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Hon. Michael Massengale (Former), FCIArb

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Business Commercial
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Energy & Utilities
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International & Cross-Border
Personal Injury
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Background and Education

Hon. Michael Massengale (Former), FCIArb joined JAMS in 2020 after serving as an appellate justice on the First Court of Appeals in Houston. His ADR practice is focused on arbitration, and he has been appointed to serve as arbitrator in over 75 disputes. During his judicial service, Justice Massengale participated in the resolution of thousands of appeals and wrote more than 600 signed opinions in a wide range of legal disputes. He was known on the bench for his strong work ethic, well-reasoned opinions, and careful approach to interpreting statutes and contracts. His legal opinions had an excellent record of success on review in the Supreme Court of Texas. He wrote opinions covering a wide range of complex matters involving commercial and contractual disputes in various industries, including construction, employment, financial services, government, health care, oil and gas, and professional liability. Since he left full-time judicial service, appellate practitioners have sought out Justice Massengale’s assistance for appellate moot arguments and consultation on numerous appellate matters in federal courts of appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas and intermediate Texas appellate courts, including mandamus and interlocutory appellate relief.

Before his appointment to the appellate court, Justice Massengale practiced law as a trial partner at Baker Botts. He focused primarily on complex commercial disputes in the areas of securities, bankruptcy, antitrust, tax and tort litigation, predominantly representing clients in energy-related industries.

Justice Massengale serves by appointment of the Supreme Court of Texas as a commissioner on the Texas Access to Justice Commission, which develops and implements initiatives designed to expand access to, and enhance the quality of, justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Justice Massengale has extensive experience in the resolution of complex commercial and contractual disputes across various practices and industries, including:

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Business and Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Health Care
  • Governmental Entities
  • Insurance
  • Oil and Gas
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property

Justice Massengale's recent arbitral appointments include the following disputes:

  • Breach of gas gathering agreement between Pennsylvania producer of natural gas and pipeline operator, concerning addition of receipt points.
  • Legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from mass-action products- liability litigation.
  • Breach of partnership agreement between international law firm and former partner.
  • Breach of groundwater lease conveyance agreement, concerning calculation of payments owed by operator of water transmission pipeline.
  • Breach of nitrogen supply agreement, including COVID-19 force majeure issue.
  • Breach of master supply agreement between oil field services company and supplier of fracking sand.
  • Breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition claims asserted by registered investment adviser against former employee, concerning post-employment communications with clients.
  • Fee dispute between large law firm and its former client.
  • Wrongful-death claims against nursing homes under Alabama law.
  • Breach of contract to sell large volume of N95 masks.
  • Claim under Delaware law by creditor against online retailer for breach of note and warrant purchase agreement and subordinated promissory note.
  • Race discrimination, sex discrimination, and retaliation claims under federal and Texas employment law (Title VII, section 1981, and Texas Commission on Human Rights Act).
  • Age discrimination under Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
  • Construction dispute involving breach of contract and express and implied warranties, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Residential Construction Liability Act, and negligence in connection with sale of new home.
  • Construction arbitration to resolve dispute over interpretation of arbitration clause.
  • Breach of insurance policy and violations of the Texas Insurance Code in connection with denial of claim for damage to a yacht.
  • Arbitration appeals from awards in consumer disputes against credit-card issuer under Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Delaware law.

Justice Massengale's recent neutral-analysis assignments include:

  • Numerous engagements to participate in moot appellate arguments for cases in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court, and Texas intermediate courts of appeals.
  • Engagement to assist with preparation of report of the Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting.

