Cory Sweers represents clients in all stages of the construction process, from drafting, reviewing, and negotiating construction agreements to litigation and arbitration of construction disputes. He has experience advising and representing construction clients in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts relating to commercial, multi-family, and industrial construction projects. 

In addition to construction transactions, Cory advises and represents clients regarding a wide range of construction disputes, including construction defect claims, delay claims, lost productivity claims, change order disputes, wrongful contract termination disputes, mechanic's lien issues, and bond claims.

Honors & Recognitions

The Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer in Construction

  • Legal 500 (Use for current year Accolade)

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

Transactional

  • Represented owners regarding review and drafting of EPC contracts for industrial projects.
  • Drafted and revised multiple EPC form agreements for industrial owners.
  • Represented general contractor in negotiation of construction contract for approximately $45MM multi-family project in Central Texas.
  • 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 in Texas and Colorado.
  • Represented owners and general contractors regarding contract and subcontract negotiation for commercial and multi-family residential construction projects.
  • Represented owners and design professionals regarding review and negotiation of professional services agreements.
  • Reviewed and negotiated MSAs for industrial owners.

Litigation and Arbitration

  • Successfully 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.
  • Successfully defended industrial contractor in arbitration with supplier relating to calculation of amounts due supplier for fabricated steel duct work for an industrial facility, resulting in arbitration award in contractor’s favor.
  • Represented general contractors in arbitrations concerning delay and defective work claims against subcontractors on commercial and multifamily residential projects.
  • Represented subcontractors in wrongful contract termination disputes on Texas commercial 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.

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, Construction Section

Houston Young Lawyers Association