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Bradley L. DeLuca | Shareholder

Phone: (713) 652-2525
Fax: (713) 652-5130
E-mail: bdeluca@jdkglaw.com
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The Client Always Comes First!
“The strong relationships I build with clients enable me to better understand their needs and to provide them with a better level of service.”
- Brad DeLuca

Brad’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the Oil & Gas/Energy sector. He has successfully represented clients with business operations spanning from the well-head to the gas pump. He has the recognized expertise to protect the interests of his clients in all facets of their business. His practice covers locations across Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico and North Dakota.

A broad range of clients have relied on Brad’s ability to keep them on course for the past 20 years, in matters involving business disputes, real estate transactions, sale of companies, personal injury matters, mass tort actions, as well as appeals at the state and federal level. He has a solid reputation for resolving the most complex commercial issues more quickly and efficiently than attorneys working for other firms. His experience allows him to better prepare and plan cases, using only the resources necessary to get the job done.

The result – Brad brings credibility to the courtroom yielding favorable results, and maintains satisfied clients who keep coming back for all of their legal needs.

Focus Areas

Oil & Gas/Energy/Pipelines
Contract Disputes
Business Disputes
Tort Claims
Mass Tort Actions
General/Complex Commercial Litigation
Appeals (state and federal)

Featured Cases

Trials

* Obtained summary judgment on behalf of offshore operator of oil and gas property in GOM in suit brought by non-operator working interest owner claiming breach of contract and seeking declaratory relief and damages; following realignment of parties, obtained jury verdict for past due joint interest billings owed and non-operator working interest owner sought protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code; following favorable claims estimation hearing in Bankruptcy Court, debtor forced to convert case to Chapter 7 and was liquidated.

* Obtained defense verdict in personal injury suit brought by employee of contractor who lost eye while taking gas sample from pressurized gas line.

* Defended client in suit for personal injury claims, including claim of closed head injury; plaintiffs sought $8.0MM at trail and jury awarded plaintiffs amount requested by defendant ($128,000).

* Mariner Energy, Inc., et al v. Devon Energy Production Co.; 690 F.Supp.2d 558 (2010) – Obtained summary judgment in favor of Mariner Energy/Apache regarding responsibility for over $220MM in decommissioning/plug and abandonment costs for an offshore platform destroyed during Hurricane Ike. The court also found that defendant was required to repay Mariner Energy/Apache approximately $5.0MM in payments.

Appeals

* Cause No. 05-3544-CV; Dynegy Midstream Services, LP vs. Trammochem, AP Moller, Maersk Gas Carriers and Igloo Shipping, A/S; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – in a proceeding brought under Section 7 of the Federal Arbitration Act to compel compliance with a subpoena issued by an Arbitration Panel sitting in New York, the Second Circuit, rejecting the district court’s ruling, held that the Federal Arbitration Act did not authorize nationwide service of process and also held that it did not have personal jurisdiction over a Texas resident with no contacts in New York.

* Cause No. 08-40390; Forest Oil Corp., et al v. Texas Standard Oil Company; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – appeal of jury verdict and entry of summary judgment.

* Cause No. 14-08-633-CV; General Insulation v. Daniel King; In the Court of Appeals, Fourteenth District of Texas (2010) – appellate court affirmed summary judgment in favor of former employee on finding of no breach of confidentiality agreement.

* Cause No. 12-20147 – Mariner Energy, Inc., et al v. Devon Energy Production Co.; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (May 2013) – Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of Mariner Energy/Apache.

Bar Admissions

State of Texas, 1989
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court, Western District of Texas

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, J.D. 1989
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas – Member
Houston Bar Association – Member
Houston Bar Association – Mentor/Protégé Volunteer
Institute for Energy Law – Advisory Board Member

Honors and Awards

“AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Speaking

2010 Houston Bar Association’s Law Week Committee Law School Presentations – “Law Firm Economics in a Tightening Economy” (March 2010)

Community Involvement

Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston – Member, various committees, Board of Elders for 6 years.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Lifetime Member – 13 years – Horspitality Committee
Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association – Volunteer coach.

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