Russell S. Post

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Houston

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Direct: 713.951.6292

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Russell Post is a board-certified appellate specialist whose wide-ranging practice combines the broad intellectual perspective demanded by the appellate process with the focused advocacy necessary to excel in civil litigation.

For over two decades, Russell has dedicated his practice entirely to civil appeals and complex civil litigation. He appears regularly in the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Texas appellate courts.

Russell represents both plaintiffs and defendants, practicing in virtually every field of civil law. His appearances before the Texas Supreme Court have touched on a wide range of important legal issues, ranging from complex commercial litigation and statutory construction to high-stakes personal injury matters. His appearances before the Fifth Circuit have also touched on a wide range of federal questions, including a recent appearance securing the affirmance of a $438 million judgment in Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Quanta Storage, Inc., 961 F.3d 731 (5th Cir. 2020).

In addition to his core appellate practice, Russell is frequently engaged at earlier stages of litigation to handle strategy, complex legal issues, and the jury charge – focusing on the big picture and developing strategies with the appellate endgame in mind.

Russell is honored to have been recognized by his peers in publications such as BenchmarkChambers USA in Litigation: Appellate (Texas) (2007-2021), Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice (2007-2021), and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers – Appellate (2007-2020).  Recognitions also include the Houston Appellate Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers in America, 2015) and one of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas (Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2019). In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the premier organization for appellate specialists in the United States.

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  • Representative experience

    Texas Supreme Court

    • Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 612 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. 2020)
    • Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. v. Enter. Products Partners, L.P., 593 S.W.3d 732 (Tex. 2020)
    • Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated v. Forte, 497 S.W.3d 460 (Tex. 2016)
    • Linegar v. DLA Piper LLP (US), 495 S.W.3d 276 (Tex. 2016)
    • Occidental Chemical Corporation v. Jenkins, 478 S.W.3d 640 (Tex. 2016)
    • McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation v. Phoenix Insurance Company, 477 S.W.3d 786 (Tex. 2015)
    • Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Drennen, 452 S.W.3d 319 (Tex. 2014)
    • Dynegy, Inc. v. Yates, 422 S.W.3d 638 (Tex. 2013)
    • Tawes v. Barnes, 340 S.W.3d 419 (Tex. 2011)
    • Regal Finance Co., Ltd. v. Tex Star Motors, Inc., 355 S.W.3d 595 (Tex. 2010)
    • Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. v. Limmer, 299 S.W.3d 78 (Tex. 2009)
    • Farmers Group, Inc. v. Lubin, 222 S.W.3d 417 (Tex. 2007)
    • Frost Nat’l Bank v. L&F Distributors, Ltd., 165 S.W.3d 310 (Tex. 2005)
    • Texas State Bank v. Amaro, 87 S.W.3d 538 (Tex. 2002)
    • Perry v. Del Rio, 66 S.W.3d 239 (Tex. 2001)
    • Bradford v. Vento, 48 S.W.3d 749 (Tex. 2001)

    United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

    • Chaudhary v. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 19-20039, 2020 WL 6127936 (5th Cir. Oct. 16, 2020)
    • Env’t Tex. Citizen Lobby, Inc. v. ExxonMobil Corp., 968 F.3d 357 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Quanta Storage, Inc., 961 F.3d 731 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Faludi v. U.S. Shale Sols., L.L.C., 950 F.3d 269 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Statoil USA E&P, Inc. v. United States Dep’t of Interior, 801 Fed. Appx. 232 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Universal Truckload, Inc. v. Dalton Logistics, Inc., 946 F.3d 689 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Retractable Techs., Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 919 F.3d 869 (5th Cir. 2019)
    • Parrish v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P., 917 F.3d 369 (5th Cir. 2019)
    • Nester v. Textron, Inc., 888 F.3d 151 (5th Cir. 2018)
    • City of Dallas v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., 847 F.3d 279 (5th Cir. 2017)
    • Retractable Technologies, Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 842 F.3d 883 (5th Cir. 2016)
    • Environment Texas Citizen Lobby, Inc. v. ExxonMobil Corp., 824 F.3d 507 (5th Cir. 2016)
    • Ludlow v. BP, P.L.C., 800 F.3d 674 (5th Cir. 2015)
    • Forte v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 763 F.3d 421 (5th Cir. 2015)
    • Breton Energy, L.L.C. v. Mariner Energy Resources, Inc., 764 F.3d 394 (5th Cir. 2014)
    • In re Deepwater Horizon, 745 F.3d 157 (5th Cir. 2014)
    • Aspen Technology, Inc. v. M3 Technology, Inc., 569 Fed. Appx. 259 (5th Cir. 2014)
    • CMH Homes, Inc. v. Goodner, 729 F.3d 832, 833 (8th Cir. 2013)
    • Ergon-West Virginia, Inc. v. Dynegy Marketing & Trade, 706 F.3d 419 (5th Cir. 2013)
    • BP Exploration Libya Ltd. v. ExxonMobil Libya Ltd., 689 F.3d 481 (5th Cir. 2012)
    • Illinois Cent. R. Co. v. Guy, 682 F.3d 381 (5th Cir. 2012)
    • Evans v. Sterling Chemicals, Inc., 660 F.3d 862 (5th Cir. 2011)
    • American Int’l Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Rentech Steel L.L.C., 620 F.3d 558 (5th Cir. 2010)
    • Lopez Dominguez v. Gulf Coast Marine & Associates, Inc., 607 F.3d 1066 (5th Cir. 2010)
    • South Texas Elec. Co-op. v. Dresser-Rand Co., Inc., 575 F.3d 504 (5th Cir. 2009)
    • Miller v. Gorski Wladyslaw Estate, 338 Fed. Appx. 454 (5th Cir. 2009)
    • F.D.I.C. v. Maxxam, Inc., 529 F.3d 667 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Foradori v. Captain D’s LLC, 523 F.3d 477 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Marlin v. Moody Nat. Bank, 533 F.3d 374 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Miller v. Gorski Wladyslaw Estate, 547 F.3d 273 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • U.S. v. Jho, 534 F.3d 398 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Regents of the University of California v. Credit Suisse First Boston (USA) Inc., 482 F.3d 372 (5th Cir. 2007)
    • Halliburton Co. Benefits Committee v. Graves, 463 F.3d 360 (5th Cir. 2006)
    • United States ex rel. Riley v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hosp., 355 F.3d 370 (5th Cir. 2004
    • Pineda v. City of Houston, 291 F.3d 325 (5th Cir. 2002), cert. denied, 123 S. Ct. 892 (2003)
    • E.E.O.C. v. R.J. Gallagher Co., 181 F.3d 645 (5th Cir. 1999)

