- University of Wisconsin, School of Law
- J.D. magna cum laude, 1984, Order of the Coif
- University of Wisconsin, College of Agriculture
- Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, 1984, Dissertation, "Legal Economic Analyses of Competition in the United States Food System"
- M.A., Agricultural Economics, 1981, with distinction
- Texas A&M University B.S.
- Agricultural Economics, 1979, summa cum laude
- Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985 — 1986
"Tom Paterson is absolutely one of the best and the brightest in his field. His insight, patience, diplomacy, honesty, intelligence, creativity, candor and diligent professionalism reflect well on him and on me, as my in-house clients have often congratulated me for finding the right lawyer for the job."
— Janice Hartrick
"Tom Paterson is smart and creative. From day one, he takes the initiative and drives his cases to success. He provides good judgment, wise counsel and consistently good results."
— Ray Albrecht
"I have repeatedly hired Tom Paterson to resolve complex, commercial disputes. He is always prepared. His counsel is strategic. Tom consistently delivers."
— David Castro
"As a practicing lawyer for 35 years and the former general counsel of a large public corporation, I have provided legal services and also hired and worked with many lawyers. I retained Tom for a personal legal matter and found him to be an exemplar of the legal profession. Tom is smart, prepared, creative, and responsive. He was dedicated to my best interests. He listened, counselled, and collaborated with me on approach and acceptable outcomes. Tom spotted the relevant issues and efficiently coordinated needed experts to provide the best representation, both in terms of dispute resolutions and costs. He demonstrated integrity, civility, and determination that were foundational to effective advocacy and timely resolution. While I was a client with a very small legal matter, Tom treated me like I was his most important priority"
— Gayla Thal
Solving real problems for real people is why I'm a trial lawyer. Solving these problems successfully is why my clients come back again and again. I began working with Janice Hartrick, for example, in 1991, when she was at Seagull Energy. I worked with her and her colleagues on 18 matters. I began working with Ray Albrecht of Enterprise Products in 2004. I worked with him and his colleagues on dozens of matters. David Castro, then the Chief Litigation Counsel for Hess Corporation, hired me in 2011 to work on a matter in the Eagle Ford. We resolved it and since then have resolved disputes in the Utica and the Bakken.
My objective as I work to successfully resolve my clients' disputes is simple: Keep as much money in the client's pocket as possible. There are times when you take a case through trial and appeal; there are times when another deposition or another skirmish isn't worth the cost to the client. That's true whether the client is the plaintiff or the defendant. The best way to meet my objective is to immediately become an expert on the facts and the law. If the matter can be resolved early, without filing it or incurring extensive expenses associated with litigation, I pursue that route. Thinking creatively is critical, as in the time I resolved a dispute for Dixie Pipeline within two months, from filing to finishing trial. Another example of this is when I resolved a matter in six weeks that had been lingering for more than 30 years. In that case, we told the defendant that its leases would be cancelled if the jury agreed with us on our contract allegations. The defendant promptly settled.
I am well-versed at representing clients on both sides of the docket; my plaintiff clients have enjoyed substantial settlements and judgments while my defendant clients have saved hundreds of millions of dollars.
Most of my cases have involved natural resources--oil and gas, agricultural products or land. That's a natural for someone who grew up near mining communities in the Southwest and now runs a cattle ranch. I've handled cases ranging from antitrust and breach of contract to tortious interference and fraud. My Ph.D. in applied economics and heavy emphasis on empirical research enable me to undertake large, complex cases requiring extensive expert discovery and testimony.
I have been recognized by several leading legal publications for my litigation successes. Most recently, I was ranked by Chambers U.S. as a “Recognized Practitioner” in Energy: Natural Resources, Texas. I was also named a “Recommended Lawyer” by The Legal 500 in Energy Litigation - Oil and Gas.
I've told you why I'm a trial lawyer, how I work my cases, and why my clients keep returning. If you have a problem, I'm available to discuss it and candidly assess whether I can help you resolve it. I'll tell you straight if I can help or refer you to someone else if I can't. Contact me at (713) 653-7815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.