Jack E. Byrom’s practice is focused on a range of complex litigation matters. Mr. Byrom is known for his ability to identify key issues early on in litigation and for his written advocacy skills, which have resulted in several cases being resolved by dismissal or summary judgment, protecting clients from unnecessary trial costs. He also has extensive arbitration experience with several major domestic and international organizations. Outside of litigation, Mr. Byrom regularly provides advice to his clients that help them avoid disputes and frequently assists them with corporate formation issues. He also provides regulatory advice regarding issues with the Jones Act, US Coast Guard Regulations, environmental statutes, and other statutory issues.
Prior to joining Gordon Rees, Mr. Byrom served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Craig A. Gargotta, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas. He also worked for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the litigation section of United Services Automobile Association (USAA).
Mr. Byrom has extensive experience in all facets of construction, from contract execution through delivery and management of post-delivery warranties. His dispute experience centers around project delay and impact claims, claims related to change order disputes, construction defect claims, and breach of warranty. Mr. Byrom has particular expertise in defending against extra-contractual damages, and some of his legal briefing has been incorporated into judicial opinions that define the black letter Texas law on these issues.
Mr. Byrom’s experience in maritime includes both litigation and general advices. Mr. Byrom has litigated disputes relating to Jones Act, Longshoreman Act, and other personal injury maritime claims, both on behalf of direct clients and third party insurers. As with many maritime injury claims, Jack aims to best position his clients toward alternate dispute resolution or early-litigation motion practice.
Domestic and International Arbitration
As parties continue to favor arbitration agreements in arms-length contracts, Mr. Byrom has gained substantial experience in arbitration proceedings both in the US and around the world. His experience has allowed him to immerse himself in the rules of the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the National Oilseed Processors Association, the Society of Marine Arbitrators, and JAMS. Mr. Byrom has also successfully upheld arbitration clauses when parties seek to circumvent their agreements and file lawsuits in court. He has experience at all phases of the arbitration process, from compelling arbitration when necessary to enforcing arbitral awards.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Chamber Choir: Musician and Member of Board of Directors
UT School of Law: Attorney Mentor
Texas Exes: Life Member
* Not admitted to practice in Louisiana