    Texas Courts of Appeal

    • Moody v. Nat’l W. Life Ins. Co., 01-18-01106-CV, 2020 WL 7251459 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 10, 2020, no pet. h.)
    • Moody v. Moody, 14-18-01018-CV, 2020 WL 6575619 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 10, 2020, no pet. h.)
    • Devon Energy Prod. Co., L.P. v. Sheppard, 13-19-00036-CV, 2020 WL 6164467 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Oct. 22, 2020, no pet. h.)
    • Mosaic Baybrook One, L.P. v. Cessor, 01-18-01057-CV, 2020 WL 5637212 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Sept. 22, 2020, no pet.)
    • Mosaic Baybrook One, L.P. v. Simien, 01-18-01049-CV, 2020 WL 5637499 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Sept. 22, 2020, no pet.)
    • Belmont Vill. Hunters Creek TRS, LLC v. Marshall, 01-18-00984-CV, 2020 WL 4873563 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 20, 2020, no pet.)
    • IMT Pavilion III LLP v. Mendez, 01-18-00980-CV, 2020 WL 1943037 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 23, 2020, no pet.)
    • NFTD, LLC v. Haynes & Boone, LLP, 591 S.W.3d 766 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, pet. filed)
    • In re Alexander, 580 S.W.3d 858 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, orig. proceeding)
    • Huong Le Nguyen v. 0800989127 WB, LLC, 03-18-00760-CV, 2019 WL 2872290 (Tex. App.—Austin July 3, 2019, no pet.)
    • Equistar Chemicals, LP v. ClydeUnion DB, Ltd., 579 S.W.3d 505 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, pet. denied)
    • San Jacinto River Auth. v. Lewis, 572 S.W.3d 838 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, no pet.)
    • Boytim v. Brigham Expl. Co., 03-17-00722-CV, 2018 WL 6816827 (Tex. App.—Austin Dec. 28, 2018, pet. denied)
    • In re Duddlesten, 01-18-00561-CV, 2018 WL 6694710 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 20, 2018, orig. proceeding)
    • Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 543 S.W.3d 288 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2018), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 612 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. 2020)
    • DLA Piper LLP (US) v. Linegar, 539 S.W.3d 512 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2017, pet. denied)
    • In re Transcon. Gas Pipeline Co., LLC, 542 S.W.3d 703 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
    • In re Wagner, 560 S.W.3d 309 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017, orig. proceeding)
    • Kuentz v. Cole Sys. Group, Inc., 541 S.W.3d 208 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
    • In re Volkswagen Clean Diesel Litig., 557 S.W.3d 78 (Tex. App.—Austin 2017, no pet.)
    • Enter. Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., 529 S.W.3d 531 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2017), aff’d, 593 S.W.3d 732 (Tex. 2020)
    • Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc. v. Bush, 05-14-01148-CV, 2017 WL 1550035 (Tex. App.—Dallas Apr. 28, 2017, pet. denied)
    • Martin Operating P’ship LP v. QEP Marine Fuel Inv., LLC, 525 S.W.3d 712 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
    • In re Marshall, 515 S.W.3d 420 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, orig. proceeding)
    • McAllen Hosps., L.P. v. Rodriguez, 13-15-00362-CV, 2016 WL 3365788 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi June 16, 2016, pet. denied)
    • Brigham Expl. Co. v. Boytim, 03-15-00248-CV, 2016 WL 3390287 (Tex. App.—Austin June 15, 2016, no pet.)
    • Roger v. Mumme, 13-13-00481-CV, 2016 WL 2955902 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi May 19, 2016, no pet.)
    • PHI, Inc. v. LeBlanc, 13-14-00097-CV, 2016 WL 747930 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Feb. 25, 2016, pet. denied)
