Gregory C. Ulmer

Partner

Houston
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Overview

Greg Ulmer is chair of BakerHostetler’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort practice group. Greg’s practice focuses on the representation of heavy-equipment and other product manufacturers in defending product liability lawsuits. He has defended clients against claims of design, manufacturing and marketing defects; failure to warn; crashworthiness; breach of warranty; and other matters, including catastrophic tort and premises liability.

Greg was appointed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG). The TBPG oversees the licensing, administration and practice of professional geoscientists in the state of Texas. In addition, Houston Mayor Bill White appointed Greg to serve as chair of the Houston Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission (HPOCSC). The HPOCSC hears and reviews appeals of disciplinary actions and grievances associated with the classification system, promotion system, medical and psychological fitness for duty, and compensation system of classified officers in the Houston Police Department.

Select Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a hydraulic hose manufacturer in a wrongful death case involving allegations of design and manufacturing defects as well as negligent manufacturing and breach of warranty.
  • Successfully defended a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a wrongful death case. The company was accused of defectively designing the seat belt and restraint system on a piece of industrial earth-moving equipment.
  • Successfully defended a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a case including allegations of design, manufacturing and marketing defects associated with the manufacture of a tack rig attached to a track-type tractor.  
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Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a hydraulic hose manufacturer in a wrongful death case involving allegations of design and manufacturing defects as well as negligent manufacturing and breach of warranty.
  • Successfully defended a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a wrongful death case. The company was accused of defectively designing the seat belt and restraint system on a piece of industrial earth-moving equipment.
  • Successfully defended a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a case including allegations of design, manufacturing and marketing defects associated with the manufacture of a tack rig attached to a track-type tractor.  
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a premises owner in a case involving catastrophic injury to a truck driver injured by the alleged improper operation of a lift truck at the client’s manufacturing facility.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an international chemical manufacturer in a premises liability case arising out of an explosion at the company’s plant located in the Gulf Coast area.
  • Successfully defended a personal injury action in which the plaintiff alleged to have sustained injuries while working at the client’s parts and distribution warehouse facility.
  • Represented a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a wrongful death case involving alleged defects in a piece of earth-moving equipment’s electronic control system, transmission, and shifting and safety systems design and implementation.
  • Represented a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a product liability action involving alleged defects in a piece of earth-moving equipment’s engine and fuel lines.
  • Represented a heavy-equipment manufacturer in a product liability case involving breach of warranty claims arising out of alleged defects associated with a product’s undercarriage and track system.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Texas "Super Lawyer" (2012 to 2017)
    • "Rising Star" (2004 to 2009)
  • Houston Bar Association: President's Award Recognition for Outstanding Service (2006 to 2007)

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Professionalism Committee
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Board of Directors
  • Lone Star Legal Aid: Board of Directors
  • Houston Lawyers Referral Service, Inc.: Board of Trustees, Past President

Community

  • Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists: Member
  • Houston Police Officers' Civil Service Commission
  • University of Houston Law Center Alumni: Board of Directors

Prior Positions

  • Briefing Clerk for the Honorable Justice Jack Hightower, Texas Supreme Court (1994)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1995
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1992