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J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1986

B.A., University of Virginia, 1983

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Jeffrey Elkin is a partner in the Litigation practice group at Porter Hedges. He has extensive experience representing clients in litigation matters involving complex commercial disputes, partnership and LLC dissolution proceedings, contested stock valuations, derivative actions, and business torts. He serves as lead counsel for publicly-held corporations, private companies and individuals before federal and state district courts throughout the United States and before arbitration panels of the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, and FINRA. He has represented clients across the oil and gas industry with particular experience in the oilfield service/drilling and reservoir engineering sectors.  He has also been the lead attorney in several reported decisions under the Texas Citizens Participation Act.

Jeff has been recognized in 2014 and 2015 by Chambers USA as a noted practitioner in the area of Litigation: General Commercial in Texas. He has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation since 2009, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition in the area of Business Litigation in 2010, and Super Lawyers Business Edition in 2011.

Jeff is also a certified mediator, having successfully completed Mediation Training at the University of Houston Law Center, and is a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators.

Representative Experience

Litigation Matters:

  • Representation of limited partnership and affiliated LLCs in shareholder oppression, shareholder derivative, and partner expulsion lawsuit.
  • Won Texas appellate court dismissals of all claims under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (Texas Anti-SLAPP statute).
  • Won jury verdict for recovery of attorney's fees under the Texas Citizen Participation Act.
  • Representation of 50-50 shareholder in corporate dissolution and receivership proceedings.
  • Won ICC arbitration on behalf of an ultra-deep water drilling rig management company in successfully defeating a US$19 million liquidated damages claim and recovered costs and fees for client. 
  • Obtained summary judgment (affirmed by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals) on behalf of international reservoir engineering firm of all claims in $26 million fraud, negligence, and conspiracy action.
  • Won directed verdict for Netherland-based oilfield tool and services company in Texas state district court against claims for fraud, conspiracy, and successor liability.
  • Won jury verdict for international energy company employees in Texas state district court against $10 million defamation action arising out of Houston Chronicle articles.
  • Forced the dismissal of $5 billion federal DPPA class action for internet-based information distribution company.
  • Defended Special Committee of hospitality and entertainment company in $15 million shareholder “going-private” class action litigation.
  • Represented former energy-industry CFO in parallel state and federal derivative actions arising out of FCPA investigations.
  • Negotiated favorable resolution for oil and gas investment company in fraud action against drilling program general partner and operator.
  • Lead trial counsel for individual financial advisor in FINRA arbitration.
  • Conducted internal investigation for Audit Committee of seismic data company following shareholders' derivative lawsuit.
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Representative Cases:

  • The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Inc. v. John Moore Service, Inc., 500 S.W.3d 26 (Tex App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, pet. denied)
  • John Moore Services, Inc. v. The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Inc., No. 01-14-00906, 2016 WL 3162206 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] June 2, 2016, no pet.)
  • The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Inc. v. John Moore Services, Inc., 441 S.W.3d 345 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013, pet. denied)
  • Highland Capital Management, L.P. v. Ryder Scott Company, 402 S.W.3d 719 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, no pet.)
  • In re Capco Energy, Inc., 669 F.3d 274 (5th Cir. 2012)
  • Amco Energy, Inc. v. Tana Exploration Co., 455 B.R. 584 (S.D. Tex. 2011)
  • Highland Capital Management, L.P. v. Ryder Scott Company, L.P., 212 S.W.3d 522 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, pet. denied)
  • Abraham v. Exxon Corporation, No. 14-98-00888-CV, 2001 WL 894261 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 9, 2001, no pet.)
  • Howell v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., No. 14-94-00432-CV, 1995 WL 360233 (Tex. App. –Houston [14 Dist.] June 15, 1995, no writ)
  • Prudential Securities Inc. v. Banales, 860 S.W.2d 594 (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi 1993, no writ)
  • In re Sioux Ltd., Sec. Ltig. v. Coopers & Lybrand, 914 F.2d 61 (5th Cir. 1990)

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • State Bar of Texas, Member of Litigation Sections
  • Houston Bar Association, Member of Litigation Sections
  • American Bar Association, Member of Litigation Sections
  • City of Southside Place, Texas, Former Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member (1999-2007)
  • Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce - Citizen of the Year (2007)

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