Jim Robichaux

jrobichaux@branscombpc.com
361.886.3800

Jim Robichaux focuses on complex business disputes, eminent domain, oil and gas litigation, banking and fiduciary litigation and personal injury defense in toxic tort and premises liability cases. His practice involves cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before arbitration panels.

Education

B.B.A. in Accounting, University of Texas, 1977 — With Honors – Member, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma
J.D., University of Texas, 1979

Representative Matters

• Obtained high-six figure (confidential) settlement on behalf of clients involved in an oilfield case relating to defective pipe; despite the application of the Economic Loss Rule, statutory indemnity, and a target foreign defendant with no assets in the US upon which to execute, all of which would have precluded any recovery.
• Obtained a six-figure (confidential) settlement for mineral owners in a lease termination dispute, despite the fact that the producing wells remain tens of millions of dollars below payout.
• Obtained a mid-six figure monetary recovery and the award of mineral interests to land purchasers, despite language in the conveyance instruments that the sellers and Lessee oil companies asserted had conveyed no mineral interest to the purchaser (client).
• Obtained summary judgment in favor of the purchasers of certain mineral interests in a Texas County involving millions of dollars in royalties payable to date on currently producing wells, defeating a reservation in the conveyance in favor of one of the Assignors. Summary judgment was based upon application of provisions of the Texas Tax Code and the Texas Business Organizations Code (and its predecessor statute) to the forfeiture of the Assignors’ Certificate of Authority to conduct business in the State of Texas resulting from its failure to pay franchise fees.
• Recently obtained a series of fourteen summary judgments against multiple plaintiffs who falsely and maliciously accused the client and his law firm of committing acts of barratry, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, and legal malpractice. All plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed with prejudice and a Motion for Sanctions against the plaintiffs and their lawyers is pending.
• Obtained mid-eight figure (confidential) settlement on behalf of clients involved in a series of oil and gas partnerships with large Fortune 500 entity involving allegations of usury and partnership mismanagement.
• Represents large independent refineries in regional premises liability and toxic tort matters in MDL and non-MDL litigation.
• Successfully defended client accused of theft of geological prospect involving multi-billion dollar damage model — obtaining defense verdict at trial.

Experience

Adjunct Professor of Law, Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M – Corpus Christi), 1985-1987

Professional

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts, Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation
AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Thompson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers 2010-2017
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society
Co-authored an article for the California Western Law Review entitled “Council on Environmental Quality-Defining Human Environment,” 1980
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Personal

Jim and his wife, Rebecca, live in Georgetown. They enjoy cycling and the joys of a Texas Hill Country lifestyle. Robichaux-badge-Sept-2016