Larry Vincent

Of Counsel

My legal experience covers a wide range of matters at all judicial levels. I have litigated complex commercial cases, securities and antitrust class actions, mass tort matters, and both eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases, and I have done so both in trial and on appeal, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, and at every level of both state and federal courts.

In November 2017, the Chief Judge of the Federal Court of Claims appointed Dan Charest and me Co-Lead Counsels in the consolidated federal eminent domain cases filed after the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. In May 2018 we defeated the government’s attempt to avoid liability and have the cases completely dismissed. After another year which involved intense discovery and motions practice, we went to trial for two weeks in Houston, Texas. Following the preparation and argument of extensive post-trial briefing, on December 17, 2019, the court held the United States liable for the flooding of the test plaintiffs’ properties located upstream of the Addicks and Barker dams. Involving over 10,000 potential claimants, I believe this to be the most significant inverse condemnation action ever won against the United States. We are now working to determine the amount of just compensation due from the government for the takings.

During this time, in late 2018 Daniel Charest, Mallory Biblo, and I arbitrated an action in which our clients were accused of breach of contract and breaches of fiduciary duty. We filed counterclaims asserting that, in truth, the other party had breached the contracts. After a “rocket-docket” period of 60 days for all discovery and preparation, following a three-day arbitration hearing the arbitrator issued a twenty-seven-page opinion in which he rejected all claims against our clients and instead awarded them almost $2 million in damages, attorney’s fees, and expenses. Then, when the state district court refused to enter the complete award as its final judgment, we persuaded the Court of Appeals to reverse that decision and remand the case with instructions to the district court “to render judgment in accordance with the final arbitration award;” a complete victory.

Most recently, On May 27, 2020, we filed suit on behalf of fifty Chambers County landowners for the flooding of their property caused by the State of Texas. Our clients’ properties were flooded during Tropical Storms Harvey and Imelda by stormwater that was blocked by a concrete traffic barrier which the Texas Department of Transportation erected which blocks the southerly flow of rainfall runoff.

In addition to those recent endeavors, my experience has included a wide range of trial and appellate work, such as:

  • The trial of multiple actions, both solo as well as part of a larger team, for breach of contract claims between domestic and international entities concerning everything from the failure to deliver drilling rigs for use in the Gulf of Mexico to the funding of business ventures;
  • Multiple business divorce actions between partners, often involving fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims over asset allocation and theft of corporate opportunities;
  • Various fast-track injunction and restraining order matters based on employment agreements, theft of trade secrets, and covenants not to complete;
  • The representation and settlement of cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in nationwide class actions for antitrust violations and federal securities fraud claims;
  • Numerous eminent domain matters on behalf of property owners against state, county, city, and corporate condemnors both at trial and on appeal.

 

I was born and raised in Port Neches, Texas and received a B.B.A. in Economics from Baylor University in 1984. After Baylor, I attended the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where I served as the Managing Editor of the Texas Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was a member of the Legal Eagles.

After receiving my law degree with honors in 1987, I had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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