Chad Flores
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Chad Flores

Associate

Chad Flores is a civil appellate specialist certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Before joining the Firm’s appellate section, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Texas.  Chad argued ten appeals in his first five years at the firm, and for five years running, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers has named him a “Rising Star” in appellate law.

Related Practices

Owens v. Jastrow, No. 13-10928, 2015 WL 3649823 (5th Cir. 2015)

Briefed and argued an appeal concerning a federal securities class action.  Beck Redden’s client had served as a high-level corporate executive for a company during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and was sued by plaintiffs with allegations of lying about the company’s financial health in public statements.  After the district court dismissed the case, the plaintiffs appealed in an attempt to revive the putative class action.  The Fifth Circuit held oral argument and rendered a unanimous decision in favor of the executive, holding that the case was rightly dismissed for failure to plead a legitimate securities fraud cause of action.  Commentators called this decision one of the spring’s “Top 5 Business Cases from the Fifth Circuit.”

Glassell Producing Co. v. Jared Res., Ltd., 422 S.W.3d 68 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2014)

Briefed and argued an appeal on behalf of clients seeking to compel arbitration of a large energy dispute. Beck Redden’s clients operated oil and gas interests and had been sued by owners of mineral rights for various torts, prompting the client to seek enforcement of a contractual arbitration clause.  When the trial court denied the client’s motion to compel arbitration, Beck Redden appealed and successfully had the decision reversed. After hearing argument, the Court rendered a unanimous decision enforcing the arbitration agreement as to the vast majority of claims against the client.


Alejos v. VIA Metro. Advanced Transp. Dist
., 433 S.W.3d 112
(Tex. App.—Austin 2014)

Briefed and argued an appeal concerning the legality of public securities issued for a $33 million transportation project in San Antonio.  After the district court rendered a judgment approving of the securities’ issuance, the client attempted to appeal the decision as a resident party to the suit. But before the appeal could go forward, the trial court ruled that the client did not count as a “party” and conditioned his participation in the litigation on his posting of a $3.6 million bond.  Beck Redden was engaged to appeal the rulings.  After hearing argument on an expedited schedule, the Court ruled in favor of Beck Redden’s client on both the “party”-status and bond issues, reversing the decision below.


Tricon Energy Ltd. v. Vinmar Int'l, Ltd., 718 F.3d 448 (5th Cir. 2013)

Briefed and argued an appeal to the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a party to an arbitration-confirmation proceeding. After the trial court confirmed the arbitration award and set the decision’s post-judgment interest rate according to a federal statute, the opposition appealed and argued that the court should have imposed a rate chosen by the arbitrator. The post-judgment interest question was one of first impression for the Fifth Circuit, which ruled in favor of Beck Redden’s client in a published opinion by Judge Jerry Smith.


Lauderdale v. Papadopoulos (In re Lauderdale)
, 460 F. App'x 361
(5th Cir. 2012) 

Briefed an appeal to the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a bankruptcy creditor. In the underlying adversary proceeding, a debtor had sought to discharge certain debts under Title 11's Section 523(a)(5), a provision regarding child-support debts. After the district court rejected the debtor's argument, the case went to the Fifth Circuit on a pure question of statutory interpretation, and Beck Redden was hired to handle the appeal. Despite an invitation to follow another circuit's competing statutory interpretation, the Fifth Circuit sided with Beck Redden's client and held that the statute made the debt not dischargable.

 
Drapela v. United States, 419 F. App'x 500 (5th Cir. 2011)

Briefed and argued an appeal to the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman. With the United States as defendant, the plaintiff had prevailed in a bench trial on his claim of unseaworthy working conditions. The government appealed, challenging findings about both unseaworthiness and causation of damages. Beck Redden was engaged to handle the appeal, and after hearing oral argument, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the judgment for Beck Redden's client.