    • Estate of Benson, 2015 WL 5258702 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2015, no pet. h.)
    • Guzder v. Haynes and Boone, LLP, 2015 WL 2228039 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet.)
    • Aaronii v. Directory Associates, Inc., 462 S.W.3d 190 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2015, pet. filed)
    • Lauret v. Meritage Homes of Texas, LLC, 455 S.W.3d 695 (Tex. App. – Austin 2014, no pet.)
    • DLA Piper US, LLP v. Linegar, 2014 WL 3698289 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2014, pet. filed)
    • Uduma v. Wagner, 2014 WL 4259886 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, no pet.)
    • In re Wyatt Field Service Company, 454 S.W.3d 145 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2014)
    • Jenkins v. Occidental Chemical Corp., 415 S.W.3d 14 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. granted) (orally argued in Texas Supreme Court September 2015)
    • City of Houston v. CenterPoint Energy Houston Elec., LLC, 2012 WL 6644982 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, no pet.)
    • Regal Finance Co., Ltd. v. Tex Star Motors, Inc., 2012 WL 58945 (Tex. App. —Houston [14th Dist.] 2012, no pet.)
    • Voss Road Exxon LLC v. Vlahakos, 2011 WL 2623989 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.)
    • Cooper v. Harris, 329 S.W.3d 898 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet. denied)
    • Cameron Int’l Corp. v. Vetco Gray Inc., 2009 WL 838177 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2009, pet. denied)
    • Cherokee County Cogeneration Partners, L.P. v. Dynegy Marketing and Trade, 305 S.W.3d 309 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2009, no pet.)
    • CMS Energy Resource Management Co. v. Quicksilver Resources, Inc., 2009 WL 1815776 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2009, no pet.)
    • In re Kerr, 293 S.W.3d 353 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2009, orig. proceeding)
    • Rentech Steel, L.L.C. v. Teel, 299 S.W.3d 155 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2009, pet. dism’d)
    • Union Pacific R. Co. v. Cezar, 293 S.W.3d 800 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2009, no pet.)
    • Barton v. Whataburger, Inc., 276 S.W.3d 456 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2008, pet. denied)
    • Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Hines, 252 S.W.3d 496 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied)
    • Texas Southern University v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., 212 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2007, pet. denied)
    • Baker Botts v. Cailloux, 224 S.W.3d 723 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2007, pet. denied)
    • In re Weir, 166 S.W.3d 861 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2005, orig. proceeding)
    • Greene’s Pressure Treating & Rentals, Inc. v. Fulbright & Jaworski, 178 S.W.3d 40 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
    • Glattly v. CMS Viron Corp., 177 S.W.3d 438 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
    • Wright v. Sydow, 173 S.W.3d 534 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied)
    • KPH Consol., Inc. v. Romero, 102 S.W.3d 135 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2003), aff’d, 166 S.W.3d 212 (Tex. 2005)
    • Waite v. Waite, 150 S.W.3d 797 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied)
    • Fincher v. Wright, 141 S.W.3d 255 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2004, no pet.)
    • General Elec. Capital Assurance Co. v. Jackson, 135 S.W.3d 849 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2004, pet. denied)

