Brian Gillett is a member of the Litigation Practice in the Dallas office. Brian has experience handling complex commercial matters on both the plaintiff and defense sides at all stages of litigation in state and federal court and arbitration proceedings, from discovery through trial and appeal. His practice focuses on business and energy disputes, including claims for breach of contract, patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, and antitrust violations.

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    • Represented Canrig Drilling Technology, a subsidiary of Nabors Industries, as plaintiff in patent infringement suit against Trinidad Drilling over technology used in directional drilling.
    • Represented Canrig Drilling Technology, a subsidiary of Nabors Industries, as plaintiff in patent infringement suit against Helmerich & Payne and Omron Oilfield and Marine over technology used in directional drilling.
    • Represented Admiral A Holding, a portfolio company of KKR, as plaintiff against EXCO Operating alleging breach of participation agreement covering mineral interests in Zavala County, Texas.
    • Represented Apache Corporation as plaintiff in breach of contract suit against a major energy corporation arising out of preferential right in joint operating agreement.
    • Represented Clinical Pharmacology of Miami as defendant in patent infringement action by Enteris Biopharma arising out of pharmaceutical clinical trials.
    • Represented Equistar Chemicals, a subsidiary of LyondellBasell, in engineering malpractice suit against Amec Foster Wheeler arising out of expansion of chemical complex in Corpus Christi, Texas.
    • Represented Houston Refining, a subsidiary of LyondellBasell, as plaintiff against former employee Jonathan Barnes, Tsakos Energy Navigation, brokers, and related companies, alleging a kickback scheme relating to chartering oil tanker vessels.
    • Represented TPG Capital as defendant in antitrust class action alleging private equity firms conspired to fix prices of leveraged buyouts.
    • Represented KBR against ENI Holdings arising out of KBR’s acquisition of engineering, procurement, and construction company Roberts & Schaefer Co.
    • Represented alternative energy financing company as plaintiff in breach of contract suit against regulated utility arising out of termination of management services agreement.
    • Represented James Peterson, Jr., Rex-Tech International and related companies as defendants in suit by former employee alleging conversion of oilfield equipment.
    • Represented subsidiaries of Castex Energy, Inc., as defendant in fraud and fraudulent conveyance suit brought by the MC Asset Recovery, the successor to Mirant Corp., arising out of the sale of Louisiana mineral rights.
    • Represented Olympia Minerals and Olympia Minerals Leasing as plaintiff and counterclaim-defendant in suit against Aspect Resources, Aspect Energy, and Kerr-McGee, as successor to HS Resources, in connection with an agreement involving a 3D seismic data shoot of Louisiana mineral interests.

    Education

    • University of Texas, J.D., with highest honors, 2009
    • Texas A & M University, B.A., Spanish, summa cum laude, 2006
    • Texas A & M University, B.S., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2006

    Admissions

    • Texas

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Texas
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Texas
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Texas
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association

    Clerkships

    • Law Clerk, Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit

    Languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice; only 2.5% of lawyers in Texas receive this distinction
    • Phi Beta Kappa 
    • Finalist for Brown Foundation–Earl Rudder Outstanding Student Award
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