Hunter M. Barrow

Hunter M. Barrow

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    333 Clay Street
    Suite 3300
    Houston, TX 77002 USA
    713.951.5838
    713.654.1871
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Hunter is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Trial Practice Group in Houston. He has a broad litigation practice in trial and appellate courts. Hunter has experience handling a wide variety of matters, involving securities, financial institutions, energy, real estate, intellectual property, antitrust, insurance, product liability, and general commercial litigation. His clients span numerous industries, including energy, banking and finance, real estate development, private equity, and manufacturing.

Hunter is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy.

Experience

Banking and Financial Institution Litigation

  • Represented a commercial bank in asserting contract and deficiency claims against a real estate development company and its guarantors and in defending its valuation of collateral at a foreclosure sale, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict

  • Represented a multi-state bank holding company against a claim by a shareholder for breach of fiduciary duty and obtained dismissal of the lawsuit

  • Represented a commercial bank in defending against claims of improperly declaring default and withholding funding on a condominium development

  • Represented commercial banks and private equity funds in deficiency actions against borrowers and guarantors

  • Represented a commercial bank in defending against tortious interference claims made by a borrower and obtained summary judgment

Corporate Governance and Securities Litigation

  • Represented shareholders and a hotel and resort development company in asserting claims against an officer, director, and real estate developer for breach of fiduciary duty, usurpation of corporate opportunity, breach of contract, conspiracy, and tortious interference, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict

  • Represented venture capital firms and an officer against investors who sued under securities fraud and control person theories and obtained dismissal of the lawsuit

  • Represented a broker-dealer, individual representatives, and owners against an investor's claim for fraud in a securities arbitration, which resulted in a favorable settlement after arbitration

  • Represented a minority shareholder in asserting fraud claims against majority shareholders who sought to compel international arbitration, which resulted in a favorable settlement after a Fifth Circuit decision on case of first impression

Energy Litigation

  • Represented a biodiesel refinery in defending against fraud, contract, and conversion claims made by a feedstock marketer and producer

  • Represented an Oil Country Tubular Goods importer in asserting contract, fraud, and theft claims against an investment company, pipe broker, and Chinese pipe trader and obtained a provisional writ of attachment and injunction order to secure disputed pipe shipments

  • Represented an oil company in a merger dispute in asserting fraud claims for wrongfully assigning working and net revenue interests as well as for well-spacing violations

  • Represented an Indian-based casing manufacturer in defending against breach of contract and warranty claims and asserting counterclaims for breach of contract, which resulted in a favorable judgment after a three-day bench trial

Real Estate Litigation

  • Represented a medical clinic that was sued for breach of lease, fraud, statutory fraud, promissory estoppel, and negligent misrepresentation as a result of the client's decision not to execute an amendment to its existing lease agreement and obtained a complete jury defense verdict

  • Represented an owner of an office building in asserting claims for past and future rents under a long-term lease and in defending against warranty claims, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict

  • Represented a hospital in defending against a real estate developer's claims for breach of contract and injunctive relief centered around a purchase contract and repurchase-right provisions, which settled favorably after the court denied injunctive relief

  • Represented a real estate company in asserting a breach of lease claim against a tenant that sought a declaration of non-termination or rejection of the lease as a result of a bankruptcy order, which settled favorably after court denied the tenant's motion to dismiss

  • Represented a trustee for a family trust in seeking payment for a closing extension against a potential purchaser in a real estate transaction and obtained summary judgment

  • Represented a shopping center in defending claims of breach of contract and injunctive relief for alleged lease violations made by tenant and obtained summary judgment on waiver and estoppel defenses

  • Represented a shopping center developer in defending claims of fraud, which was settled favorably based on an estoppel letter during a jury trial

  • Represented owner of a high-rise condominium against a former tenant in asserting claims for lost rent and in defending against claims of unhabitability, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict

General Business Litigation

  • Represented a homebuilder against an architect and a homeowner in defending and asserting claims for injunctive relief, breach of contract, slander, and tortious interference and received a complete defense jury verdict and verdict on counterclaims

  • Represented a steel manufacturer in asserting bad faith claims against an insurance company and in seeking business interruption damages, which settled favorably after five days in a jury trial

  • Represented an oil and gas pipe support manufacturer in asserting copyright, trade secret, and trademark claims against a former consultant and steel fabrication company and obtained a permanent injunction

  • Represented an owner and general contractor against claims by a subcontractor for delay damages in an arbitration proceeding and obtained a favorable arbitration decision

  • Represented an excavating company in a lawsuit against a developer, asserting breach of contract and negligence claims in two separate cases and obtained summary judgment in one of the cases, which caused the developer to nonsuit the remaining case

  • Represented a biodiesel refinery in asserting nuisance and trespass claims against an adjacent landowner

  • Represented a day spa that asserted business tort and intellectual property claims against a competitor, which resulted in a favorable settlement after obtaining an injunction

  • Represented a steel plate manufacturer in defending against contract and fraud claims made by a vessel manufacturer and obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed appeal

  • Represented a promotional products company against a competitor in a declaratory judgment action and recovered attorneys' fees at trial

Distinctions/Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2013-2014
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • “Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame,” Texas Lawyer; 2013
  • Houston's "Top Lawyers," H Texas magazine; 2010-2013
  • "Future Star," Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys; 2009-2015
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, General Litigation); 2004-2005, 2007-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent TM Peer Review Rated

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, South Texas College of Law; 2001-present

  • Member, American Bar Association; Co-Chair, 2011-present, Private Equity Litigation Subcommittee, Litigation Section; Co-Chair, 2008-2011, Banking and Lender Liability Litigation Subcommittee, Litigation Section; Member, Business Law Section

  • Member, Houston Bar Association

  • Member, New York Bar Association

  • Advisory Board Member, National Association of Corporate Directors, Tri-Cities Chapter

  • Master, American Inns of Court, Garland Walker Chapter

  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Member, National Center for State Courts

  • Member, Texas Association of Bank Counsel