Representative Matters

  • Banking
      • Contractors Source, Inc. v. Amegy Bank Nat’l Ass’n462 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet.): Applying Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) to resolve customer dispute with bank over responsibility for bookkeeper’s unauthorized transactions
      • Morlock, L.L.C. v. Bank of New York448 S.W.3d 514 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, pet. denied): Affirming declaratory judgment in favor of mortgage lender in residential home foreclosure dispute
      • Vazquez v. Deutsche Bank Nat. Tr. Co., N.A.441 S.W.3d 783 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, no pet.): Reversing dismissal of homeowner’s challenge to home foreclosure for purported lack of standing
  • Business Commercial
      • Peterson Group, Inc. v. PLTQ Lotus Group, L.P.417 S.W.3d 46 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied): Reversing awards of damages against limited partners, as purported alter egos, for contract liability of limited partnership
      • Saden v. Smith, 415 S.W.3d 450 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet denied): In dispute between shareholders of closely held corporation, affirming liability finding for breach of fiduciary duty, and partially vacating damages to the extent awarded in violation of one-satisfaction rule
      • Sonwalkar v. St. Luke’s Sugar Land P’ship, L.L.P.394 S.W.3d 186 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, no pet.): Interpretation of voting provisions of partnership agreement in context of attempted termination of individual doctors’ interests in hospital partnership
      • Represented board of directors of major oil-and-gas company in jury trial of shareholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duties in sale of company to major international oil-and-gas company, primarily involving valuation of company
      • Represented corporate audit committees in Delaware Chancery Court litigation challenging mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry
      • Represented publicly traded companies, primarily in the energy industry, in class-action securities fraud cases
  • Construction
      • CCC Group, Inc. v. S. Cent. Cement, Ltd.450 S.W.3d 191 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, no pet.): Construction dispute over collapsed cement-storage warehouse; held evidence sufficient to support breach of contract and causation findings, but insufficient to support jury’s award of damages for future repair costs
      • CBM Engineers, Inc. v. Tellepsen Builders, L.P.403 S.W.3d 339 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied): Cross-appeals over application of certificate-of-merit requirements to various damages claims arising from design and construction of retreat and conference center
      • Carter & Burgess, Inc. v. Sardari355 S.W.3d 804 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.): Application of certificate-of-merit requirement to allegations of negligent project management by architectural firm
      • Tellepsen Builders, L.P. v. Kendall/Heaton Assocs., Inc.325 S.W.3d 692 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2010, pet. denied): Construction insurance dispute; interpretation of waiver-of-subrogation clause
  • Employment Law
      • Texas Dep’t of Family & Protective Services v. Mitchell, 510 S.W.3d 199 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, no pet.): Affirming denial of state agency’s claim of sovereign immunity against claim of retaliatory discharge
      • Schlumberger Ltd. v. Rutherford472 S.W.3d 881 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet.): Affirming denial of motion to dismiss allegations that in-house counsel misappropriated trade secrets based on evidence establishing prima facie case
      • Miles v. Lee Anderson Co.339 S.W.3d 738 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.): Race and national-origin discrimination suit
  • Energy & Utilities
      • Tanya L. McCabe Trust v. Ranger Energy LLC531 S.W.3d 783 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, pet. denied): Interpretation of legislative revisions to correction-instrument statutes in the Texas Property Code as applied to oil-and-gas leases
      • Rosenthal v. Doherty & Doherty, L.L.P., No. 01-12-01017-CV, 2014 WL 953547 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Mar. 11, 2014, no pet.): Dispute over payment for repairs to oil drilling rig
      • In re Valero Ref.-Texas, LP415 S.W.3d 567 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, orig. proceeding): Granting mandamus relief in dispute over appraisal district’s discovery request for oil refinery’s trade secrets relevant to property valuation
      • In re Hardwick426 S.W.3d 151 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, orig. proceeding): Venue dispute in litigation between oil-and-gas production company and former landman
      • Represented various energy utilities, including generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electric power, as well as retail delivery of natural gas
  • Governmental Disputes
      • ETC Mktg., Ltd. v. Harris County Appraisal Dist.476 S.W.3d 501 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015), aff’d, 528 S.W.3d 70 (Tex. 2017): Affirming appraisal of value of stored natural gas
      • In re Valero Ref.-Texas, LP415 S.W.3d 567 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, no pet.): Dispute over discovery of trade secrets in ad-valorem tax valuation dispute
      • State v. Momin Properties, Inc.409 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied): Gas station’s inverse condemnation claim arising from construction of overpass
  • Health Care
      • Patel v. St. Luke’s Sugar Land P’ship, L.L.P.445 S.W.3d 413 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied): Requiring issuance of injunction to preserve status quo pending resolution of management dispute between doctors and hospital
      • Sonwalkar v. St. Luke’s Sugar Land P’ship, L.L.P.394 S.W.3d 186 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, no pet.): Interpretation of voting provisions of partnership agreement in context of attempted termination of individual doctors’ interests in hospital partnership
      • Methodist Hosp. v. German369 S.W.3d 333 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied): Reversing medical malpractice judgment against hospital based on insufficient evidence that patient’s treatment was adversely affected by actions of nurses or by failure to train them
      • In re Higby325 S.W.3d 740 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2010, orig. proceeding): Medical peer review communications privilege dispute
  • Insurance
      • Mid-Continent Cas. Co. v. Krolczyk, 408 S.W.3d 896 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied): Rendering declaratory judgment that insurer owed duty to defend under commercial general liability (CGL) policy
      • In re Texas Windstorm Ins. Ass’n417 S.W.3d 119 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, orig. proceeding): Trial court abused discretion by disqualifying insurer’s attorney for purported conflict of interest based on attorney’s prior relationship and communications relating to insurance law with claimant’s attorney
      • Oleksy v. Farmers Ins. Exch., 410 S.W.3d 378 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied): Reversing summary judgment that homeowner’s insurance policy did not cover snowmobile accident and that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured
      • Tellepsen Builders, L.P. v. Kendall/Heaton Assocs., Inc.325 S.W.3d 692 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2010, pet. denied): Construction insurance dispute; interpretation of waiver-of-subrogation clause
      • Represented litigant in dispute over interpretation of offshore energy package policy as applied to hurricane-damaged offshore platform and well
  • International & Cross-Border
      • Chaired ICDR panel for contract and tort dispute over liability for $200 million in damages allegedly caused by a fire in an industrial manufacturing complex (maquiladora) in Mexico.
      • Participated in ICDR tribunal applying New York law to alleged breach of fuel oil supply contract by delivery of contaminated fuel, resulting in property damage and business interruption at a Panamanian power generating plant.
      • Bautista v. Trinidad Drilling Ltd.484 S.W.3d 491 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, no pet.): Affirming special appearance granted in favor of drilling company’s Canadian indirect parent company
      • Brenham Oil & Gas, Inc. v. TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co.472 S.W.3d 744 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, no pet.): Affirming forum non conveniens dismissal of tortious interference claim against Italian oil company relating to Togolese drilling prospect
      • Richardson v. Newman439 S.W.3d 538 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, no pet.): Affirming forum non conveniens dismissal of shareholder derivative suit against Swiss offshore-drilling company
      • Represented domestic mining company in multi-billion-dollar fraudulent claim against its foreign corporate parent, primarily involving the valuation of a controlling interest in a foreign mining company
      • Represented foreign government official against tort claims filed in the United States
  • Personal Injury
      • Barnes v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., 395 S.W.3d 165 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, pet. denied): Denial of workers’ compensation claim did not bar subsequent wrongful-death claim based on allegation of employer’s gross negligence
      • Airgas-Sw., Inc. v. IWS Gas & Supply of Texas, Ltd., 390 S.W.3d 472 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, pet. denied): Holding evidence legally insufficient to support claim for malicious prosecution due to lack of evidence of special injury
      • Richards v. Transocean, Inc.333 S.W.3d 326 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2010, no pet.): Reversing summary judgment in suit alleging negligent failure to provide safe workplace on offshore drilling rig
      • Represented litigants in energy-industry-related personal-injury claims
  • Professional Liability
      • Arbitration of dispute between an international legal provider and a departed partner over payment of a bonus, requiring interpretation of the firm’s partnership agreement and analysis of ethical rules applicable to the legal profession
      • In re Haynes & Boone, LLP376 S.W.3d 839 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, orig. proceeding): Confirming state court jurisdiction over claim of attorney malpractice in federal antitrust matter
      • Pitts & Collard, L.L.P. v. Schechter369 S.W.3d 301 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.): Referral-fee dispute
  • Real Property
      • Vance v. Popkowski534 S.W.3d 474 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017, pet. denied): Enforcement of residential deed restriction and associated nonwaiver provision, prohibiting operation of a business from a single-family residence
      • Wheelbarger v. Landing Council of Co–Owners471 S.W.3d 875 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, pet. denied): Dispute between condominium owners and association board regarding repairs to hurricane damage
      • Internacional Realty, Inc. v. 2005 RP W., Ltd.449 S.W.3d 512 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, pet. denied): Interpretation of “put” remedy specified by commercial real estate purchase agreement

