Troy Ford
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Troy Ford

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For over eighteen years, clients have relied on Troy to help them navigate complex business disputes. Having handled cases involving claims of hundreds of millions of dollars, Troy brings an organized and focused approach to handling complex disputes. He has represented major oil and gas companies, midstream companies, and Fortune 500 companies in cases involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, product liability and class actions. Troy has also served as national counsel for a Fortune 500 company.

A Texas native, Troy grew up in a small town in East Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Management. Troy then spent seven years working for a large property and casualty insurance company managing litigation. He attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center where he was one of the top ten graduates.

Troy appreciates the pressures that clients face and works with them to develop a strategy to achieve their goals in litigation. Other times, clients seek Troy’s advice in navigating a business solution to avoid litigation altogether. Troy advises clients on insurance issues and other contractual issues.

When Troy enters the courtroom, he brings an ability to communicate the theory of the case in a way that helps a jury reach the right conclusion. He understands that winning at trial, starts with effective preparation of the case from day one. Following a lengthy trial, one juror commented, “if I am ever faced with a lawsuit, I want Troy on my side.”

Troy and his wife Michelle have three kids. Their oldest son attends the University of Arkansas, their middle son attends Texas A&M University and their daughter attends Kingwood High School. Troy and Michelle are active in numerous charities.

 Commercial Cases 

Obtained full dismissal of lawsuit seeking to void a $150 million settlement of silica related claims. Plaintiffs sought to overturn an agreed judgment entered as part of the settlement of hundreds of silica related claims. Troy successfully argued to the trial court that the settlement should be upheld. Plaintiffs appealed the case to the First Court of Appeals. Plaintiffs argued that the agreed judgment should be set aside as "void as against public policy" because their trial lawyers did not tell them that the settlement was allegedly an aggregate settlement. Troy successfully briefed and argued for the finality of the settlement and the court agreed by dismissing the case. Authorlee, et al  v. Tuboscope Vetco, et al, No. 01-06-00719-CV.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an oil field services company sued for several million dollars over a supply agreement. Plaintiff sued an oil field services company alleging that company should purchase rental uniforms at the conclusion of the rental contract. Troy successfully argued to the trial court that the contract did not require the purchase of the uniforms at the conclusion of the contract.

Successfully represented a Houston developer for claims of fraud against a bank. A local developer engaged in a multimillion-dollar re-development of a Houston skyscraper. As the project neared completion, cost overruns required an additional loan. Despite assurances that the bank would provide such a loan, the bank never followed through. After litigating the case for several years, and several appeals, the case was resolved on favorable terms.

 Professional Liability

Won a jury verdict as lead trial counsel on behalf of the estate of a wealthy San Antonio business man and his widow. An attorney created a complex scheme to defraud an elderly couple of millions of dollars. The scheme involved the creation of a “family business” to which the attorney appointed himself a board member and obtained access to the couple’s bank accounts. Then he created numerous shell companies through which he transferred the couple’s money. The Court entered a final judgment for $9,499,742. The judgment is final. 

Obtained a favorable resolution for a law firm sued for millions of dollars for allegedly breaching their fiduciary duty. A client sued a Houston law firm alleging that the firm breached a fiduciary duty by conveying information to the client’s insurance carrier while the client was involved in a coverage dispute with the carrier.

Represented an Am Law 100 law firm sued for millions of dollars by a non-client. After briefing the lack of duty owed by a law firm to a non-client, the case was resolved on favorable terms.

 Products Liability

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of LG Electronics in a case involving a house fire. Plaintiffs alleged that a window air conditioner they purchased caused a fire that destroyed their home within hours of its first operation. Plaintiffs filed the case in a small town in central Texas where the Plaintiff was a well-known horse trainer. Troy formulated a trial strategy that demonstrated that the wiring in the home caused the fire.  After a four-day trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for Troy’s client.

Obtained summary judgments in a series of cases on behalf of 3M involving alleged product defects in a prescription medicine. In a series of cases filed in Texas, Maryland and Arkansas, Troy obtained multiple summary judgments on behalf of 3M. Plaintiffs alleged that a prescription medicine used to treat a certain type of skin cancer was defective. Troy successfully argued that the product did not contain a defect. The courts all separately agreed and dismissed the cases.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the manufacturer of a heart valve. Plaintiffs asserted a product defect existed in a heart valve manufactured by Troy’s client. Troy successfully briefed and argued that Plaintiff’s claims were barred by preemption. The court agreed and dismissed the case.

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of LG Electronics in a house fire case. Plaintiffs alleged that the power supply of a recently purchased television caused a house fire that resulted in over a million dollars in damage. Troy presented an alternative basis for the fire as having begun in a nearby toaster. The jury returned a complete defense verdict.

Won full dismissal of all claims for an electronic monitoring company sued for allegedly failing to monitor a convicted sexual offender. The state placed the offender under supervised release subject to electronic monitoring. The offender disabled his ankle monitor and violently attacked a woman inflicting life threatening injuries on the Plaintiff. Troy successfully argued before the trial court that statutory immunity applied to the claims.

