Eric J. Cassidy

Background

Eric Cassidy is a trial lawyer who moved to Houston in 2001 after graduating from the University of Texas Law School. Since then, he has tried dozens of complex matters for clients and eventually grew a practice that focuses on local, national, and international matters. Eric’s expertise includes commercial litigation, international arbitration, financial and regulatory investigations and compliance, and white collar criminal defense. He routinely advocates for clients in high profile, high stakes litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Representing a claimant in a False Claims Act case involving more than US$630 million in claims.
  • Representing a high net-worth individual as the plaintiff in a financial fraud and civil RICO claim in federal court litigation in Texas, Florida, and Kentucky.
  • Representing minority partners in shareholder and breach of fiduciary duty litigation involving more than US$15 million in Texas and New York.
  • Representing the American subsidiary of an international oil company relating to Russian and Ukrainian sanctions imposed by the U.S. government.
  • Representing a chemical company that manufactures fracking components as the claimant in a multimillion dollar breach of contract case that resulted in a victory for the client.
  • Representing the owner of a biodiesel business in a trade secret and employment agreement dispute in an expedited bench trial on the merits resulting in a verdict and take-nothing judgment for the client.
  • Representing the owner of a refinery waste storage facility in a jury trial against a general contractor resulting in a $1.7 million dollar verdict for the client on the merits.
  • Representing successfully a cross-border joint venture owner of a multimillion-dollar pipeline and terminal facility in an international arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Representing a national brokerage firm in federal court subprime securities litigation at a bench trial involving allegations of more than US$10 million in losses, resulting in summary judgment for the client.

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas Law School
    • Order of Barristers
    • Notes & Reviews Editor, American Journal of Criminal Law
  • M.A., University of Warwick (England)
  • B.A., Michigan State University, James Madison College

Presentations

  • Moderator, “Mexican Energy Litigation,” Association of International Petroleum Engineers, Spring Conference, Austin, Texas, 2015.
  • Speaker, “International Energy Dispute Resolution,” Houston Bar Association, Oil & Gas Section, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Mexican Energy Reform,” Energy C.F.O. Roundtable, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Strategic Developments in International Arbitration,” Houston Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, 2014.
  • Moderator, “Project Development Risks for Oil and Gas Companies,” Association of International Petroleum Engineers, Spring Conference, New York, 2014.
  • Moderator, “Energy and Constitutional Reform in Mexico,” Association of International Petroleum Engineers, Spring Conference, New York, 2014.
  • Moderator, “General Counsel Roundtable on International Energy,” Houston Bar Association, International Law Section, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Arbitration on Trial: Is It Time to Return Energy Disputes to the Courtroom?” Association of International Petroleum Engineers, Houston, 2014.
  • Moderator, “General Counsel Roundtable,” Houston Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, 2014
  • Speaker, “International Arbitration,” Houston Bar Association, Oil & Gas Section, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Enforcement and Trial of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Case,” State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, October 29, 2015.

  • Speaker, Litigating International Regulatory Conflicts, State Bar

    of Texas, International Law Section, University of Texas Law School,

    February 12, 2016.

  • Speaker, Enforcement and Trial of a FCPA Case, State Bar of Texas,

    International Law Section, SMU Dedman School of Law, October 16, 2015.

  • Speaker, Litigation Strategies for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, St. Mary’s University School of Law, March 30, 2016.

Associations and Honors

  • Committee Member, AIPN Model Contracts, Revision of 2004 Dispute Resolution Agreement, 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, Council, 2014, 2015
  • Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, Member, 2015
  • Charter Member, State Bar Human Rights Committee, 2015
  • Houston Bar Association, International Law Section, Chair, 2015-2016, 2013-2014
  • Houston Bar Association, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section, Treasurer 2015-2016, Secretary 2014-2015
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Chair 2015-2016, Trustee 2013-2015
  • Fellow, State Bar of Texas Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Member
  • Energy Bar Association, Member
  • Leadership Houston, Class XXXIII
  • Coro Foundation for Public Affairs, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas, Pro Bono College

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas