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Suzanna Bonham 
Partner
phone 713-752-0017
877-752-2477
fax 713-752-0327
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BACKGROUND
Suzanna was born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduating in 3 years from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish magna cum laude. Additionally, she studied economics and business negotiations in Monterrey, Mexico at I.T.E.S.M. Technologico. She obtained her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1999. 

Suzanna joined the firm in the summer of 2004, having practiced as an associate with the law firms of Watt, Beckworth & Carrigan, LLP and Sydow & Carrigan, LLP. In 2008, Suzanna became a partner in the firm.  Suzanna has been nominated as a Rising Star for lawyers practicing in Texas under the age of 40 in 2005 and 2012 (a Thomson Reuters service) and has been rated by Martindale Hubbell.  

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS LITIGATION
Represented electric power provider in connection with claims against buyer and parent company arising out of sale and loans.  Settled on favorable terms with parent company securing payment.

Represented originator of a concept in suit involving trade secret and confidentiality agreements against soft drink company and parking company.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defended company in dispute arising out of services agreement related to permitting with FERC for a LNG terminal and associated expert pipeline project, in which damages were sought of approximately $1 million.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defended company in dispute arising out of professional services agreement related to environmental study for LNG terminal.  Settled on favorable terms.

Representing shareholders in breach of share purchase agreements.

Representing electric power broker in dispute regarding unpaid broker fee commissions and commercial royalties.

OIL & GAS LITIGATION
Defended natural gas processing plant in breach of contract case brought by producer claiming misallocation of residue gas and plant products under Gas Gathering, Purchase and Processing Agreement.  Obtained partial summary judgment eliminating over $5 million of producer’s claims.  Settled following trial on merits.

Defended natural gas processing plant in breach of contract case brought by interstate pipeline for recovery of over-payments/over-deliveries due to misreporting of custody meter.  Obtained favorable settlement.

Defended natural gas processing plant in personal injury case brought by plaintiffs as a result of a flash fire explosion.  Settled favorably immediately prior to trial.

Defended oil and gas company in class action suit claiming property damage as a result of seismic exploration.  Obtained denial of class certification.
Representing pipe threading company in personal injury case, in which over 700 plaintiffs claim exposure to NORM/TERM as a result of cleaning oil field pipe.  Discovery ongoing.

Represented owner of facility in personal injury case brought by plaintiffs claiming environmental contamination.  Settled on favorable terms.

CONSTRUCTION
Defended fabricator of pre-engineered metal building in multi-million dollar breach of contract suit with counterclaims regarding the construction of a church the size of a football field.  Favorable settlement obtained.

Represented construction company against city arising out of break in sewer line.  Favorable settlement obtained.

Represented commercial builder in breach of contract suit by subcontractor.   Favorable settlement obtained.

Represented various suppliers of construction materials and services in breach of contract cases.  Motions for summary judgment granted in favor of clients.

REAL ESTATE
Represented commercial landlords and commercial brokers and property management companies in various real estate transaction disputes.

Defended real estate agent in real estate transaction suit in which plaintiffs sought damages with respect to their home.  Jury verdict and judgment in favor of client.

Represented commercial landlord in breach of contract suit.  Default judgment rendered against defendants.  Levied upon bank accounts of defendants in California and recovered full judgment with attorney fees.

Represented commercial landlord in breach of contract suit.  Settled on favorable terms immediately prior to trial.

Represented commercial broker and property management company against owner of various buildings in real estate transaction dispute.  Settled on favorable terms.

EMPLOYMENT
Defending healthcare employer against employee involving hostile work environment claims.  

Represented real estate development company employer against former employee in breach of non-compete agreement.  Settled on favorable terms.

Represented executive against employer arising out of employment agreement and failure to pay.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defended employers in various sexual harassment, hostile work environment and/or discrimination cases in Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEOC”) proceedings.

Defended employer in sexual harassment and hostile work environment case in EEOC proceeding.  EEOC dismissed in favor of employer.

Defended employer in discrimination and hostile work environment case in EEOC proceeding.  EEOC dismissed in favor of employer.

TRANSPORTATION
Representing logistics and transportation companies in various transportation and warehousing agreements.  Favorable settlements obtained.

PRODUCT LIABILITY
Defended pipe distributor in breach of contract suit by supplier involving non-conforming goods.  Obtained favorable settlement.

Represented steel plate distributor in breach of contract suit by purchaser involving non-conforming goods.  Favorable settlement obtained.

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION
Defended manufacturer of fabric in personal injury burn case involving product liability claims.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defended natural gas processing plant in personal injury case brought by plaintiffs as a result of a flash fire explosion. Settled favorably immediately prior to trial.

ADMIRALTY & MARITIME
Defended manufacturer of blow out preventer in product liability suit related to personal injury to offshore worker (leg amputation).  Summary judgment and Daubert challenge excluding plaintiff’s expert granted for client.  

Defended platform operator in Jones Act and unseaworthiness suit involving personal injuries to work boat employee.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defended manufacturer and designer of jack up drilling vessel in suit by owner of vessel arising out of collapse during jacking operations offshore Louisiana. Also represented manufacturer in subsequent dispute with insurer.  Favorable settlement obtained.

INTERNATIONAL LAW
Defended Mexican insurance company in multi-million dollar insurance coverage dispute as a result of an airplane crash.  Trial on merits with judgment in favor of client.

GENERAL LITIGATION
Defended chairman of religious organization in suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty and public and private nuisance among other claims. Temporary restraining order was denied and building which had been closed for alleged safety problems was re-opened. 

Defended insurance agent in negligence and Deceptive Trade Practices Act suit against insured. Summary judgment granted at trial, reversed by Court of Appeals.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defended rig operator in arbitration against rig contractor regarding IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors) contract and onshore drilling operations in Marcellus shale formation.  Settled on favorable terms.

HEALTHCARE LITIGATION
Representing professional service providers and healthcare management and leasing companies in various matters.

Defended healthcare leasing company against hospital claiming tortious interference and defamation.  Settled on favorable terms.

Defending healthcare management company and professional service provider against independent contractor in breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, defamation, business disparagement suit.

Represented professional service provider with respect to non-compete agreement.

Representing healthcare company regarding the employment and resignation of employee involving breach of confidentiality agreement.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Represented pipe threading company in property damage case, in which property owner claimed damage to property as a result of NORM/TERM contamination.  Obtained dismissal of matter.

Represented pipe threading company in personal injury case, in which one plaintiff claimed exposure to NORM/TERM as a result of cleaning oil field pipe.  Dismissal obtained in matter.

 

Areas of Practice:
Complex Commercial/Business Litigation
Oil & Gas Litigation
Healthcare Litigation
Construction Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Employment Litigation
Transportation Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation
Admiralty & Maritime Litigation
International Law
Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1999
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2000
Education:
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1999
J.D.
Honors: Phi Delta Phi Award in Legal Research & Writing and Marital Property


University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1996
B.A.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Spanish Honors Society
Honors: Italian Honors Society
Major:  Spanish


Honors and Awards:
Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2005, 2012


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Houston Bar Association
Member


Past Employment Positions:
Watt, Beckworth & Carrigan, LLP, Associate


Sydow & Carrigan, LLP, Associate


Languages:
Spanish
Birth Information:
1974, Houston, Texas

Office Location

Schwartz, Junell,
Greenberg & Oathout, LLP

Two Houston Center
909 Fannin Street, Suite 2700
Houston, Texas 77010

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