University of Texas at Austin, B.S., 2004
South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2007
Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
Selected as a “Leading Lawyer in Texas” by Leaders In The Law
Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star." No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Texas receive this distinction, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Named a "Top Lawyer in Houston" by H Texas Magazine, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Dean’s Honor List
Phi Sigma Theta—National Honor Society
Paul and Mary Haas Scholarship Recipient
United States District Court, Western District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
Justin VandenBout is a trial lawyer who maintains a nationwide litigation practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation and complex insurance coverage litigation. He has successfully represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in federal and state courts throughout the United States in matters ranging from intellectual property disputes, catastrophic personal injury, products liability, professional liability, construction, and breach of contract matters.
Mr. VandenBout has trial experience representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a variety of cases, including business partnership disputes, personal injury, property damage, intellectual property, and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. VandenBout has successfully prosecuted and defended injunction proceedings on behalf of clients in both state and federal court.
Outside of the courtroom, Mr. VandenBout counsels clients on their overall insurance program in an effort to minimize gaps in insurance coverage and uninsured business risks.
Mr. VandenBout’s skill and advocacy on behalf of clients has consistently earned him recognition as one of the top lawyers in Texas in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance coverage.
Mr. VandenBout’s exposure to a wide variety of litigation makes him well suited to represent clients in a range of matters from the onset of the dispute through trial.
- Lead trial counsel in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit on behalf of client, Stockdale Capital Partners, LLC, wherein the Firm obtained a unanimous defense jury verdict against claims of unfair competition and trademark infringement.
- On multiple occasions, Mr. VandenBout has successfully represented clients that sustained significant economic losses obtain verdicts at trial that were more than 10 times the amount offered by the respective Defendants prior to trial.
- Serves as national insurance coverage counsel for the largest independent brine producer in the United States, which includes assistance in securing insurance coverage and prompt payment of claims that total in excess of $150 million related to a catastrophic loss in 2012.
- Successfully prosecuted a Petition to Enforce Settlement Agreement on behalf of a client which affirmed payment to client in excess of $20 million as well as continuing payments under the Settlement Agreement.
- Served as trial counsel in obtaining defense verdicts on behalf of separate clients in cases involving a business partnership dispute and negligence/property damage litigation.
- Successfully defended Instrumentation and Electrical contractor in the oil and gas industry against claims by a midstream provider for breach of contract and fraud in excess of $7 million, which resulted in no payment being made or owed by client. In the same litigation, Mr. VandenBout prosecuted counterclaims and third party claims for breach of contract and tortious interference with contract that resulted in payments in excess of $1 million being paid to client.
- Successfully represented various clients in multi-million dollar complex insurance coverage litigation including representing a national leader in the management of multi-family properties in connection with the prosecution of claims against client’s insurer for breach of contract, bad faith and various insurance code violations based upon insurer’s adjustment and delay in payment of property and business losses sustained by client’s five luxury properties in the Houston area that were damaged by Hurricane Ike. Mr. VandenBout’s representation resulted in securing insurance coverage for the client and a multi-million dollar settlement compensating his client for its losses.
- Obtained dismissal with prejudice of Chinese manufacturer in wrongful death product liability action based on Special Appearance and Plea to Jurisdiction.
Publications and Presentations
- Hurricane Harvey: Advising Clients Through the Flood of Legal and Tax Issues, Presented at Chamberlain Hrdlicka 40th Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar, November 16, 2017
- Captive Insurance Companies: The Do’s And Don’ts (Or Something Else), Presented at Chamberlain Hrdlicka Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar, November 16, 2015
- Deep Impact – Why the In re Deepwater Horizon Opinion Matters for Construction Contracts and Additional Insured Insurance Coverage, The Critical Path, June 2015
- Contractual Forum Selection Clauses in Texas – Things Are Not Always As They Appear.
- Section 18.091 of the Civil Practice & Remedies Code – Presentation and Proof of Damages Net of Federal Income Tax Liability.
- State Bar of Texas
- Houston Bar Association
- Fort Bend County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Law360, November 22, 2019
- Law360, November 12, 2019
- May 15, 2019
- March 7, 2019
- Attorneys from Five Practice Areas Received the RecognitionMarch 29, 2018
- Attorneys from Six Practice Areas Received Coveted RecognitionJune 2017