    Commercial Arbitration Proceedings

    • No. 70 116 00279 09; Arbitration Between Dr. Ebrahim Bagherzadeh and HRD Corporation d/b/a Marcus Oil & Chemical
    • No. 58 148 00271 09; In the Matter of the Arbitration Between GE Capital Corporation v. Preesall Energy Services
  • Honors & Awards
    • Named in Best Lawyers in America – Appellate Practice, 2007 – 2022
    • Named Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2012 – 2021
    • Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation: Appellate (Texas), 2007 – 2020
    • Recognized in Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Super Lawyers – Texas,” “Top 100 Super Lawyers – Houston,” 2015 – 2020
    • Named to Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers – Appellate, 2004; 2007 – 2020
    • Houstonia Top Lawyer: Appellate Law, 2020
    • Named in Benchmark: Appellate as a Litigation Star, 2012-2013 and leading appellate practitioner in the Fifth Circuit, 2011-2012
    • Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation:  General Commercial (Texas), 2008 – 2012, Appellate (Texas) 2020
    • Selected to Thomson Reuters “Rising Stars”, 2004
  • Publications & Presentations
    • “Storming the Casteel: Reflections on 20 Years of Presumed Harm,” Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2021) (Panelist)
    • “SCOTX Review webcast with The Lawbook,” The Texas Lawbook CLE, September 18, 2020 (Panelist)
    • Prospectivity Puzzle, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2019)
    • Persuasion and Polemics: Exploring the Role of Amicus Briefs in the Texas Supreme Court, State Bar of Texas Advanced Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas 2017)
    • Statutory Penalties and Exemplary Damages: Exploring the Outer Boundaries of Chapter 41, Damages in Civil Litigation 2017 (State Bar of Texas, 2017)
    • Procedure & Tactics in Complex Appellate Proceedings: A Case Study of Deepwater Horizon (Panel Discussion), Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2016)
    • The Legal Sufficiency Labyrinth: Surprising Lessons From a Comparative Analysis of Legal Sufficiency Review in State and Federal Court, Civil Appellate Practice 101 (State Bar of Texas, 2015)
    • Attorney’s Fees on Appeal (Panel Discussion), Houston Appellate Practice Section (Houston Bar Association 2015)
    • Preservation of Error in State and Federal Court, General Practice Institute (Baylor Law School 2015)
    • Panel Discussion, Using Appellate Counsel Effectively, David H. Hockema Civil Trial Course (Hidalgo County Bar Association 2015)
    • The Legal Sufficiency Labyrinth: Surprising Lessons from a Comparative Analysis of Legal Sufficiency Review in State and Federal Court, Advanced Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas 2014)
    • Federal Post-Trial Practice for the State-Court Practitioner: The Legal Sufficiency Labyrinth, 67 The Advocate 62 (Summer 2014)
    • Attorney’s Fees: Emerging Issues in Federal and State Practice, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2011)
    • What Ever Happened to the “Interests of Justice”?  Render vs. Remand on Appeal, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2009)
    • Tips from the Top: Using “Decision Cues” In Appellate Writing, The Appellate Lawyer (Houston Bar Association, April 2009)
    • Mandamus and Interlocutory Appeals (Panel Discussion), Houston Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference (Houston Bar Association, 2009)
    • Ten Tips for Top Jury Charge Practice, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course: Appellate Bootcamp (State Bar of Texas, 2008)
    • Briefwriting, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course: Appellate Bootcamp (State Bar of Texas, 2007)
    • Hot Spots to Preserve Error in the Jury Charge, State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (State Bar of Texas, 2007)
    • Emerging Trends in Texas Jury Charge Practice, State Bar of Texas Litigation Update (State Bar of Texas, 2007)
    • Hot Spots to Preserve Error at Trial, State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (State Bar of Texas, 2006)
    • New Directions in Texas Charge Practice: Lessons from Federal Court, San Antonio Bar Associate Appellate Practice Section (San Antonio Bar Association, 2005)
    • Preservation of Harm: A New Approach to Preserving Error, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2005)
    • New Directions in Texas Charge Practice: Lessons from Federal Court, 29 The Advocate 49 (State Bar of Texas, Winter 2004)
    • Jury Charge Practice, Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference (Univ. of Texas, 2004)
    • Harm Analysis for Multi-Theory Submission in Federal Court, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2004)
    • Inadequate Remedies and Interlocutory Appeals: The Changing Face of Non-Final Appellate Review and Its Implications for Appellate Practitioners, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (Dallas Bar Association, 2004)
    • The Maximum Recovery Rule: The Objectivity Dilemma in Reviewing Subjective Damages, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2003)
    • Recent Developments in the Fifth Circuit (Panel Discussion), Houston Appellate Section (Houston Bar Association, 2003)
    • Interlocutory Appeals in the 21st Century, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2002)
    • Doing the Right Thing: Ethics and Professionalism in Appellate Practice, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2001)
    • In Chambers: The Internal Administration of Appeals in the Fifth Circuit, Conference on Federal and State Appeals (University of Texas, 1997)
    • The Serpentine Wall and the Serpent’s Tongue: Rethinking the Religious Harassment Debate, 83 Va. L. Rev. 177 (1997)
  • Professional Activities & Memberships
    • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (Membership Committee: 2017-present)
    • Former member, Council of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Practice Section
    • Former Chair, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section, 2010-2011
  • Community Involvement
    • Christ the King Lutheran Church
      • Former President, Church Council
      • President, Christ the King Lutheran Church Foundation
    • Advisory Council, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas

State Bar of Texas

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Honorable Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1996-1997)

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996

  • Articles Editor
  • Virginia Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Raven Society

M.A. Stanford University, 1992 American History

B.A, The University of Texas at Austin, with honors, 1991

  • Plan II (liberal arts honors college)

Russell S. Post

Partner,

Houston

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Direct: 713.951.6292

Fax: 713.951.3720

Direct: 713.951.6292

Fax: 713.951.3720

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Russell Post is a board-certified appellate specialist whose wide-ranging practice combines the broad intellectual perspective demanded by the appellate process with the focused advocacy necessary to excel in civil litigation.

