Lisa A. Houssiere

Partner

Houston
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Dallas
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Overview

Lisa Houssiere focuses her practice on representing clients in commercial litigation, international arbitration and government and internal investigations. She advises companies in all phases of dispute resolution at both the state and federal court levels and regularly advises clients in matters beyond the courtroom. Many of her clients have international operations and seek Lisa for her ability to provide creative and pragmatic solutions to complex matters.

Lisa has represented international and domestic companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in complex energy, antitrust and intellectual property matters. Her litigation and arbitration cases have involved a wide range of disputes arising in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela. As a result, Lisa has developed an in-depth understanding of the political, social and economic climate in Latin America and regularly counsels clients in that region.

She has worked on several global high-profile antitrust litigation and investigations matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust investigations, as well as represented companies seeking merger clearance from the DOJ and the European Commission Directorate General for Competition (DG Comp). In addition, she has advised clients across several industries under investigation by the DOJ, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Lisa has significant experience advising on competition law issues, including multi-jurisdictional merger control matters. She has assisted clients with responding to Second Requests from the DOJ and Requests for Information (RIF) from the DG Comp in mergers ranging in value from $7 billion to $47 billion on an expedited basis.

Lisa has been recognized among Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers and as a Rising Star for Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters. In addition, the National Diversity Council has recognized Lisa as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers and as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas. She has also been recognized as one of the Top 10 Transformational Women Leaders by IndustryWired.

Experience

Litigation

  • Represented the State of Texas in a qui tam action against a global pharmaceutical company related to violations of the Texas False Claims Act, the Texas Anti-Kickback Statute and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.
  • Represented lessor of an oil and gas lease in a dispute against a reorganized debtor related to the underpayment of royalties and the lessor’s security interest in the production and proceeds generated under the lease.
  • Represented a construction company in defense of related fiduciary duty and fraudulent transfer claims arising out of construction of a billion-dollar public-private partnership toll road.
  • Represented Spanish supplier of custom-made process equipment for crude oil refineries in a dispute arising out of non-payment of invoices for oilfield products supplied to PDVSA entities in Venezuela.
  • Represented plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against an insurance company in connection with the miscalculation of early withdrawal fees in breach of annuity contracts.
  • Represented international chain of convenience stores in connection with the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit to unwind a multibillion-dollar investment made by a tobacco company in an e-cigarette company for violations of federal antitrust laws.
  • Advised international chain of convenience stores on risk mitigation and management issues.
  • Represented international oilfield services company and its Mexican subsidiary in a $50 million dispute arising from a Mexican oil and gas development project.
  • Represented seller of oil well stimulation products supplied to PDVSA entities in Venezuela in a $54 million dispute arising from non-payment of invoices.
  • Represented third-party defendant subcontractor in a $6 million dispute defending against claims that it provided defective piping work in connection with the construction of a chemical plant in Louisiana.
  • Represented oil and gas operator in a dispute regarding its alleged failure to properly manage and operate wells.
  • Coordinated vessel arrests on a worldwide basis to recover compensation for unpaid bunker invoices for a bunker supplier.
  • Obtained $500,000 in sanctions in a dispute involving claims that a rice miller and marketer entered into various pre-petition agreements to guarantee payment of a $19 million judgment.
  • Defended an oil and gas exploration and production company in connection with the performance of seismic permitting and seismic survey operations.
  • Successfully tried nineteen cases to a jury verdict as a prosecutor for the City of Houston as part of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Attorney Loan Program.

International Arbitration

  • International Chamber of Commerce arbitration experience representing an independent oil and gas exploration company in a dispute involving $700 million in alleged damages.
  • Represented seller of a Colombian power plant in a dispute over the buyer’s breach of the purchase and sale agreement.

Investigations

  • Managed and led a large scale DG Comp antitrust regulator investigation in response to a Request for Information for a U.S. smartphone chipmaker’s proposed $47 billion acquisition of a Netherlands-based competitor.
  • Antitrust experience representing a global freight forwarding company in response to a DOJ inquiry into potential criminal price fixing on a worldwide basis; successfully represented client in a subsequent U.S. based class action lawsuit seeking civil damages for conduct investigated by the DOJ.
  • Managed and led response to Second Request from DOJ and Request for Information from the DG Comp regarding potential anticompetitive effects of a $6 billion merger of cybersecurity companies and defended witnesses in depositions in response to Civil Investigative Demands from the DOJ.
  • Represented international oilfield services company in an international Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation.
  • Represented energy market trading company in response to a Request for Information from the International Exchange, Inc. Futures U.S. Market Regulation Department.
  • Led joint defense group and handled voluminous and expedited discovery for a U.S. smartphone chipmaker in a high stakes International Trade Commission multi-patent investigation involving hundreds of products and the potential bar on importation of these products into the U.S.
  • Defense of a former employee of a British multinational investment bank related to a Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigation into the alleged manipulation of an interest rate benchmark.

Corporate

  • Negotiated and prepared offshore services agreements for a hydraulic equipment company.
  • Assisted confection company in the development of its franchise program.
  • Routinely prepared disclosures of litigation risk for clients’ filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Compliance

  • Advised international oilfield services company on trade sanctions and analysis of risks associated with the company’s compliance and ethics program.

Data Privacy

  • Advised companies in the energy industry on compliance with U.S. and foreign data privacy laws.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Lawdragon: 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers (2019 to present)
  • Texas Diversity Council: Top 25 Women Lawyers (2021)
  • National Diversity Council
    • Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas (2020)
    • Top 50 Women Lawyers Award (2019)
  • IndustryWired: Top 10 Transformational Women Leaders (2020)
  • Texas Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star in Business Litigation (2014 to 2017)
  • State Bar of Texas: Pro Bono College (2014)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation : Fellow (2015)

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Legal Lines: Volunteer
    • Houston Area Women's Center: Pro Bono Volunteer
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Institute for Energy Law: Advisory Board Member

Community

  • Impact100 Houston: Founding Member
  • The Junior League of Houston (2013 to present)
    • Executive Committee, Researcher (2022)
    • Admissions Chairman (2020 to 2021)
    • Board of Directors (2017 to 2018)
  • United Way of Greater Houston: Young Leader
  • Vanderbilt University Alumni Admissions Program: Interviewer

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2007, cum laude; SMU Law Review, CLE Editor
  • The University of Cape Town Law School, Cape Town, South Africa, Summer 2005
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2002, cum laude

Languages

  • Spanish