Brian Boyle is a trial lawyer with vast experience in complex commercial litigation and energy industry disputes.
Brian's commercial litigation practice is primarily focused on clients within the energy sector. In addition to handling energy litigation across all phases of the industry, Brian frequently handles construction disputes, trade secret and noncompete claims, and other high-stakes business disputes. In doing so, he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and arbitrations across the country.
As part of his oil and gas litigation practice, Brian handles complex contract claims related to all aspects of energy-related agreements. His cases often involve drilling and development disputes; royalty litigation; JOA disputes; AMI agreements; preferential rights and right of first refusal provisions; force majeure claims; take-or-pay provisions and minimum volume commitments; supply and trading disputes; and fraud and other business tort claims related to upstream and midstream assets and operations.
Brian also frequently handles environmental contamination and indemnification claims related to oil and gas production and transportation.
Along with his energy-specific cases, Brian routinely represents clients involved in significant construction disputes. As part of his construction practice, Brian handles claims arising from defects, delays, design issues, change orders, cost overruns, suspension and wrongful termination. His construction cases arise from various types of projects, including office buildings, retail developments, and industrial ventures such as petrochemical plants, pipelines, and oil-and-gas terminals and processing plants.
Brian also handles trade secret and unfair competition claims for clients in many different industries. As part of that practice, he frequently litigates claims for both injunctive relief and damages arising from trade secret misappropriation and breaches of noncompetition covenants and related agreements.
In addition to representing businesses in commercial disputes, Brian tried nearly 20 cases to verdict for the city of Houston. Before starting his trial practice, he served as a briefing intern for former Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Supreme Court of Texas. At Lightfoot, he serves as a member of the firm's 401(K) and Insurance Committee.
A native Texan, Brian was born and raised in San Antonio. Prior to joining Lightfoot, he was a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston.