“Chris is my go-to lawyer for energy litigation. In all my years in-house, I have never seen an attorney more proficient at legal strategy, analysis, and argumentation. His command of the oil and gas business far exceeds that of his peers.”
– Raj Duvvuri, Senior Counsel – Litigation, Marathon Oil Company
Columbia University Law School
James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Whitney North Seymour Medal, Winner; Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize, Winner; Notes Editor, Columbia Law Review
B.A., History, 2005
Law Clerk, The Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Honors & Awards
Up-And-Coming 100, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2018
40 & Under Hotlist, Benchmark Litigation, Since 2017
Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, Since 2013
Professional & Community Involvement
St. George Orthodox Church, Parish Council Member (2017-2018)
Texas Bar Association, Pattern Jury Charges – Oil and Gas Committee
Speaker, multiple oil and gas companies, Litigation Risks Associated with Allocation Wells in Texas, 2017
Susman Godfrey LLP
Chris Hogan focuses his litigation practice on resolving complicated disputes for corporate and individual clients, including those in the energy and real estate industries. Chris has substantial experience in federal court, state court, and arbitration proceedings. He has been honored to represent leading energy companies such as Marathon Oil, BPX, BHP Billiton, and Carrizo Oil & Gas, and highly respected real estate firms such as the Moody National Companies and Metro National Corporation. These clients rely on Chris for his thoughtful approach to cases and extraordinary work ethic.
Chris has tried numerous cases to their conclusion, including several jury trials and arbitration final hearings that he first chaired. Chris first chaired a remarkable Section 1983 pro bono case in which he secured punitive damages for his client, against long odds.
As first chair, represented a major oil and gas producer in a confidential arbitration against an oilfield services company. Prosecuted multi-million dollar claim for breach of contract, and defended against eight-figure counterclaim. After a five-day arbitration hearing and a decision from the arbitration panel in my client’s favor, the case settled favorably for a confidential amount.
Moody National Companies
As first chair, defended tort and contract claims brought in several arbitrations related to tenant-in-common real estate investments. Early in multiple arbitrations, secured the complete dismissal of all claims asserted against numerous entities. In one arbitration, represented the remaining respondent as first chair at the final arbitration hearing, after which the arbitrator denied all of the claimant’s requested relief, and awarded respondent a significant portion of its requested attorneys’ fees.
First-chaired and prevailed in a jury trial related to intellectual property. Secured a jury verdict on breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, and a dismissal of all counterclaims. Presented opening and closing arguments for the plaintiff, and examined plaintiff’s corporate representative at trial.
First-chaired and prevailed in the federal jury trial for a pro bono client in a Section 1983 case. Examined numerous witnesses, including the plaintiff and defendant, and presented the closing argument for the plaintiff. The jury awarded plaintiff both compensatory and punitive damages.
Carrizo Oil & Gas
As lead counsel, drafted, argued, and won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., defeating plaintiff’s claim related to bonus payment based on 3D seismic data that plaintiff had provided for a portion of the Eagle Ford Shale.
BHP Billiton Petroleum Properties
As lead counsel, drafted, argued, and won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of BHP Billiton Petroleum in a lawsuit related to ownership of a valuable leasehold interest in the Eagle Ford Shale, and defeated plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment. Plaintiff later abandoned appeal from the Court’s orders.
South Texas Shale
As co-lead counsel, defended claims brought against oil and gas companies related to a joint operating agreement (“JOA”). Drafted, argued, and won a motion to transfer venue. In the new forum, asserted counterclaim asking the court to replace the plaintiff as operator under the JOA. After setting motion for temporary injunction on this issue and taking a key corporate representative deposition, case settled confidentially.
BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas)
As co-lead counsel, drafted, argued, and won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of BHP Billiton Petroleum in a lawsuit related to interests in the Haynesville Shale. Following the favorable ruling, negotiated an attractive settlement.
As part of a trial team hired after the close of discovery and only three months before trial, won a complete victory in defense of ExxonMobil Corporation. Plaintiff Duke Energy Services had alleged that certain accounting errors and re-allocations by ExxonMobil as an operator in the Conroe Field Unit had caused more than $4 million dollars of overpayments to other working interest owners. The jury rejected the plaintiff’s claims and awarded no damages against our client ExxonMobil.
Represented DCP Midstream in 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.
Represented Balli Steel PLC in breach of contract litigation arising out of a long-term contract for the purchase of 480,000 tons of metallurgical coal. After removing the case to federal court, the RF team filed the counterclaims on behalf of Balli, engaged in the discovery, and fended off multiple motions for summary judgment on the eve of trial. At that point, the case settled on confidential terms.