Graham P. Quinn

Biography

Graham Quinn is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. His practice primarily focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. Graham received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston in May of 2021. While in law school, Graham served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Richard Hightower, Justice, of the First Court of Appeals of Texas. Graham received his B.B.A. in Management from Texas Tech University in May of 2018.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association: Construction Law Section

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, J.D., 2021
  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A., 2018

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

Publications

  • For the Good of the Game: The Role and Authority of the Commissioner of Baseball During the Sport’s Biggest Scandal, 24 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. L.J. 109 (Spring 2021).

Katie Nash

Biography

Katie Nash is an associate in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young.  Katie represents clients in all range of business matters, including corporate and business transactions, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment issues, complex business contract negotiations and related transactional matters.  She regularly advises clients on business disputes and other general negotiations.  Her practice includes the formation of business entities and the ongoing general representation to clients regarding businesses of all types. Katie also has experience handling and managing insurance defense matters from inception through conclusion.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Exes

Education

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., 2013
    • Editorial Board, Mary’s Law Journal, Volume 44
  • University of Texas, B.A. English, 2009

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

Allegra Melton

Biography

Allegra Melton is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Allegra received her J.D. from The University of Houston Law Center, where she served as Senior Articles Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law. While in law school, she also represented clients in the civil litigation clinic and was a competitive member of the mock trial team.

Allegra’s practice primarily focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. She has experience representing residential and commercial construction clients throughout the litigation and arbitration processes. Allegra’s experience covers a variety of areas including contract and payment disputes, delay disputes, mechanic’s and materialman’s liens, construction defect cases, premises and products liability, negligence, and other residential and commercial construction issues.

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2018
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., cum laude, 201

Admissions

  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Texas Bar Association: Women and the Law Section
  • Texas Bar Association: Litigation Section

Maria Bartlett

Biography

Maria has experience representing oil and gas trade creditors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Her experience includes assisting clients serving on the unsecured creditor committee. She also represented clients in an adversary proceeding whereby the questions certified to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma were affirmatively answered in her client’s favor.  She regularly performs real property research of oil and gas leases and ownership interests. She has also represented mortgage servicers in bankruptcy proceedings. Maria has experience reviewing tax implication of corporate restructuring.

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas 2015, LL.M. Taxation
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi 2013, J.D., Cum Laude
  • University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee 2005, BPS, Magna Cum Laude

Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • State of Tennessee
  • United States District Courts: Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas: Real Estate, Probate, and Trust, Bankruptcy and Tax Sections

Kathleen Barrett

Biography

Kathleen Barrett is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Her practice primarily focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. Kathleen received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in May of 2020, where she served as an Executive Editor on the American Journal of Criminal Law. While in law school, Kathleen enjoyed serving her community by participating in several pro bono projects.

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2020
  • Texas State University, B.A. English, 2017

Memberships & Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Oregon
  • Texas Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Texas Bar Association: Women and the Law Section

Peter B. Wells IV

Biography

For the past fifteen years, Peter has developed a range of legal experience encompassing a wide array of commercial litigation matters in the energy, construction, and financial services industries where he has resolved disputes across the country before various courts and arbitration forums.  He has had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of the largest banks, insurers, and broker-dealers in the country as well as with smaller “mom and pop” businesses, and yet his approach to achieving the best result for his clients does not change.  Peter works closely with his clients to establish the most effective and cost-efficient strategy for every matter, and he is committed to working hard every day to ensure the client’s goals are achieved.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, Director
  • Wilchester Men’s Club  (a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) focused on youth outreach, education, and neighbors in need in the areas of west Memorial and Spring Branch)

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2005: Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Government, Minor – Business, 2002

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars for Business Litigation (2015-2019)
  • Houston Association of Legal Professionals, 2010 Boss of the Year

