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Lauren Brogdon

Associate

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Lauren Brogdon

Houston

T:+1 713 651 5375

As an associate in the Energy and Infrastructure group, Lauren's practice focuses on energy, environmental, and complex commercial litigation in state and federal court, including class action and multi-district litigation.  Lauren has defended energy clients in connection with disputes related to royalty payment practices, hydraulic fracturing, disposal and injection wells, federal and state environmental statutes, and contractual disputes including oil and gas lease agreements, purchase and sale agreements, international gas extraction agreements, and arbitration agreements.  Lauren has also handled a variety of general civil litigation matters involving causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, nuisance, contractual and common law indemnity, breach of fiduciary duty, and minority shareholder oppression.

In 2015, Lauren served as a special prosecutor with the City of Houston's Legal Department through a 20-week attorney loan program.  She tried ten cases to verdict and negotiated hundreds of plea agreements during that time.  Lauren is also actively involved in pro bono work, having successfully represented dozens of clients in divorce and child custody disputes and serving on the Board of Directors of Houston Volunteer Lawyers since 2013.

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  • Education
    2012 - J.D., Columbia Law School
    2009 - B.A., cum laude, English and Policy Studies, Rice University
    2007 - Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne
     
    While in law school, Lauren was a semi-finalist at the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

    She is admitted to practice law in Texas and in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

  • Representative experience
    • Defending exploration and production companies against claims related to alleged water contamination from drilling activities;
    • Defending exploration and production companies against claims for property damage related to hydraulic fracturing and injection wells, including obtaining a favorable settlement in lawsuit involving claims alleging connection between such activities and earthquakes;
    • Representing upstream and midstream companies in lawsuits involving claims for underpayment of oil and gas royalties, including class actions and multi-district litigation;
    • Defending clients in administrative proceedings challenging environmental agency actions;
    • Representing clients in connection with claims related to international customs and taxation; 
    • Obtained dismissal for gas company in lawsuits related to international and domestic exploration and production agreement;
    • Obtained favorable settlement for close corporation in suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty and minority shareholder oppression;
    • Obtained dismissal for drilling company in administrative proceeding challenging water supply remediation; and
    • Multiple pro bono family law proceedings.
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Norton Rose Fulbright - Jaworski Award for Pro Bono Excellence (2016)
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) - President's Award for Outstanding Service (2015 & 2016)
    • Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas (2013 - present)

     

  • Publications
  • Speaking engagements
    • Panelist, "Beyond the Courtroom and the Closing Table: Finding Your Way in the Houston Legal Community," Houston Young Lawyers Association, June 30, 2016
    • Panelist, "Life in Big Law," Texas Young Lawyers Association, June 9, 2016
    • Speaker, "Family Law 'How To' with Tips from the Bench," Houston Pro Bono Network, March 24, 2016
    • Speaker, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Pro Bono Coordinators' Luncheon, January 21, 2016
    • Speaker, General Counsel Pro Bono Week Breakfast, Houston Area Women's Center, October 26, 2015
    • Speaker, "HYLA Energy Counsel Committee," Texas State Bar Leaders Conference, July 25, 2015
    • Moderator, "Surviving the Ups & Downs of the Oil & Gas Industry," HYLA Energy Counsel Committee, April 9, 2015
    • Speaker, "Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation," Norton Rose Fulbright Energy Academy, November 2014
    • Speaker, "Child Custody & Child Support 101," HAY Center, August 6, 2013
    • Speaker, "Domestic Violence: Awareness, Prevention, and Resources" HAY Center, June 27, 2013
  • Memberships and activities
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association
      • Houston Volunteer Lawyers
        • Treasurer (2016 - present)
        • Board of Directors (2013 - present)
      • Legal Lines Committee, Co-Chair (2016 - present)
      • Speakers Bureau Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association
      • President-Elect (2016-2017)
      • Board of Directors (2014 - 2016)
      • Energy Counsel Committee, Chair (2014 - 2016)
    • Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Pro Bono Committee (2015 - present)
    • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
      • Trustee (2016-2018)
      • Fellow (2016 - present)
    • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court (2015 - present)
    • Young Professionals in Energy
    • Women's Energy Network
    • Junior League of Houston
    • Daughters of the American Revolution, Tejas Chapter
  • Languages
    • French - Proficient
    • Italian - Limited Proficiency
    • Spanish - Proficient