Glen Shu

Partner

Houston
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Overview

Glen Shu handles complex business disputes, injury claims and appellate matters. Understanding that not all cases are the same, Glen adapts his approach to each individual case and the client’s needs, resulting in personalized perspectives, creative solutions and efficient results.

Throughout his 20-plus-year career, Glen has handled a variety of litigation matters, including contract and business disputes, collection matters, business torts, royalty disputes and trade secret disputes. Glen also devotes a substantial amount of his practice to defending oil and gas operators, drilling companies and oilfield services companies in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. Glen began his career at BakerHostetler working with the firm’s Distribution and Franchise team, handling a number of motor vehicle manufacturer-dealer disputes in various Texas administrative and district courts. Many of these disputes involved first-impression complaints regarding the legality of an automobile manufacturer’s exercise of contractual rights of first refusal in the transfer of motor vehicle dealerships.

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Litigation
  • Defended multiple catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims involving wellsite injuries and trucking accidents on behalf of oil and gas operators, drilling companies and oilfield services companies throughout Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In particular, Glen has handled more than 10 fatalities from immediately after the incidents through the conclusion of the matters. Glen has also handled issues and claims collateral to these disputes, including indemnity and insurance coverage claims.

  • Obtained summary judgment for an equipment manufacturer accused of violating a Texas statute regulating the relationship between equipment manufacturers and its dealers, in an issue of first impression.

Appellate
  • Equitable estoppel arbitration issue argued to the Texas Supreme Court. Meyer v. WMCO-GP LLC, 211 S.W.3d. 302 (Tex. 2006)

  • Primary and exclusive jurisdiction applied to tortious interference claim. Butnaru v. Ford Motor Co., 84 S.W.3d 198 (Tex. 2002)

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Experience

Litigation
  • Defended multiple catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims involving wellsite injuries and trucking accidents on behalf of oil and gas operators, drilling companies and oilfield services companies throughout Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In particular, Glen has handled more than 10 fatalities from immediately after the incidents through the conclusion of the matters. Glen has also handled issues and claims collateral to these disputes, including indemnity and insurance coverage claims.

  • Obtained summary judgment for an equipment manufacturer accused of violating a Texas statute regulating the relationship between equipment manufacturers and its dealers, in an issue of first impression.

  • Obtained summary judgment for an oil field operator alleged to have controlled the work of an injured employee of the drilling contractor.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a staffing placement company sued by a competitor over the placement of a consultant.

  • Represented a seismic oil and gas company in the recovery of overriding royalty interests.

  • Served as a member of a firm arbitration team in the defense of an oil field services company against a $100 million breach of contract and fraud claim related to an exclusive reseller agreement for oil field broadband services. Resulted in a favorable reasoned award for the client.

  • Represented a beauty product manufacturer against the diversion of its products outside the contractual distribution chain.

  • Successfully compelled arbitration in dispute over services for a power generator, which resulted in resolution shortly after successful ruling.

  • Defended the founder of an electricity products design company against claims of shareholder oppression.

  • Defended a high-nickel and alloy metals mill from claims related to the breach of an exclusive distributorship arrangement.

  • Handled arbitration related to a business divorce dispute involving a metals recycling company.

  • Represented employees of a large energy trading company in a bankruptcy action attempting to claw back multimillion-dollar bonuses.

  • Represented a fractional aviation company in a sale and leaseback dispute.

  • Obtained summary judgment for an automobile manufacturer against claims of sexual misconduct at an automobile dealership.

  • Obtained the dismissal of a multimillion-dollar information technology services contract dispute for an automobile manufacturer.

Appellate
  • Equitable estoppel arbitration issue argued to the Texas Supreme Court. Meyer v. WMCO-GP LLC, 211 S.W.3d. 302 (Tex. 2006)

  • Primary and exclusive jurisdiction applied to tortious interference claim. Butnaru v. Ford Motor Co., 84 S.W.3d 198 (Tex. 2002)

  • Mandamus of an “Apex-deposition” ruling. In re Schlumberger Ltd., No. 14-17-00437-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2017, orig. proceeding) (claim against client dismissed after filing).

  • Affirmation of a summary judgment granted in a products liability case. Ramsey v. Caterpillar, Inc., No. 12-16-00155-CV (Tex. App.—Tyler 2017, no pet. h.)

  • Mandamus discovery dispute. In re Crescent Directional Drilling L.P., No. 11-13-00359-CV (Tex. App.—Eastland 2013, orig. proceeding)

  • Appeal of jury verdict for breach of warranties. PACCAR Inc. v. Ho Ho Ho Express Inc., No. 01-13-00199 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013) (settled on appeal)

  • Trade secret discovery mandamus in the Amarillo Court of Appeals. In re Rockafellow, 2013 WL 1836451 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2013, orig. proceeding)

  • Affirmance of a nearly $2 million judgment against a challenge of fraudulent inducement. McLernon v. Dynegy Inc., 347 S.W.3d 315 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2011, no pet.)

  • Arbitration issue based on third-party beneficiary submitted to the 1st Court of Appeals on a mandamus basis. In re Bayer Materialscience LLC, 265 S.W.3d 452 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2007, orig. proceeding)

  • Tortious interference decision argued to the Austin Court of Appeals. Ford Motor Co. v. Butnaru, 157 S.W.3d 142 (Tex. App.—Austin 2005, no pet.)

  • Successful reversal of a jury verdict supporting fraud claims related to funds retained in a bank account in the Houston 1st Court of Appeals. Whitney Nat'l Bank v. Baker, 122 S.W.3d 204 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, pet. denied)

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Texas "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2017)
    • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2003 to 2008) 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service: Board Member (1999 to 2003)

Prior Positions

  • Fourteenth Circuit of Appeals: Briefing Attorney (1996 to 1997)
  • Tort Claims and Insurance Defense Law Firm (1997 to 2000)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1999
  • Texas, 1996

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1996; Chief Articles Editor, Houston Law Review
  • B.A., The University of New Mexico, 1992