Representative Experience

  • Won week long trial before The Honorable Lynn N. Hughes in the Southern District of Texas—Houston Division representing local stevedoring company relating to claims against major national chassis pool operator for breach of contract stemming from repair services stevedore provided to chassis pool operator.  Also defended against counterclaims for breach of contract and fraud.  Obtained judgment for 100% of claim as well as attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest.
  • Represented local exploration and production company on oil and gas lease termination cases.  Relevant issues included application of production in paying quantities, force majeure, continuous drilling, Pugh clauses, and interpretation of joint operating agreements.
  • Represented publicly traded oilfield services company in breach of contract case stemming from synthetic mat joint-venture.
  • Represented oilfield tool companies in disputes involving claims for unpaid freight charges, breach of warranty, and collection of receivables.
  • Provided risk assessment and pre-litigation analysis for major chemical manufacturer relating to various issues including (1) termination of terminalling services agreement; (2) common-carrier status of various pipeline owners; and (3) proposed contract language for incorporation into sales agreements for commingled product.
  • Represented chemical company relating to claims for loss of productivity and overhead against mechanical piping contractor on multi-million dollar styrene revamp project.
  • Represented New York investment bank in suit by subsequent trustee relating to claims for civil conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty for sale of publicly traded royalty trust assets.
  • Represented mineral interest owner in suit brought by federal government seeking to foreclose on tax liens against co-tenant/delinquent taxpayer.
  • Represented global medical device manufacturer to recover receivables owed stemming from lease of breathalyzers.
  • Representing entrepreneur/buyer in various disputes under asset purchase agreement against seller of medical imaging company.
  • Represented brokers and broker dealers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and its predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”), relating to customer disputes regarding claims for unsuitability, fraud, churning, unauthorized trading, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.  Experience includes risk assessment and drafting case evaluation letters for use in discussions with client and insurance carrier for settlement and settlement authority.
  • Represented various insurance brokers and independent registered representatives relating to claims stemming from the sale of various fixed and variable annuities, life insurance, disability, and long-term care products.
  • Successfully tried arbitration before FINRA relating to customer dispute involving rogue broker’s recommendation of speculative investment outside the scope of his employment with broker dealer.  All claims asserted against client dismissed with prejudice.
  • Successfully tried arbitration before FINRA relating to former broker’s employment agreement and promissory notes with local broker dealer.  After hearing arguments from both sides, panel awarded client full amount of unpaid principal, interest, and attorneys’ fees.
  • Defended broker dealer from claims brought by individuals and corporations for fraud stemming from sale of auction rate securities.
  • Hired by various broker dealers to enforce arbitration awards in state courts relating to employment agreements and promissory notes.
  • Represented guarantors of notes in actions by banks to recover on defaulted loans provided to oilfield storage tank manufacturer and seller.
  • Represented major national insurance company with regard to first party insurance property damage claims for mold, water, hurricane, and fire damage.  Experience includes drafting initial pre-suit reports, mediation reports, and status reports to client for case evaluation.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of national insurance company dismissing extra-contractual claims stemming from uninsured motorist coverage.
  • Representing local third-party adjusting firm for various Lloyds syndicates against ERP software design firm in DTPA and breach of contract action.
  • Represented stevedoring company relating to claims by second largest container shipper in world for fraud and breach of contract.
  • Represented commercial contractors in all facets of construction litigation including the recovery of mechanics and materialman’s liens, percentage completion, defects, delays, prompt payment violations, and trust fund violations.
  • Represented tax preparation service relating to claims of improper accounting practices.
  • Served as local counsel to oil and gas magazine publisher relating to claims for fraud and theft stemming from sale of multi-million dollar land rig.
  • Represented downtown Houston property owner named as defendant/subsequent transferee in Bankruptcy Court adversary proceeding for claims relating to fraudulent transfer of client’s property.
  • Represented individual commercial property owner relating to claims by foreign family member for trespass to try title, fraud, and constructive trust.
  • Participated as part of contract drafting and negotiation team for major chemical manufacturer relating to the sale and storage of chemicals for international customer.
  • Experience also includes comment and negotiation of master services agreement for commercial electrical contractor relating to work at chemical plant.

Darrell W. Taylor

Biography

Darrell Taylor is Senior Counsel in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young, where he is a member of the Corporate & Real Estate Transactions practice group.

After practicing for more than twenty-five years, Darrell has an extensive history of supervising and documenting a multitude of transactional matters for large public companies as well as smaller private ventures. His areas of expertise are:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments
  • Debt and equity financings
  • Contract and commercial matters
  • Corporate governance and Board of Directors matters

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Darrell was included on the 2018 Texas Rising Star List. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
  • Darrell was included in the 2017 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”.

Major Accomplishments

Halliburton:  Acted as lead securities and financing lawyer for a series of related transactions for Halliburton, including debt and equity financings of over $3 billion to fund asbestos trusts for subsidiaries in Chapter 11 proceedings; followed by separation of KBR engineering, procurement and construction business and related subsidiaries; and KBR’s subsequent $2.4 billion initial public offering and tax-free split-off to shareholders.

