Nine Strong Pipkin Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America

 

Strong Pipkin is pleased to announce that nine partners were selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the professional excellence of lawyers across 147 practice areas.  They include:

Michael L. Baker (Beaumont, Texas)

Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

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Strong Pipkin Congratulates John Bissell on his 50th Anniversary with the Firm

John BissellJohn was raised in Beaumont and attended Lamar University. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1971, he joined Strong, Pipkin, Nelson, Parker and Powers.

Through the years he tried to verdict well over one hundred cases in state and federal courts in several states.

Under John’s leadership the firm grew and opened our Houston office and expanded our practice to serve clients nationwide.

From early in his practice, John has represented leading industry companies in the earliest stages of emerging legal claims and evolving scientific knowledge.

He was one of the earliest choices as joint defense lead counsel for major oil and chemical companies in toxic tort cases.

Based on his breadth and success in litigation, he has been tapped as lead and additional counsel pro hac in many jurisdictions across the country. He was also regularly sought to providing assistance as local counsel with responsibilities from witness preparation,  jury selection, and  lead trial roles. His substantive local counsel roles have included major anti-trust, electric power take-or-pay, insurance coverage, and catastrophic personal injury and death cases.

Most recently, he was co-counsel in a 30 day trial in Philadelphia Federal Court arising from a massive oil spill.

We thank John for his 50 years of leadership, outstanding representation of our clients and for his deep and unfailing loyalty and friendship.

Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. Lawyers Honored

2 Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year” in their specific areas of practice.

Michael L. Baker named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the Beaumont area for Personal Injury Litigation.

Greg M. Dykeman named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the Beaumont area Real Estate Litigation.

9  Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. Lawyers Honored

Strong Pipkin congratulates the following lawyers named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Michael L. Baker – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

K.B. Battaglini – Commercial Litigation and Natural Resources Law

John G. Bissell – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

John W. Bridger – Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Michael T. Bridwell – Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Joe Michael Dodson – Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Greg M. Dykeman – Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Michael Hendryx – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David W. Ledyard – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Lodestar Doesn’t Apply to Conditional Appellate Fees

The Texas Attorney’s Fee Blog*

By John W. Bridger & David A. Kirby

Just when I was preparing to have an academic, yet scintillating, discussion regarding the argument that appellate courts should render when they reverse cases for insufficient evidence of attorneys’ fees, which was certain to stir multiple contentious debates around the latte bar, the Texas Supreme Court held that the fee proponent need not comply with lodestar. See Yowell v. Granite Operating Co., No. 18-0841, 2020 Tex. LEXIS 425 (Tex. May 15, 2020). Since this opinion (a) comes from the Texas Supreme Court and (b) departs from what David Kirby and I write about appellate fee proof, I decided this actual holding preempted the theoretical ruminations.

In somewhat of a side issue in a case involving a disputed mineral lease interest, the Texas Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Busby, acknowledged:

We have not previously addressed how this lodestar analysis may affect the evidence needed to support a contingent award of fees that have not yet been incurred. . . . As we explained in Rohrmoos Venture, however, “[i]t should have been clear from our opinion[] in El Apple” that the lodestar analysis applies to situations “in which an objective calculation of reasonable hours worked . . . can be employed.” 578 S.W.3d at 498.

Id. at *36–37. In rejecting the argument that appellate fees should be proved with the same specificity as trial fees, the supreme court explained that lodestar cannot be employed when projecting appellate fees because those hours have not been worked. See id. at *37. Additionally, “there is no certainty regarding who will represent the appellee in the appellate courts, what counsel’s hourly rate(s) will be, or what services will be necessary to ensure appropriate representation in light of the issues the appellant chooses to raise.” Id.

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Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. Celebrates its 85th Anniversary

Strong Pipkin 85th AnniversaryIn 1918, Beeman Strong became a judge on the Texas Commission of Appeals, which was the forerunner of today’s Texas Supreme Court.  In the 1920s, he became General Counsel of the Yount-Lee Oil Company headquartered in Beaumont, Texas.  In 1935, the Yount-Lee Oil Company was purchased and merged into the Stanolind Oil Company.

As the Yount-Lee Oil Company was dissolved, Beeman decided to enter private practice in Southeast Texas and partnered with his son, Ewell, and A. D. Moore to form the law firm of Strong Moore & Strong.  With a wealth of oil company legal experience, the firm quickly established itself as a valuable resource in the oil industry and for growing companies in Southeast Texas.

In 1954, longtime Beaumont attorney Charles Pipkin joined the firm, and the Strong Pipkin name was born.  Eighty-five years later, Strong Pipkin has withstood the test of time, having prospered during ten different decades.

