Mr. Young has an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can achieve from that organization. He is licensed to practice in Texas and Louisiana. He serves as a business lawyer and employment lawyer throughout the Houston area, including representing clients in a wide variety of business litigation matters. Mr. Young has conducted seminars for, and worked with, human resources departments in companies to educate them on state and federal employment laws. Mr. Young represents individuals and companies, as plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation and employment matters of all kinds.
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Licensed to Practice Law
Honors and Publications
Representative and Significant Cases:
In Re Marine Construction Litigation, M.D.L. 417, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Served as co-counsel for Tenneco Oil Company. The case was based upon price fixing and bid-rigging among the major offshore platform and pipeline fabrication companies.
Martini v. Tatum, 776 S.W.2d 666 (Tex. App.-Amarillo 1989, writ denied). Represented the Honorable Frank G. Evans, former Chief Justice of the First Court of Appeals in Houston, as the plaintiff in a commercial real estate case. Judge Evans settled his claims and the remaining parties proceeded to trial.
Williams v. Jennings, 755 S.W.2d 874 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1988, writ denied). Successfully represented a landowner through trial and on appeal in a slander of title claim against a prominent Texas oil man. It is often cited authority in subsequent slander of title cases.
Holeman, et al v. Landmark Chevrolet, 989 S.W.2d 395 (Tex. App.-[14th Dist.] 1999, writ denied). Successfully defended at trial and on appeal one of the largest Chevrolet dealerships in the United States on a fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices Act case regarding the advertising of vehicles for sale. This is one of the first Texas cases on the issue of a consumer being in “good faith” in order to assert a claim under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Scherer v. Angell, 253 S.W.3d 777 (Tex. App.-Amarillo 2007, no pet.). Represented a married couple through trial and appeal on a construction case involving slander of title and negligent misrepresentation.
Hou-Tex, Inc. v. Landmark Graphics, 26 S.W.3d 103, 148 Oil & Gas Rep. 268 (Tex. App.- Houston [14th Dist.] 2000, no writ). Represented an independent oil and gas company on a products liability /breach of warranty and Deceptive Trade Practices Act claim involving the use of SeisVision software for use in ascertaining locations for drilling wells. This is a case of first impression in Texas involving warranty and negligence claims involving software.
Frank v. Harris County, 118 Fed. Appx. 799 (5th Cir. 2004), cert. denied 544 U.S. 1062, 125 S.Ct. 2530, 161 L.Ed. 2d 1112 (2005). Represented a former Harris County Constable through trial, appeal and writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on a sexual harassment/Title VII claim. The case stemmed from a former county constable’s sexual harassment of the plaintiff . The jury awarded more money than the plaintiff requested, although the award was later taken away based upon a narrow issue of law.
John Worldpeace, et al v. Donaldson, et al, (No. 12-99-00094-CV, App.-Tyler, 2000). Successfully represented an attorney sued as a third party defendant in a case involving title to a home. Client was nonsuited but had filed a counterclaim for bringing a frivolous lawsuit and trial court awarded client his attorneys fees as sanctions and Court of Appeals affirmed the award.
Additive Controls & Measurement Systems, Inc., et. al v. Flowdata, Inc. 154 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 1998). Represented a business and its owner, manufacturers of positive displacement flow meters, on a patent infringement/contempt proceeding arising from an injunction issued by the District Court.
Mr. Young has appeared on television and in The Houston Chronicle on cases that he has handled of local and regional interest. He has also been interviewed on radio regarding employment law. Some of his more interesting cases are as follows:
In 2016, Mr. Young represented the Executive Producer of the academy-award winning film “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, against his former partner regarding several rights and income payouts generated by the film for their production company. The case was originally filed in Texas state court and then was litigated as formal arbitration. After the second day of the arbitration, the matter settled.
In 2014, Mr. Young was a key part of the team of attorneys whom successfully represented the plaintiff--a small steel distributor company which had been put out of business due to a group boycott by several large steel competitors and steel mills. The case was filed under §1 of Sherman Act and, in 2014, the jury returned a unanimous verdict that the defendants had violated the Act and awarded the client actual damages of $52 million which was trebled to an amount in excess of $160 million. Most of the defendants thereafter settled leaving only two which appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. MM Steel L.P. v. JSW Steel (USA) Incorporated and Nucor Corporation 806 F.3d 835 (5th Cir. 2015). The appeals court reversed as to one defendant and affirmed as to the other.
In 2011, Mr. Young obtained a favorable settlement for an attorney on a breach of employment contract against her former law firm.
In 2010, he successfully represented the head coach of a major university’s athletic team in a buy-out of their employment agreement from the university.
In 2004, Mr. Young successfully obtained a summary judgment against a former employee, and in favor of his employer-client, in a Title VII case, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Greg Washington v. Alliance Residential Management, Civil Action No. H-02-4123, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
In 2004, he represented a custom motorcycle manufacturing company located in Florida against a former employee whom took a custom-made, jet engine motorcycle from it. Mr. Young successfully obtained the one-of-a-kind motorcycle by a writ of attachment. Mapes Motorcycle Company v. Brown, Cause No. 200424559 in the 11th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas.
In 2004, Mr. Young represented a partner in a major national law firm being sued for breach of contract/promissory note under his personal guaranty agreement and was able to save the client over $250,000 in damages, settling for merely cents on the dollar.
In 2002, he obtained an agreed final judgment and injunction for a professional search firm against a former employee and his company for violating his non compete agreement.
In 2002, Mr. Young represented a promotional incentives company in a trade secrets and non compete lawsuit against various individuals and companies. All of the defendants settled with Mr. Young’s client.
In 2001, he successfully obtained a summary judgment in favor of his client, a property owner/management company, in a constructive discharge case. Deborah S. Sheppard v. Alliance Residential Management, Cause No. 2000-51446, 165th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.
In 2000, Mr. Young represented an independent oil and gas producer against a major producer in a breach of contract case. The matter settled prior to trial.
In 2000, he represented an individual defending against a non compete agreement brought by his former employer. The employer capitulated when Mr. Young proved that the non compete was invalid and the case settled in favor of Mr. Young’s client.
In 1999, Mr. Young obtained a summary judgment for a homeowner against her insurance company for failing to defend her in a prior lawsuit involving her home.
In 1999, he represented a partner in a Houston law firm against that firm arising from his departure and joining an international law firm.
In 1996, Mr. Young successfully defended an apartment management company being sued by a former employee for pregnancy discrimination. After an 8 day trial, the jury found there was no discrimination.
In 1986, he successfully defended a gas pipeline company in a personal injury trial based upon a “blow down” procedure of, a pipeline in Walker County, Texas. The jury found no liability on the company after deliberating for less than half an hour.
If you have a legal matter involving commercial business litigation or need an employment lawyer in the Houston, Texas area, please contact attorney Tate Young today for assistance.