Jeff Golub
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Jeff M. Golub

Partner

Jeff has more than 20 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trials and arbitrations.  A lifelong Houstonian, Jeff comes from a family of business owners, and he focuses his practice on helping business owners and companies resolve complex disputes successfully and efficiently. He has won verdicts and achieved favorable outcomes for clients in courts not only in Texas, but throughout the country. His litigation skill has been recognized by his peers, including as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the U.S. News peer review survey. Before joining the firm, Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable David Hittner, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Texas.

Jeff has broad experience in disputes concerning commercial transactions, business torts, products liability, fiduciary matters, partnership disputes, professional malpractice, employment matters, and significant personal injury claims. He frequently represents clients in high stakes, bet­-the-­company cases involving millions of dollars. He also regularly advocates for businesses and individuals in smaller matters. No matter the size of your dispute, he can tailor a litigation plan that fits your need for a winning solution.

Commercial Litigation

Represented Enterprise Products in the landmark trial and appellate reversal in 2017 of a $535 million judgment in a crude oil pipeline dispute.  The Dallas Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Enterprise, holding in a unanimous opinion that ETP did not prove as a matter of law that Enterprise had waived conditions precedent to the formation of a partnership under Texas law in the context of a proposed crude oil pipeline project.

Represented a leading natural gas company in multiple trials arising out of gas supply contracts. Jeff tried two multi­million dollar cases for this client in Mississippi federal court and in Texas state court. The federal case resulted in a verdict in favor of Jeff’s client, and after a week­long trial, the Texas case settled on favorable terms. Jeff tried these cases with partner David W. Jones.

Defended a national energy commodities company against claims of RICO violations, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. Jeff led the defense, including undertaking all depositions, discovery and pre-trial motion practice. Jeff negotiated a favorable settlement for his client.

In a complex shareholder dispute, Jeff represented individual shareholders of a leading global hair care products company in defense of fiduciary duty claims brought by another shareholder seeking in excess of $10 million.  

Represents a prominent Texas family member in defense of tort and fiduciary duty claims alleging damages of over $300 million related to a closely held corporation and various family trusts and foundations.

In a complex business case, Jeff defended a private equity investment company against securities fraud and RICO claims brought by an investor seeking more than $10 million.  After the federal district court dismissed the bulk of Plaintiffs’ claims in favor of Jeff’s clients, the case was settled on favorable terms.

Successfully pursued claims in arbitration on behalf of a major power and gas company based on swap contract defaults by an energy commodity trading partner.  The matter settled favorably.

Won a summary judgment on behalf of an AMLAW 100 Texas law firm in professional liability case in which plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $170 million. The summary judgment was affirmed on appeal.

Represented an AMLAW 100 Texas firm in a professional liability case in which the plaintiffs alleged negligence in the handling of an estate matter. After Jeff undertook discovery and pretrial matters, he negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

In Mississippi federal court, Jeff represented a 500+ attorney Texas law firm in a professional liability case. The plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $200 million. The plaintiffs alleged that the firm’s client breached fiduciary duties arising out of their legal work on a merger between publicly traded construction companies. Jeff led the defense by undertaking extensive investigation, discovery, depositions and motion practice. Jeff negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

Won a summary judgment in an insurance coverage case in which Jeff represented a DNA testing company headquartered in Houston. The client sought coverage for third party claims under multi-million dollar insurance policies. The federal court granted summary judgment enforcing coverage under the policies.  The Court awarded all attorney’s fees to Jeff’s client. 

 

Employment/Trade Secrets

Won a jury verdict in Dallas in a case in which Jeff represented an international electronics technology developer and manufacturer in a trial involving claims of theft of trade secrets and breach of non-solicitation agreements. After a week­long trial in Dallas, the jury rendered a verdict for Jeff’s client on all issues.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in claims against a senior executive for breach of a non-competition provision in an employment agreement. The firm obtained a permanent injunction for the client, upholding the non-competition clause.

Successfully defended a former senior executive of a Fortune 500 company in an ERISA class action.  The matter was resolved with no liability and no damages paid by the firm’s client.

Successfully pursued claims in arbitration for breach of an executive employment agreement on behalf of a former senior executive of an energy company.

Successfully defended a senior energy executive in shareholder derivative lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws.

Defended an oil and gas exploration company against claims by a competitor for theft of seismic data trade secrets.  After substantial discovery and pretrial proceedings, the matter settled favorably.

 

Products/Manufacturing

Represents one of the world’s leading automotive safety component suppliers in a large docket of product liability cases. Jeff has represented this client for more than 20 years in dozens of catastrophic personal injury and death cases pending in courts across the country, including Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, and throughout Texas.

Won a dismissal in a product defect case in which Jeff represented an international bolt manufacturer in Galveston, Texas. As lead counsel, Jeff directed an extensive failure investigation, depositions, and motion practice.

Won a summary judgment in a product defect case in which Jeff represented a leading Midwestern steel manufacturer and supplier.

Won a summary judgment in a contract dispute in which Jeff represented a national steel supplier in Beaumont, Texas.

In a contract dispute, Jeff represented a Fortune 500 company that designs health care software information and management systems in multiple lawsuits. Jeff’s client faced multiple claims of breach of contract, warranty and deceptive trade practices arising out of the performance of the software. After an investigation, depositions, and pre-trial matters, Jeff negotiated a settlement on favorable terms.

 

Real Estate

Won a construction arbitration on behalf of a luxury residential property purchaser in a dispute with a developer over the terms of the purchase agreement.  After a multi-day hearing, the arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff’s client and dismissed the developer’s counterclaim seeking termination of the purchase agreement.

Successfully defended a modular building contractor relating to permitting and nonpayment claims.  The case was settled on favorable terms.

Representative Experience

Commercial Litigation

Represented Enterprise Products in the landmark trial and appellate reversal in 2017 of a $535 million judgment in a crude oil pipeline dispute.  The Dallas Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Enterprise, holding in a unanimous opinion that ETP did not prove as a matter of law that Enterprise had waived conditions precedent to the formation of a partnership under Texas law in the context of a proposed crude oil pipeline project.

Represented a leading natural gas company in multiple trials arising out of gas supply contracts. Jeff tried two multi­million dollar cases for this client in Mississippi federal court and in Texas state court. The federal case resulted in a verdict in favor of Jeff’s client, and after a week­long trial, the Texas case settled on favorable terms. Jeff tried these cases with partner David W. Jones.

Defended a national energy commodities company against claims of RICO violations, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. Jeff led the defense, including undertaking all depositions, discovery and pre-trial motion practice. Jeff negotiated a favorable settlement for his client.

In a complex shareholder dispute, Jeff represented individual shareholders of a leading global hair care products company in defense of fiduciary duty claims brought by another shareholder seeking in excess of $10 million.  

Represents a prominent Texas family member in defense of tort and fiduciary duty claims alleging damages of over $300 million related to a closely held corporation and various family trusts and foundations.

In a complex business case, Jeff defended a private equity investment company against securities fraud and RICO claims brought by an investor seeking more than $10 million.  After the federal district court dismissed the bulk of Plaintiffs’ claims in favor of Jeff’s clients, the case was settled on favorable terms.

Successfully pursued claims in arbitration on behalf of a major power and gas company based on swap contract defaults by an energy commodity trading partner.  The matter settled favorably.

Won a summary judgment on behalf of an AMLAW 100 Texas law firm in professional liability case in which plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $170 million. The summary judgment was affirmed on appeal.

