Robert P. Vining is a partner in the firm’s Houston office. His expertise of law is vast; it includes admiralty and general maritime law, Jones Act, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, construction, environmental law, labor and employment law, oil and gas, premises liability, products liability; regulatory compliance and toxic torts. Robert has handled claims asserted under the Jones Act, admiralty and general maritime law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Title VII, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has represented clients during Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard investigations and regulatory compliance review, including federal and state energy regulation. He has represented creditors in several complex bankruptcies, including serving on an unsecured creditors’ committee.
His legal career has taken him into many roles. He has been first and second chair for jury and bench trials; argued and briefed appeals; and motions before federal and state courts throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He has conducted numerous depositions, including those of plaintiffs, fact witnesses, corporate representatives, physicians, and experts. He has negotiated and drafted master service agreements, drilling contracts, construction contracts, access agreements, leases, and rental agreements as well as articles of incorporation, operating agreements and other business-related documentation.
Robert is also a panel member for continuing legal education presentations and maritime presentations. Outside of the office you can find Robert snowboarding down the slopes or surfing the coast.
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