Breton A. “Bret” Rycroft

Breton A. “Bret” Rycroft

Senior Associate

Houston Trial Attorney - Bret Rycroft

Bret Rycroft represents a wide range of clients in business disputes in state and federal courts across Texas.  His goal is to find creative, practical and value-driven solutions to the complex issues his clients face.

Bret has successfully represented clients in matters related to breach of contract, business-related tort claims, personal injury claims, construction defect claims, employment disputes, and enforcement of non-competition agreements.  He has represented a diverse group of clients across numerous industries, including, real estate, property management, construction, oil and gas, energy and Texas businesses.

Prior to joining Andrews Myers, Bret practiced commercial litigation with a business litigation firm in Houston, Texas and previously practiced criminal defense with a defense firm in Houston, Texas.  Bret started his career as a member of the trial team for Roger Clemens in Washington, D.C.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented national owners and property management companies in hundreds of bench trials and numerous jury trials across Texas involving residential and commercial disputes.
  • Defended national owners and property management companies in numerous residential and commercial lawsuits involving breach of contract allegations, business related tort claims, DTPA and discrimination claims.
  • Successfully represented owners and property management companies in multiple complaints with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Texas Workforce Commission and the City of Austin Fair Housing Department.
  • Represented numerous general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in collection claims with foreclosure of mechanic’s and materialman’s liens and mineral property liens.
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of contract claim for Fortune 500 material supply company.
  • Successfully prosecuted claims for subcontractors and suppliers against general contractors and individual owners for violating the Texas Construction Trust Fund Statute.
  • Defended Texas custom home builders in RCLA claims for construction defects.
  • Successfully prosecuted subcontractors breach of contract claims against general contractors and owner in AAA arbitration.
  • Defended Fortune 500 property management company in personal injury claims.
  • Represented residential real estate developer in Texas state court involving claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, and multiple DTPA claims.
  • Defended national management company in discrimination and fair housing lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Successfully defended national management company in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas for claims of violation of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Defended real estate developer in Texas state court for felony water pollution.
  • Represented numerous oil and gas companies in disputes with service companies.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – 2011
  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. – 2008
    • Texas Crew Rowing Team

Professional Recognition

  • “Texas Rising Star,” as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, in Texas Monthly, 2017-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Litigation Section
    • Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Real Estate Section
    • Construction Law Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Habitat for Humanity Committee
  • Garland Walker Inns of Court
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Apartment Association
  • Texas Apartment Association
  • National Apartment Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Houston Chapter

Speeches and Publications

  • “The Change Order,” State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2019
  • “Fair Housing,” AM Monthly Law Alert, 2018
  • “Generational Age Gap,” Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, April 2018
  • Blue Star Program, Houston Apartment Association, 2017
  • Mock Trial, Houston Apartment Association, 2017
  • “Certified Apartment Manager,” Houston Apartment Association, 2016 & 2017
  • “Leasing 101,” Houston Apartment Association, Annual Presentation, 2015 – Present