Todd M. Foss

Biography

Todd is a trusted legal advisor and experienced litigator known for providing practical and cost-effective solutions for clients in all types of business disputes and tort litigation.  He regularly represents businesses in the energy, construction and utility industries.  Todd’s practice is focused primarily on breach of contract and other complex commercial litigation matters, as well as personal injury suits involving wrongful death, premises liability and products liability claims.  Todd also advises clients on employment matters and handles cases involving employment contracts, separation from employment, breach of non-competition agreements, and claims of discrimination and wrongful termination.  Through the establishment of close working relationships with clients as well as acquiring in-depth understanding of their business and industry, Todd is committed to being in the best position possible to protect the client’s name and interests and help clients achieve their goals through implementation of effective legal strategies.

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center – J.D., 2003
  • Rhodes College – B.A., 2000

Representative Experience

  • Represented well operator in high dollar contract dispute with drilling contractor arising out of drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale formation.
  • Represented well service company in wrongful death action arising out of drilling rig fatality.
  • Obtained summary judgment for hospice in lawsuit alleging discrimination, retaliation and violation of the Texas Occupations Code.
  • Represented utility services company in suit alleging breach of a commercial lease agreement.
  • Defended transportation and freight logistics company in tractor-trailer rollover suit.
  • Represented environmental consulting company in suit alleging fraud and deceptive acts.
  • Represented major oil company in several discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.
  • Obtained summary judgment for utility services company in premises liability suit in which the plaintiff was severely injured by a steel rebar cage that collapsed on him at a jobsite.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association: Litigation Section (Past Chair) and Oil & Gas Section
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Professionals, Houston Chapter
  • Young Professionals in Energy

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court: Southern District of Texas

Community Involvement

  • Child Advocates, Inc.

J. Parker Fauntleroy

Biography

Parker Fauntleroy is an experienced litigator and trial counselor whose practice primarily focuses on working with companies involved in catastrophic claims and complex disputes in Commercial Construction, Oil and Gas, Electrical, Communication and Gas Utilities, and Trucking Industries. Parker operates from a philosophy that protecting the client’s brand and business relationships is one of the most critical components of his work. He serves as a trusted advisor to clients; protecting and advancing their interests and bringing peace of mind on critical issues that might otherwise keep business owners up at night. Parker places great emphasis on acquiring an in-depth understanding of the client’s business model, and he develops expertise in the client’s particular business sector in order to marry industry know-how with optimal service. With this knowledge, Parker develops reasonable, practical and often unique solutions to his clients’ problems. Parker is a forward thinker, and he provides proactive assistance to guard against future issues and protect the viability and productivity of the business.

Parker is described by his clients as steadfast, tenacious, conscientious, creative, and committed. He has significant and successful experience resolving matters through skillful negotiations, both pre-suit and during litigation. Parker’s reputation is well known, and he has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, providing his clients the trial option when required.

Parker is firmly committed to helping shape the legal minds of the future, and he gives back to the community by sharing his wisdom and expertise. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor for Civil Trial Advocacy at South Texas College of Law and he has presented at a multitude of seminars and conferences.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., 1994
    – Order of the Barristers
    – Order of Lytae
  • University of Texas at Austin – B.B.A., 1987

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America 2015 – 2023: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendant
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings, the highest rating possible.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Northern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas

P. Costa Economides

Biography

Costa Economides’ practice focuses primarily on construction, civil litigation and insurance defense. He has experience handling multi-party personal injury lawsuits, subrogation claims, and construction cases. Costa received his bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a minor in business administration, from Texas A&M University in 2016. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2020.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., 2020
  • Texas A&M University – B.S. Economics, 2016

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (2020)

Community Involvement

  • Active member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Gregory M. Cokinos

Biography

Gregory Cokinos is a founder of Cokinos | Young and he has earned a reputation as one of the preeminent lawyers in his field. Gregory’s practice includes all aspects of industrial and commercial construction, including pipelines, power plants, processing plants, refineries, highway construction, offshore production and drilling platforms, office buildings, high rise condominiums and schools. Gregory also has extensive experience in real estate transactions and development, having represented owners, developers, landlords and tenants in all areas of commercial real estate acquisition, financing, development, leasing and sale. His project involvement includes central business district office buildings, health care facilities, shopping centers, housing developments and apartments.

Although his practice is concentrated in the area of construction and real estate development issues, Gregory has handled a wide range of litigation matters as well as contract negotiations, including significant cases in securities fraud, patent infringement, employment, banking, franchise agreements and oil and gas. Gregory has also handled serious personal injury cases, including brain damage, permanent paralysis and death.