For over two decades, Russell has dedicated his practice entirely to civil appeals and complex civil litigation. He appears regularly in the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Texas appellate courts.

Russell represents both plaintiffs and defendants, practicing in virtually every field of civil law. His appearances before the Texas Supreme Court have touched on a wide range of important legal issues, ranging from complex commercial litigation and statutory construction to high-stakes personal injury matters. His appearances before the Fifth Circuit have also touched on a wide range of federal questions, including a recent appearance securing the affirmance of a $438 million judgment in Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Quanta Storage, Inc., 961 F.3d 731 (5th Cir. 2020).

In addition to his core appellate practice, Russell is frequently engaged at earlier stages of litigation to handle strategy, complex legal issues, and the jury charge – focusing on the big picture and developing strategies with the appellate endgame in mind.

Russell is honored to have been recognized by his peers in publications such as BenchmarkChambers USA in Litigation: Appellate (Texas) (2007-2021), Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice (2007-2021), and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers – Appellate (2007-2020).  Recognitions also include the Houston Appellate Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers in America, 2015) and one of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas (Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2019). In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the premier organization for appellate specialists in the United States.

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  • Representative experience

    Texas Supreme Court

    • Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 612 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. 2020)
    • Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. v. Enter. Products Partners, L.P., 593 S.W.3d 732 (Tex. 2020)
    • Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated v. Forte, 497 S.W.3d 460 (Tex. 2016)
    • Linegar v. DLA Piper LLP (US), 495 S.W.3d 276 (Tex. 2016)
    • Occidental Chemical Corporation v. Jenkins, 478 S.W.3d 640 (Tex. 2016)
    • McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation v. Phoenix Insurance Company, 477 S.W.3d 786 (Tex. 2015)
    • Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Drennen, 452 S.W.3d 319 (Tex. 2014)
    • Dynegy, Inc. v. Yates, 422 S.W.3d 638 (Tex. 2013)
    • Tawes v. Barnes, 340 S.W.3d 419 (Tex. 2011)
    • Regal Finance Co., Ltd. v. Tex Star Motors, Inc., 355 S.W.3d 595 (Tex. 2010)
    • Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. v. Limmer, 299 S.W.3d 78 (Tex. 2009)
    • Farmers Group, Inc. v. Lubin, 222 S.W.3d 417 (Tex. 2007)
    • Frost Nat’l Bank v. L&F Distributors, Ltd., 165 S.W.3d 310 (Tex. 2005)
    • Texas State Bank v. Amaro, 87 S.W.3d 538 (Tex. 2002)
    • Perry v. Del Rio, 66 S.W.3d 239 (Tex. 2001)
    • Bradford v. Vento, 48 S.W.3d 749 (Tex. 2001)

    United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

    • Chaudhary v. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 19-20039, 2020 WL 6127936 (5th Cir. Oct. 16, 2020)
    • Env’t Tex. Citizen Lobby, Inc. v. ExxonMobil Corp., 968 F.3d 357 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Quanta Storage, Inc., 961 F.3d 731 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Faludi v. U.S. Shale Sols., L.L.C., 950 F.3d 269 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Statoil USA E&P, Inc. v. United States Dep’t of Interior, 801 Fed. Appx. 232 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Universal Truckload, Inc. v. Dalton Logistics, Inc., 946 F.3d 689 (5th Cir. 2020)
    • Retractable Techs., Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 919 F.3d 869 (5th Cir. 2019)
    • Parrish v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P., 917 F.3d 369 (5th Cir. 2019)
    • Nester v. Textron, Inc., 888 F.3d 151 (5th Cir. 2018)
    • City of Dallas v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., 847 F.3d 279 (5th Cir. 2017)
    • Retractable Technologies, Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 842 F.3d 883 (5th Cir. 2016)
    • Environment Texas Citizen Lobby, Inc. v. ExxonMobil Corp., 824 F.3d 507 (5th Cir. 2016)
    • Ludlow v. BP, P.L.C., 800 F.3d 674 (5th Cir. 2015)
    • Forte v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 763 F.3d 421 (5th Cir. 2015)
    • Breton Energy, L.L.C. v. Mariner Energy Resources, Inc., 764 F.3d 394 (5th Cir. 2014)
    • In re Deepwater Horizon, 745 F.3d 157 (5th Cir. 2014)
    • Aspen Technology, Inc. v. M3 Technology, Inc., 569 Fed. Appx. 259 (5th Cir. 2014)
    • CMH Homes, Inc. v. Goodner, 729 F.3d 832, 833 (8th Cir. 2013)
    • Ergon-West Virginia, Inc. v. Dynegy Marketing & Trade, 706 F.3d 419 (5th Cir. 2013)
    • BP Exploration Libya Ltd. v. ExxonMobil Libya Ltd., 689 F.3d 481 (5th Cir. 2012)
    • Illinois Cent. R. Co. v. Guy, 682 F.3d 381 (5th Cir. 2012)
    • Evans v. Sterling Chemicals, Inc., 660 F.3d 862 (5th Cir. 2011)
    • American Int’l Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Rentech Steel L.L.C., 620 F.3d 558 (5th Cir. 2010)
    • Lopez Dominguez v. Gulf Coast Marine & Associates, Inc., 607 F.3d 1066 (5th Cir. 2010)
    • South Texas Elec. Co-op. v. Dresser-Rand Co., Inc., 575 F.3d 504 (5th Cir. 2009)
    • Miller v. Gorski Wladyslaw Estate, 338 Fed. Appx. 454 (5th Cir. 2009)
    • F.D.I.C. v. Maxxam, Inc., 529 F.3d 667 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Foradori v. Captain D’s LLC, 523 F.3d 477 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Marlin v. Moody Nat. Bank, 533 F.3d 374 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Miller v. Gorski Wladyslaw Estate, 547 F.3d 273 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • U.S. v. Jho, 534 F.3d 398 (5th Cir. 2008)
    • Regents of the University of California v. Credit Suisse First Boston (USA) Inc., 482 F.3d 372 (5th Cir. 2007)
    • Halliburton Co. Benefits Committee v. Graves, 463 F.3d 360 (5th Cir. 2006)
    • United States ex rel. Riley v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hosp., 355 F.3d 370 (5th Cir. 2004
    • Pineda v. City of Houston, 291 F.3d 325 (5th Cir. 2002), cert. denied, 123 S. Ct. 892 (2003)
    • E.E.O.C. v. R.J. Gallagher Co., 181 F.3d 645 (5th Cir. 1999)

    Texas Courts of Appeal

    • Moody v. Nat’l W. Life Ins. Co., 01-18-01106-CV, 2020 WL 7251459 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 10, 2020, no pet. h.)
    • Moody v. Moody, 14-18-01018-CV, 2020 WL 6575619 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 10, 2020, no pet. h.)
    • Devon Energy Prod. Co., L.P. v. Sheppard, 13-19-00036-CV, 2020 WL 6164467 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Oct. 22, 2020, no pet. h.)
    • Mosaic Baybrook One, L.P. v. Cessor, 01-18-01057-CV, 2020 WL 5637212 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Sept. 22, 2020, no pet.)
    • Mosaic Baybrook One, L.P. v. Simien, 01-18-01049-CV, 2020 WL 5637499 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Sept. 22, 2020, no pet.)
    • Belmont Vill. Hunters Creek TRS, LLC v. Marshall, 01-18-00984-CV, 2020 WL 4873563 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 20, 2020, no pet.)
    • IMT Pavilion III LLP v. Mendez, 01-18-00980-CV, 2020 WL 1943037 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 23, 2020, no pet.)
    • NFTD, LLC v. Haynes & Boone, LLP, 591 S.W.3d 766 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, pet. filed)
    • In re Alexander, 580 S.W.3d 858 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, orig. proceeding)
    • Huong Le Nguyen v. 0800989127 WB, LLC, 03-18-00760-CV, 2019 WL 2872290 (Tex. App.—Austin July 3, 2019, no pet.)
    • Equistar Chemicals, LP v. ClydeUnion DB, Ltd., 579 S.W.3d 505 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, pet. denied)
    • San Jacinto River Auth. v. Lewis, 572 S.W.3d 838 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2019, no pet.)
    • Boytim v. Brigham Expl. Co., 03-17-00722-CV, 2018 WL 6816827 (Tex. App.—Austin Dec. 28, 2018, pet. denied)
    • In re Duddlesten, 01-18-00561-CV, 2018 WL 6694710 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Dec. 20, 2018, orig. proceeding)
    • Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee, 543 S.W.3d 288 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2018), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 612 S.W.3d 280 (Tex. 2020)
    • DLA Piper LLP (US) v. Linegar, 539 S.W.3d 512 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2017, pet. denied)
    • In re Transcon. Gas Pipeline Co., LLC, 542 S.W.3d 703 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
    • In re Wagner, 560 S.W.3d 309 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017, orig. proceeding)
    • Kuentz v. Cole Sys. Group, Inc., 541 S.W.3d 208 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
    • In re Volkswagen Clean Diesel Litig., 557 S.W.3d 78 (Tex. App.—Austin 2017, no pet.)
    • Enter. Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., 529 S.W.3d 531 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2017), aff’d, 593 S.W.3d 732 (Tex. 2020)
    • Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc. v. Bush, 05-14-01148-CV, 2017 WL 1550035 (Tex. App.—Dallas Apr. 28, 2017, pet. denied)
    • Martin Operating P’ship LP v. QEP Marine Fuel Inv., LLC, 525 S.W.3d 712 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
    • In re Marshall, 515 S.W.3d 420 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, orig. proceeding)
    • McAllen Hosps., L.P. v. Rodriguez, 13-15-00362-CV, 2016 WL 3365788 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi June 16, 2016, pet. denied)
    • Brigham Expl. Co. v. Boytim, 03-15-00248-CV, 2016 WL 3390287 (Tex. App.—Austin June 15, 2016, no pet.)
    • Roger v. Mumme, 13-13-00481-CV, 2016 WL 2955902 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi May 19, 2016, no pet.)
    • PHI, Inc. v. LeBlanc, 13-14-00097-CV, 2016 WL 747930 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Feb. 25, 2016, pet. denied)
    • Estate of Benson, 2015 WL 5258702 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2015, no pet. h.)
    • Guzder v. Haynes and Boone, LLP, 2015 WL 2228039 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet.)
    • Aaronii v. Directory Associates, Inc., 462 S.W.3d 190 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2015, pet. filed)
    • Lauret v. Meritage Homes of Texas, LLC, 455 S.W.3d 695 (Tex. App. – Austin 2014, no pet.)
    • DLA Piper US, LLP v. Linegar, 2014 WL 3698289 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2014, pet. filed)
    • Uduma v. Wagner, 2014 WL 4259886 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, no pet.)
    • In re Wyatt Field Service Company, 454 S.W.3d 145 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2014)
    • Jenkins v. Occidental Chemical Corp., 415 S.W.3d 14 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. granted) (orally argued in Texas Supreme Court September 2015)
    • City of Houston v. CenterPoint Energy Houston Elec., LLC, 2012 WL 6644982 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, no pet.)
    • Regal Finance Co., Ltd. v. Tex Star Motors, Inc., 2012 WL 58945 (Tex. App. —Houston [14th Dist.] 2012, no pet.)
    • Voss Road Exxon LLC v. Vlahakos, 2011 WL 2623989 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.)
    • Cooper v. Harris, 329 S.W.3d 898 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet. denied)
    • Cameron Int’l Corp. v. Vetco Gray Inc., 2009 WL 838177 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2009, pet. denied)
    • Cherokee County Cogeneration Partners, L.P. v. Dynegy Marketing and Trade, 305 S.W.3d 309 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2009, no pet.)
    • CMS Energy Resource Management Co. v. Quicksilver Resources, Inc., 2009 WL 1815776 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2009, no pet.)
    • In re Kerr, 293 S.W.3d 353 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2009, orig. proceeding)
    • Rentech Steel, L.L.C. v. Teel, 299 S.W.3d 155 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2009, pet. dism’d)
    • Union Pacific R. Co. v. Cezar, 293 S.W.3d 800 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2009, no pet.)
    • Barton v. Whataburger, Inc., 276 S.W.3d 456 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2008, pet. denied)
    • Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Hines, 252 S.W.3d 496 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied)
    • Texas Southern University v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., 212 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2007, pet. denied)
    • Baker Botts v. Cailloux, 224 S.W.3d 723 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2007, pet. denied)
    • In re Weir, 166 S.W.3d 861 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2005, orig. proceeding)
    • Greene’s Pressure Treating & Rentals, Inc. v. Fulbright & Jaworski, 178 S.W.3d 40 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
    • Glattly v. CMS Viron Corp., 177 S.W.3d 438 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
    • Wright v. Sydow, 173 S.W.3d 534 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied)
    • KPH Consol., Inc. v. Romero, 102 S.W.3d 135 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2003), aff’d, 166 S.W.3d 212 (Tex. 2005)
    • Waite v. Waite, 150 S.W.3d 797 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied)
    • Fincher v. Wright, 141 S.W.3d 255 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2004, no pet.)
    • General Elec. Capital Assurance Co. v. Jackson, 135 S.W.3d 849 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2004, pet. denied)

    Commercial Arbitration Proceedings

    • No. 70 116 00279 09; Arbitration Between Dr. Ebrahim Bagherzadeh and HRD Corporation d/b/a Marcus Oil & Chemical
    • No. 58 148 00271 09; In the Matter of the Arbitration Between GE Capital Corporation v. Preesall Energy Services
  • Honors & Awards
    • Named in Best Lawyers in America – Appellate Practice, 2007 – 2022
    • Named Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2012 – 2021
    • Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation: Appellate (Texas), 2007 – 2020
    • Recognized in Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Super Lawyers – Texas,” “Top 100 Super Lawyers – Houston,” 2015 – 2020
    • Named to Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers – Appellate, 2004; 2007 – 2020
    • Houstonia Top Lawyer: Appellate Law, 2020
    • Named in Benchmark: Appellate as a Litigation Star, 2012-2013 and leading appellate practitioner in the Fifth Circuit, 2011-2012
    • Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation:  General Commercial (Texas), 2008 – 2012, Appellate (Texas) 2020
    • Selected to Thomson Reuters “Rising Stars”, 2004
  • Publications & Presentations
    • “Storming the Casteel: Reflections on 20 Years of Presumed Harm,” Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2021) (Panelist)
    • “SCOTX Review webcast with The Lawbook,” The Texas Lawbook CLE, September 18, 2020 (Panelist)
    • Prospectivity Puzzle, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2019)
    • Persuasion and Polemics: Exploring the Role of Amicus Briefs in the Texas Supreme Court, State Bar of Texas Advanced Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas 2017)
    • Statutory Penalties and Exemplary Damages: Exploring the Outer Boundaries of Chapter 41, Damages in Civil Litigation 2017 (State Bar of Texas, 2017)
    • Procedure & Tactics in Complex Appellate Proceedings: A Case Study of Deepwater Horizon (Panel Discussion), Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2016)
    • The Legal Sufficiency Labyrinth: Surprising Lessons From a Comparative Analysis of Legal Sufficiency Review in State and Federal Court, Civil Appellate Practice 101 (State Bar of Texas, 2015)
    • Attorney’s Fees on Appeal (Panel Discussion), Houston Appellate Practice Section (Houston Bar Association 2015)
    • Preservation of Error in State and Federal Court, General Practice Institute (Baylor Law School 2015)
    • Panel Discussion, Using Appellate Counsel Effectively, David H. Hockema Civil Trial Course (Hidalgo County Bar Association 2015)
    • The Legal Sufficiency Labyrinth: Surprising Lessons from a Comparative Analysis of Legal Sufficiency Review in State and Federal Court, Advanced Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas 2014)
    • Federal Post-Trial Practice for the State-Court Practitioner: The Legal Sufficiency Labyrinth, 67 The Advocate 62 (Summer 2014)
    • Attorney’s Fees: Emerging Issues in Federal and State Practice, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2011)
    • What Ever Happened to the “Interests of Justice”?  Render vs. Remand on Appeal, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2009)
    • Tips from the Top: Using “Decision Cues” In Appellate Writing, The Appellate Lawyer (Houston Bar Association, April 2009)
    • Mandamus and Interlocutory Appeals (Panel Discussion), Houston Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference (Houston Bar Association, 2009)
    • Ten Tips for Top Jury Charge Practice, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course: Appellate Bootcamp (State Bar of Texas, 2008)
    • Briefwriting, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course: Appellate Bootcamp (State Bar of Texas, 2007)
    • Hot Spots to Preserve Error in the Jury Charge, State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (State Bar of Texas, 2007)
    • Emerging Trends in Texas Jury Charge Practice, State Bar of Texas Litigation Update (State Bar of Texas, 2007)
    • Hot Spots to Preserve Error at Trial, State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (State Bar of Texas, 2006)
    • New Directions in Texas Charge Practice: Lessons from Federal Court, San Antonio Bar Associate Appellate Practice Section (San Antonio Bar Association, 2005)
    • Preservation of Harm: A New Approach to Preserving Error, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2005)
    • New Directions in Texas Charge Practice: Lessons from Federal Court, 29 The Advocate 49 (State Bar of Texas, Winter 2004)
    • Jury Charge Practice, Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference (Univ. of Texas, 2004)
    • Harm Analysis for Multi-Theory Submission in Federal Court, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2004)
    • Inadequate Remedies and Interlocutory Appeals: The Changing Face of Non-Final Appellate Review and Its Implications for Appellate Practitioners, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (Dallas Bar Association, 2004)
    • The Maximum Recovery Rule: The Objectivity Dilemma in Reviewing Subjective Damages, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2003)
    • Recent Developments in the Fifth Circuit (Panel Discussion), Houston Appellate Section (Houston Bar Association, 2003)
    • Interlocutory Appeals in the 21st Century, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (State Bar of Texas, 2002)
    • Doing the Right Thing: Ethics and Professionalism in Appellate Practice, Conference on State and Federal Appeals (Univ. of Texas, 2001)
    • In Chambers: The Internal Administration of Appeals in the Fifth Circuit, Conference on Federal and State Appeals (University of Texas, 1997)
    • The Serpentine Wall and the Serpent’s Tongue: Rethinking the Religious Harassment Debate, 83 Va. L. Rev. 177 (1997)
  • Professional Activities & Memberships
    • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (Membership Committee: 2017-present)
    • Former member, Council of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Practice Section
    • Former Chair, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section, 2010-2011
  • Community Involvement
    • Christ the King Lutheran Church
      • Former President, Church Council
      • President, Christ the King Lutheran Church Foundation
    • Advisory Council, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas
TBLS Award
Chambers Award
Best Lawyers Award
Benchmark-Future-Star

Appellate

Class Action & Multi-District Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Energy Litigation

Trusts & Estates Litigation

Products Liability Litigation

Professional Liability Defense

State Bar of Texas

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Honorable Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1996-1997)

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996

  • Articles Editor
  • Virginia Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Raven Society

M.A. Stanford University, 1992 American History

B.A, The University of Texas at Austin, with honors, 1991

  • Plan II (liberal arts honors college)