Porter Hedges Grows Litigation and Arbitration Practices in Houston with Trial Lawyer Tom Bayko

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Porter Hedges announced today that trial lawyer Tom Bayko has joined the firm's litigation and arbitration practice groups in the Houston office as a partner.  His practice focuses on domestic, cross-border, and international litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on disputes in the energy and financial institution sectors.  He has handled many disputes for and against Sovereigns and State Owned Enterprises. He has tried cases or arbitrations across the United States and under the applicable laws of 34 countries around the world.

Mr. Bayko has extensive trial and arbitration experience in a wide range of matters, including successfully prosecuting and defending claims involving derivatives, futures, and commodities trading; expropriations; offshore blowouts and explosions; tortious interference with contractual and prospective contractual relationships; production sharing agreements; joint operating agreements; royalty agreements, pipeline and other transportation agreements; theft of technology and other trade secrets; all forms of fraud; construction claims; and other commercial disputes.

"Tom is one of the premier trial lawyers in the country and will be a tremendous asset to our firm and its clients.  Over the span of an extensive career, he has represented clients across the globe in complex cross-border disputes and arbitrations.  As one of the largest litigation practices in Texas, we are excited for him to join our team and look forward to working with him," said Managing Partner Rob Reedy.

Chambers Global recognized Mr. Bayko as one of the 58 best active trial lawyers in the United States.

Chambers Global wrote: "Tom Bayko has a successful energy and commercial litigation practice and is commended by sources as 'an excellent lawyer with an uncanny ability to build credibility and understanding with the judge and jury.'  He is noted for handling 'monstrous international matters' and currently represents the government of Antigua and Barbuda in work arising from the Stanford fallout.  Tom Bayko is a Houston-based trial and arbitration expert [and] … is renowned as a leading authority in energy sector-related cases, and for his in-depth experience of cross-border and international litigation."

The Legal 500 wrote that Tom "is described by clients as an 'astute negotiator' and 'fantastic'" and that Tom "makes use of what clients describe as his 'captivating oratory skills' and 'supreme credibility in international courts.'" 

He received his J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law and his B.A. from Kent State University.