K. B. Battaglini has for more than 3 decades counseled and represented businesses and individuals.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America© (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners), has expertise in energy, environmental, natural resources, media and entertainment law, and has significant first chair experience in trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations.  He is on the national panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and FINRA. Prior to joining Strong Pipkin, he was a partner at a large international law firm.

Primary Practice Areas:

Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law

  • upstream and midstream operations
  • onshore and offshore
  • mergers/acquisitions/dispositions
  • securities and real estate
  • entity formation and company agreements
  • director and officer liability
  • corporate compliance/internal investigations
  • master service agreements/indemnity
  • leases and operating agreements
  • production/gathering/transportation/storage
  • environmental remediation
  • Served as operations counsel and head of litigation for the exploration and production division of a publicly-traded (American Stock Exchange) oil and gas company.
  • Lead attorney in trial and appeal of Republic Petroleum LLC v. Dynamic Offshore Resources NS LLC and W&T Offshore Inc., 474 S.W.3d 424 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, pet. denied) which concerned issues of standing and capacity to sue for contract breach and damages.
  • Participated in trial and appeal of Jinkins v. Bryan, 763 S.W.2d 539 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 1988, writ denied), a seminal case concerning the distinction between “dry gas” and “casinghead gas,” which serves as an interpretive guide to the statutory definition of “dry gas” found at Texas Natural Resources Code Sec. 86.002(7).

Commercial Litigation, Appeals, Arbitration

  • trials and appeals in state and federal court
  • international and domestic arbitration
  • Lead attorney in trial and appeal of Williams v. Dardenne, 345 S.W.3d 118 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied) which concerned the element of reliance in fraudulent inducement claims and which upheld the viability of “as is” real estate sales contracts in Texas.

Media and Entertainment Law

  • commercial speech and deceptive trade
  • defamation and privacy invasion
  • abridgment of free speech and press
  • infringement of copyright and trademark
  • film and television
    • project development and structure
    • project financing and investment
    • project marketing and distribution
    • contract preparation and negotiation
    • story structure and script analysis
  • media relations and crisis management
  • University of Houston Law Center, LL.M. (Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law)
  • South Texas College of Law-Houston, J.D.
  • Regent University, M.A. (Film/Television Producing)
  • U.S. Department of Defense Information School, Distinguished Honor Graduate (Broadcast Journalism)
  • State University of New York College of Arts and Sciences at Potsdam, B.A. (Drama)
Honors and Awards:
  • Best Lawyers® (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners)
    • The Best Lawyers in America©
      • Arbitration (2022)
      • Commercial Litigation (2013-2022)
      • Natural Resources Law (2012-2022)
  • AVVO-10.0 (highest rating)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel—President’s Award (2015)
Publications & Speeches:
  • Confronting the Stranger: Judge, Juror & Witness, TADC Winter Seminar, February 2021
  • Arbitration’s Implications and Hidden Realities, TADC Commercial Litigation Seminar, October 2015; State Bar of Texas, Advanced Oil, Gas & Mineral Course 2019
  • Acting and Stagecraft for Lawyers, TADC Trial Academy, Houston, March 2012; TADC Spring Meeting, Galveston, April 2015
  • Arbitration in Texas: History and Enforceability, State Bar of Texas Business Disputes Institute 2013, State Bar of Texas Business Torts Institute 2012, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Courses 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, Amarillo Bar Association Appellate Law Section Luncheon 2008
  • No, The Earth is Not Turning Into Venus: Debunking the Myth of Anthropogenic Global Warming, TADC Fall Meeting, Boston, September 2013
  • Natural Resources Law–An Eye-Opening Primer, TADC Spring Meeting, Santa Fe, April 2012
  • Texas Supreme Court Update, TADC Summer Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico, July 2010
  • Arbitration Panel, ACI Oil & Gas Conference, Houston, June 2010
  • Honest Services Fraud: You May Already Be Guilty!, Business Law Today (ABA), October 2009
  • The State of the Jury System, TADC Fall Meeting, Montreal, Canada, September 2009
  • Defending a Client in Securities Enforcement Litigation, Common Issues in Securities Law (Aspatore Books), 2008
  • Arbitration in Texas: The Drift From Permissive to Compulsory, TADC Magazine, 2007
  • How Will Firm’s Owners, Employees Be Affected by the USA Patriot Act, Houston Business Journal, Business Survival Guide, 2004
  • Slippery Slope: The Trail from Puffery to Fraud, Franchising World, December 2004
  • Jury Patriotism: The Jury System Should Be Improved for Texans Called to Serve, 35 St. Mary’s Law Journal 117, 2003
Military Experience:
  • While on active duty in the United States Army, served in a public affairs role with the staff and faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point
Professional Associations:
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Environmental and Natural Resources Section
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow
  • Leadership Houston, Graduate of Class 22
  • Houston Cinema Arts Society
  • FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator
  • AAA Panel Arbitrator