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About Warren

Warren Harris chairs the firm's appellate practice group. He handles high-stakes appeals in Texas and across the country. He has handled hundreds of appeals, primarily handling cases that were originally tried by other law firms. He also serves as appellate counsel in major trials to provide strategic advice, preserve of error, argue jury charges, and handle post-verdict motions.

Warren is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is the recipient of the 2017 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. He is President-elect of the Houston Bar Association. He is past President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and past Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation Fellows. Warren is also past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, and the IADC Appellate Practice Committee. He is a frequent lecturer at legal education seminars.

Warren served as an adjunct professor in appellate advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center and served as a briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas. He has been appointed by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline as special assistant appellate disciplinary counsel in attorney discipline proceedings. He has also represented the United States as an Appellate Special Prosecutor.

Respected for being 'very active in the Bar' and a 'good oral advocate,' Harris is held in 'high regard' by the Texas litigation market.
Chambers USA, 2017

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Bixby v. KBR, Inc., 603 F. App'x 605 (9th Cir. 2015) — Prevailed on appeal from an $80 million judgment against KBR arising out of claims alleging exposure to sodium dichromate by 150-plus National Guardsmen at a water-treatment facility in Iraq. The Ninth Circuit resolved the case in KBR’s favor just a week after oral argument, reversing the judgment in its entirety based on lack of personal jurisdiction.

Phillips v. Carlton Energy Grp., LLC, 475 S.W.3d 265 (Tex. 2015) — Successfully defended on appeal a judgment in favor of Carlton Energy Group in a dispute involving breach of, and tortious interference with, contracts regarding a gas lease. The trial court signed a judgment of approximately $50 million in Carlton Energy Group’s favor, which the Supreme Court of Texas ultimately affirmed. The case is pending on remand in the court of appeals.

Forest Oil Corp. v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Co., 446 S.W.3d 58 (Tex. App. — Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, pet. granted) — Successfully defended the confirmation of an arbitration award of more than $27 million arising out of environmental contamination claims. The case is pending in the Supreme Court of Texas.

Elizondo v. The Krist Law Firm, 415 S.W.3d 259 (Tex. 2013) — Prevailed on appeal, including in the Supreme Court of Texas, in defending the dismissal of a significant legal malpractice case.

Indemnity Ins. Co. of N.A. v. W&T Offshore, Inc., 756 F.3d 347 (5th Cir. 2014) — Obtained reversal of a district court’s dismissal of claims brought by W&T Offshore against its excess insurers over damages arising out of Hurricane Ike.

Hourani v. Mirtchev, 796 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2015) — Prevailed on appeal in defending the dismissal of RICO claims alleging extortion and money laundering against Bracewell’s clients. The case addressed significant issues about the application and extraterritorial effect of RICO and the scope of the act-of-state doctrine.

Excess Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v. Frank's Casing Crew & Rental Tools, Inc., 246 S.W.3d 42 (Tex. 2008) — Represented insured in a dispute where the insurer sought reimbursement of a $7 million settlement payment, arguing the case twice in the Texas Supreme Court.

Franks Investment Co. LLC v. Union Pacific R.R., 593 F.3d 404 (5th Cir. 2010) — Retained by landowner after adverse panel decision in dispute with railroad involving federal preemption issues and convinced the Fifth Circuit to grant the case en banc and reverse the panel decision.

Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp Advisors, Inc. v. Fielding, 289 S.W.3d 844 (Tex. 2009) — Represented accounting firm in the Texas Supreme Court in significant covenant not to compete case, convincing the Court to grant review and change law in reversing court of appeals.

In re Cypress Texas Lloyds, 419 S.W.3d 443 (Tex. App. — Beaumont 2012, mand. denied) — Represented insurer in over 100 Hurricane Ike cases and successfully obtained mandamus relief in multiple courts.

Miga v. Jensen, 299 S.W.3d 98 (Tex. 2009) — Successfully represented individual in $23 million restitution case in the Texas Supreme Court.

Gulf Restoration Network v. U.S. Dept. of Transp., 452 F. 3d 362 (5th Cir. 2006) — Represented energy company in an appeal, successfully defending against challenge of a license for a $700 million offshore project.

Ibarra v. Harris County, 338 Fed. Appx. 457 (5th Cir. 2009) — Represented attorney in an appeal to the Fifth Circuit from contempt proceedings arising out of a high-profile case involving elected district attorney, and successfully setting aside all contempt and sanctions findings.

Pasadena Refining Sys., Inc. v. McCraven, 2012 WL 1693697 (Tex. App. — Houston [14th Dist.] May 15, 2012, pet. dism'd) — Represented plaintiff in premises liability case appeal upholding $5 million judgment in only second case to be affirmed on this type of claim.