While the start to the current decade has been challenging, Strong Pipkin will weather this storm, as it has many others, to remain a trusted destination for legal excellence of its local, regional, national, and international corporate and individual clients.

The “Traditional Method” is Dead; Long Live Lodestar

The Texas Attorney’s Fee Blog*

By John W. Bridger & David A. Kirby

John Bridger hiking with a backpack full of attorney’s fee cases to review.

In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Teyve opens the play extolling the virtues of tradition and then spends the remainder struggling with and lamenting the erosion of those traditions. A similar scene has unfolded in Texas over the years with respect to the prosecution of attorneys’ fee claims.  To Teyve’s likely chagrin, the “traditional method” for evidencing recoverable attorneys’ fees is dead—the Texas Supreme Court having put a proverbial nail in that coffin last year—and the lower courts are embracing the new standard. Texas attorneys should understand how times have changed.

Historically in Texas, attorneys could prove up attorneys’ fees by either the “traditional method” or the lodestar method.

Under the “traditional method,” the attorney proved up his or her fees by testifying to some, but not necessarily all, of the Arthur Andersen factors and merely stating that his or her total fees sought were reasonable and necessary. See Arthur Andersen & Co. v. Perry Equipment Corp., 945 S.W.2d 812, 818 (Tex. 1997). Arguably, this eliminated the need to testify about hours billed, rates charged, and specific tasks performed (although one might give general descriptions of work performed).  Moreover, there was arguably no requirement to submit one’s detailed billing records.

Under lodestar, on the other hand, one must detail the hours spent on specific tasks and rates charged as well as proffer testimony regarding the Arthur Andersen or Johnson factors. See Johnson v. Georgia Highway Express, Inc., 488 F.2d 714 (5th Cir. 1974).

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COVID-19 Update: Strong Pipkin Continues to Assist Clients without Interruption

To Our Clients and Friends of the Firm:

Strong Pipkin is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and we are committed to the well being of our staff and their families. To our clients, rest assured that despite the unprecedented and evolving circumstances in which we find ourselves, you remain a top priority. We continue to provide the exceptional service that you expect. Our firm is fully operational and our Beaumont and Houston offices continue to service client needs without interruption.

We are closely monitoring the status of the various courts in which we practice to insure that we meet all deadlines and participate in all proceedings that are going forward. Courts have largely restricted in-person access, but we are prepared to participate in hearings both telephonically and through video conferencing.

For more than 85 years, Strong Pipkin has represented and advised clients. Some of those years involved challenging world events and economic uncertainty. Rest assured that we will continue to adapt as this current crisis evolves and circumstances change to ensure that our clients’ needs are met.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or needs on any matter. We value and appreciate the trust you place in us.

Stay healthy and safe.

Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P.

Strong Pipkin Obtains Court of Appeals Victory for its Client with Affirmation of Take Nothing Judgment

The Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont issued an opinion and judgment affirming the trial court’s judgment that Plaintiff recover nothing from Strong Pipkin’s client, an oil and gas producer.

The case involved several properties purchased by Plaintiff at a foreclosure sale.  The prior owners of the properties entered into mineral leases with Strong Pipkin’s client, wherein they received royalty payments.  Strong Pipkin’s client pooled several leases together and drilled two wells.  The two wells were located on properties within the pooled unit but not on the properties obtained by the Plaintiff.  After Plaintiff obtained the properties at a foreclosure sale, the Plaintiff refused to enter into a separate lease to collect the royalty payments previously paid to the former owners, arguing that because he is not a party to the lease he is entitled to receive a working interest (a percentage of total profit) in the two wells.

At trial, Strong Pipkin attorney Greg Dykeman successfully argued that Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard, 282 S.W.3d 419 (Tex. 2008) does not support the proposition that any unleased property within a pooled unit has a right to receive a proportionate share of total profits of the pooled unit. In the subsequent appeal, Strong Pipkin attorney Dan Mabry successfully argued that Plaintiff is not entitled to a percentage profit in the pooled unit citing the Rule of Capture and distinguishing Sheppard.  Unlike in Sheppard, the Plaintiff in this case was not the mineral owner of the property on which the wells were drilled, and citing the Rule of Capture, Strong Pipkin argued that Plaintiff is not entitled to royalty payments because Plaintiff did not enter into a mineral lease with the oil & gas producer.

The Ninth Court of Appeals agreed with Strong Pipkin’s analysis and affirmed the trial court’s Judgment that the Plaintiff take nothing from Strong Pipkin’s client.  A copy of the opinion can be found at 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 443 or 2020 WL 238538.