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012–present
  • Member, American Law Institute, 2015–present
    • Member, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Members Consultative Group
    • Member, Restatement of the Law of Conflict of Laws Members Consultative Group
    • Member, Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts Members Consultative Group
    • Member, Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance Members Consultative Group
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Member, North American Users’ Council, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Energy Law (IEL)
  • Commissioner, Texas Access to Justice Commission, 2018–present
  • Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families, 2012–present
    • Commissioner, 2012–2018
    • Senior Judicial Advisor, 2018–present

      Selected Awards and Honors

      • Recipient, Jim D. Bowmer Professionalism Award, Texas Bar College, 2023
      • Big Suits, The American Lawyer
        • Recognition for trial victory on a fraudulent transfer claim in ASARCO v. Americas Mining Corporation, resulting in a judgment valued between $7 and $10 billion (June 2009)
        • Recognition for jury trial victory defending a shareholder class action suit against the former directors of Pennzoil arising from the sale of company to Shell (January 2006)
      • President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Houston Bar Association, 2012
      • Texas Rising Star, Law & Politics, 2004–2010
      • Outstanding Editor Award, Texas Law Review, 1997

      Selected Publications

      • Engaging the Law: A Profile of Justice Michael Massengale,” Houston Bar Association Appellate Lawyer (Sept. 15, 2016)
      • “Introduction to Researching Texas Constitutional History Online,” Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (Spring 2015)
      • “Riotous Uncertainty: A Quarrel With the ‘Commentators’ Rule’ Against Section 1441(c) Removal for Counterclaim, Cross-Claim, and Third-Party Defendants,” 75 Texas L. Rev. 659 (1997)

      Background and Education

      • Massengale PLLC, Houston, 2019–present
        • Founder
      • First Court of Appeals, Houston, 2009–2018
        • Justice, 2009-2018
      • Baker Botts, Houston, 1999–2009
        • Partner, 2007–2009
        • Associate, 1999–2006
      • Law Clerk to Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1997–1999
      • J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law, 1997
        • Book Review Editor, Texas Law Review (Vol. 75)
        • Order of the Coif
      • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1994


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