Allison J. Snyder
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1979
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1975
Federal District Court Texas
United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
Allison Snyder is a partner in the litigation practice group and construction section of Porter Hedges. She has more than 30 years of experience representing companies and individuals in complex business and construction disputes involving fraud, breach of contract, negligence, noncompetition issues, business torts, and matters involving emergency injunctive relief.
She has extensive experience in:
- construction contract litigation
- construction delay, acceleration and inefficiency claims
- construction defect litigation and non-conforming goods claims
- takeover and tender disputes
- differing site conditions claims
- payment and performance claims
- change order and warranty claims
- wrongful termination claims
- construction insurance and indemnity issues
- design defect disputes
- claims for extras
- contractor default workouts
- bond and lien claims preparation and litigation
- related litigation between owners, sureties, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals
- construction contract negotiation and drafting
- arbitration and mediation of complex construction and commercial cases
Ms. Snyder has arbitrated and litigated claims involving commercial, industrial and petrochemical projects ranging from high rise towers, hospitals, schools and prisons to power plants, petrochemical refineries and drilling rigs to on and off shore production facilities.
For clients in the energy, petrochemical and petroleum industries, Ms. Snyder has worked with both service companies and companies with physical plants and pipeline facilities in their contract negotiations, defective construction claims, and delay claim litigation.
Ms. Snyder is listed as one of America's leading lawyers in construction law by Chambers USA and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for construction law since 2006. She has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers in Construction Surety Law since 2004 and Super Lawyers, Business Edition for the State of Texas in Construction/Surety Law since 2009. In the June 2008 issue of H Texas Magazine, Ms. Snyder was listed as a "Houston Top Lawyer" in the area of Construction Litigation.
Ms. Snyder has over 20 years of experience chairing numerous arbitration panels and acting as sole arbitrator in commercial and construction disputes, including both international and domestic. Additionally, she possesses over 20 years' experience mediating construction and commercial disputes.
- Represented a contractor in construction defect litigation with a Texas municipality involving slab failure and mold claims.
- Represented a contractor in litigation with a defaulting subcontractor's surety regarding defective work in three power plants.
- Represented an oil and gas operating company in oil and gas accounting litigation.
- Represented a general contractor against a national supplier/subcontractor in the recovery of a multimillion judgment involving fraud, breach of contract and DTPA claims.
- Successful recovery of delay claim and extra work claim for a subcontractor against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Represented contractors and sureties in prosecuting extra work claims, delay claims and differing site condition claims against various U.S. Governmental entities from the Request for Equitable Adjustment through the Board of Contract Appeals.
- Represented sureties in numerous takeover scenarios involved in completing multiple public and private projects including the takeover of a defaulted general contractor on 8 public and private projects simultaneously.
- Represented subcontractors and contractors in prosecuting payment claims, extra work claims, wrongful termination claims, delay claims and differing site conditions claims against various municipalities, counties, school districts and MUDS.
- Represented subcontractors and suppliers in prosecuting bond and lien claims.
- Represented sureties in defending bond and lien claims.
- Represented contractors in bid protests against public entities.
- Represented general contractors in fraud, breach of contract, DTPA and negligence disputes with both owners and subcontractors.
- Represented public and private owners in various breach of contract disputes with general contractors.
- Represented public and private owners in tort and contract disputes with design professionals.
Professional / Civic Affiliations
- Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
- American Bar Association, Member
- State Bar of Texas, Member of the Construction Law Section (Chair 1999-2000), Construction Law Conference Planning Committee (1993-2001), District 4D Grievance Committee
- Houston Bar Association, Member of the Construction Law Section (Chair 1997-1998), Courts & Courthouse Facilities Committee, the Judicial Liaison Committee, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and the Administration of Justice Committee
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
- College of the State Bar of Texas, Fellow
- Garland Walker Inns of Court, Member
- American Arbitration Association, Member of the Large, Complex Case Panel and Regular Panel of Arbitrators
- International Center for Dispute Resolution, Member of the Panel of Arbitrators
- Attorney Mediators, Inc., Member
- Association of Attorney-Mediators, Member of Houston Chapter
Industry Trade Associations
- Associated General Contractors of America, Member
- Houston Contractors Association, Member
- Associated Builders and Contractors, Member
- ABC Houston Legal Issues Committee, Member and Chair (2004-2005)
- ABC PAC Committee, Trustee (2004-2006)
- Women Contractors Association, Member and Past Board Member (2000-2003)
- Construction Alert: "What to Do Before Repairing Building Defects" (03/11/13)
- “Perfecting Lien Rights on Private Projects,” Texas Mechanic’s Lien and Bond Claim Law: Lorman Seminar (01/23/13)
- Construction Alert: "Fifth Circuit Withdraws Ewing Opinion" (08/09/12)
- Construction Alert: "Fifth Circuit Ruling on Commercial General Liability Policies Could Have a Significant Impact on the Texas Construction Industry" (06/22/12)
- "Project Delivery Systems Require Analysis and Impact Litigation Strategy," Engineering News-Record (06/11/12)
- "You've Got a Friend, or Do You? How do the Delivery Systems and Party Postures Impact Litigation Strategy and Procedures in Multi-Party Construction Claims?" American Bar Association: Forum on the Construction Industry (04/26/12)
- Construction e-Alert: "Fifth Circuit Holds that Contractor is Entitled to Additional Insured Coverage even though Indemnity Agreement is Unenforceable" (01/11/12)
- Construction Client Alert: "Unknown Conditions - Can Parties Contractually Assign Liability Without Limits?" (11/17/11)
- "Top 10 Mistakes Litigators Make in Construction Arbitrations," University of Texas Construction Law Conference (09/22/11)
- "How Will Recent Changes in Texas Construction Law Affect Your Company?" (09/20/2011)
- “Summary of Legislation Affecting the Texas Construction Industry Passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature,” Texas Legislative Wrap Up Seminar, The Houston Contractors Association Education Committee (08/18/11)
- "Best Practices on Bonds and Liens" (04/2011)
- "Terminations: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" (04/16/09)
- "Claims on Federal Projects," Lorman Seminar (07/11/08)
- "Claims on Texas Public Works Projects," Lorman Seminar (07/11/08)
- "Enforcing Perfected Lien Rights," Lorman Seminar (07/11/08)
- "The New Contingent Payment Clause Statute: Does it Really Help Anyone?" Build Houston (11/1/2007)
- "Bond Claims on Public Works Projects in Texas" (10/24/2006)
- “You’re Fired! The Allocation of Risk in Termination Clauses,” American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry (10/12/06)
- "How Design Documents Can Prevent or Cause Construction Claims," Lorman Seminar (04/2006)
- "Mechanic's Liens in Texas - Top Ten Mistakes Claimants Make" (3/1/2006)
- "Bond Claims on Public Projects" (11/1/2003)
- "Sovereign Immunity: When Its' Time to Pay, It's Good to be King!" (4/1/03)
- "Sovereign Immunity: Where Are We Now?", Tools of the Trade, publication of the Association of Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston (04/2003)
- "Prevailing Wage Requirements on Texas Public Works Project," Legal Notes Newsletter (2000)
- "The Impact of Delivery Systems on Litigation Strategies," 26th Annual Construction Law Conference (02/28/13)
- “How Do Various Project Delivery Systems Affect Litigation Strategy in Multi-Party Claims?” Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section (10/18/12)
- "Managing Change Orders in Texas," Houston Contractors Association (04/11/12)
- “Summary of Legislation Affecting the Texas Construction Industry Passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature,” HUB International Rigg Insurance and Bonds (08/17/11)
- Arbitration Panel: "Anatomy of a Complex Construction Arbitration," 24th Annual State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference (03/03/11)
- "What Do You Mean I'm Not Entitled to Recover My Damages - The Ramifications of Clauses that Limit Liability in Construction Contracts," University of Texas Construction Law Conference (09/23/10)
- "Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Strategies in Texas," GAF 8th Annual Wealth Builder Conference (03/15/10)
- "ADR Strategies," American Arbitration Association, Corporate Counsel Colloquy Speaker (02/2010)
- "Arbitration Panel," State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference Speaker (02/01/10)
- “Lien Claims on Non-Residential Private Projects,” Texas Construction Lien and Bond Claims, Lorman Seminar (12/14/09)
- “Change Orders in Texas,” The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (10/29/09)
- "Texas Legislative Update 2009," Smart Construction/Smart Business Program (09/01/09)
- “Perfecting Bond Claims on Texas Public Work Projects” and “Perfecting Lien Rights on Private Projects,” Allied Fire Protection (05/28/09)
- "The New AIA A201 General Conditions and How they Conflict with Texas Law and Other Problems," Lorman Seminar (08/26/08)
- "Managing Construction Projects in Texas," Lorman Seminar (04/01/08)
- “The Condominium Craze: Managing the Players, the Project, and the Potential Liability,” University of Texas Construction Law Conference (10/16/07)
- “Key Contract Provisions between General Contractors and Subcontractors,” Texas State Bar (10/2007)
- “The Top Ten Important Things to Know when Dealing with the Surety Company,” Texas State Bar (06/2006)
- "Building a Foundation for Managing Complex Construction Law Issues in Texas," National Business Institute (03/22/06)
- "Mechanic's Liens - The Top Ten Mistakes Claimants Make," 19th Annual Construction Law Conference (03/02/06)
- "Texas Construction Contracts for Professional Engineers," Half Moon, L.L.C. (01/19/06)
- "Texas Construction Law: Can This Job Be Saved?" Lorman Seminar (10/2005)
- "Advanced Concepts in Construction Delay and Disruption Disputes," Lorman Seminar (01/2005)
- "Change Orders vs. Construction Change Directives: The Devil is in the Details," San Antonio Bar Association (01/2005)
- "Arbitration Tips and Tactics for Securities, Construction and Employment Cases", Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section (01/2005)
- "Ethical Distinctions Between Arbitrator and Mediation", Houston Bar Association ADR Section (11/2004)
- "Discovery Disputes in Arbitration Proceedings," American Arbitration Association (04/2004)
- "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: The Risks Inherent in Termination of Construction Contracts and Subcontracts," Association of Builders & Contractors Association (02/2004)
- "Retention of Control by the General Contractor and Resulting Liability; When and How Does a Contractor Lose His Independent Contractor Protection and Who Becomes Liable?" Porter & Hedges Construction and Real Estate Seminar (11/2003)
- "Bid Protests on State and Local Projects; Who Bears the Risk of Defective Plans & Specifications; Termination of Contracts; and Bond Claims in Public Works Projects in Texas," State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference (10/2003)
- "Mediation Preparation and Advocacy," Porter & Hedges Litigation Continuing Legal Education Seminar (06/2003)
- "Practical Aspects of Proving Delay Claims," Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2002 Construction Law Seminar (10/2002)
- "Architect/Engineer Liability and Practice in Texas," Lorman Seminar (09/2002)
- "Calculating Damages for Delay," State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section 15th Annual Construction Law Conference (02/2002)
- "Advanced Construction Law in Texas," National Business Institute Seminar (08/2001)
- "Tips for Effective Mediation of Construction Disputes," Construction Financial Managers Association (02/2001)
- "Construction Contracting with Public Entities in Texas," Lorman Seminar (08/2000)