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Kip Brar

Partner

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1835
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Kip Brar is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Houston office. Mr. Brar’s practice ranges from representing clients in the energy, petro-chemical, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, among others. Mr. Brar has significant first-chair experience and has tried or arbitrated numerous disputes to a final verdict or decision and has argued cases to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Court of Appeals.  But, his experience does not begin or end at the courtroom.  Mr. Brar routinely provides counsel to his clients on regulatory and commercial matters and assists with day-to-day business affairs.

In the energy context, Mr. Brar represents major producers, oil service companies, shipping companies, vessel owners and operators, offshore construction companies, fuel traders, and terminal operators.  Mr. Brar also represents some of the world’s largest manufacturers in the food, construction, and petro-chemical industries.  Mr. Brar’s healthcare clients include hospitals, physician groups, and individual physicians.

Kip Brar is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Houston office. Mr. Brar’s practice ranges from representing clients in the energy, petro-chemical, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, among others. Mr. Brar has significant first-chair experience and has tried or arbitrated numerous disputes to a final verdict or decision and has argued cases to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Court of Appeals.  But, his experience does not begin or end at the courtroom.  Mr. Brar routinely provides counsel to his clients on regulatory and commercial matters and assists with day-to-day business affairs.

In the energy context, Mr. Brar represents major producers, oil service companies, shipping companies, vessel owners and operators, offshore construction companies, fuel traders, and terminal operators.  Mr. Brar also represents some of the world’s largest manufacturers in the food, construction, and petro-chemical industries.  Mr. Brar’s healthcare clients include hospitals, physician groups, and individual physicians.

Education

  • J.D., Baylor Law School (2008)
    Leon Jaworski Scholarship for Outstanding Advocates
    Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review
    Order of the Barristers

  • B.A., University of Texas, with honors (2005)
    President of Cross-Examination Debate Team

Admissions

  • Texas

Courts

  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association (Director, Southern District of Texas Chapter)
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Representative Engagements

Energy / Maritime / Oil & Gas

Mr. Brar represents upstream, midstream and downstream companies in all aspects of their legal needs.  He is often called on to advise, draft, and/or negotiate commercial contracts, master agreements, joint ventures, charter parties, and to advise on regulatory concerns.  His litigation experience in this arena includes:

  • Represented a drilling company against claims in excess of $45 million airising out of a fire on a jackup rig.  Client obtained full summary judgment at the trial level and was further awarded all defense costs after an appeal to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented the largest vessel owner in the United States in a multi-week arbitration defending against claims of nearly $40 million arising from the construction of two offshore articulated tug-barge units.
  • Represented an offshore service/supply company against claims in excess of $160 million arising from the loss of and damage to offshore drilling units during a hurricane.
  • Represented an offshore engineering and construction company in an intellectual property dispute alleging misappropriations of trade secrets and other claims seeking over $15 million in damages.
  • Represented a well-owner at trial in a dispute involving downhole drilling failures.
  • Represented a maritime service provider at a bench trial in Federal Court against business tort claims.
  • Represented an offshore supply company at the Texas Court of Appeals after its claims had been dismissed at the trial level.
  • Represented a vessel owner at the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a dispute alleging business torts.
  • Represented fuel traders at trial alleged to have breached non-compete agreements and committed various other business torts. 
  • Represented a marine terminal operator at a bench trial in Federal Court seeking demurrage and delay damages against a vessel charterer.
  • Represented a dock owner against a multi-million dollar personal injury claim involving traumatic brain injuries. 
  • Represented numerous producers, suppliers, blenders, traders, terminals, and/or shipping companies in disputes concerning cargo damage or contamination, including claims related to bunker fuels. 
  • Represented numerous vessel owners and/or charterers in oil pollution cases, including those related to vessel allisions and collisions.
  • Represented vessel owners against more than 50 Jones Act personal injury claims.
  • Represented primary, excess, and bumbershoot underwriters in various stages of coverage litigation.

Manufacturing

Mr. Brar represents manufacturing companies serving the oil and gas, offshore, petro-chemical, and food industries.  He routinely is called on to assist in drafting and negotiating master service agreements, purchase and sale agreements, complex indemnity agreements, and general terms and conditions.  In addition to his corporate practice, he has also represented such companies in product defect cases, such as:

  • Represented one of the world’s largest manufacturers of petro-chemical processing equipment against claims in excess of $23 million arising from an allegedly defective valve.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food processing equipment against claims in excess of $6 million arising from an allegedly defective silo.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction materials against claims in excess of $27 million arising from the rupture of a syngas unit at a chemical plant relating to allegedly defective refractory materials.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat resistent materials against claims in excess of $15 million arising from a fire at a chemical plant related to allegedly defective refractory materials. 
  • Represented a leading offhsore wire rope manufacturer against claims in excess of $19 million arising from damage to an offshore rig.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction materials against multi-million dollar claims related to the breach of a furnace at a foundry.  

Healthcare

Mr. Brar’s healthcare experience includes representing major hospitals, physician groups, individual physicians, independent physican associations, management service companies, and surgery centers in all aspects of their legal needs.  Mr. Brar has been called on to advise some of Texas’ largest hospitals, leading healthcare groups in the nation, and individual physicians across the country.  Some of his representative experience includes:

  • Advised, separately, multiple orthopedic surgery, fertility, plastic surgery, and pain management physician groups in building and licensing ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Advised, separately, othopedic surgery, dental, and dermatology physician groups in the restructuring of their practices and partnerships.
  • Advised, separately, a dental and multiple family practice groups on the sale of their practices or individual clinics.
  • Advised, structured, and re-organized various management service organizations in the healthcare industry.
  • Advised a leading telemedicine provider on regulatory issues in multiple states.
  • Advised on the opening of physician clinics across the country.
  • Represented an orthopedic physican group against claims by its previous partnership alleging violations of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and unfair competition after the group formed its own practice.
  • Represented numerous physician groups in enforcing non-compete, confidentiality, and non-solicitation agreements against violating physician employees and former employees.
  • Represented numerous healthcare providers in disputes with third-party payors.
  • Advised on the sale of a national healthcare provider network and management company to a private equity group.
  • Advised and drafted dozens of physician contracts.

Accolades

  • Named among Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thomson and Reuters (2017)