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Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Stephen C Dillard

Work 713-651-5507
Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Mass Torts/Products


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

The products, pharma, medical and mass tort department at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is led by Steven Jansma in San Antonio. The team regularly represents companies from the energy, mining, manufacturing and transportation industries in claims arising from natural disasters, industrial accidents and environmental contamination. Led by Stephen Dillard and Jessica Farley, the team recently obtained partial summary judgment for Chevron Phillips Chemical in an MDL involving claims that groundwater was contaminated by underground storage tanks, which allegedly leaked gasoline containing methyl tertiary-butyl-ether (MTBE). In other work, Mark Baker continues to represent Vicanay Cadenas against claims brought by Petrobras, a Brazilian energy corporation, alleging that a tether chain manufactured by Vicanay broke and caused $350m in damages to a production site in the Gulf of Mexico. Brett Young is another key figure; all named partners are based in Houston, unless otherwise noted.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

An ‘outstanding level of service’ and ‘good value for money’ are characteristics of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s oil and gas litigation practice. Under the leadership of the renowned William Wood, the team covers upstream, midstream, downstream and oilfield services disputes for clients such as Chevron, BP America and ExxonMobile. Combining its litigation and regulatory strengths, the group is assisting Energy Transfer Partners with contentious matters as well as federal, state and tribal permitting proceedings regarding the planned construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; Denver-based Bob Comer is the key advisor. In other work, Stephen Dillard is representing Cabot Oil & Gas in a dispute regarding the alleged groundwater contamination from oil and gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania. Daniel McClure is noted for ‘his experience and success in defending class action royalty lawsuits’. Jeremy Mercer and Amy Barrette left for Blank Rome LLP.

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