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Phillip Sampson is a member of the firm's management committee and co-chair of the firm's construction litigation practice group. He has experience trying cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels. He has also successfully handled a number of appeals at the state and federal level. Phillip represents clients and tries cases involving a diverse range of industries and matters, with a focus on complex commercial litigation, personal injury, and mass tort. He has prosecuted and defended cases involving complex contract and payment issues, fraud, construction defects, products liability, consumer protection statutes, personal injury, real estate and landlord/tenant issues, trade secret and intellectual property rights, securities fraud, defamation, employment claims and insurance claims.

Phillip is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has twice been recognized in VerdictSearch's "Top Texas Verdicts" (2009 and 2010) for jury verdicts he obtained involving fraud and breach of contract.  He was named the Texas “Litigator of the Week” by the Texas Lawyer in October 2015 for his defense victory in a $25 million commercial dispute. Phillip has also been recognized in Legal 500 US (2011-2016) and Chambers USA (2013-2014).

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Construction product manufacturer — represented metal building components manufacturer as defendant in state court jury trial involving fraud, deceptive trade practices act violations, warranty, and breach of contract. Obtained defense verdict for client

Chemical plant owner — represented in multi-million dollar construction defect and payment dispute

Construction product manufacturer — represented siding materials manufacturer as defendant in state court jury trial involving deceptive trade practices act violations, warranty, and breach of contract. Case settled just prior to jury returning a defense verdict for client

Individual plaintiff — represented yacht owner as plaintiff in state court jury trial involving product defect, fraud, deceptive trade practices act violations, warranty, and breach of contract. Obtained verdict for client, including findings of fraud, Texas DTPA violations, and knowing and intentional conduct under the DTPA

Storage and transportation company — represented a worldwide operator of tank storage terminals as plaintiff in multi-million dollar litigation against a competitor involving breach of contract and railroad access issues. Obtained numerous temporary injunctions for client. Case settled favorably on the eve of trial.

Steel company — represented as plaintiff in state court jury trial involving breach of contract, negligence, and gross negligence. Obtained verdict for client on all claims, including punitive damages against the defendant.

Individual plaintiff — represented widow and children of deceased in state court wrongful death jury trial. Case settled favorably just before closing arguments.

Steel company — represented in federal court jury trial involving defective computer software. Case settled favorably early in trial.

Banking industry client — represented as defendant in state court bench trial involving an alleged pretended sale. Obtained judgment in favor of client.

Trust company — represented as defendant in state court jury trial involving contract and fiduciary duty claims. Case settled favorably before closing arguments.

Banking industry client — represented as defendant in two state court jury trials involving defalcation claims. Both cases settled favorably during trial.

Steel company — represented in arbitration involving payment disputes over defective products

Consumer product manufacturer — represented in various matters involving distribution issues, misappropriation of trade secrets, construction defect claims, and trademark issues

Commercial contractors — represented in arbitrations and litigation involving construction defect claims

Commercial owners — represented numerous owners in arbitrations and litigation involving construction defect claims

Publications and Speeches

“Do Contractors Have Blanket Indemnity?” Law360, August 15, 2016

“Effectively Managing Product Issues,” IndustryWeek Magazine, June 2015.

Credentials

Education

South Texas College of Law Houston,
J.D.
1993
with honors
Washington and Lee University,
Bachelor of Arts
1990
with honors

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Foundation
Houston Bar Association
Litigation Section

News

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers USA
Construction, 2013 - 2014
The Legal 500 United States
Real Estate and Construction, 2016; Construction, 2011 - 2015
ALM Media Properties, LLC
VerdictSearch
Top Texas Verdicts, 2009 - 2010
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2017
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2004, 2006 - 2007
Internet Brands, Inc.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Member