Adam Robertson

Adam Robertson

Senior Associate

In his career, Adam Robertson has served as first and second chair in state and federal courts on matters related to real estate disputes, breaches of contracts, enforcement of commercial property restrictions, fiduciary breaches, and commercial personal injury. This diverse trial experience, in addition to his general litigation experiences, allows him to help his clients not only on the matters they are facing, but also unknown potential issues. Accordingly, Adam regularly assists clients on contract negotiations and disputes, business-related torts, employment-related lawsuits, construction defect allegations, real-estate disputes, enforcement of non-compete agreements, and personal injury claims.

Adam assists construction clients from contractors and owners, to architects, vendors and suppliers on various types of cases. Additionally, Adam uses his knowledge and experiences as a member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, where he has made presentations to help members navigate legal issues faced on a daily basis.

Adam also proudly serves as a coach for the University of Houston Law Center’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and the University of Houston Law Center’s Mock Trial Team.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Commercial
  • Employment & Labor
  • Real Estate
  • Financial
  • Litigation

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Represented subcontractor in payment dispute concerning multi-year construction project for a chemical plant, obtained a multi-million dollar award in favor of client
  • Defended company in employment discrimination lawsuit, his motion for summary judgement resulted in all claims dismissed
  • Represented corporation in declaratory judgment dispute concerning easement rights. Based on legal analysis, and no compensation, negotiated realy resolution in which client’s property rights were confirmed
  • Represented and defended various corporations, companies and respective board of directors and members in litigation involving asset seizure, property disputes, breaches of contract, and declaratory judgments.
  • Represented non-profit seeking conveyance of commercial property. As second chair, obtained a favorable trial verdict mandating conveyance and awarding attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented business owner in an eminent domain proceeding and obtained a substantially higher compensation than originally offered.
  • Represented a corporation in federal court seeking damages under the Texas Fraudulent Transfer Act. With a pending dispositive motion, obtained a favorable early resolution that included recovering attorneys’ fees.
  • Defended commercial association and board of directors in a contract dispute. Obtained a favorable summary judgment that was upheld on appeal.
  • Represented non-profit corporation in a contract enforcement dispute. As first chair, obtained declaratory judgment, injunctive relief enforcing the contract.
  • Represented trustees in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute. As second chair, obtained declaratory judgment and injunctive relief that prevented the misappropriation of trust funds.
  • Represented real estate developer in a land-use dispute involving a mixed-use project. As second chair, obtained a favorable temporary injunction and award of attorneys’ fees that forced early resolution.
  • Defended non-profit corporation and directors in a defamation lawsuit. His summary judgement motion was granted and upheld on appeal.
  • Defended national amusement park in a federal lawsuit that focused on operating procedures and premises liability disputes. As second chair, obtained a defense jury verdict.
  • Defended industrial general contractor in a complex premises liability dispute. Obtained favorable jury verdict for an amount significantly less than pre-trial offers and demands.
  • Defended transportation broker in a negligent contracting dispute in federal court. Successfully negotiated a voluntary dismissal all claims with no consideration tendered.
  • Defended Fortune 50 Company in numerous lawsuits involving transportation logistics in both federal and state court that resulted in summary judgments and favorable resolutions via negotiations.

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D.  – 2014
    • Order of Barristers
    • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law
  • St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas
    • B.A., (Magna Cum Laude) – 2010

Professional Recognition

The Best Lawyers in Texas ® by Woodward/White Inc. “Ones to Watch” in Litigation – Construction, 2022

Houston’s Top Lawyers – Construction, Houstonia Magazine, 2019 & 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Consumer and Commercial Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section and Commercial and Consumer Law Section
  • American Subcontractors Association – Houston Chapter, Golf Committee
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Golf Course Builders Association of America
  • Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association

Speeches and Publications

“Mitigating Risks Associated with Price Escalations,” GCBAA Earth Shaping News, Fall Edition

“Using Employee Contracts to Stabilize the Construction Workforce,” GCBAA Earth Shaping News, Summer Edition

Waste Management of Texas, Inc. v. Stevenson: Temporary Laborers- Are They Employees or Independent Contractors? It Depends,” AM Monthly Law Alert, June 2021

Employers Faced with Surge in Unemployment Fraud,” AM Monthly Law Alert, April 2021

Can you Pick & Choose Which Disputes Go to Arbitration,” AM Monthly Law Alert, February 2021

“Understanding the Importance of a Golf Course Construction Agreement,” GCSAA Conference & Tradeshow, February 2021