Cory Sweers represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters with a focus on construction litigation. He advises clients on a wide range of construction matters and disputes, including contract negotiation, mechanic's lien issues, delay claims, bond claims, and construction defect claims.

In addition to construction, Cory has experience advising and representing energy clients in a wide range of matters, including oil and gas lease interpretation, joint operating agreement disputes, surface use, title disputes, and force majeure issues.

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 District of Texas 

Experience

  • 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 contractor in construction defect litigation regarding multifamily apartment project.
  • Advised developers, general contractors, and subcontractors regarding contract negotiation and mechanic's lien disputes.
  • 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.

Newsroom

Publications

  • "Commercially Reasonable Efforts in a COVID-19 and Low Oil Price World," Oilman Magazine
    Publication, 05.2020
  • "COVID-19: Force Majeure to the Rescue?" The Houston Lawyer
    Publication, March/April 2020
  • "Navigating Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims After Berry-Helfand," Texas Law Book
    Publication, 03.2019
  • "Get Off My Lease: Predicting How Texas Courts Will Resolve Off-Lease Drilling Disputes Under Lightning Oil v. Anadarko," Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law
    Publication, 07.2018
  • "The Power of the Congressional Review Act to Repeal Federal Agency Rules," Bloomberg Daily Report for Executives
    Publication, 05.2017

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