Coleman B. Conkling
University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Biology, 2005
The University of Houston Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2010
Cole is a trial attorney in the firm’s Houston office. His practice focuses on a wide variety of commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout Texas and the United States. Cole has significant experience representing clients in the energy and life insurance sectors. He has litigated a multitude of business disputes including breach of contract, declaratory judgment, negligence, tortious interference, fraud, breach of warranty, royalty underpayment, insurance, antitrust violations, and securities cases. Cole also has experience in arbitration, including international arbitration. Cole has represented clients in court hearings, depositions, and mediations. He has assisted and counseled clients through virtually all phases of commercial litigation, from pre-suit matters to appeal. Cole has also participated in several large, multi-week trials in both state court and arbitration.
Cole holds a Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston Law Center. He prosecuted misdemeanor cases for the City of Houston as a part of the volunteer prosecutors program. Cole is a Co-Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Law Week Committee, is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and has an active pro-bono practice, having successfully represented clients seeking guardianship over their incapacitated spouses and adult children. Prior to joining the firm, Cole was a litigation associate in the Houston office of Andrews Kurth LLP for over five years, where he routinely litigated cases involving large, multi-national corporations in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations. Cole received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2010. During law school, Cole served as the energy editor for the Houston Journal of International Law and was a member of the Order of the Barons.
When away from the office, Cole enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters exploring Houston and traveling. Cole likes watching and attending football, baseball and basketball games (especially the Longhorns, Texans, Rockets, and Astros), running, and has recently taken up the sport of road cycling.
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Currently representing retail energy supplier in multiple putative class action suits alleging that supplier overcharged customers for electricity and natural gas.
Currently defending oilfield parts supplier in lawsuit where plaintiffs claim personal injuries resulting from an allegedly defective part sold by supplier.
Currently defending life insurance company in putative class action suit against claims that insurer owes plaintiffs and putative class members additional interest on death benefits.
Currently defending industrial services company in arbitration against claims of alleged negligence by company during repair of an industrial generator.
Currently representing construction company and its principals in dispute with former employer against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference as well as prosecuting company’s breach of contract counterclaim.
Currently defending demolition company against claims of negligence brought by construction worker who suffered personal injuries at a construction site.
Currently representing software company against breach of contract claims brought by municipality regarding contract to provide municipality with new emergency services software system.
Represented exploration and production company against claims that client breached obligations to co-working interest owners regarding expiring leases in the Texas Panhandle. Plaintiffs have claimed damages in excess of $500 million.
Assisted in the representation of an exploration and production company against claims asserted by T. Boone Pickens’s company, Mesa Petroleum, that client cut Mesa out of AMI agreement regarding Permian Basin acreage.
Represented client tenant/owner of a shopping mall in a real estate dispute. Case resolved favorably for client at the trial court level and representation is continuing through appeal.
Represented oil field service company in a dispute with its telecommunications vendor regarding alleged extension of a service contract. After consulting with client and opposing party, the case was settled before formal litigation on every term demanded by client.
Assisted in the representation of a major international oil and gas exploration company in an international arbitration and related litigation with an offshore drilling rig contractor and assignor regarding the termination of a rig sharing/assignment agreement for an offshore drilling rig and associated drilling services in Libya.
Assisted in the representation of a scrap metal dealer in a dispute involving a stolen drilling rig. Case settled on favorable terms for the client.
Represented an energy service company in a dispute involving claims for breach of contract and negligence.
Assisted in representing largest independent steel plate distributor in the United States in federal antitrust suit. Client was a non-party for whom plaintiff sought discovery of vast amounts of sensitive financial and commercial data. Successfully moved to quash plaintiff’s subpoena.
Assisted in representing a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company in a multi-million dollar natural gas contract dispute which involved claims of fraud and tortious interference. After a six-week jury trial, a favorable verdict was returned for the client.
Represented publicly traded drilling company in a dispute in which a vendor fraudulently billed client for services it did not provide. After joining other necessary defendants to the lawsuit and prosecuting claims against the vendor for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation, the case was settled on favorable terms for the client.