Cameron Int'l Corp. v. Vetco Gray Inc., 2009 WL 838177 (Tex. App. — Houston [14th Dist.] 2009, pet. denied) — Represented oil field supply company in dispute over license agreement successfully defending $60 million judgment on appeal.

United States of America v. Hill, 420 Fed. Appx. 407 (5th Cir. 2011) — Represented government in an appeal to the Fifth Circuit from criminal contempt proceedings arising out of a high-profile bribery case involving elected official successfully upholding all contempt findings.

Publications and Speeches

“Considerations When Drafting Rule 11 and Settlement Agreements,” The Advocate, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, at 33, Spring 2017.

“Appellate Law,” 80 Texas Bar Journal 21, 2017.

“Winning Strategies for Petitioners and Respondents in the Texas Supreme Court,” Appellate Practice Section, Houston Bar Association, 2017.

“Lesson Plan: A new judicial civics project takes off.” 79 Texas Bar Journal  442, 2016.

“Appellate Law,” 79 Texas Bar Journal 27, 2016.

Preface to Taming Texas: How Law and Order Came to the Lone Star State, 2016.

“Chiefs’ Forum: The Past, Present, and Future of the Supreme Court of Texas,” American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2016.

“Texas Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit Update,” State Bar of Texas, Annual Meeting, 2016.

“Appellate Law,” 78 Texas Bar Journal 28, 2015.

“New Program to Celebrate Twentieth Anniversary of HBA Mentoring,” The Houston Lawyer, at 32, Nov.-Dec. 2015.

“Challenges & Successes as Chief Justice,” History of Texas and Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and State Bar of Texas, 2015.

“Petitioner’s and Respondent’s Best Strategies,” Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court, State Bar of Texas, 2015.

“Legal Malpractice Damages,” 7th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, 2015.

“The New Texas Supreme Court Justices’ Perspectives from the Bench,” Appellate Practice Section, Houston Bar Association, 2014.

“Jury Charge Practice in Personal Injury Cases,” 30th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2014.

"Federal Jury Charge Practice: A Guide to Handling Jury Charges in Federal Courts," The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, at 560, Summer 2013.

"Court Historian," 76 Texas Bar Journal 4312013.

“Mandamus Trends,” 27th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013.

 

Credentials

Education

University of Houston Law Center,
J.D.
1988
cum laude
University of Houston,
B.B.A.
1985

Bar Admissions

Texas

Certifications

Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Affiliations

Houston Bar Association
President-elect, 2017 - 2018; Appellate Practice Section, Chair, 1998 - 1999; The Houston Lawyer, Editor-in-Chief, 1991 - 1992
Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
President, 2012 - 2013
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
Chair, 2012 - 2013
Texas Bar Foundation
Fellows Chair, 2010 - 2011
University of Houston Law Alumni Association
President, 2009 - 2011
State Bar of Texas
Appellate Section, Chair, 2005 - 2006; Texas Bar Journal, Editorial Board Chair, 2002 - 2006
International Association of Defense Counsel
Appellate Practice Committee, Chair, 2003 - 2009
American Bar Association
Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Chair, 2000 - 2001
Houston Young Lawyers Association
President, 1999 - 2000

News

News

The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

August 15, 2016
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Laura Gibson to serve as Houston Bar Association President

June 10, 2015
Houston Community Newspapers - Online

Legal Malpractice Damages

February 18, 2015
Damages in Civil Litigation

Mandamus Trends

September 20, 2013
State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course

Texas Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Thirty-Nine Bracewell Attorneys

August 19, 2013
Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Texas Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes Thirty-One Bracewell Attorneys

September 10, 2012
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

August 23, 2012
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Benoit named Houston Bar Association president

June 5, 2012
Houston Business Journal Online

Bar association has new president

June 28, 2010
Houston Chronicle Online/chron.com

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Fellow
Texas Bar Foundation
Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award, 2017
Chambers USA
Texas Litigation: Appellate, 2006 - 2017
The Legal 500 United States
Dispute Resolution - Appellate: Court of Appeals, 2016-2017; Litigation: Supreme Court and Appellate, 2014 - 2015
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Appellate Practice, 2007 - 2018; Houston Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, 2014
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2003 - 2017
Thomson Reuters
Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers
2006, 2008 - 2016
Internet Brands, Inc.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Houston Bar Association President’s Award
2016, 2010, 2007, 1994
State Bar of Texas
Gene Cavin Award (Excellence in Continuing Legal Education), 2014
Texas Bar Foundation
Warren W. Harris Outstanding Nominating Chair Award, 2014
University of Houston Law Alumni Association
Alumnus of the Year, 2007

Events

Past Events

Harris to Present at Austin TexasBarCLE Event

Austin
April 27, 2017
April 28, 2017

30th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course

Houston
August 27, 2014
August 29, 2014

Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course 2012

Austin
September 5, 2012
September 6, 2012