Strong Pipkin recognized – 2020 “Best Law Firms”

Strong Pipkin is included in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  Firms are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.  Strong Pipkin is ranked in the Metropolitan Tier 1 category in the following practice areas:

Beaumont

Litigation – Construction
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Houston

Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Mike Hendryx receives the Exceptional Service Award

Partner Mike Hendryx receives the Exceptional Service Award from the Texas Association of Defense Counsel at its Annual Meeting. The Award recognized his efforts during the last legislative session to pass House Bill 1693, which returned fairness and balance to a key process used in civil trials.

John Bridger Presents Attorneys’ Fees Paper at HBA CLE Event

Strong Pipkin senior partner John Bridger spoke on the topic “Maximizing Prosecuting or Defending Your Attorneys’ Fees Claim in Texas” at a Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education event presenting a paper he wrote along with David Kirby, a Strong Pipkin senior associate.

A video of the presentation can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/340743062/2bf6a98363 and HBA members may receive CLE credit by accessing the presentation at https://apps.hba.org/cle-videos/all/6/.

John and David are rapidly becoming two of the most prolific attorneys’ fees authors in Texas having also written Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Federal CourtFor The Defense, March 2019, Prosecuting and Defending Attorneys’ Fees in Texas: A Primer (2nd ed.) for the Jefferson County Bar Association in 2018, and Prosecuting and Defending Attorneys’ Fees in Texas: A Primer (1st ed.) for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel in 2017. As a result, they have also been retained as attorneys’ fees experts by clients both prosecuting and defending attorneys’ fees claims.

Strong Pipkin Partner Mike Hendryx Testifies before the Texas Senate in Favor of Changes to CPRC Section 18.001

Strong Pipkin Partner Mike Hendryx on the Floor of the Texas Senate after testifying in support of HB 1693, a bill that made needed changes to the affidavit process provided under Texas Civil Practices and Remedy Code section 18.001.

Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 18.001 was intended to provide a cost saving measure at trial by allowing a plaintiff to submit proof by affidavit that the amount he or she was charged for a service was reasonable at the time and place that the service was provided and that the service was necessary. If the responding party does not agree, Section 18.001 allows that party to serve a counter affidavit contesting the reasonableness of the charges or the necessity of the services.  Unless struck, the counter affidavit essentially negates the evidentiary effect of the initial affidavit.

Over time, practical problems arose regarding the timing of the affidavits and counter affidavits, as well as the breadth of what proof was established by the affidavit.

As to timing, in some instances the plaintiff was serving the affidavit with the Original Petition, requiring the defendant to respond within thirty days of service. That meant reviewing the evidence and then hiring an expert to controvert the initial affidavit within the first thirty days of the lawsuit. On the other hand, some plaintiffs waited until thirty days before trial to file and serve the initial affidavits, forcing the defendant to respond on the eve of trial.

As to what the affidavits established, some courts were taking the position that the initial affidavit, if unchallenged, was binding on the jury and could not be disputed at trial.  What had started out as a cost saving vehicle for undisputed charges, had turned into a very unfair process for the defendant.

HB 1693, passed in 2019, made much needed changes to Section 18.001.  The amendments primarily address two issues:

(1)     The deadlines to file the initial affidavits were changed and the deadlines for counter affidavits were shifted to give more time to respond, and

(2)    The amendment made it clear that the affidavit process did not establish proximate cause; that issue remained in the hands of the jury and could be addressed by experts.

The amendments to Section 18.001 also built in flexibility.  It allows the parties to agree on different deadlines or with leave of court, set different deadlines.

Strong Pipkin Successfully Recovers from London Insurers for Renewable Energy Policyholder

Strong Pipkin attorneys Mike Hendryx and David Kirby recently resolved a lawsuit on highly favorable terms for its corporate policyholder client, a renewable energy company operating a wind farm outside of Lubbock, Texas.

Strong pipkin’s client purchased an “all risk” insurance policy subscribed to by national and international insurers, including various syndicates of Lloyd’s of London.  The policy covered the insured’s West Texas wind farm.  The policy contained a London Engineering Group 1/96 endorsement, purportedly excluding coverage for design and manufacturing defects. After a fire destroyed a multi-million dollar wind turbine, the insurers initiated an investigation.  They continued to investigate the loss, without making a coverage determination, for two and a half years, continually claiming the need for more documents and data.

