James S. Teater

Jim Teater's trial practice is focused on the energy, construction, and manufacturing industries and includes cross-border disputes, multidistrict litigation, international arbitration, and trials in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.

Examples of Jim's major cases include an FTC action to enjoin a merger of refining and marketing companies; litigation over oil and gas rights at Prudhoe Bay; arbitration of claims involving oil production in Nigeria; an injunction action to enforce a major chemical supply contract; shareholder actions challenging the valuation of worldwide oil reserves; an inventory dispute on a major oil pipeline; the environmental permitting of a major petrochemical complex in Texas; attorney general lawsuits against electric utilities concerning global warming; arbitration of claims concerning industrywide construction standards; a nationwide class action challenging the safety of air bags; environmental enforcement actions against automotive assembly plants; a contract suit over the design and construction of hydroelectric facilities; municipal and neighborhood suits alleging groundwater contamination in Hawaii; patent and trade secret rights to a major agricultural product; municipal public nuisance suits against the gun industry; and defense of thousands of cross-border toxic tort claims, including a four-month jury trial in Los Angeles.

Before law school, Jim worked as an engineer at a petrochemical complex in the Houston area.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) Business and Tort Litigation (USA), 3) Energy Dispute Resolution, 4) Global Disputes, 5) Environmental, 6) Health & Safety and 7) Construction
Law School University of Virginia School of Law
Admitted Year 1987
Education The Ohio State University (B.S.C.E., 1978)
Bar Member / Association Texas
Most recent firm Jones Day
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