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 contract negotiation, delay claims, change order claims, mechanic's lien issues, 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.
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
United States District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas
- 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 pipeline project owner in litigation of $27MM change order and delay claims brought by general contractor, resulting in take nothing summary judgment and declaratory judgment in owner’s favor.
- 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 developers, general contractors, and subcontractors regarding contract and subcontract negotiation.
- 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.
- Firm News, 06.08.2021
- "The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of the General Contractor's Duty of Care to Subcontractor Employees," Build Houston MagazineOctober/November 2021
- "SCOTX Clarifies Scope of General Contractor’s Duty of Care to Subcontractor Employees," The Texas LawbookPublication, 07.07.2021
- “Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Contracts in Texas: Key Provisions, Issues and Pitfalls,” State Bar of Texas Construction Law JournalPublication, Summer 2021
- "Commercially Reasonable Efforts in a COVID-19 and Low Oil Price World," Oilman MagazinePublication, 05.2020
- "COVID-19: Force Majeure to the Rescue?" The Houston LawyerPublication, March/April 2020
- "Navigating Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims After Berry-Helfand," Texas Law BookPublication, 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 LawPublication, 07.2018
- "The Power of the Congressional Review Act to Repeal Federal Agency Rules," Bloomberg Daily Report for ExecutivesPublication, 05.2017
- "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 SymposiumSpeaking Engagement, 02.2018
- The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of the General Contractor’s Duty of Care to Subcontractor EmployeesTexas Construction Law Blog, 07.01.2021
State Bar of Texas, Construction Section
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association