Represented Cameron International in a case in which Plaintiffs alleged a check valve caused an explosion at a gas compressor station. Plaintiffs alleged that a check valve on a gas compressor failed and resulted in an explosion that caused over $16 million in damages. Troy identified former employees whose testimony reflected that the operator knew the compressor had begun to fail and insisted the workers continue operations. Troy then deposed other employees who testified that the Plaintiff had failed to connect fire suppression systems and had falsified reports regarding testing of the system. After these depositions, the case settled on favorable terms.

  Personal Injury

Successfully defended a trucking company in a dispute involving a rear-end collision. Plaintiffs alleged that a dump truck collided with their small passenger vehicle causing one of the Plaintiffs to require surgery. The impact appeared to be minor.  Troy argued that the not only was the impact slight, but that the Plaintiffs swerved in front of the dump truck and were partially to blame for the accident. The jury agreed and found the Plaintiffs 40% responsible for the accident. The jury also reduced the damages requested by the Plaintiff to the amount suggested by Troy during closing arguments.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Entergy Gulf States, Inc. in a claim involving injuries to a lineman. The Plaintiff worked for a contractor as a lineman performing repairs to overhead electrical distribution lines. During his work, a bucket truck in which the Plaintiff was standing became energized. The Plaintiff jumped from the truck crushing his ankle. Troy successfully argued that the claims were barred by Chapter 95. The trial court granted summary judgment. Plaintiff appealed, and Troy successfully briefed and argued to the appellate court which upheld the summary judgment.  Brocken v. Entergy Gulf States, No. 09-04-499 CV. 

 Estate and Probate 

Successfully resolved a will contest involving the estate of Leo Block. Troy represented the widow of Leo Block in a will contest with the family of Mr. Block.  The family asserted claims of undue influence on the part of Mr. Block’s widow. After numerous depositions and extensive briefing, the will contest was resolved on favorable terms.

Represented the widow of Belton Kleberg Johnson in a dispute over Mr. Johnson’s will and trusts. Belton Kleberg Johnson was the great-grandson of the founder of the King Ranch. When Johnson died, his children from a prior marriage challenged his estate plan.  After a lengthy trial and appeal the children filed a second lawsuit over the interpretation of several trusts. Troy became involved to try the case. While awaiting the jury panel, the parties were able to resolve the dispute on favorable terms.

Represented Tom Benson in a dispute over a family trust. Tom Benson was the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans and several car dealerships in Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Benson’s daughter sought to have Mr. Benson removed as trustee of a trust created when his first wife passed away. The case was successfully resolved on favorable terms.

Class Action

Obtained the dismissal of class action claims against a bank accused of charging mortgagees unauthorized fees. After briefing the relevant case law, the Plaintiffs dismissed their lawsuit.

Representative Experience

 Commercial Cases 

Obtained full dismissal of lawsuit seeking to void a $150 million settlement of silica related claims. Plaintiffs sought to overturn an agreed judgment entered as part of the settlement of hundreds of silica related claims. Troy successfully argued to the trial court that the settlement should be upheld. Plaintiffs appealed the case to the First Court of Appeals. Plaintiffs argued that the agreed judgment should be set aside as "void as against public policy" because their trial lawyers did not tell them that the settlement was allegedly an aggregate settlement. Troy successfully briefed and argued for the finality of the settlement and the court agreed by dismissing the case. Authorlee, et al  v. Tuboscope Vetco, et al, No. 01-06-00719-CV.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an oil field services company sued for several million dollars over a supply agreement. Plaintiff sued an oil field services company alleging that company should purchase rental uniforms at the conclusion of the rental contract. Troy successfully argued to the trial court that the contract did not require the purchase of the uniforms at the conclusion of the contract.

Successfully represented a Houston developer for claims of fraud against a bank. A local developer engaged in a multimillion-dollar re-development of a Houston skyscraper. As the project neared completion, cost overruns required an additional loan. Despite assurances that the bank would provide such a loan, the bank never followed through. After litigating the case for several years, and several appeals, the case was resolved on favorable terms.

 Professional Liability

Won a jury verdict as lead trial counsel on behalf of the estate of a wealthy San Antonio business man and his widow. An attorney created a complex scheme to defraud an elderly couple of millions of dollars. The scheme involved the creation of a “family business” to which the attorney appointed himself a board member and obtained access to the couple’s bank accounts. Then he created numerous shell companies through which he transferred the couple’s money. The Court entered a final judgment for $9,499,742. The judgment is final. 

Obtained a favorable resolution for a law firm sued for millions of dollars for allegedly breaching their fiduciary duty. A client sued a Houston law firm alleging that the firm breached a fiduciary duty by conveying information to the client’s insurance carrier while the client was involved in a coverage dispute with the carrier.

Represented an Am Law 100 law firm sued for millions of dollars by a non-client. After briefing the lack of duty owed by a law firm to a non-client, the case was resolved on favorable terms.

