Robert L. Paddock

Robert L. Paddock

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    811 Main Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002-6129 USA
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Robert Paddock focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. In his litigation practice, he represents clients involved in contract-based disputes, energy-related disputes, corporate governance issues, and landlord/tenant disputes in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. He also has extensive experience in bankruptcy litigation.


  •  In a dispute over the calculation of gathering rates under a gas gathering agreement, obtained a take-nothing award after a three-week arbitration in which the plaintiff sought damages of more than $190 million 
  • Defended loan servicing company and major financial institution in a trial involving alleged misapplication of loan proceeds 
  • Obtained temporary injunction against a defendant who misappropriated $2.5 million that was supposed to be used to acquire mineral interests
  • In connection with Lehman Brothers, Inc. bankruptcy, defended client against debtor’s claim to subordinate more than $40 million of his compensation; after a bankruptcy court trial, the court denied the subordination and allowed the claim
  • Represented an exploration and production company in litigation involving the interpretation and operation of a turnkey drilling contract
  • Extensive experience representing operators and non operators in resolving joint operating agreement disputes
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a major energy company in its enforcement of its rights under gas pipeline balancing agreement
  • Obtained substantial jury verdict for a client in case involving misrepresentations in a private placement memorandum submitted by a worldwide marketer of sporting goods
  • Represented building owners in lawsuits against general contractors and architects
  • As part of a massive Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, represented numerous energy companies seeking recovery of claims against the debtor
  • Represented both landlords and tenants in litigation involving commercial lease enforcement issues


  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2014-2018

  • Houston's "Top Lawyers," H Texas magazine; 2006-2007, 2010-2013, 2015

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights); 2004-2006, 2008-2011, 2013

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Agape Development Ministries
  • Former Board Member, The Children's Fund
  • Partner, Downtown Tool Box Lunch Series
  • Speaker Chair, Madrugadores Breakfast Club