Stephen M. Loftin

Partner

Stephen M. Loftin is a founding member of Hicks Thomas LLP and has been in the legal practice for 29 years. Specializing in commercial litigation including energy, trade secrets as well as product liability and personal injury, Loftin has a wide range of practice areas and trial experience.

Practice Emphasis

Commercial litigation, including extensive experience in energy, trade secrets, personal injury, and products liability.

Education

  • University of Texas (B.A. Economics 1984)
  • University of Houston Law Center (J.D. cum laude, 1990)

Awards

Loftin was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® for business litigation which appeared in Thomson Reuters Legal and Texas Monthly magazine. He was elected to be a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.

Professional Associations

  • Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Association
  • 5th and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Texas
  • Member State Bar of Texas
  • Member State Bar of Oklahoma
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member of American Board of Trial Advocates

Past Cases

SandBox Logistics, LLC, et al. v. Arrows Up, LLC, et al.

Loftin was lead trial counsel for defendants in trade secret and breach of contract claims arising out of alleged misuse of confidential information related to design of frac sand storage and transportation containers. Claims involved competing patentees claims to origin of design of frac sand containers and related equipment, and scope of and enforceability of contractual limitations on use of publicly available information.

Tracy Windrum v. North Cypress Medical Center, et al.

Loftin was the lead trial counsel for plaintiffs in a medical malpractice suit against a hospitals neurologist and neurosurgeon. This suit arose as a result of death from hydrocephalus which was diagnosed but not treated. This two week trial against the neurosurgeon involved many complexities associated with neuroscience. Despite the complications, Loftin obtained one of the largest judgments in a medical malpractice case that Harris County has seen in recent years.

Tejas Oil & Gas v. Amerada Hess

Loftin served as the lead trial counsel for a pipeline company in dispute over alleged inability to provide sufficient natural gas for the customer due to force majeure. He obtained findings that the pipeline's allocation of limited supply was reasonable despite plaintiff's firm commitment for gas. Loftin successfully affirmed this case after a successful appeal.

Union Pacific Railroad:

Loftin represented a railroad company in numerous service interruption lawsuits in state and federal courts arising out of a merger with Southern Pacific Railroad. He was successful in resolving all claims satisfactory to the client, including his service as lead trial counsel in state and court cases where he defended fraud and breach of contract claims. He successfully defeated the fraud claim in a ten-day trial. On a subsequent appeal, Loftin obtained a take-nothing judgment on all claims. Subsequently he obtained a pretrial dismissal of a separate federal court lawsuit alleging claims of negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.

Enron Equipment Procurement Company v. Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp.

Loftin was the trial counsel for Siemens and defended claims that arose from damage to gas powered electrical generators that occurred in transit from manufacturing facility in Korea. Some of the issues included applicability of international shipping (INCO) terms, risk of loss terms, apportionment of insurance obligations, and force majeure provisions.

Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Company

Loftin represented asbestos product manufacturers and distributors in hundreds of cases pending in Texas. He tried two cases to verdict in East Texas and obtained no liability findings for the clients in both cases.

TH Agriculture & Nutrition

Loftin represented asbestos distributor in hundreds of cases pending throughout Texas and in Texas MDL proceedings.

R.R. Street & Co. Inc.

Loftin represents dry cleaning equipment, a chemical manufacturer and distributor in the following matters:

  • Claims arising as a result of an indemnity agreement with a chemical manufacturer. Loftin's representation obtained a successful appeal of jurisdiction and venue issue to Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals as well as a prosecution appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Environmental contamination case brought by California municipal water purveyor asserting claims related to alleged contamination of drinking water wells throughout the state of California.
  • Personal injury cases arising from Plaintiff's alleged exposure to dry cleaning chemicals.

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