Following are just a few examples of Mr. Thomas’ work for clients:
J.P. Morgan Chase – The worldwide financial services provider brought
in Mr. Thomas to handle a matter before the International Arbitration
Association that involved one of the largest credit card portfolios in
the world. The lawsuit, which included jurisdictional disputes in New
York and Houston, centered on the banking joint venture assembled to develop
the co-branded Shell MasterCard. Facing off against Shell and Citibank,
Mr. Thomas sought a substantial award against Chase’s joint venture
partner, as well as a ruling that Chase was the owner of the accounts.
After expedited discovery, the case was successfully tried before a Houston
arbitrator before being resolved under confidential terms.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. – Mr. Thomas was hired as trial counsel
in a high-stakes dispute following the company’s $3.6 billion acquisition
of Altura Energy LP, the largest oil producer in Texas at the time. The
defendant BP America Production Co. disputed Occidental’s marketing
“call rights” involving oil and gas generated in the Texas
Permian Basin. Mr. Thomas helped Occidental resolve the matter following
a week of arbitration in Houston.
Reliant Energy – When investigators from the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission leveled
their aim at Texas-based Reliant Energy, the company’s board of
directors called on Mr. Thomas to protect their individual interests.
Government investigators set out to prove that Reliant had engaged in
improper commodity trading practices in order to boost the company’s
trading volumes and sales revenues. Reliant eventually agreed to a settlement
with the SEC, but Mr. Thomas’ clients successfully emerged with
no findings of wrongdoing.
King Ranch – When the owners of this historic Texas ranch found their
property under siege, they called on Mr. Thomas to help unravel a 120-year-old
legal battle. King Ranch founder Richard King was sued in the 1880s by
the wife of a former business partner over her late husband’s interest
in the 15,500 acres of land that later would become the centerpiece of
the King Ranch cattle empire. That case eventually settled, with the business
partner’s widow selling her property interests for $5,800. When
the business partner’s heirs tried to undo the sale nearly 120 years
later, Mr. Thomas successfully defended King Ranch by winning a ruling
from the Supreme Court of Texas that preserved the earlier sale and confirmed
the rightful owners of the King Ranch.
R.R. Street & Co. Inc. – Also known as Street’s, this company
is one of the nation’s leading providers of detergents and process
additives to the dry cleaning industry. Mr. Thomas’ track record
on behalf of the company is just one reason why he has been Street’s
go-to national counsel for more than 15 years. In addition to wins in
courtroom trials and appeals, Mr. Thomas has become a trusted adviser
to the company’s leaders based on his experienced counsel and proven
business acumen. He has successfully defended Street’s in numerous
individual cases filed across the U.S. by dry cleaners, local municipalities
and various water authorities. In all, Mr. Thomas and his team have defeated
hundreds of millions of dollars in product liability claims brought against
the company. In addition to prevailing in multiple product liability jury
trials in California and Texas, Mr. Thomas also obtained a win for Street’s
at the Supreme Court of Texas in a
case of first impression under the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act.