After fending off the insurer’s preemptive, federal declaratory judgment action due to lack of complete diversity, the policyholder filed its own suit in state court alleging breach of contract, common law bad faith, and violations of Chapters 541 and 542 of the Texas Insurance Code.  The insurers filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to avoid coverage by claiming New York law would bar recovery because suit was not filed by the policyholder within one year of the fire.  Following a deposition of the outside claim adjuster and briefing to the court regarding the application of Texas law, which would render the one year suit limitation provision void, the insurers resolved the case on a very favorable basis with Strong Pipkin’s policyholder client.

Attorney Greg Dykeman Re-appointed Trustee for Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas

Strong Pipkin attorneys are proud to serve as leaders in our communities.  Greg Dykeman was recently reappointed for a 3 year term as a Trustee for Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas.

Established in 1945 when L.E. Stagg Sr. — a Beaumont businessman and Baptist leader — led the effort to build a “City of Healing” as a response to the serious hospital bed shortage in the Southeast Texas area. Having served Southeast Texas for more than 65 years, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas has had the opportunity to touch, heal, and change many lives. With a long history of clinical excellence, high quality healthcare, cutting-edge technology, excellent customer service, and a mission and vision founded in faith, Baptist Hospitals is privileged to be entrusted with the health of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Strong Pipkin Provides Legal Support for the Feature-length Film “The Challenger Disaster”

Strong Pipkin attorney K.B. Battaglini performed all of the legal work for the feature-length film “The Challenger Disaster” to be released in theaters on January 25.  The film chronicles the issues surrounding the decision to launch the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099), which broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew member aboard.  The cast includes Dean Cain and Les Miles.  In addition to performing legal work in support of the film, K.B. Battaglini is also a producer and made a cameo appearance in the movie.

“The Challenger Disaster” is now available to buy or rent on Amazon and can be viewed without charge through Amazon Prime.

Enjoy the trailer below:

Strong Pipkin attorneys are recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Best Lawyers®, by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession.  Eight Strong Pipkin attorneys are recognized in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the following categories:

Commercial Litigation

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael T. Bridwell
  • Houston, TX
    • K. B. Battaglini
    • John G. Bissell
    • John W. Bridger
    • Michael Hendryx

Litigation – Construction

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Greg M. Dykeman

Litigation – Environmental

  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
    • Michael Hendryx

Litigation – Labor and Employment

  • Houston, TX
    • Michael Hendryx

Litigation – Real Estate

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Greg M. Dykeman

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael L. Baker
    • Michael T. Bridwell
    • Greg M. Dykeman
    • David W. Ledyard
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
    • John W. Bridger

Natural Resources Law

  • Houston , TX
    • K. B. Battaglini

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael L. Baker
    • Michael T. Bridwell
    • Greg M. Dykeman
    • David W. Ledyard
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
    • John W. Bridger
    • Michael Hendryx

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

  • Beaumont, TX
    • Michael L. Baker
    • Michael T. Bridwell
    • David W. Ledyard
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell

David W. Ledyard honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America©

David W. Ledyard has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America© (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) for 2018 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Beaumont Texas in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.  Ledyard has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America© for each of the last seven years in three separate categories – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants (2013-2018); Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2012-2018); and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants(2012-2018).

Ledyard was previously honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 for Product Liability – Defendants, and in 2015 as “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants.

Ledyard has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Litigation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1980.

Mike Hendryx passes gavel to new President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx completed his service as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) for 2016-2017 at the Annual Meeting on September 22nd in Seattle, Washington. With a membership of 1586 attorneys, the TADC is one of the largest professional associations of Commercial Litigation, Business Defense and Personal Injury Defense Attorneys in the United States. During his tenure he represented TADC at the Legislature, testifying on bills and working with legislators and others interested in legislation affecting civil litigation. He authored joint letters from the TADC, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TADC) and the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Tex-ABOTA) commenting on pending legislation. In the course of his year as President, he traveled to many Texas cities, speaking to members and interested groups about civil litigation and the TADC. Hendryx also spoke at continuing legal education sessions of the TADC and State Bar of Texas. He represented the TADC at meetings of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and was the TADC spokesperson for issues before the American Bar Association (ABA). As President he coordinated efforts by the TADC to reach out to members who suffered from flooding or other aspects of Hurricane Harvey.

Senior Associate David Kirby honored at Annual Meeting of Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Senior Associate David Kirby attended the Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) in Seattle and was honored for his work as Chair of the TADC Young Lawyers Committee. He was selected by the TADC as the Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2017 in recognition of his extraordinary work in increasing young lawyer membership and organizing activities for your lawyers across the state.

K.B. Battaglini Admitted to Practice Before U.S. Supreme Court

On June 5, in Washington, D.C., in formal proceedings and after announcements by Justices Kagan, Sotomayor and Alito of the court’s decisions for the day, a motion for admission was presented orally to the court by Donald Guter, Dean of South Texas College of Law-Houston, and was granted by Chief Justice John Roberts.  Later, following the formal hearing, Justice Roberts stopped by the lawyer’s lounge to offer congratulations to Mr. Battaglini and the other attorneys admitted that day to the bar of the supreme court.

Strong Pipkin Receives Texas Treasure Business Award from Texas Historical Commission

Senator Brandon Creighten, District 4, along with John L. Nau, III, Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, recognized Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. with a Texas Treasure Business Award.  The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more.  Created in 2005, the program recognizes well-established Texas businesses and their exceptional historical contributions to the state’s economic growth and prosperity.  Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. celebrates its 82nd  anniversary this year.

David Kirby Selected to Texas Super Lawyers 2017 Texas Rising Stars

David Kirby has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers 2017 Texas Rising Stars list published by Thomson Reuters.

A Rising Stars selection is an honor reserved for those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.  Kirby has been chosen for his excellence in Insurance Coverage.

David A. Kirby Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

David Kirby has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.  Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of David’s contributions to the legal profession.

Mike Hendryx Installed as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx has been installed as the President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the 2016-2017 term.

Mike Hendryx was elected as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for 2016-2017 at the Annual Meeting on September 23rd in Fort Worth. His term runs from September 23, 2016 – September 23, 2017. With a membership of approximately 1530 attorneys, the TADC is one of the largest professional associations of Commercial Litigation, Business Defense and Personal Injury Defense Attorneys in the United States. Mike served on the TADC Executive Committee, as Chairman of the TADC PAC Trustees, Co-Chair of the Trial Academy and as the Vice-President for Legislation, Vice –President for Programs and Vice-President of Publications. Mike was the recipient of the President’s Award in 2007 and the TADC Special Recognition Award in 2016.

Three Strong Pipkin attorneys on the board of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx has been installed as the President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the 2016-2017 term.

David Kirby was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the 2016-2017 term.

K. B. Battaglini serves as Vice President – Membership of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Eight Strong Pipkin Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

Eight Lawyers from Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

  • Beaumont, TX
    • David W. Ledyard
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Greg M. Dykeman
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Litigation – Real Estate
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Michael L. Baker
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Michael T. Bridwell
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • John W. Bridger
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • K.B. Battaglini
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Natural Resources Law
    • Michael Hendryx
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Litigation – Labor and Employment
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David Ledyard Honored by America’s Top 100 Attorneys™ and The Best Lawyers In America®

David W. Ledyard has been honored with his selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys™ for Southern Texas for his Lifetime Achievements by America’s Top 100 LLC. The comprehensive multi-phase selection process is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state (Texas is divided into Northern and Southern) receive this honor.

The Best Lawyers in America©  (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) also selected Ledyard in 2016 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Beaumont Texas for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and honored Ledyard in 2015 as Lawyer of the Year in Beaumont for Mass Tort Litigation – Class Actions-Defendants. He has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America for the last five years in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability – Defendants, and Mass Tort Litigation – Class Actions – Defendants.

Ledyard has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Litigation for the last 36 years. His forty one years of experience and success in defending corporations has culminated in these most recent honors.

Strong Pipkin Prevails in Arbitration on Novel Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act Issue

Partner John Bridger assisted by senior associate David Kirby recently obtained an arbitration award on behalf of a major energy partnership in a breach of contract suit arising out of a demand for indemnity. The case involved a novel issue under the Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (LOIA). A contractor’s employee fell on the energy partnership’s platform located on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana. The injuries required immediate emergency medical care resulting in significant expense incurred by the energy partnership. Despite the serious injuries, the injured worker never filed a third-party lawsuit against the energy partnership. In a case of first impression, Messrs. Bridger and Kirby successfully argued that, under these circumstance, the LOIA did not prevent the energy partnership from obtaining indemnity from the employer for 100% of the cost of emergency medical care incurred by the energy partnership.

Two Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”

David W. Ledyard was named the Best Lawyers® (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) 2016 Beaumont Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” And Michael L. Baker was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Beaumont Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”

Eight Strong Pipkin Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners 2016

Michael Baker
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

K.B. Battaglini
Commercial Litigation
Natural Resources Law

John G. Bissell
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Environmental
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

John W. Bridger
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Michael T. Bridwell
Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Greg M. Dykeman
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Michael Hendryx
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David W. Ledyard
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants