Howard King

Howard King

Work History

Work History
Oct 2007 - Present

Trial Lawyer

Howard R. King, Attorney at Law

Responsible for management of active litigation practice, as well as transactions for the sale of products and services for the petrochemical, oil and gas, chemical and refining industries.

Represented former hospital CFO in ongoing, complex multi-party directors’ and officer’s liability matters concerning receivables accounting issues, asset transfers between parent and affiliates, and corporate governance.

Successfully represented manufacturer's representative in the negotiation, drafting and termination of agreements for the distribution of services and products used in the chemical, refining and petrochemical industries.

Responsible for managing and resolving multiple disputes between subcontractors and general contractors on construction projects arising from contract performance issues. 

Responsible for managing and resolving numerous personal injury claims, property damage claims and business losses involving from commercial torts, contracts, operations, and accidents occurring in the construction, oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and refining industries.

Oct 2010 - Sep 2012

Chief Legal Officer

CEG Interests, LP

Served as Chief Legal Officer for master limited partnership engaged in the manufacture, sale, remanufacture and repair of control valves and instruments used in the petrochemical, power and energy industries. 

·Draft, negotiate and develop service and product distribution contracts for day to day transactions.

·Advise on acquisitions and joint ventures.

·Advise on vendor contracts, customer relationships and disputes.

·Managed employment issues and employment contracts.

·Managed real estate issues.

·Responsible for risk management and compliance  issues.

·Responsible for corporate organizations, board minutes, and advised board.

·Managed all litigation of the group.

·Coordinated with safety representatives on health, safety and environmental matters.

Oct 2000 - Sep 2007

Partner

Hill, Finkel & King

Responsible for managing varied and active civil trial docket consisting of contracts, personal injury claims, medical negligence disputes, commercial disputes, insurance disputes, employment agreements, and ERISA claims.

Enforced partnership agreement between major global technology services corporation and small commercial equipment leasing company.  

Successfully defended an executive who had been wrongfully sued by his previous employer for allegedly taking proprietary information.

Obtained recovery for corporation whose employee usurped corporate opportunities.

Represented rural utility district for breach of warranty for negligent installation of piping for water system.

Responsible for managing and resolving multiple disputes between subcontractors and general contractors on construction projects arising from contract performance issues. 

Responsible for managing and resolving numerous personal injury claims, property damage claims and business losses attributable to commercial torts, contracts, operations, and accidents occurring in the construction, oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and refining industries.

Aug 1995 - Sep 2000

Trial Lawyer

Howard R King, Attorney at Law

Responsible for management of active litigation practice, as well as transactions for the sale of products and services for the petrochemical, oil and gas, chemical and refining industries.

Changed summary judgment law in Texas as to finality of judgments in connection with construction site accident.

Represented health insurerin complex arbitration dispute with hospital concerning thousands of patient claims and breach of contract

Represented product manufacturer of sealing products in distribution agreement dispute for breach of exclusive territory, improper use of proprietary information, and breach of fiduciary duty

Responsible for managing and resolving multiple disputes between subcontractors and general contractors on construction projects arising from contract performance issues. 

Responsible for managing and resolving numerous personal injury claims, property damage claims and business losses arising from commercial torts, contracts, operations, and accidents occurring in the construction, oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and refining industries.

Jan 1986 - Jul 1995

Partner

Funderburk & Funderburk

Partner in recognized trial firm. Responsible for management and risk assessment of active civil trial docket consisting of personal injury claims, medical negligence disputes, health care reimbursement disputes, medical products liability cases, contracts, commercial torts, insurance disputes, employment agreements, and ERISA claims.

Successfully prosecuted breach of warranty claim against Greek pipe manufacturer for oil field casing failure.

Represented oil field operations consultant in connection with multiple claims by working interest owners, royalty owners, and operator seeking recovery for loss of production, loss of reserves and blowout expenses for oil well blowout.  

Represented manufacturer/publisher of stereograms in suit with former distributor for trademark violations, licensing disputes, antitrust and breach of fiduciary duty claims

Defended casing manufacturer in suit brought by operator for alleged casing failure seeking damages for drilling expenses and lost reserves.

Responsible for managing and resolving multiple disputes between subcontractors and general contractors on construction projects involving contract performance issues. 

