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J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1979

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1975


Texas, 1979

Southern District of Texas, 1985

Northern and Western Districts of Texas, 1990

Eastern District of Texas, 1994

United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1991


Allison Snyder is a partner in the construction and litigation practice groups of Porter Hedges.  She has over 35 years of experience representing companies and individuals in complex construction disputes and business arbitration and litigation. She routinely arbitrates, litigates and mediates claims between owners, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals and sureties, and drafts and negotiates contracts for those parties.

Allison’s experience includes design and construction disputes involving large public and private commercial, industrial, energy and infrastructure projects, on and offshore oil and gas pipelines and production facilities, petrochemical plants, oil and gas drilling rigs, EPC projects, maritime projects, high rise office towers, hospitals, schools, prisons, highways, toll roads, underground utilities, civil, site work and paving, power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, petrochemical refineries, wind energy transmission projects, compressor and turbine failures, cogeneration facilities, vessel failures, railways and numerous other energy and infrastructure projects.

Allison is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers and the College of Commercial Arbitrators.  She has served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section and as Chair of the Houston Bar Association ADR Section.  She is listed as one of America's leading lawyers in construction law and construction: alternative dispute resolution by Chambers USA.  Allison has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for construction law since 2006, and has been selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” since 2004. She also serves as Co-Editor of the Construction Law Journal.

She has extensive experience in:

  • arbitration and mediation of complex construction and commercial cases
  • construction delay, acceleration and inefficiency claims
  • construction defect litigation
  • disputes regarding construction bond and lien claims and mineral interest liens
  • differing site conditions claims
  • payment and performance claims
  • change order and warranty claims
  • wrongful termination claims
  • surety takeover and tender disputes
  • insurance and indemnity issues
  • design defect disputes
  • contractor default workouts
  • claims for extras
  • construction contract negotiation and drafting

Arbitration Experience

Allison has over 25 years of extensive experience chairing arbitration panels and acting as sole arbitrator in complex construction and commercial disputes.  She serves on international and domestic arbitration panels and is an arbitration panel member of several provider organizations including the AAA, the ICDR and the ICC.  

  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. 2012 – present.
  • Member, AAA Mega Panel and Large Complex Case Panel, AAA Regular Panel and ICDR Panel.  International Arbitration Experience. 
  • Member of the Construction & Commercial Panels of Arbitrators. American Arbitration Association, 1990 - present.
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Southwest Texas Advisory Council (Construction Law), 1992-1995.

Mediation Experience

Allison has over 25 years of experience mediating construction and commercial disputes.

Representative Experience

  • 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

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2016
  • Fellow,  College of Commercial Arbitrators, 2012 - present
  • Fellow,  Houston Bar Foundation, 1991 - present
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1996 - present
  • Fellow, College of the State Bar of Texas, 1991 - present
  • Member, Garland Walker Inns of Court, 2003 – present
  • Member, State Bar of Texas District 4D (Grievance Committee, 1994-1997)
  • Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, 2007 – present.
  • Member, DRI. 2013 – present.
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Construction Law Section (Chair, 1999-2000; Vice Chair, 1998-1999; Secretary, 1997-1998; Treasurer, 1996-1997; Governing Council, 1993-1999; Planning Committee for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth and Twenty-Ninth Annual Construction Law Conferences)
    • Litigation Section
    • ADR Section
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Sections:
      • Construction Law Section (Governing Council, 1989-1992, 1996-1997; Chairperson of Section, 1991-1992)
      • ADR Section (Chair Elect, 2014-2015; Secretary, 2013-2014; Treasurer, 2012-2013; Governing Council, 2011-2015)
      • Litigation Section
    • Committees:
      • Courts and Courthouse Facilities, 1987-1990
      • Judicial Liaison 1990-1991
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1990-1993
      • Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
  • Member, American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum; Litigation Section; Torts and Insurance Practice Section; ADR Section)

Industry Trade Associations

  • Member, Associated Builders & Contractors, 1994 - present (Insurance Task Force, 1996-1997; Contract Language Sub-Committee, 1998; ABC Legal Issues Committee Chair, 2004-2005; ABC Legal Issues Committee, 2002-2009; ABC PAC Committee Trustee, 2002-2006)
  • Firm Member, Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., 1993 – present
  • Member, Houston Contractors Association, 1994 – present (Education Committee, 2011-2014)
  • Board Member, Women Contractors Association, 2000 – 2003
  • Member, Women Contractors Association, 1997 - present
  • Member, National Bond Claims Association, 2000 – 2003