Jeffrey A. Webb

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 7109
San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 7109
Jeffrey A. Webb

Jeffrey A. Webb

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Biography

Jeff Webb joined the litigation and dispute resolution section of the San Antonio office in 2005. Jeff's practice focuses on complex and high stakes litigation, including energy (oil and gas), product liability, commercial, cyber security, and real estate litigation.

Jeff's aggressive and proactive litigation experience involves all aspects of pretrial and trial / arbitration work, including the following:

  • Temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions
  • Declaratory judgments
  • Indemnity and tender of defense (requests and responses)
  • Discovery, including motions to compel (pursuing and defending)
  • Complex discovery hearings
  • E-discovery
  • Trade secret protection and protective orders
  • Fact witness depositions (taking and defending)
  • Expert witness depositions (taking and defending)
  • Daubert and expert challenges (pursuing and defending)
  • Complex settlements and releases
  • Dispositive motions (pursuing and defending)
  • Motions to compel arbitration
  • Evidentiary hearings
  • Pretrial motions, including motions in limine
  • Jury instructions and verdict forms
  • First and second chair trial experience in bench and jury trials

Previously, Jeff spent four years as a legal associate for an Ohio-based manufacturer where he assisted with complex product liability litigation, including trial preparation and strategy, discovery, complex trade secret discovery hearings and expert and fact witness deposition preparation.


Professional experience

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JD, magna cum laude, The University of Toledo College of Law (Valedictorian), 2005
BS, magna cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2001

While in law school, Jeff was a member of The University of Toledo Law Review. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2006. 

  • Texas State Bar

Energy Litigation:

A primary focus of Jeff's practice is on energy (oil and gas) litigation, including litigation arising out of upstream, midstream, and oil field services activities in the Eagle Ford Shale.  Jeff's oil and gas litigation experience has earned him the recognition in 2012-2014 of  "Who's Who In Energy," by the San Antonio Business Journal and American Cities Business Journals.  A few representative matters include:

  • Defense of multiple corporate entities and directors in an oil and gas commercial litigation matter in South Texas against various claims including relating to alleged breach of fiduciary duty, in which plaintiffs sought a multi-billion dollar recovery but resulted in a take nothing judgment;
  • Representation of a San Antonio-based oil and gas producer in a top lease and failure to produce in paying quantities dispute involving more than 800 acres of mineral rights in South Texas, in which a recovery of more than $50 million was sought;
  • Defense of oil terminal owner in connection with nine-plaintiff flash fire lawsuit in Jefferson County, Texas, which resulted in full summary judgment for the clients; 
  • Prosecution of claims on behalf of South Texas mineral owners in a deed dispute relating to more than 2,400 acres of mineral rights in South Texas;
  • Representation of oil and gas producer in connection with a South Texas catastrophic oil field incident;
  • Defense of a product manufacturer in connection with an oil field related fatality that resulted in a verdict exceeding $200 million against another defendant;
  • Prosecution of fraud-based claims by oil and gas producer against oil field service company; and
  • Defense of oil and gas producer against breach of contract claims with alleged damages exceeding $6 million.


Commercial Litigation:

A significant portion of Jeff's practice also focuses on the prosecution and defense of commercial disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, breach of contract, dissolution of closely-held entities and Sales Representative Act claims. A few representative cases include:

  • Prosecution of derivative claims to enjoin continuation of an international fraud and self-dealing scheme, which resulted in a successful recovery;
  • Defense and prosecution of various commercial disputes on behalf of internet hosting provider; 
  • Defense of large credit union in putative class action related to overdraft fees, which resulted in full summary judgment;
  • Pre-litigation prosecution of minority shareholder's claims in response to majority shareholders' attempted "squeeze out," which resulted in a successful dissolution and buyout of the minority shareholder;
  • Defense of businessman in various disputes involving closely-held entities, which resulted in summary judgment of all claims asserted against client; and
  • Defense of product manufacturer against claims of alleged breach of contract and violations of various states' Sales Representative Acts. 


Products Liability Litigation:

Jeff also has extensive experience defending manufacturers and retailers in complex product liability litigation, including against claims of negligence, breach of warranty, Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations, and manufacturing, design and marketing defects. A few representative cases include:

  • Defense of an Ohio-based tire manufacturer in multiple wrongful death and serious injury product liability lawsuits, which resulted in favorable resolutions;
  • Defense of a German-based product manufacturer in multiple wrongful death and serious injury product liability lawsuits, which resulted in favorable resolutions;
  • Defense of a Texas-based commercial truck retailer in a wrongful death and serious bodily injury product liability lawsuit, which resulted in the manufacturer providing the retailer's indemnity and defense;
  • Defense of a Texas-based commercial truck retailer in a breach of warranty lawsuit seeking multi-million dollar commercial damages, which resulted in the manufacturer providing the retailer's indemnity and defense;
  • Defense of a Texas-based commercial equipment retailer in a Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and breach of warranty lawsuit, which resulted in dismissal;
  • Defense of a Texas-based commercial truck retailer against breach of warranty, DTPA, and fraud claims seeking multi-million dollar commercial damages, which resulted in full summary judgment of all claims against defendant (that had previously been submitted to a hung jury in a prior trial); and
  • Defense of Texas-based commercial truck retailer in multiple DTPA, breach of warranty, and product liability lawsuits, which resulted in the retailer's dismissal and/or the manufacturers providing the retailer's indemnity and defense.


Pro Bono Litigation:

Jeff has committed a significant amount of his time representing indigents on a pro bono basis. He devoted over 325 hours of his time assisting with a federal court appointment for the prosecution of § 1983 civil rights claims, including excessive use of police force, against a police officer and municipality. The prosecution, which included several successful pre-trial evidentiary motions and the exclusion of the majority of the opposing parties' expert's opinions, resulted in the client's desired settlement. Jeff has also provided first chair assistance to the Comal County District Attorney's Office in the successful prosecution of various criminal cases (jury and bench trials). Jeff also routinely represents clients in family law matters through the pro bono Community Justice Program.

  • Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney PLC, 2016, 2018 - 2019
  • Labor & Employment Star - South, Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Mass Tort, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney PLC, 2018
  • Legal 500 USA, recommended lawyer,  Energy - litigation, The Legal 500, 2016
  • Outstanding Lawyer, San Antonio Business Journal, 2015
  • Who's Who In Energy, San Antonio Business Journal, American City Business Journals, 2012 - 2014
  • 40 Under 40, San Antonio Business Journal, 2012
  • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2012 - 2018
  • Rising Star, S.A. Scene, Scene Publications LLC, 2009 - 2012
  • "Preparing for Catastrophe: What to do when the unexpected strikes," Shale Oil & Gas Business Magazine, September/October 2013
  • Co-author, "Examine Details in Deals on Shale Land," San Antonio Express-News, July 10, 2012
  • "Tire Design Defect Claims: Why Compliance With The Recently Promulgated Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 139 Should Constitute A Defense As A Matter Of Law," 37 University of Toledo Law Review 551, Winter 2006
  • Co-author, "Admissibility of Expert Testimony: Where the Rubber Meets the Road," International Association of Defense Counsel, Product Liability Newsletter, October 2006
  • Institute for Energy Law
    • Advisory Board Member
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • District 17 (San Antonio), Past Director
  • San Antonio Manufacturers Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Past President
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
    • Past Chairman of the Board
    • Board Member
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
    • CYO President
  • Leadership San Antonio
    • Class 39 Member
    • Class 43 Steering Committee