Gregory devotes considerable time to the advancement of the industry. After serving as editor of the State Bar Construction Law Section Newsletter, he was instrumental in creating and organizing the Construction Law Journal, a joint publication by the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and The South Texas College of Law. He became the first editor of the journal, a position he held for the first seventeen years of the publication, until 2019. Gregory is a member of the American College of Construction Lawyers and was the first lawyer from Houston inducted into this invitation only organization. Gregory is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, on both the commercial and construction panels, and for the International Center for Dispute Resolution. Gregory is also a Department of Construction Science Lecturer with the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, teaching COSC 465 – Advanced Topics in Construction Law since 2019.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., 1982
  • Texas A&M University – B.B.A., 1979

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Texas State Bar Construction Law Section Chair-Elect 2022
  • Texas A&M University 2022 Most Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Named by Thomson Reuters as one of The Top 100 Super Lawyers in the State of Texas every year since 2007
  • Named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters every year since 2005. Each year, no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings, the highest rating possible
  • First Houston attorney selected and inducted into the prestigious American College of Construction Lawyers, an invitation only association of the top 1% of construction lawyers in North America
  • Best Lawyers in America 2005 – Present: Construction Law, Commercial Litigation & Construction Litigation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association: Panelist on Construction and Commercial Panels
  • American Bar Association: Litigation, Construction Law, Business Law, Real Estate, Oil and Gas
  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Association of General Contractors of America
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Contractors Association
  • Litigation Council of America Fellow
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • State Bar of Texas: Litigation, Business Law, Real Estate, Entertainment and Sports Law
    – Construction Law Section Newsletter: Editor (1997-2003)
    – Construction Law Journal: Editor (2003-Present)
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Houston
  • Houston Bar Association: Litigation, Construction Law, Business Law, Real Estate, Oil and Gas
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association: Former Council Member
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • District 4D Grievance Committee, Panel Chair
  • Appointed as a member of the Construction Law Exam Inaugural Commission (2016) charged with drafting the board certification exam for construction law, and grading the exam for the Texas Bar of Legal Specialization
  • Texas A&M Mays Business School Named Distinguished Alumni (2017)
  • Chair of 12th Man Foundation
  • Board Member of the Association of Former Students
  • Chair of Expansion Committee, AGOC Cathedral Expansion

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court: Northern, Eastern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court

Craig H. Clendenin

Biography

Craig Clendenin’s practice involves arbitration and litigation in both state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout Texas. As a litigator, Craig has tried well over 150 jury trials to verdict in well over a dozen counties throughout Texas and in all United States Federal Districts in Texas. He represents individuals, corporations and business clients in claims focusing primarily on construction, real estate and finance on behalf of Owners, General Contractors and Subcontractors, but in his 36 years of trying cases, his trial and arbitration experience has involved matters ranging from failed business ventures to securities, personal injury, toxic tort, environmental, trucking, and general contract law.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., 1983
  • University of Texas at Austin – B.A., 1980

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings, the highest rating possible.
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer in Construction Law for 2018 and 2019 by Thomson Reuters. Each year, no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented MK Constructors in an arbitration claim against an Owner for non-payment of dirt work performed in Jefferson County, Texas in anticipation of construction of a residential subdivision. MK refused to perform any additional work until payment was made. In response, the Owner terminated the contract. MK filed a mechanic’s lien against the property in the amount of $978,000 and filed a claim. The Owner counter-sued for breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and attorney’s fees. The Arbitration Panel determined the Owner was responsible for the first material breach of the contract and awarded MK over $1.3mm (including all attorney’s fees) and denied the Owner’s counterclaims in their entirety.
  • Ronquillo / Rubenstein v. Tharpe, 2019 WL 3335480 (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi 2019, pet. dismd)(successfully defended a disparagement claim using Texas Anti-SLAPP statute with recovery of attorney’s fees on behalf of clients).
  • Byrd Bros., Inc. v. Marsh Buggies, Inc., 2013 WL 6095844 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist. 2013], pet. dsmd) (successfully represented a subcontractor on a bond claim against the general contractor and surety on a claim under the McGregor Act).
  • Morrell Masonry Supply, Inc. v. Lupe’s Shenandoah Reserve, LLC, 363 S.W.3d 901 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2012, no pet. (successfully overturned existing precedent regarding notice under the Texas Property Code, removing lien and recovering attorney’s fees for client).
  • Sanders v. Herold, 217 S.W.3d 11 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2006, pet den’d) (obtained summary judgment of parents being sued for failure to warn).
  • Bill’s Dollar Store, Inc. v. Bean, 77 S.W.3d 367 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, pet den’d) (obtained reversal and rendering of verdict against store owner in slip-and-fall matter).
  • Sturges v. System Parking, Inc., 834 S.W.2d 472 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 1992, no pet.)(obtained a reversal of summary judgment in favor of parking facility owner, rendering judgment in favor of broker culminating in settlement).

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Harris County Bar Association

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court: Eastern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas

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