Robert Vining

Partner / Houston

P: 713.588.0446 X. 425

F: 713.574.2942

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.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Business Transactions
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • BBA, University of Mississippi
  • MBA, University of Mississippi
  • J.D., University of Mississippi

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Honors and Distinctions

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Associations

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States