Cory Sweers represents clients in complex civil litigation matters with a focus on construction litigation and construction arbitration. He advises clients on a wide range of construction matters and disputes, including construction defect claims, delay claims, lost productivity claims, change order disputes, wrongful contract termination disputes, mechanic's lien issues, and bond claims.

In addition to disputes, Cory has experience advising and representing construction clients in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts relating to commercial, multi-family, and industrial construction projects.

Credentials

Education

J.D., University of Texas School of Law, with highest honors, 2016

Clerk of Chancellors, 2016
Recent Developments Editor for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law

B.A., Patrick Henry College, Government, summa cum laude, 2013

Admissions

Texas

United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas 

Experience

Litigation and Arbitration

  • Defended petrochemical manufacturer in Texas state court litigation and subsequent arbitration of $60MM breach of contract claims, resulting in a court of appeals' decision compelling arbitration, a take-nothing arbitration award in the manufacturer's favor, and trial court confirmation of the arbitration award.
  • Represented general contractors in arbitrations concerning delay and defective work claims against subcontractors on commercial and multifamily residential projects.
  • Represented general contractor in defense of construction defect litigation regarding multifamily apartment project.
  • Advised and counseled real-estate developers, general contractors, oil and gas producers, and oilfield service providers, regarding force majeure and related claims stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Defended oil and gas exploration and production company in title dispute.
  • Advised oil and gas producers regarding oil and gas lease interpretation and Joint Operating Agreement disputes.
  • Prosecuted claims for breach of a put agreement, resulting in summary judgment for specific performance and attorneys' fees. (QC Holdings, Inc., v. Allconnect, Inc., C.A. No 2018 WL 4091721 (Del. Ch. Aug. 28, 2018))
  • Represented oilfield equipment manufacturer in products' liability case and prosecuted indemnity cross-claim in arbitration against distributor.
  • Represented energy infrastructure construction company and certain officers and directors in securities fraud class action and related derivative lawsuit.

Transactional

  • Represented general contractor in drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and subcontracts for multiple multi-family residential projects ranging in value from $30MM to over $100MM.
  • Represented owners and general contractors regarding contract and subcontract negotiation for commercial and multi-family residential construction projects,
  • Represented owners regarding review and drafting of EPC contracts for industrial projects.
  • Represented owners and design professionals regarding review and negotiation of professional services agreements.

Newsroom

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • "Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: What Does it Mean for E&P Companies?" The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law's 13th Annual Symposium
    Speaking Engagement, 02.2018

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Construction Section

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association