Edward W. Allred started the firm’s “bet-the-company” commercial litigation section in 2005, and since that time he has managed that section, specializing in business cases involving large damages. The outcome of his representation oftentimes determines the ongoing viability of his client’s operations.
Mr. Allred also created and leads the firm’s railroad accident litigation section, representing a variety of clients harmed by the railroad industry.
Mr. Allred received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, after which he commissioned as a pilot in the US Air Force Reserves and was the Project Engineer overseeing the construction of five new buildings to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Houston, Texas.
During law school, Mr. Allred was selected as a law journal author and editor and was recognized as the Outstanding Student all three years. He graduated in the top five percent of his class and gained experience working for Judge Emilio Garza at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, prior to entering private law practice.
Prior to joining his current firm, Mr. Allred practiced in the San Antonio law firm of Groce, Locke & Hebdon, which merged into a larger national law firm. He then worked at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where he was exposed to nationwide and international disputes, including class action litigation. At these large firms, he gained substantial litigation experience in significant and complex matters for corporate clients. He both prosecuted and defended national and international cases for Fortune 500 companies, as well as handled employment, construction, and business transaction lawsuits for large and small corporate entities. Mr. Allred gained in-house legal experience when he worked for the largest independent oil refining company in the US, a position he left to begin the commercial litigation division of his present firm.
Mr. Allred has worked on many notable cases, including the nationwide Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation (representing over 60,000 corn farmers against a foreign seed company that prematurely released a product into the market); In re BP Oil Spill Litigation (representing commercial fishermen and shrimping industry members for business losses resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill); Boon v. CIGNA (contract dispute alleging fraud in the insurance industry seeking in excess of $100,000,000); 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 (multiple disputes including EEOC Commissioners Charge, national class actions, and nationwide DOL charge regarding the payment of overtime and classification of exempt employees, as well as federal litigation filed by the company against the EEOC to enjoin an arbitrary process and compel final determination on charges); Pickens, et al. v. Shell Technology Ventures (appellate court affirmed summary judgment for employer in international class action litigation); Semiconductor Equipment Specialist Inc., et al. v. Applied Materials, Inc. (antitrust litigation seeking in excess of $100,000,000); Opus Aviation, et al. v. Raburn, et al. (aircraft consumers defrauded out of purchase money deposits, exceeding $200,000,000); Longview Energy Co. v. Riley-Huff Energy Group, LLC, et al. (fiduciary litigation resulting in 2012’s second-largest jury verdict in Texas, valued over $500,000,000), and numerous construction defect and negligence cases representing a large refinery company and it’s subsidiaries, cumulatively seeking in excess of $1 billion.
Mr. Allred routinely authors and presents papers on numerous topics related to commercial litigation and creative fee structures aimed at lowering the client’s risk and litigation funding costs, and often guest-teaches law school classes on litigation topics.
Mr. Allred has been recognized for his achievements through numerous awards and recognitions, including membership in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
In addition to his legal work, Mr. Allred currently or previously served on various corporate and charitable Boards of Directors, including: Board of Directors Member and Secretary, BTX Schools, Inc.; Vice President, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association; Board Member, YMCA Texas Law and Government in Schools Program; Board Member and Editor, Houston Bar Association (including its monthly publication); Director, San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. He is a member of the San Antonio Bar Foundation, San Antonio Bar Association, and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.
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.