Representative Experience

Owens v. Jastrow, No. 13-10928, 2015 WL 3649823 (5th Cir. 2015)

Briefed and argued an appeal concerning a federal securities class action.  Beck Redden’s client had served as a high-level corporate executive for a company during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and was sued by plaintiffs with allegations of lying about the company’s financial health in public statements.  After the district court dismissed the case, the plaintiffs appealed in an attempt to revive the putative class action.  The Fifth Circuit held oral argument and rendered a unanimous decision in favor of the executive, holding that the case was rightly dismissed for failure to plead a legitimate securities fraud cause of action.  Commentators called this decision one of the spring’s “Top 5 Business Cases from the Fifth Circuit.”

Glassell Producing Co. v. Jared Res., Ltd., 422 S.W.3d 68 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2014)

Briefed and argued an appeal on behalf of clients seeking to compel arbitration of a large energy dispute. Beck Redden’s clients operated oil and gas interests and had been sued by owners of mineral rights for various torts, prompting the client to seek enforcement of a contractual arbitration clause.  When the trial court denied the client’s motion to compel arbitration, Beck Redden appealed and successfully had the decision reversed. After hearing argument, the Court rendered a unanimous decision enforcing the arbitration agreement as to the vast majority of claims against the client.


Alejos v. VIA Metro. Advanced Transp. Dist
., 433 S.W.3d 112
(Tex. App.—Austin 2014)

Briefed and argued an appeal concerning the legality of public securities issued for a $33 million transportation project in San Antonio.  After the district court rendered a judgment approving of the securities’ issuance, the client attempted to appeal the decision as a resident party to the suit. But before the appeal could go forward, the trial court ruled that the client did not count as a “party” and conditioned his participation in the litigation on his posting of a $3.6 million bond.  Beck Redden was engaged to appeal the rulings.  After hearing argument on an expedited schedule, the Court ruled in favor of Beck Redden’s client on both the “party”-status and bond issues, reversing the decision below.


Tricon Energy Ltd. v. Vinmar Int'l, Ltd., 718 F.3d 448 (5th Cir. 2013)

Briefed and argued an appeal to the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a party to an arbitration-confirmation proceeding. After the trial court confirmed the arbitration award and set the decision’s post-judgment interest rate according to a federal statute, the opposition appealed and argued that the court should have imposed a rate chosen by the arbitrator. The post-judgment interest question was one of first impression for the Fifth Circuit, which ruled in favor of Beck Redden’s client in a published opinion by Judge Jerry Smith.


Lauderdale v. Papadopoulos (In re Lauderdale)
, 460 F. App'x 361
(5th Cir. 2012) 

Briefed an appeal to the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a bankruptcy creditor. In the underlying adversary proceeding, a debtor had sought to discharge certain debts under Title 11's Section 523(a)(5), a provision regarding child-support debts. After the district court rejected the debtor's argument, the case went to the Fifth Circuit on a pure question of statutory interpretation, and Beck Redden was hired to handle the appeal. Despite an invitation to follow another circuit's competing statutory interpretation, the Fifth Circuit sided with Beck Redden's client and held that the statute made the debt not dischargable.

 
Drapela v. United States, 419 F. App'x 500 (5th Cir. 2011)

Briefed and argued an appeal to the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman. With the United States as defendant, the plaintiff had prevailed in a bench trial on his claim of unseaworthy working conditions. The government appealed, challenging findings about both unseaworthiness and causation of damages. Beck Redden was engaged to handle the appeal, and after hearing oral argument, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the judgment for Beck Redden's client.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit

Texas Bar Association, Appellate Section

Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section

United States Supreme Court Historical Society

Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Awards and Rankings

Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Appellate Law by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers - Texas,  2013 - 2017

Related News
Publications and Presentations

The Texas Supreme Court's Erroneous Doctrine of Implied Appellate Jurisdiction, 41 St. Mary’s L.J. 1 (2009)

Appealing Class Action Certification Decisions Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f), 4 Seton Hall Cir. Rev. 27 (2008)

Marital Jam Sessions on Trial: Ecclesiastical Abstention and Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith in the Supreme Court of Texas, 9 Scholar 409 (2007)

Education

J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2007

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, Government, 2003

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas