J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1979
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1975
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
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.
Allison has over 25 years of 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Opinion Impacts General Contractor's Statutory Indemnity Rights Against Manufacturers of Construction Products" (06/28/16)
- Construction Alert: "Personal Liability for Fraudulent Pay Applications" (11/16/15)
- "Drafting Arbitration Clauses in Construction Contracts to Get the Arbitration You Want," The Texas Construction Law Journal (Spring 2015)
- "Drafting Arbitration Clauses In Construction Contracts To Get The Arbitration You Want," The Texas Construction Law Journal (08/01/14)
- Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Unanimously Blocks Contractors' Economic Loss Tort Claims Against Designers" (07/01/14)
- “Spoliation on Construction Projects: What It Is and How It Can Hurt You…,” Build Houston Magazine (03/2014)
- Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Issues Ewing Opinion" (01/27/14)
- Porter Hedges Publishes a White Paper on the 2013 Texas Legislative Changes Affecting the Construction Industry (07/17/13)
- 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," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, Lorman Seminars (07/11/08)
- "Claims on Texas Public Works Projects," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, Lorman Seminars (07/11/08)
- "Enforcing Perfected Lien Rights," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, Lorman Seminars (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," Associated Builders and Contractors (10/24/06)
- “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". 19th Annual State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference (3/1/2006)
- "Bond Claims on Public Projects" (11/1/2003)
- "Sovereign Immunity: When Its' Time to Pay, It's Good to be King!" Construction Law Journal, publication of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (04/01/03)
- "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)
- "Construction Liens and Bond Claims in Texas," Houston Contractors Association (07/24/18)
- "Consequential Damages - Who Pays The Real Price?" Porter Hedges Construction Law Program (05/15/18)
- "Construction Liens and Bond Claims in Texas," 16th Annual Collections & Creditors' Rights Course (05/03/18)
- "Arbitration: What Works and What Doesn't Work," Annual State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, Panel Speaker (03/03/17)
- "Ethics: What Do Arbitrators Owe the Process?" College of Commercial Arbitrators (10/21/16)
- "Construction Liens and Bond Claims in Texas," 14th Annual Collections & Creditors' Rights Course (05/05/16)
- "Construction Mediation," University of Houston, AA White Dispute Resolution Institute (04/2016)
- “Secrets of Success – Arbitration Pre-hearing and Hearing Best Practices,” College of Commercial Arbitrators (03/2016)
- "Plenary Session: Ask & Answer," College of Commercial Arbitrtors 15th Annual Meeting (10/2015)
- "Drafting an Arbitration Clause that Works," American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law (10/2015)
- "Negotiating Important Contract Provisions," "Perfecting Lien Rights on Private Projects," and "Managing Change Orders," Presented to: Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, Inc. (10/13/15)
- "Getting the Arbitration You Want," Porter Hedges Construction Practice Group Client Breakfast (10/07/15)
- “Explaining Complexity – How to Improve Your Presentation of Technical Information in Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association Webinar (02/24/15)
- Explaining Complexity - How to Improve Your Presentation of Technical Information in Arbitration," American Arbitration Association Webinar (02/2015)
- "Effective Advocacy and Management in Arbitration" and "Getting the Arbitration Process Parties Want and Need," Oklahoma Bar Association Seminar (09/2014)
- "Construction Mediation," University of Houston, AA White Dispute Resolution Institute (03/28/14)
- "Managing a Successful Arbitration," American Arbitration Association and College of Commercial Arbitrators (03/07/14)
- “Spoliation in Construction Cases,” 27th Annual Construction Law Conference (02/27/14)
- "Perfecting Bond Claims on Private and Public Works Projects," Construction Lien Law in Texas, Lorman Seminar (01/23/14)
- "Construction Lien Law in Texas," Associated Builders and Contractors (12/18/13)
- "Contract Termination," The Basic Course in Texas Construction Law, The Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (11/22/13)
- “Limiting Liability in Construction Contracts” and “Legislative Update,” Porter Hedges Construction Law Program (09/11/13)
- "HCA's 'Ask a Lawyer' Panel Discussion," Houston Contractors Association (07/25/13)
- "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 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)