BRIGID D. ASHCRAFT

SENIOR COUNSEL

Johnson DeLuca Kurisky & Gould, PC

1221 Lamar, Suite 1000
Houston, Texas 77010

Phone: (713) 652-2525
Fax: (713) 652-5130
E-mail: bashcraft@jdkglaw.com
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Focus Areas

Commercial Litigation
Common Carrier Litigation
Contract Review, Analysis, and Drafting

Brigid’s practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, with an emphasis in the Oil & Gas/Energy sector. Brigid’s practice also encompasses drafting and reviewing various commercial and real estate contracts. Brigid also acts as the hearing chairperson in Houston for Arbitrations and Ethics hearings for the Texas Association of Realtors (“TAR”).

Brigid values her relationships with the firm’s clients and is attentive to their needs, and takes the client’s interests to heart. She provides quality legal services in the most efficient manner possible.

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, J.D. 1987
Law Review: South Texas Law Review – Articles Editor and Member
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1984, cum laude

Honors

Order of the Lytae

Professional Associations and Memberships

Texas State Bar – Member
Institute for Energy Law – Member

FEATURED CASES

Recent Trials

* Jarvis J. Grayson v. Wood Group Production Service, Inc., et al (2019) – 1-week bench trial in federal court in Lafayette, LA; personal injury claims related to alleged offshore injury involving a basket transfer; client found to have no liability

* Milorad Raicevic v. Wood Group PSN, Inc., et al (2018) – 3-week jury trial in federal court in Galveston; alleged personal injuries against multiple defendants relating to work on a large compressor unit; client found to have no liability

* McGill Parfait v. Apache Corporation, et al (2017) – approximate 2-week jury trial in federal court in Galveston; alleged injury to offshore worker who claimed large item struck him during maintenance work; client found to have only 18% liability

* David Swarthout v. Wood Group USA, Inc. and Arena Energy, L.P. (2017) – 2-week jury trial in federal court in Houston; alleged slip and fall on grating on offshore platform; client found to have no liability

* Republic Petroleum LLC and Republic Petroleum Partners, LP v. Dynamic Offshore Resources NS LLC, et al (2016) – approximate 2-week jury trial in state court in Houston for claims of breach of contract and seeking $17MM; jury awarded $741,000 between defendants; trial court reduced judgment to proportionate amount of ownership of plaintiff

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS:

* Jose Ibarra v. ONEOK, Inc. dba Texas Gas Services, et al; jury trial in state court in Brownsville, Texas; defended client in suit for personal injury claims, including claim of closed head injury; plaintiffs sought $8.0MM at trial and jury awarded plaintiffs amount requested by defense ($128,000)

* Texas Standard Oil Corp. v. Forest Oil Corp.; jury trial in federal court in Houston; obtained summary judgment on behalf of offshore operator of oil and gas property in GOM in suit brought by non-operator working interest owner claiming breach of contract and seeking declaratory relief and damages; following realignment of parties, obtained jury verdict for past due joint interest billings owed and non-operator working interest owner sought protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code; following favorable claims estimation hearing in Bankruptcy Court, debtor forced to convert case to Chapter 7 and was liquidated

* Mariner Energy, Inc., et al v. Devon Energy Production Co. – obtained summary judgment in favor of Mariner Energy/Apache regarding responsibility for over $220MM in decommissioning/plug and abandonment costs for an offshore platform destroyed during Hurricane Ike. The court also found that defendant was required to repay Mariner Energy/Apache approximately $5.0MM in payments