 Products Liability

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of LG Electronics in a case involving a house fire. Plaintiffs alleged that a window air conditioner they purchased caused a fire that destroyed their home within hours of its first operation. Plaintiffs filed the case in a small town in central Texas where the Plaintiff was a well-known horse trainer. Troy formulated a trial strategy that demonstrated that the wiring in the home caused the fire.  After a four-day trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for Troy’s client.

Obtained summary judgments in a series of cases on behalf of 3M involving alleged product defects in a prescription medicine. In a series of cases filed in Texas, Maryland and Arkansas, Troy obtained multiple summary judgments on behalf of 3M. Plaintiffs alleged that a prescription medicine used to treat a certain type of skin cancer was defective. Troy successfully argued that the product did not contain a defect. The courts all separately agreed and dismissed the cases.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the manufacturer of a heart valve. Plaintiffs asserted a product defect existed in a heart valve manufactured by Troy’s client. Troy successfully briefed and argued that Plaintiff’s claims were barred by preemption. The court agreed and dismissed the case.

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of LG Electronics in a house fire case. Plaintiffs alleged that the power supply of a recently purchased television caused a house fire that resulted in over a million dollars in damage. Troy presented an alternative basis for the fire as having begun in a nearby toaster. The jury returned a complete defense verdict.

Won full dismissal of all claims for an electronic monitoring company sued for allegedly failing to monitor a convicted sexual offender. The state placed the offender under supervised release subject to electronic monitoring. The offender disabled his ankle monitor and violently attacked a woman inflicting life threatening injuries on the Plaintiff. Troy successfully argued before the trial court that statutory immunity applied to the claims.

Represented Cameron International in a case in which Plaintiffs alleged a check valve caused an explosion at a gas compressor station. Plaintiffs alleged that a check valve on a gas compressor failed and resulted in an explosion that caused over $16 million in damages. Troy identified former employees whose testimony reflected that the operator knew the compressor had begun to fail and insisted the workers continue operations. Troy then deposed other employees who testified that the Plaintiff had failed to connect fire suppression systems and had falsified reports regarding testing of the system. After these depositions, the case settled on favorable terms.

  Personal Injury

Successfully defended a trucking company in a dispute involving a rear-end collision. Plaintiffs alleged that a dump truck collided with their small passenger vehicle causing one of the Plaintiffs to require surgery. The impact appeared to be minor.  Troy argued that the not only was the impact slight, but that the Plaintiffs swerved in front of the dump truck and were partially to blame for the accident. The jury agreed and found the Plaintiffs 40% responsible for the accident. The jury also reduced the damages requested by the Plaintiff to the amount suggested by Troy during closing arguments.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Entergy Gulf States, Inc. in a claim involving injuries to a lineman. The Plaintiff worked for a contractor as a lineman performing repairs to overhead electrical distribution lines. During his work, a bucket truck in which the Plaintiff was standing became energized. The Plaintiff jumped from the truck crushing his ankle. Troy successfully argued that the claims were barred by Chapter 95. The trial court granted summary judgment. Plaintiff appealed, and Troy successfully briefed and argued to the appellate court which upheld the summary judgment.  Brocken v. Entergy Gulf States, No. 09-04-499 CV. 

 Estate and Probate 

Successfully resolved a will contest involving the estate of Leo Block. Troy represented the widow of Leo Block in a will contest with the family of Mr. Block.  The family asserted claims of undue influence on the part of Mr. Block’s widow. After numerous depositions and extensive briefing, the will contest was resolved on favorable terms.

Represented the widow of Belton Kleberg Johnson in a dispute over Mr. Johnson’s will and trusts. Belton Kleberg Johnson was the great-grandson of the founder of the King Ranch. When Johnson died, his children from a prior marriage challenged his estate plan.  After a lengthy trial and appeal the children filed a second lawsuit over the interpretation of several trusts. Troy became involved to try the case. While awaiting the jury panel, the parties were able to resolve the dispute on favorable terms.

Represented Tom Benson in a dispute over a family trust. Tom Benson was the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans and several car dealerships in Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Benson’s daughter sought to have Mr. Benson removed as trustee of a trust created when his first wife passed away. The case was successfully resolved on favorable terms.

Class Action

Obtained the dismissal of class action claims against a bank accused of charging mortgagees unauthorized fees. After briefing the relevant case law, the Plaintiffs dismissed their lawsuit.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

International Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute

Houston Bar Association

American Bar Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Awards and Rankings

Named a “Rising Star” in general litigation, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Texas, 2011

Publications and Presentations

Third Party Designation of Responsibility: Texas Bar CLE on Advanced Evidence and Discovery 

Persuasion: How to Develop Themes So That A Jury Will Connect With Them: University of Houston Law Foundation CLE on The Jury Trial

Community Involvement

Former President, Gulf Coast Baseball Association

Former Treasurer, Friends of Kingwood Baseball

Youth baseball, softball and basketball coach

Education

J.D., The University of Houston Law Center, magna cum laude

-Top Ten Graduate

- Order of the Coif

- Order of the Barons

- Order of the Barristers

Houston Law Review

B.B.A., Texas A&M University, Management

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