Represented an AMLAW 100 Texas firm in a professional liability case in which the plaintiffs alleged negligence in the handling of an estate matter. After Jeff undertook discovery and pretrial matters, he negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

In Mississippi federal court, Jeff represented a 500+ attorney Texas law firm in a professional liability case. The plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $200 million. The plaintiffs alleged that the firm’s client breached fiduciary duties arising out of their legal work on a merger between publicly traded construction companies. Jeff led the defense by undertaking extensive investigation, discovery, depositions and motion practice. Jeff negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

Won a summary judgment in an insurance coverage case in which Jeff represented a DNA testing company headquartered in Houston. The client sought coverage for third party claims under multi-million dollar insurance policies. The federal court granted summary judgment enforcing coverage under the policies.  The Court awarded all attorney’s fees to Jeff’s client. 

 

Employment/Trade Secrets

Won a jury verdict in Dallas in a case in which Jeff represented an international electronics technology developer and manufacturer in a trial involving claims of theft of trade secrets and breach of non-solicitation agreements. After a week­long trial in Dallas, the jury rendered a verdict for Jeff’s client on all issues.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in claims against a senior executive for breach of a non-competition provision in an employment agreement. The firm obtained a permanent injunction for the client, upholding the non-competition clause.

Successfully defended a former senior executive of a Fortune 500 company in an ERISA class action.  The matter was resolved with no liability and no damages paid by the firm’s client.

Successfully pursued claims in arbitration for breach of an executive employment agreement on behalf of a former senior executive of an energy company.

Successfully defended a senior energy executive in shareholder derivative lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws.

Defended an oil and gas exploration company against claims by a competitor for theft of seismic data trade secrets.  After substantial discovery and pretrial proceedings, the matter settled favorably.

 

Products/Manufacturing

Represents one of the world’s leading automotive safety component suppliers in a large docket of product liability cases. Jeff has represented this client for more than 20 years in dozens of catastrophic personal injury and death cases pending in courts across the country, including Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, and throughout Texas.

Won a dismissal in a product defect case in which Jeff represented an international bolt manufacturer in Galveston, Texas. As lead counsel, Jeff directed an extensive failure investigation, depositions, and motion practice.

Won a summary judgment in a product defect case in which Jeff represented a leading Midwestern steel manufacturer and supplier.

Won a summary judgment in a contract dispute in which Jeff represented a national steel supplier in Beaumont, Texas.

In a contract dispute, Jeff represented a Fortune 500 company that designs health care software information and management systems in multiple lawsuits. Jeff’s client faced multiple claims of breach of contract, warranty and deceptive trade practices arising out of the performance of the software. After an investigation, depositions, and pre-trial matters, Jeff negotiated a settlement on favorable terms.

 

Real Estate

Won a construction arbitration on behalf of a luxury residential property purchaser in a dispute with a developer over the terms of the purchase agreement.  After a multi-day hearing, the arbitrator ruled in favor of Jeff’s client and dismissed the developer’s counterclaim seeking termination of the purchase agreement.

Successfully defended a modular building contractor relating to permitting and nonpayment claims.  The case was settled on favorable terms.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

International Association of Defense Counsel

Institute for Energy Law (IEL), Advisory Board

Houston Bar Association

  • Member - CLE Committee
  • Member - Golf Tournament Committee; 2019 Golf Tournament Co-Chair
  • Member - Professionalism Committee
Awards and Rankings

Named in Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defense, 2013 - 2018

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

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Publications and Presentations

Speaker, Labor & Employment Law -Texas Lawyer Roundtable Series, 2009

Speaker, The Jury Trial, University of Houston Law Foundation CLE, 2009

Speaker, Recent Trends in Legal Malpractice Litigation: Personal Injury Litigation Update CLE - Dallas, Texas, 2008

Ethics in Aggregate Settlements
, Ainsworth, J., Golub, J., TADC Summer Meeting, 2001

Community Involvement

Board Member, Anti-Defamation League – Southwest Region

Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter

College Alumni Board Member, Emory University

Education

J.D., The University of Houston Law Center, 1995

B.A., Emory University, 1991 

Admissions

State Bar of Texas 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas