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Utsav Mathur

Senior Associate

Utsav Mathur


T:+1 713 651 5374

Utsav Mathur focuses on global energy and shipping disputes and data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Utsav is a member of global energy disputes team, and he focuses his practice on energy infrastructure and shipping matters. He has assisted clients on a variety of energy infrastructure projects including the construction of crude oil pipelines and LNG-fueled offshore power generation facilities. Further, Utsav has counseled clients on a wide range of laws affecting energy project development and operation in the United States, such as the Rivers and Harbors Act, Jones Act, and others. 

In addition, he has represented vessel owners and cargo interests in a wide variety of shipping disputes including cargo damage claims, personal injury claims, maritime liens, vessel arrests, maritime attachment and garnishment remedies, and oil & gas exploration and production casualties and disputes. 

Utsav is also a member of Norton Rose Fulbright's Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity group. He advises clients on strategies to mitigate the risks associated with data breaches and assists with the implementation of compliance regimes. Further, in the immediate aftermath of a breach, he assists clients with breach notification and remediation. 

As a disputes lawyer, Utsav has handled litigation at all stages. He has taken and defended fact and expert depositions, prepared pre-trial and post-trial briefings, handled pre-trial and post-trial hearings, and tried cases to verdict.

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  • Education

    JD, The University of Texas School of Law, 2011
    BA, Government and History, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007

    While in law school, Utsav was admitted to the Order of Barristers, an honor reserved for the top student-advocates in each graduating class. Utsav was the champion of the 2010 Haynes & Boone Intermediate Trial Competition and the 2011 Voir Dire Competition. He was also selected as the "Top Advocate" at the Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition. Utsav was a staff editor for The Review of Litigation.

  • Representative experience

    Energy and shipping disputes

    • Represented port lessee in a contract dispute against lessor; advised lessee on constructing port facilities in compliance with Rivers and Harbors Act and related regulations administered by United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

    • Advised European manufacturer of power systems on applicability of US federal maritime law to LNG-fueled floating power plants; worked with officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) to ensure compliance with federal law

    • Assisted bunker supplier recover compensation for unpaid bunker invoices by arresting ocean-going vessels in multiple jurisdictions

    • Represented the owner of a deep-water drilling vessel in a contract dispute against an oil company involving operational readiness and seaworthiness of the vessel

    • Represented a major energy company in the acquisition of easements across central Texas for the construction of a crude oil common carrier pipeline

    • Analyzed over a hundred easements to ascertain whether governmental authority could replace crude oil pipeline with water relocation pipeline in an easement route acquired from an energy company

    • Represented one of the largest pipeline owners in the United States in its dispute against its general contractor for cost overruns, poor workmanship, and delay

    • Advised European bank on enforcement remedies under the U.S. Ship Mortgage Act in a case arising from US government detention of a vessel

    • Advised foreign lenders on Jones Act cabotage law, vessel documentation, coastwise trade regulations, and vessel owner citizenship issues; worked with the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) on client inquiries related to foreign investments in the Jones Act shipping market

    • Represented owners of crude oil tankers and offshore drilling rigs in multiple Jones Act personal injury cases

    Data privacy

    • Advised financial institution on contractual and state law notification obligations following ATM data skimming incident; prepared notification letters to affected individuals and regulators

    • Advised data backup service provider on contractual and state law notification obligations in the immediate aftermath of breach resulting from theft of laptop; prepared notification letters to affected individuals and regulators

    • Represented a financial institution and a software company in the immediate aftermath of a data breach; advised on breach notification and remediation obligations under applicable laws

    Pro bono

    • Successfully tried over a dozen cases to a jury verdict as a prosecutor for the City of Houston as part of Norton Rose Fulbright's Attorney Loan Program

    • Successfully tried a week-long divorce trial through the Houston Volunteer Lawyer program

  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Texas Rising Star, civil litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2017 - 2018
    • Houston Top Lawyer, aviation, admiralty, maritime and transportation, Houstonia Magazine, 2018
    • Tops Attorneys - Texas' Outstanding Young Lawyers, American Registry, April 2018
  • Publications
  • Speaking engagements
    • Speaker, "Recent Trends in Shipping Litigation:  From Headline-Grabbing Insolvencies to the Growing Threat of Cyber Attack," 16th Vessel & Fuel Management Conference, June 22, 2017
    • Speaker, "Issues in International Shipping," Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, March 9, 2016
    • Speaker, "Blue Water Blues, Part II: Assessing and Mitigating Cargo Risk," Break Bulk North America, September 29, 2016
  • Memberships and activities
    • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Chairman of the Board 
    • Samunder Club
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Energy Counsel Committee
    • American Bar Association, Admiralty Litigation Committee
    • Houston Bar Association, Oil Gas & Mineral Law Section
    • Business Executives for National Security, Energy Council
    • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Languages
    • Hindi