Robert D. Ayers

Associate
robert.ayers@kattenlaw.com
Houston Office
p+1.713.270.3445
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Overview

Robert Ayers advises clients on environmental, health and safety (EHS) matters, focusing on major accident response and internal investigations relating to spills, toxic releases and other workplace incidents. Robert is also experienced in environmental and commercial litigation. He has represented clients, particularly in the energy industry, in federal and state courts across the United States in disputes relating to oil and gas development, groundwater contamination, personal injury, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

While in law school, Robert was a member of the Houston Law Review.

Shown below is a selection of Robert’s engagements.

Experience
  • Representation of an oil and gas company in federal court where plaintiffs claimed that the defendant's oil and gas operations contaminated their groundwater and otherwise reduced their property value.
  • Representation of an oil and gas company in state court where plaintiffs claimed that the release of hydrocarbons and other chemicals from the blowout of a nearby well damaged their property.
  • Representation of a refining and petrochemical company in state court where the State of Vermont claimed MTBE products contaminated the state's waters.
  • Representation of an oil and gas company in federal court where plaintiffs claimed that the defendant's oil and gas operations contaminated their groundwater and exposed them to chemicals resulting in personal injury.
  • Representation of an energy company in connection with an explosion at a refining facility that resulted in federal and state regulatory agency investigations.
  • Representation of a Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in connection with investigations and enforcement actions by various government agencies—including the CSB, OSHA and EPA—into a four-fatality accident resulting from the release of toxic chemicals.
  • Representation of multinational automotive manufacturer in enterprise-wide compliance assurance and safety review.

Education

  • JD, University of Houston Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BBA, Baylor University, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas

Memberships

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
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