“Chris Reynolds is a highly experienced [attorney] in the realm of high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. Market commentators are quick to praise his attention to detail, attesting that he is ‘a very fine lawyer – professional and always prepared.”
– Chambers USA
The University of Texas School of Law
J.D., with Honors, 1982
Order of the Coif
Texas Law Review
The University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Civil Engineering, with Honors, 1980
Tau Beta Pi
Honors & Awards
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Leading Individual in Commercial Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources, Since 2005
Leading Lawyer for Business, Since 2005
Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, Since 2003
Top 100 Super Lawyer – Houston Region, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2008, Since 2013
Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation and “Bet-the-Company” Litigation, Woodward White, Inc., Since 2006
Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting, 2009
Professional & Community Involvement
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member
Texas Bar Foundation, Member
Salem Lutheran School, Board Member
Concordia Lutheran High School, Board Member
Presentations & Publications
Fact and Expert Witness Depositions, Austin, Texas, 2016
Presenter, Texas Trial Academy, Since 2006
Gibbs & Bruns LLP, Partner
With over three decades of experience and dozens of successful trials and arbitrations, Chris Reynolds is the consummate trial attorney. A competitor described Chris to Benchmark Litigation as “unbelievably smart, one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, very ethical.” Chris focuses exclusively on complex commercial and business litigation and arbitration. Because his undergraduate degree was in civil engineering, he is particularly adept at representing clients in highly technical industries, such as oil and gas, electricity generation and trading, engineering and construction, and software technology. He has also, on multiple occasions, served as an arbitrator or mediator in complex commercial litigation. These experiences have enriched his understanding of both arbitration and mediation by providing him with “behind-the-scenes” views of these two forms of ADR.
A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Chris has successfully resolved high-stakes disputes of nearly every description – all while continuing to personally manage his cases. His hands-on style stands apart from his peers, and clients laud his “personal touch and sense of personal investment” in their matters. To bring that level of attention to each dispute, Chris often starts work around 5 a.m., making him a favorite of many European-based clients. Chris knows that painstaking preparation is central to the job of a trial lawyer.
Chris has been honored as a Chambers USA Leading Individual in Commercial Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources, as a Top 100 Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, as a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America for “Bet-the-Company” Litigation and Commercial Litigation by Woodward White, Inc. Chris practiced at Gibbs & Bruns LLP and its predecessors for over twenty-six years before co-founding Reynolds Frizzell LLP in 2009. Chris is proud of the reputation for smart, winning advocacy accompanied by a commitment to the highest ethical standards that Reynolds Frizzell has established with the courts, its clients and its competitors. He remains committed to maintaining and building upon that reputation.
Lead Counsel for DCP Midstream, a joint venture between Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy, for pending litigation against Anadarko and affiliated entities in the state court of Weld County, Colorado. DCP’s claims arose from a series of old, gas purchase agreements that included AMI provisions. DCP claimed damages of more than $1 billion and sought a final judgment specifically enforcing the dedication and AMI provisions of the gas purchase contracts against a large share of the DJ-Basin production of Anadarko and its affiliates. Following a series of favorable pretrial rulings and only two depositions of Anadarko witnesses, the case settled in January of 2016 on confidential terms.
Cooper Industries LLC (and affiliated entities)
Lead Counsel in the defense of claims arising out of a $300+ million-dollar transaction that had been closed in 2011. The plaintiff (an affiliate of Pepsi) alleges that the transaction involved fraudulent transfers of more than $1 billion in future asbestos liabilities. After two years of discovery and pretrial skirmishes, the Reynolds Frizzell team has been successful in compelling the claims against its clients to arbitration. The case is set for a final hearing in the fall of 2017.
Networked Power, Inc.
Co-Lead Counsel for Networked Power, a California-based client that owns patents concerning novel ways of optimizing power factor in electrical power systems via the use of power electronics. Together with Mike Oldham, represent Networked Power’s interests in identifying companies that are infringing its patents and either suing or securing license payments from each of those entities.
Balli Steel Trading
Lead Counsel in the representation of Balli Steel Trading’s interests in breach of contract litigation originally brought against Balli in the state courts of West Virginia by a subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal. The case arose out of a long-term contract for the purchase by Balli of 480,000 tons of metallurgical coal. After removing the case to federal court, the RF team filed the counter- and third-party claims on behalf of Balli, engaged in the discovery, and fended off multiple motions for summary judgment and motions in line. At that point, the case settled on confidential terms.
Co-Lead Counsel to Port Freeport after the discovery that its recently constructed, 800-foot-long, container wharf was steadily moving into the ship channel. Along with Brandon Allen, prosecuted claims and collected recoveries from an assortment of entities, including a geotechnical consulting firm, the engineering design firm, and the companies that provided bonding for the project. After taking only two depositions, the case settled, resulting in a recovery to the Port of nearly 100 cents on the dollar.
Henkels & McCoy
Co-Lead Counsel to Henkels & McCoy, a Pennsylvania-based contractor, in the defense of nearly $100 million in damages claims arising from the rupture of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline just days after it was placed into service. After taking only two depositions alongside Brandon Allen, the case settled on confidential terms.
Lone Star Inventions
Counsel to Lone Star Inventions in suing parties accused of infringing a patent that covered an interdigitated capacitor on a semiconductor substrate over a multi-year period. In the eleven years since the patent had been issued, not a single company had agreed to license the patent or pay royalties in respect of ongoing infringement. During the term of the representation, secured nearly $40 million dollars in paid-up license fees from more than a half-dozen alleged infringers. Many of the alleged infringers wrote checks even prior to being served with a lawsuit.
Korean-based Fabricator of Large Reactors
Lead Counsel in the defense of claims asserted by a refining company that arose out of alleged welding defects and irregularities in reactors supplied to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. The plaintiff alleged that the fabricator had improperly employed carbon-steel welding rods to weld seams in chrome-moly vessels, creating a risk of cataclysmic failure due to hydrogen attack and/or creep. The plaintiff further alleged that the fabricator had “masked” evidence of its deceit via the application of a superficial layer of chrome moly to the seams in issue. After developing evidence that the refining company had miscalculated the risk posed by the presence of the carbon steel, and that the vessels had been sold to an affiliate for more than their purchase price, the case settled favorably to the fabricator.