Jessica Breitbeil is a litigator and former partner in the Houston office of an international law firm, who has handled many different types of commercial litigation including intellectual property, bankruptcy, oil and gas, professional malpractice, employment, contract and business disputes. Ms. Breitbeil has represented major energy companies in multiple litigation matters in state court, federal court and arbitration, involving issues of lease termination, bad faith pooling, failure to develop, fiduciary duty, personal injury, negligence, fraud and breach of contract. Ms. Breitbeil has also handled appellate matters in state appellate court as well as in the Fifth Circuit. Throughout her career, Ms. Breitbeil has also handled many pro-bono matters, volunteering time in cases involving asylum, mental health and guardianship issues and non-profit charity organizations.
Ms. Breitbeil graduated from Gettysburg College in 1993, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology. Ms. Breitbeil obtained her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1999 where she graduated magna cum laude. While at South Texas College of Law, Ms. Breitbeil was the Research Editor for the Law Review, member of multiple nationally ranked moot court teams and recipient of the David P. Donnelly Faculty Award. Ms. Breitbeil is also licensed to practice law in the State of Maine.
Ms. Breitbeil’s experience includes:
- represented stock transfer/escrow agents against claims seeking more than $10 million in damages, successfully achieving dismissal for both clients.
- represented several related entities in suit involving claims of patent infringement, patent invalidity, fraud, fraudulent transfer and other related causes of action, favorably settling all claims.
- represented national poultry company in connection with industry competitor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, wherein client purchased competitor’s/debtor’s assets valued at more than $80 million in a complicated transaction involving antitrust issues and complicated public relations issues.
- represented judgment debtor as the largest unsecured creditor in bankruptcy proceeding, successfully negotiating very favorable terms for treatment and satisfaction of client’s multi-million dollar judgment debt.
- represented international energy company in arbitration involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, negligence and other related causes of action, successfully positioning case for favorable outcome, wherein opposing party recovered small fraction of claimed damages, permanent injunction imposed against opposing party and client’s scheduled drilling was permitted to continue.
- Obtained sanctions award against opposing counsel in the amount of approximately $200,000, which was featured in the May 2005 edition of The Texas Lawyer, and was upheld in July 2006 by the Fifth Circuit.
- represented physician against former employer in matter involving claims of wrongful termination and defamation, obtaining very favorable settlement.
- represented physician in lawsuit brought by former accountant in matter involving claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.
- represented former CEO against former employer in matter involving claims of wrongful termination, defamation, breach of contract and fraudulent inducement, obtaining very favorable settlement.
- represented construction company and its subsidiary against claims of personal injury, negligent hiring, negligent supervision and gross negligence, with a favorable jury verdict returned on all claims.