Renken, Brandon F.

Brandon F. Renken

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Brandon Renken has considerable trial and courtroom experience. Brandon focuses on maintaining a broad-based commercial litigation practice concentrating on all types of complex commercial disputes, both as plaintiff and defendant. He is a business-oriented problem solver with the skills and strategic mindset of a trial lawyer.

Brandon Renken has considerable trial and courtroom experience. Brandon focuses on maintaining a broad-based commercial litigation practice concentrating on all types of complex commercial disputes, both as plaintiff and defendant. He is a business-oriented problem solver with the skills and strategic mindset of a trial lawyer.

His experience includes:

General Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

  • Obtained take nothing judgment in favor of Houston property development and management company against its former CEO, who initially sought in excess of $20 million related to his retirement and compensation
  • Obtained $15 million payment in settlement of dispute arising from natural gas gathering and processing contract dispute. Defendants increased offer from $1 million to $15 million following first week of plaintiff’s presentation and case in chief during what was scheduled as a two-week jury trial
  • Defended sellers of a multinational wastewater treatment company against breach of representation and warranty and fraud claims in a two-week jury trial in New York Supreme Court, commercial division. Jury verdict was limited to amounts that were admittedly owed and was subject to offset for defendant sellers
  • Defended midstream oil and gas joint venture against $100 million breach of contract claim in AAA arbitration. Movant’s recovery was limited to the amount admittedly owed, which was less than $1 million in total
  • Obtained pre-trial settlement of shareholder claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract, among others, against health care service provider
  • Obtained summary judgment in Clark County District Court against Plaintiff seeking a 10% ownership stake in a multimillion-dollar automobile dealer group
  • Obtained take nothing judgment for major cellular service provider related to claims of breach of contract, fraud and other alleged abuses
  • Represented plaintiff/counter-defendant subcontractor as solo lead counsel in bench trial against property owner related to claims of breach of contract, DTPA and breach of express and implied warranties
  • Defended major automotive distributor against claims brought by a public auto group related to alleged employee raiding and breaches of common law and statutory duties. Plaintiffs, who were seeking damages in excess of $9 million, non-suited during the first week of trial
  • Assisted in obtaining a multimillion-dollar settlement as plaintiff in lawsuit related to agricultural contamination and genetically modified crops. Drafted argument related to a hotly contested damage issue that resulted in settlement
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar verdict in maritime arbitration related to the purchase of an offshore diving and dive support vessel
  • Represented downhole technology company in AAA arbitration against claims of fraud related to a multimillion-dollar stock purchase transaction

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Obtained and negotiated pre-trial defense settlement of $20 million premises liability and negligence claim related to a fall that resulted in the Plaintiff breaking his spine and spending time in a coma
  • Obtained and negotiated defense settlement of $70 million wrongful death claim related to explosion of medical grade oxygen canister during voir dire
  • Obtained take nothing settlement in defense of multimillion-dollar mental anguish and lost opportunity claims against automotive distributor arising from alleged theft of sensitive personal photos and information during automobile finance transaction

Trade Secret Litigation

  • Obtained take nothing defense settlement of multi-generational trade secret and unfair competition litigation related to restaurant and consumer product industry after replacing prior counsel who had lost requests for both injunction and contempt
  • Obtained settlement including punitive testing protocol as Plaintiff in case concerning unfair competition, misrepresentation, and FDA claims associated with consumer project certification and sales
  • Obtained settlement of trade secret litigation, as plaintiff, for industrial health and safety services and training company
  • Defended trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition case based on licensed trade secret rights and proprietary processes related to the creation and sale of sulfur dioxide
  • Defended online retailer in federal Lanham Act action regarding fair use of trade dress and trademark rights
  • Represented large scale chemical manufacturer in defense of trade secret formulas and related organic products used in generation and storage of electricity
  • Represented online photography retailer in enforcing trade secret, copyright and trade dress rights related to its software, technology and online services and sales presence

Real Estate and Real Property Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of breach of contract case related to alleged violation of a right of first refusal affecting a lease and permanent easement for a cell tower facility. This was an issue of first impression in Texas
  • Obtained summary judgment against a seller who was trying to retain escrow funds in a failed commercial real estate transaction
  • Obtained sanctions equal to more than one-fifth of plaintiff’s damages against vexatious defendants in a residential real estate dispute

Securities Investigations and Litigation

  • Assisted in defense of SEC investigation related to corporate compliance and disclosure issues regarding executive compensation and corporate expenditures
  • Represented multimillion-dollar investment partnership as Plaintiff in federal jury trial related to alleged securities fraud
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Education
  • J.D.,

    with honors

    , The University of Texas School of Law, 2006

    Texas International Law Journal, Editor

  • B.A.,

    cum laude

    , Harvard University, 2003
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2006
  • Oregon, 2012
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Languages
  • Spanish
Professional Affiliations
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, 40 Under 40, Houston Business Journal (2020)
    • Named, Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Star, Business Litigation (2014-2020)
    • Named, Top Lawyer, Houstonia (2018)
Community Leadership
    • American Heart Association, Executive Leadership Team
    • Houston Bar Association Special Olympics Committee 2010-Current (Chair 2017-18)
    • Special Olympics, East Region Board Member
Professional History
    • Member, Locke Lord Board of Directors