Glenn R. Legge

Glenn R. Legge
Partner

P (713) 706-1941
F (713) 953-9470
glenn.legge@hfw.com

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Glenn Legge was born in Walnut Creek, California and obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received a B.A. with honors in 1979.  He attended the University of Houston Law Center where he received his J.D. in 1983.  Glenn is licensed to practice law in Texas and California and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas. 

He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including energy, marine, construction and insurance coverage matters, as well as regulatory investigations.  Glenn represents clients in the energy, marine, insurance and technology industries in state and federal courts.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict, has arbitrated commercial disputes through award and enforcement and has argued cases before Texas appellate courts in the 1st, 5th and 14th Districts, the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Representative Matters:

Litigation/Arbitration

  • Defended major energy operator in commercial dispute over commercial development of property.  Tried to verdict in Harris County District Court.  Plaintiff received no recovery from verdict and client awarded $2.0 million for counterclaims and attorneys’ fees and costs.  The matter was appealed and settled for a favorable amount.
  • Represented major energy operator in commercial arbitration against an international engineering contractor concerning construction defect in deepwater tension leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico that was discovered two weeks before scheduled first oil.  Arbitration panel issued an award for client and awarded discovery sanctions against opposing counsel.
  • Represented a major energy company in a coverage dispute with two domestic insurers arising out of a pipeline explosion.  The case settled for policy limits of $10 million.
  • Represented a multinational energy service and fluids company in an arbitration against an international chemical company arising out the termination of a long term production contract. The arbitration panel found in favor of the client, finding that client’s contract remained in place but failed to award damages for delay.
  • Represented a major energy development company in a lawsuit involving a $98 million commercial dispute involving allegations of fraudulent transfer of property rights.  The District Court granted summary judgment for the client, which was upheld in the First Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a major energy company in a coverage dispute with a domestic insurer involving a arising out of a construction defect in a refinery turnaround.  The case settled for policy limits.
  • Represented a major offshore service company in a charter dispute.  The client prevailed at trial in federal district court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court.
  • Represented a major energy operator in commercial arbitration against an international engineering contractor concerning defects and damage to umbilical installed on tension leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  The dispute was settled after initial rulings by the arbitration panel.
  • Represented various London insurers subscribing to $100,000 million excess placement in a coverage dispute with Kiewit involving a $20 million bad faith claim arising out of project for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.  The matter was appealed and the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the insurers on a standard ISO CGL contracts exclusion despite the majority of jurisdictions in the U.S. providing a contrary interpretation. Numerous insurance coverage treatises have recognized the Texas Supreme Court’s opinion in Gilbert Tex. Constr. Co. v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s London as a significant opinion impacting liability insurance coverage in the United States.  The National Insurance Law Forum listed the Gilbert opinion as one of its “most influential opinions of 2010.”
  • Represented a major energy operator in a putative class action suit alleging violations of the RICO statute, the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and common law negligence.  A motion to dismiss was filed on behalf of the client, which was later dismissed from the case.
  • Represented a major energy operator in a commercial arbitration involving delay damages and cost overruns arising out of the construction of a pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.  The arbitration panel issued an award against the client but within the projected range of exposure.
  • Represented various London insurers subscribing to a 2001 Welcar offshore construction policy in a bad faith dispute involving the placement of a platform jacket in the Gulf of Mexico.  The adverse judgment was appealed and Texas Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals holding in favor of no coverage and remanded the case to District Court to allow the insurers to pursue their counterclaim for fraud.  The matter settled for a substantial amount prior to trial. Houston Exploration Co. v. Wellington Underwriting Agencies, Ltd., 352 S.W.3d 462 (Tex. 2011) is the only opinion issued by a court in the U.S. interpreting a 2001 Welcar policy.
  • Represented a major energy operator in claims against a vessel owner that damaged an offshore production facility.  The client pursued delayed production claims despite the fact that the production facility was subsequently sold to a third party and obtained a substantial settlement prior to trial.
  • Represented a major chemical company in a construction dispute against a contractor arising out of defective design of the client’s office building.  The case was pending for trial in state District Court in Harris County, when the client settled for a substantial sum.
  • Represented an energy service company in suit against former executive who misappropriated confidential trade secrets and marketing information and then assisted the startup of a competing company backed by private equity investors.  Client obtained a temporary restraining order against former employee and case settled prior to trial for a substantial sum.

Regulatory

  • Represented major P&A/decommissioning contractor in investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) involving plug and abandonment (P&A) activities.
  • Represented an offshore engineering firm in an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Justice.
  • Represented an independent operator in an investigation by BSEE related to an offshore fatality.
  • Represented a vessel owner operator in claims against the national pollution fund arising out of pollution clean-up/avoidance activities.
  • Represented a record titleholder in the face of a BSEE investigation involving an offshore explosion and fatalities.
  • Represented major international contractor in BSEE investigation.
  • Retained by a consortium of companies that provide deepwater containment and diversion capabilities to the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

Transactional/Risk Allocation Matters

  • Assisted major energy operator with drafting agreements related to domestic LNG vessel discharge facility in Texas.
  • Assisted major chemical company with product recall protocol.
  • Assisted major energy operator with drafting a suite of domestic and international service contracts.
  • Assisted major international energy company with drafting an EPC contract for a gas processing plant in Western Australia.
  • Assisted a deepwater containment company with dozens of service contracts for development and deployment of its equipment.
  • Assisted a major contractor with negotiating contracts for the operation of an LNG vessel loading facility in Louisiana.

Presentations and Publications

Glenn has been a speaker and/or a member of the faculty at various conferences in the U.K., Norway and in the U.S. His conference presentations and publications include:

  •  “A Deposition in Texas – Producing an Underwriter Representative for Deposition,” Lillehammer Energy Claims Conference, Lillehammer, Norway, February 2008;
  •  “Warning: Judicial Interpretations of Arbitration Agreements May be Much Different than Expected.” 6th Annual Advanced Contract Risk Management Conference for Oil and Gas, Houston TX, June 2009;
  •  “Horses for Courses – Appropriate Selection of Arbitration or Litigation for Dispute Resolution”, 8th Annual Advanced Contract Risk Management Conference for Oil and Gas, Houston TX, May 2011.
  •  “Brave New World:  Post-Macondo Risk Allocation and Regulatory Environment”, 2012 London Market Presentation, London, U.K., October 2012
  •  “Contractual Indemnity, Warranty and Additional Insured Provisions:  Yours, Mine and Ours”, Contract Risk Management for Upstream Oil and Gas, Houston TX, April 2013.
  •  “Ranger Insurance Panel Opinion, Overview, Analysis and Path Forward”, 10th Annual Advanced Contract Risk Management Conference for Oil and Gas, Houston TX, May 2013.
  •  “New Sheriff in Town – BSEE’s Expanding Role and its Impact on Risk Allocation”, Deepwater Intervention Forum, Galveston TX, August 2013.
  •  “Is the Perfect Storm in the US Offshore Energy Sector Moving Towards the UK?”, IBC Deepwater Drilling Seminar, London U.K., September 2013.
  •  “How do Energy Companies and Insurers Address the Increasing Risk of Cyber Attacks – A New Era of Risks?”, Lloyd’s Market Association, London U.K., August 2014.
  • “How Oil, Insurance Industries Will Dance with Cybersecurity”, Houston Chronicle FuelFix, August 17, 2014.
  •  “Legal Considerations for FPSO Projects”, IBC FPSO Training Course, Houston TX, May 2014.
  •  “BSEE’s Expanded Regulatory Oversight – Evolution of the New Normal”, Presentation to the International Association of Drilling Contractors, Houston TX, October 2014.
  • “Cyberattack Insurance Challenges Confront Energy Sector”, Law360, October 29, 2014.
  • “Why Your Corporate Insurance and Risk Management Program May not Respond to a Cyber Attack”, 2014 In House Counsel Summit Series, Houston TX, November 2014.
  • “Jones Act Reform for Domestic Crude Shipments:  Some if by Land … More if by Sea”, Moving Crude Supplies to West Coast Markets Conference, Los Angeles, CA, December 2013.
  • “Cyber Security and Insurance Coverage: Evolving Risks Where More than Data is at Stake”, London, January 2015.
  • “Legal Challenges and Developments Impacting Decommissioning”, Panel Discussion, 7th Annual Decommissioning and Abandonment Summit, Houston, TX, March 2015.
  • “Cyber Risks – Insurance Coverage and Regulatory Updates for the Energy and Marine Sectors”, Cefor Annual Seminar, Oslo, Norway, April 2015.
  • “Complying with Evolving Offshore Energy Regs While Cutting Costs”, Texas Lawyer, July 9, 2015.
  • “Cyber Security and Insurance Coverage: Evolving Risks Where More than Data is at Stake”, Executive Liability Roundtable, EUCI Oil and Gas Cybersecurity Conference, Houston, TX, August 2015.
  • “Regulatory Developments Concerning Cyber Security and Insurance Coverage”, 11th Annual Deepwater Intervention Forum, August 2015.

Glenn is active in the Houston community and is member of the Board of Trustees for the Orange Show Center for the Visionary Arts.  He enjoys competitive offshore sailing, ice climbing, surfing and hunting, as well as assisting his wife, Myriam, raise their son Colin and daughter Sarika, which Glenn believes is the most challenging and rewarding of all his pursuits.