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There are lawyers in Texas that try lawsuits and those that do not. Will Moye does frequently and enjoys it. He has tried cases in the state’s largest venues (Harris, Dallas, Bexar, and Travis Counties) to one of the smallest (Glasscock County – pop. 1169).  He has tried cases in our upstream energy capitals (Midland, Ector, and Brazos Counties) and our state’s downstream refining locations (Nueces, Jefferson, Galveston, and Orange Counties).  In all things litigation, Will – like his firm – “has Texas covered.”

Will believes that his client’s success in the boardroom depends on his abilities in the courtroom. He is hired to navigate and solve the myriad intractable problems that attach to high-stakes litigation either through thoughtful discovery work or through a jury trial. Will is often hired to “parachute” into existing litigation, sometimes on the eve of trial, to guarantee the best possible chance of success for his clients.


Giving Back

Will is a first-generation lawyer and the only person on earth who grew up in Bridge City, Texas and attended undergraduate at Marquette University and law school at Seton Hall University.  He was able to attend those institutions due to the generosity of others through academic scholarships.  Will reminds his son that giving back more than you gained is important.  As a result, Will and his wife, Donna, have underwritten a fully endowed scholarship at Seton Hall University School of Law that gives preference to first-generation law students from small towns in Texas.


Incident Response and Investigation

From his rapid response to the comprehensive investigation to the complex litigation, Will Moye is there for your business as a strategic advocate. He has a wealth of knowledge and valuable insight to manage the full spectrum of regulatory and legal duties that arise for your business after an accident.

Our Incident Response and Investigation team has experience with all types of accidents, such as fires and explosions, spills and chemical accidents, or any worker fatalities or injuries. We also assist clients with preparing for investigations by state and federal agencies, such as EPA, OSHA, CSB, NTSB, and PHMSA.


Energy & Marine

Will has experience litigating premises, products, and negligent activity claims for injuries sustained both offshore and onshore involving platforms, vessels, rigs, and chemical refining and storage facilities. Many of the claims involve explosion litigation.

Clients have included Chevron, Chevron Phillips Petroleum Company, Anadarko, Hercules Offshore, Vopak Americas, TechnipFMC, Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Shell, Westlake Chemical, Valero, and Total.


Product Liability

As lead counsel Will has defended lawsuits involving allegations of product defects in passenger vehicles, vehicle components, tires, tractor trailers, heavy industrial equipment, construction equipment, marine equipment, recreational equipment, oilfield equipment, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Claims have included those for design defects, manufacturing defects, marketing defects, and consumer fraud allegations. Damages have included wrongful death and survival claims, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, full-body burns, and other catastrophic personal injuries.

Clients have included Ford Motor Company, Pep Boys Inc., Polaris, Michelin North America Tire, Fisher Klosterman, and Rheem.


Transportation

Will’s transportation practice is literally nationwide. Along with representing professional drivers, he has worked for several long-haul, regional, and local trucking companies in the defense of claims made for negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention.

Will is versed in the FMCSA Rules and Regulations and is a regular speaker on issues related to litigation in the trucking industry and in particular plaintiff’s “Reptile Theory.”


Excess Monitoring

Will is retained by excess insurers to either represent the carrier directly or to affiliate with existing defense counsel in catastrophic injury cases where the excess insuring layer is at risk. Will works for domestic, London-based, and Bermuda-based insurers, insuring syndicates, and reinsurers in assessing the risk and mitigating the exposure in cases that can only be described as “the worst of the worst.”

Representative Experience

High-Stakes Litigation

Lead trial counsel as defense liaison counsel for a eight-plaintiff group, multi-defendant explosion MDL for a turnaround at a petrochemical refinery in El Dorado, Arkansas. The case was tried in Harris County, Texas.

Lead trial counsel in a 45-plaintiff group wrongful death / catastrophic injury matter for the collapse of a jackup rig which experienced “punch-through” in the Bay of Campeche. The case was tried in Harris County, Texas.

Lead trial counsel for a well-blow out for the owner/operator of a Permian Basin well during re-entry with burns and TBIs.

Lead trial counsel as defense liaison counsel for a 42-plaintiff group, multi-defendant explosion MDL for a turnaround at a chemical processing facility in Westlake, Louisiana.

Lead trial counsel as defense liaison counsel for a 45-plaintiff group, multi-defendant explosion MDL for a tank replacement at a chemical processing facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Lead counsel for contractor defendants in the Arkema MDL, the Lyondell MDL, and the Kuaray MDL all pending in Harris County.

Represented the engineer of record for alleged professional negligence for the design of an LPG tank complex, terminal facility, and condensate splitter in a $880 million dollar facility to manage and distribute Eagle Ford Shale assets worldwide.

Represented the engineer of record for alleged professional negligence for the design of an NGL processing and storage facility for a multi-million-dollar facility to manage Permian Basin petroleum assets.

Lead trial counsel for a host of transportation lawsuits tried all over the State of Texas.

Environmental Litigation

Coordinated for Certain Underwriters at Lloyds the resolution of a refined petrochemical spill for Kinder Morgan following a 400,000 gallon release requiring waste cleanup of contaminated soil and water near the Elephant Butte Irrigation District in South Carolina. The claim involved assessing direct and consequential damages to neighboring land owners and short term clean up costs and long term mitigation efforts.

Coordinated for Certain Underwriters at Lloyds the resolution of a refined petrochemical spill for Kinder Morgan’s Plantation Pipeline following a 370,000 gallon release requiring waste cleanup of contaminated soil and water contamination to landowners in Belton, SC. The claim involved assessing direct and consequential to neighboring land owners and short term clean-up costs and long term mitigation efforts for both land and groundwater contamination.

Defeated $89 million damage claim via partial motion for summary judgment for the loss of an Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas well.

Coordinated for Certain Underwriters at Lloyds the resolution of a refined petrochemical spill for Kinder Morgan following a release requiring waste cleanup of contaminated soil and water to Buck Creek near the Pelham Wastewater Treatment Plant in Alabama. The claim involved assessing direct and consequential to neighboring landowners and short term clean-up costs and long term mitigation efforts

Defended the San Miguel Electrical Co-Op for alleged contamination at the 25,000 acre Peeler Ranch and surrounding property due to coal ash waste from the coal-fueled power plant in Atascosa County, Texas.

Defended Ford Motor Company in several state and federal MDLs.

Currently representing a producer for the Astroworld MDL.

Professional Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America

Listed for Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants

Super Lawyers

Listed for Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense

Super Lawyers - Rising Stars

Listed for Transportation & Maritime

Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Education, Admissions & Activities

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law

J.D., 2000
Dean's Scholar

Marquette University

B.S., 1997
Biological Sciences
Presidential Scholar

Bar Admissions

Texas

2000

Court Admissions

United States District Court of Texas: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western

Professional and Community Activities

Trucking Industry Defense Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Product Liability Committee; Trucking Law Committee - Regional Editor: DRI Trucking Law Compendium; Trial Tactics Committee

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Houston Chapter - Secretary

Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow

Marquette University

Regional Alumni President

National Eagle Scout Association

Life Member