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Wade H. Whilden, Jr.


Wade H. Whilden, Jr. is a partner at Hicks Thomas, LLP, who has been practicing law for 20 years and has tailored his emphasis to commercial litigation with extensive experience in environmental litigation, real estate, product liability and personal injury. Prior to his employment with Hicks Thomas, Whilden was employed at Andres & Kurth. In 2013 he was appointed municipal judge for the City of Hunters Creek Village.


  • University of Texas (B.B.A., Marketing, 1990)
  • University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1994)

Professional Associations

  • Founding member of A.A. White Inns of Court
  • American Trial Lawyer Association
  • Former Board Member
  • HBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Honors and Distinctions

Attorney Whilden was selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® list in 2004, 2005 and 2006. This listing appeared in Thomson Reuters Legal and Texas Monthly magazine. In 1993 he was selected as the number one advanced trial advocate at the University of House.

Practice Emphasis

Commercial litigation, with extensive experience in environmental, real estate, and products liability.

Notable Representation

Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline vs. Coral Energy Resources, LP: Whilden successfully resolved a dispute regarding Coral's obligations under a natural gas purchase/sale agreement and an intrastate gas transportation agreement. Coral was attempting to transform what effectively amounted to a storage agreement into a contract that would enable Coral to take advantage of changing market conditions as well as transfer certain costs and market based risks to Kinder Morgan. Coral ultimately abandoned its efforts without Kinder Morgan having to file a suit.

Kinder Morgan v. Duke Energy: Whilden served as lead counsel for Kinder Morgan in a dispute involving transmix under a processing agreement. He obtained a prompt settlement on favorable terms.

Longhorn Partners Pipeline v. Kinder Morgan: Whilden served as trial counsel for Kinder Morgan in a case presented by Longhorn Pipeline alleging breach of connection agreement and seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages. Court has denied Flying J's request for partial summary judgment on the key issue in the case and granted Kinder Morgan's cross-motion for partial summary judgment on the same issue. Case is pending.

Tractebel Energy Marketing, Inc. v. E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.: Whilden served as trial counsel for Tractebel in a breach of contract case against Du Pont. Whilden obtained a significant jury verdict that was upheld on appeal.

J. Dahr Jamail v. River Oaks Property Owners, Inc.: Whilden served as trial counsel in an injunction hearing and subsequent three-week trial in dispute involving deed restrictions.

City of Modesto v. Dow Chemical Co., et al.: Whilden was on the counsel for defense in an ongoing environmental contamination litigation alleging pollution by a dry cleaning industry. He led a joint defense group in the development of trial strategies and the conducting of mock trials.

Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Company: Whilden represented Kaiser in numerous asbestos cases, three of which went to trial. Working with other Hicks Thomas attorneys, he obtained no liability verdicts in all three cases.

Wade H. Whilden, Jr.
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