Edward W. Allred started the firm's commercial and business law section in 2005, and currently manages that section. He received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in 1990. While at Texas A&M, Mr. Allred received numerous awards and recognitions for his academics, leadership, and involvement. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Ross Volunteer Company (the Governor's Honor Guard) and its Color Guard, and a Co-Chairman of Texas A&M's Fish Camp program. He was a member of the Dean's List, and was awarded the coveted Buck Weirus Spirit Award for his contributions through leadership in student organizations, Aggie traditions, and university events. Mr Allred was elected by the Texas A&M student body to serve as a Yell Leader.
After graduation, Mr. Allred was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a pilot candidate. As a result of Operation Desert Storm's costs and the reduction of military forces, Mr. Allred resigned his commission and became a project engineer on the project that added five new buildings to MD Anderson in the Houston Medical Center.
During law school, Mr. Allred was a law journal author and editor, and was recognized as the Outstanding First, Second, and Third Year Student. He graduated in the top five percent of his class. After graduation, he worked for Judge Emilio Garza at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, prior to entering private law practice.
After his federal clerkship, Mr. Allred became an associate in the San Antonio law firm of Groce, Locke & Hebdon, which merged into a larger national law firm. He later worked at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. At these large firms, he gained substantial litigation experience in significant and complex matters for corporate clients. He defended national and international class action cases for Fortune 500 companies, as well as handled employment, construction, and business transaction lawsuits for large and small corporate entities.
Mr. Allred has worked on notable cases, including Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp. v. United Technologies Pratt & Whitney (take-nothing verdict for defendant in antitrust case seeking $1B in damages); EEOC v. Eagle Global Logistics litigation (EEOC Commissioners Charge, national class action, and nationwide DOL charge regarding the payment of overtime and classification of exempt employees); Pickens, et al. v. Shell Technology Ventures (appellate court affirmed summary judgment for employer in international class action litigation.
Subsequent to his work at large defense firms, Mr. Allred worked in-house for a large independent refining company, where he managed construction litigation and negotiated corporate purchasing and acquisition contracts. In 2005, he returned to private practice and joined Watts Guerra's predecessor law firm. At Watts Guerra, he represents clients in all facets of business disputes, fiduciary duty, oil and gas disputes, and intellectual ownership and enforcement. Mr. Allred's noteworthy cases at Watts Guerra include: Semiconductor Equipment Specialist Inc., et al. v. Applied Materials, Inc. (antitrust litigation); Opus Aviation, et al. v. Raburn, et al. (aircraft consumers defrauded out of purchase money deposits); Longview Energy Co. v. Riley-Huff Energy Group, LLC, et al. (fiduciary litigation resulting in the second-largest jury verdict in Texas for 2012).
Ed has authored and presented papers on numerous topics related to commercial litigation and creative fee structures aimed at lowering the client’s risk and litigation funding costs.
Despite the above, Ed’s most important work isn’t in the office – it’s at home with his wife Rachel, their three sons and one daughter. They are members of St. Luke Episcopal Church and like most families with young children they spend their free time shuttling from one child’s event to the next.