Responsible for managing and resolving numerous personal injury claims, property damage claims and business losses attributable to commercial torts, contracts, operations, and accidents occurring in the construction, oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and refining industries.

Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law. 

May 1982 - Dec 1985

Associate

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams

Responsible for managing variety of litigation involving offshore energy industry and traditional blue water maritime interests involving personal injury, commercial losses, property damage and insurance.

Developed new practice area advising offshore and land-based service contractors on the negotiation of indemnity and insurance provisions in their master service contracts.

Managed multiple cases arising out of offshore oil well blowout.

Represented contractor in breach of contract and tort claims due to offshore pipeline construction incident.

Education

Education
Aug 1979 - May 1982

J. D.

Aug 1975 - May 1979

BA

University of Texas

Skills

Skills

Risk management and compliance issues

Adept at evaluating risk and assessing the risks and benefits to provide maximum productivity while minimizing legal and operations risks.  Expert at safety regulations, statutes, and compliance issues.  

Civil Litigation

AV rated, board-certified trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of complex civil litigation including products liability claims, transportation liability, insurance disputes, bad faith claims, commercial torts, toxic torts, contracts, managed care disputes, medical negligence, director and officer liability claims, trademark disputes, antitrust, ERISA claims, partnership disputes, and personal injury claims.  Adept at all discovery issues, including e-discovery.  Expert at investigating claims and formulating trial strategy, risk assessment and settlement strategy. Has served as lead counsel in more that 35 trial is state and federal courts.  

Acquiring Scientific/Technical Knowledge

Able to assimilate a wide variety of technical/scientific/medical information, understand and communcate with professionals in the particular field to achieve the desired outcome.

Contract Negotiation

Effective at negotiating, analyzing and drafting a wide variety of contracts, including  operations agreements, joint venture agreements,  indemnity and insurance provisions, distribution agreements, service agreements, employment agreements, license agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete agreements.

Persuasive Communication

Accomplished  communicator who is comfortable working and communicating with executives, managers, entrepeneurs, and regular employeesto obtain the necessary and desired outcome.  

Creative Problem Solving

Uses focused strategy and analysis combined with "outside the box" imagination and innovation to create the best possible outcomes for my clients.  Excellent at assuming responsibility for  issues in mid-stream and attaining acceptable solutions.  

Objective

Experienced, board-certified savvy civil lawyer in Houston, Texas looking for position as Chief Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, Senior Counsel or Corporate Counsel in the oil and gas industry.  

Interest

Family, travel, golf and the Texas Longhorns

Summary

Experienced, board-certified savvy civil lawyer in Houston, Texas.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. King commenced his legal career with the nationally recognized maritime firm, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams.  Seeking more exposure to trial work, he moved to a well-recognized state court trial firm, Funderburk & Funderburk in 1986.  At Funderburk & Funderburk, he tried more than 15 cases as lead counsel, including cases arising from oil and gas exploration activities, construction site operations, trucking, maritime losses, premises liability and professional liability.  He also obtained board certification in two separate specialties, Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. Since 1995, he has worked in smaller boutique practices focusing on litigation concerning insurance disputes, oil and gas operations, and a variety of commercial disputes. For the past two years, Mr. King served as the Chief Legal Officer of CEG Interests, L.P., a holding company for entities engaged in the manufacture, sale, remanufacture, and repair of control valves and instruments and related field services used in the petrochemical, power and energy industries.  As a consequence of his significant experience in private practice and his most recent experience as an in-house counsel, Mr. King has developed a broad base of transferable skills including:

·Incisive analytical skills that allow him to bring order out of chaos

·Focused strategic planning and legal analysis

·Consistent ability to effectively negotiate major deals

·Expert ability to manage all types of litigation

·Excellent persuasive verbal presentation skills

·Excellent persuasive written presentation skills

·Quick grasp and command of technical subjects

·Adept at risk management and compliance issues

·Effective team building and leadership skills

·Simplifies complex matters to get resolutions and results 

·Drives “outside the box” thinking by using imagination and innovation to solve problems

·Expert ability to draft, negotiate and evaluate a wide variety of contracts

·Comprehensive ability to control the costs and manage any legal issue  

·Always able to remain calm under pressure and execute a plan of action. 

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 1993 - Dec 2008

Board Certified, Civil Trial Law

Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Dec 1993 - Dec 2008

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law

Texas Board of Legal Specialization