Allen H. Rustay

Allen H. Rustay, partner at Hicks Thomas LLP, has 17 years of experience in the legal field and specializes in commercial litigations. His practice includes energy, oil and gas, commercial, maritime and business torts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in the state of Texas and federal courts, arbitrations and appeals. Formerly affiliated with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, attorney Rustay has now been with Hicks Thomas LLP for 8 years, and focuses on tailoring his practice to commercial litigations.

Practice Emphasis

Business litigation including energy, oil and gas, commercial, maritime and business torts on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in Texas State and Federal Courts, arbitrations and appeals.


Mr. Rustay was the notes and comments editor for the Baylor Law Review, a member of the Barristers and the Vice President of the Moot Court Society. He obtained his education from:

  • Washington & Lee University (B.A. 1993)
  • Baylor University (J.D. 1997)


Attorney Rustay was selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® list from 2012 to2014. He was also named one of the Rising Stars™ in Texas Monthly magazine and Texas Rising Stars magazine from 2004 to 2011. This award is given to lawyers who have received a high-degree of recognition from peers and are making a great impression the legal field.

Professional Associations

Attorney Rustay is proud to be a member of various bar associations, including:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

Past Clients

Offshore Oil and Gas Litigations:

  • Local and international oilfield service
  • Drilling and E&P clients in commercial litigation matters involving marine drilling contracts
  • Charter party contracts
  • Master service agreements
  • Force majeure claims
  • Day rate disputes
  • Hurricane-related claims

Energy, Oil and Gas Litigations:

  • Extensive experience representing energy, geophysical and natural gas pipelines
  • Qui tam claims
  • Operating agreements
  • Transportation agreements
  • Seismic data contracts
  • Royalty litigations

Commercial Cases

  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Shareholder oppressions
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Breach of contracts
  • Licensing disputes
  • Partnership business dissolutions
  • Insurance coverage in Texas state and federal courts

Shareholder Litigation

  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Usurpation of corporate opportunity claims
  • Shareholder oppression disputes involving closely held businesses
  • Breach of contracts
  • Licensing disputes

Personal Injury/OSHA Investigations

  • Product liability
  • Wrongful death cases
  • OSHA investigations

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