Pennzoil:  Supervised the legal representation of Pennzoil Company in reinvestment of $3 billion litigation settlement, including $215 million acquisition of Co-Enerco, $440 million investment in Burlington Resources, and $2.1 billion investment in Chevron; followed by

  • $1.5 billion acquisition of oil and gas properties from Chevron
  • separation of Pennzoil upstream oil and gas business into PennzEnergy and subsequent $4.7 billion merger with Devon
  • going public transaction and $1.6 billion combination of Quaker State and Pennzoil downstream business to form Pennzoil-Quaker State and subsequent $1.8 billion divestiture to Shell Oil

Experience

  • Attorney-at-Law, April 2016 — Present
  • Weatherford International, Senior Corporate Counsel, April 2019 – February 2020
  • Rockcliff Energy, Principal Counsel, January 2018 – May 2018
  • Jackson Walker L.L.P., Partner, August 2014 – April 2016
  • Jones Day, Partner, October 2011 – August 2014
  • Baker Botts, L.L.P., Partner, January 1994 – October 2011

Representative Experience

Served a lead M&A counsel for:

  • Lyondell Chemical in its $13 billion acquisition by Access Industries
  • Halliburton in its $2.4 billion IPO and split-off to its stockholders of its KBR subsidiary
  • Pennzoil Products in its $1.6 billion combination with Quaker State
  • PennzEnergy in its $4.7 billion merger with Devon
  • Pennzoil-Quaker State in its $1.8 billion acquisition by Shell Oil
  • BP in its sale of Altura oil and gas properties and assets to Occidental Petroleum for $1.8 billion
  • Pennzoil in its $2.1 billion investment in Chevron
  • Pennzoil in its $1.5 billion acquisition of oil and gas properties from Chevron
  • Pennzoil in its $440 million investment in Burlington Resources
  • Pennzoil in its $250 million acquisition of Facet Enterprises
  • Purolator Products in its $250 million acquisition by Mark IV Industries

Served as supervising debt and equity financing counsel for:

  • Halliburton – equity and debt issuances and debt exchanges in multiple offerings of over $4 billion
  • Pennzoil – equity and debt issuances and debt exchanges in multiple offerings of over $4 billion
  • Pennzoil-Quaker State – debt issuances in multiple offerings of over $1 billion
  • Equistar Chemical – debt issuances in multiple offerings of over $2 billion
  • Lyondell Chemical – debt issuances in multiple offerings of over $3 billion
  • LyondellBasell Industries – debt issuance of $2.7 billion
  • Millennium Chemical – debt exchanges of over $500 million

Served as a supervising compliance and SEC counsel for:

  • KBR
  • Halliburton
  • Hydril
  • Pennzoil
  • Pennzoil-Quaker State
  • PennzEnergy
  • Purolator Products
  • Lyondell Chemical
  • LyondellBasell Industries
  • Group 1 Automotive

Served as supervising counsel on IPOs and going public transactions for:

  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • KBR
  • Lehman Brothers as lead underwriter – W&T Offshore, Inc.
  • Lehman Brothers as lead underwriter – ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Merrill Lynch as lead underwriter – Energy Partners, Ltd.
  • Hydril Company
  • Equistar Chemical
  • Pennzoil-Quaker State
  • Cornell Companies
  • Purolator Products

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, Juris Doctor, with honors
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, BBA in Finance, with honors

Elise O. Morneau

Biography

Elise Morneau is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Elise’s practice is primarily focused on resolving complex commercial and industrial construction disputes through litigation and arbitration. Elise’s experience covers a variety of disputes involving construction defects, design issues, delay claims, product liability claims, breach of contract claims, payment controversy, differing site conditions, mechanic’s and materialman’s liens, insurance coverage, and indemnity obligations. In her construction litigation practice, Elise has counseled clients with respect to projects involving water treatment plants, schools, office buildings, healthcare facilities, high-rise condominiums, commercial/retail buildings, highways, hotels, federal government buildings, and master-planned developments, among other commercial, residential, and industrial projects.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Austin College, B.A., Political Science, 2012

Professional Licenses

  • State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court of the Western District of Texas

Memberships & Admissions

  • Houston Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Texas Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association: Construction Law Section

Joseph D. Walker

Biography

Joseph Walker is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. His practice focuses primarily on construction law and commercial litigation. Joseph received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston, where he served as Vice President for the Construction Law Society. While in law school, he also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Delinda Gibbs-Walker of the 1-A District Court.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, J.D., 2019
  • Harding University, B.B.A., Accounting, 2016
  • Harding University, B.B.A., Business Management, 2016

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas- Construction Law Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Transactional Skills: Real Estate

Dan P. Summers

Biography

Dan Summers is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. His practice focuses primarily on construction law and commercial litigation. Dan received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

While in college, Dan was a member of the Duke Track & Field Team and earned All- ACC Academic Honor Roll. While in law school, he was an active participant in the Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic and the Holderness Moot Court Team, and earned Dean’s List recognition. He also contributed to the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology and served as a legal intern for the Honorable Joseph M. Buckner of the 15-B District Court.

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law – J.D. 2019
  • Duke University – B.A. Political Science 2015

Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • State of North Carolina