attorneys briefed and argued the case in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in ASARCO’s favor and resolved a significant legal issue that applies in every bankruptcy in the country.
Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars America, Inc. — defended against breach of contract claim concerning the manufacture and delivery of steel-line pipe
Banorte-Ixe Securities International, Ltd. — defending client against competing claims by dual account holders
Publications and Speeches
“New CFPB Rules Threaten More Consumer Class Actions Against Financial Institutions,” Westlaw Journal, July 26, 2016.
“That’s Repugnant – Additional Insured Endorsements and Priority of Coverage,” 24th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar, February 20, 2016.