Pelayo, Jonathan

Jonathan Pelayo

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Jonathan Pelayo’s practice focuses on construction litigation and energy litigation. His experience includes representing contractors, real property owners, mineral property owners and operators in both construction and oil and gas disputes, both in court and in arbitration.

Jonathan Pelayo’s practice focuses on construction litigation and energy litigation. His experience includes representing contractors, real property owners, mineral property owners and operators in both construction and oil and gas, both in court and in arbitration.

As part of his construction practice, Jonathan represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Jonathan has handled a wide range of construction disputes, including arbitrations and lawsuits concerning the breach of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, joint venture contracts, design defect claims, delay claims and mechanic lien foreclosure claims. In addition, Jonathan regularly advises clients in the negotiation of design and construction contracts related to industrial, multifamily and commercial real estate developments.

In the area of energy litigation, Jonathan represents energy companies in disputes concerning joint operating agreements, gas processing agreements, production handling agreements, asset purchase agreements, oil and gas leases and other contracts common in the energy industry. Jonathan also advises clients in connection with filing and enforcing mineral liens.

In 2017, the Construction Society Lawyers of America selected Jonathan as a CSLA Fellow, making him one of only 35 lawyers in Texas, and one of the youngest, to receive the distinction.

Jonathan’s representative experience includes:

Construction

  • Represented real estate private equity firm in arbitration against architect arising from the design of high-rise multifamily project in Houston, Texas. Case settled for amount in excess of architect’s policy limit
  • Represents New York-based investor, owner, developer and manager of infrastructure assets in connection with the development of complex in the Texas Medical Center area
  • Represents subcontractor in claims related to former employee’s alleged breach of fiduciary duties
  • Represented global engineering and construction company in dispute arising from construction of world’s largest PTA/PET plant
  • Represents developer of industrial, commercial and residential construction projects in the negotiation of design and construction contracts
  • Represents commercial concrete subcontractor in various construction and contract-related matters
  • Represented commercial real estate developer in dispute with contractor that attempted to terminate contract. Case resulted in settlement for client
  • Represented owner of gas processing plants with claims against Korean supplier of defective valves. Summary judgment was granted for client
  • Represented commercial insulation company in lawsuit concerning renovations and repairs made to Minute Maid Park's chilled water insulation system. After conclusion of discovery, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed all claims against client
  • Represented EPC contractor in breach of contract claims against owner of gas processing plant in Colorado. Case resulted in settlement for client
  • Represented joint venture partner in two-week arbitration against other joint venture partner. Arbitration award to be issued before year-end

Energy

  • Represents publicly traded midstream company in claims related to construction of gas processing facility in Weld County, Colorado
  • Represents publicly traded midstream company in claims related to the construction of pipeline in South Texas
  • Represented major North American energy company in dispute concerning deliveries of gas under Gas Processing Agreement
  • Represented working interest owner in joint operating agreement dispute
  • Represented global provider of specialized energy personnel in indemnification disputes with several of its independent contractors
  • Represented oil and gas exploration company in breach of contract claims against lessor in North Dakota. Court granted summary judgment dismissing all claims against client
  • Represented energy trading company in litigation involving contractual, fiduciary and trade secret misappropriation claims
  • Represented owner of offshore oil and gas interests in claims against operator of Gulf of Mexico platforms and wells. Arbitration resulted in settlement for client
  • Represented royalty interest owner in litigation involving interpretation of oil and gas deeds. Case settled for client
  • Represented subsidiary of Chinese energy company in litigation concerning sale of blowout preventers. Case resulted in settlement

Other Civil Litigation

  • Represents secured lender in bankruptcy proceeding concerning construction development sites in Austin, Texas
  • Represents owner of affordable housing project in San Antonio, Texas, against claims related to “surplus cash” note
  • Represented seller in Purchase and Sale Agreement in arbitration concerning interpretation of Agreement’s "earn-out" provisions
  • Represented owner of affordable housing properties against claim that owner breached informal fiduciary duty to lender
  • Represented accounting firm against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy. All claims were dismissed on summary judgment
  • Represented Chinese energy company in litigation concerning alleged joint venture agreement with over $1 billion in controversy. All claims were dismissed on summary judgment
  • Represented multinational energy company in lawsuit involving fraud, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and "alter-ego" claims against publicly traded engineering, procurement and construction contractor that claimed to be owed more than $10 million. Case resulted in significant settlement for client, for a multiple of the amount claimed by the contractor
  • Defended affiliates of Netherlands-based oil and gas services company in heavily contested post-judgment garnishment matters. Case resulted in settlement
  • Represented media installation and home integration business in breach of contract action against fiber optics company and its directors. Summary judgment was granted against company and directors, individually
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Education
  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2007
    Texas Review of Litigation
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 2003
    Certificate of Business Foundations
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2007
Professional Affiliations
    • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America (2017-Present)‎
    • Member, Texas Rules Committee (2016-2018)‎
      • Pre-Trial Rules Subcommittee
    • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2014-Present)‎
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
      • Construction Litigation Section (2014-Present)‎
    • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Houston Bar Association
      • Member (2007-Present)‎
      • Communities in School Committee (2018-Present); Chair, Enrichment ‎Subcommittee (2020-Present)‎
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2021)
    • Named, Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Star, Business Litigation (2017-2020)
Community Leadership
    • University of Texas School of Law Houston Steering Committee
    • Member, Texas Exes, Houston Chapter
    • University of Texas School of Law, 2007 Reunion Committee
    • Volunteer, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
    • Co-Founder, Suited For Success Scholarship Program at University of Texas School of Law