William R.Taylor (Will)

Partner

Houston + 1.832.239.3860

Will Taylor is a trial lawyer focused on complex commercial litigation, with a particular concentration on representing clients in the energy industry. He has substantial experience handling a wide variety of commercial disputes, including business torts, construction issues, trade secrets, patent infringement, contracts, environmental issues, and post-closing litigation.

Will was recently seconded to a major refining and petrochemical company, where he managed a wide variety of litigation matters for the company. He has experience in all sectors of the oil and gas industry, including upstream (onshore and offshore), midstream, downstream (refining and petrochemicals), and oil and gas trading operations.

Will also has trial experience in a number of other industries, including the health care and credit reporting industries. He has served as lead attorney in cases brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Will is actively involved in pro bono matters, including volunteering as a prosecutor for the City of Houston, where he successfully tried more than a dozen cases to juries. He is an editor of the American Bar Association's Environmental & Energy Litigation Journal. He is also an Eagle Scout and is involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

Experience

  • alliantgroup LP obtains dismissal of Universities' RICO claimsOn behalf of alliantgroup LP, Jones Day obtained the dismissal of all claims brought in the second amended complaint in The University of Texas System, et. al. v. alliantgroup LP, et. al., No. 4:17-cv-02588 (S.D. Texas).
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Midstream terminal operator creates NGL terminal services agreement for anchor customersJones Day represented a midstream terminal operator in creating a form of NGL terminal services agreement for anchor customers.
  • Pathways to Law Program, a supplemental learning program for Houston students, kicks off the 2018-2019 school year at Pilgrim Academy and Oak Forest ElementaryJones Day Houston lawyers are partnering with lawyers from Chevron in the Pathways to Law Program, a supplemental learning program for students in Houston.
  • One Equity Partners acquires Gibson Energy Inc.'s U.S. environmental services businessesJones Day represented One Equity Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Gibson Energy, Inc.'s U.S. energy services businesses, including U.S. environmental services and its U.S. seismic assets.
  • Midstream company in Bakken Shale negotiates commercial agreements for development of NGL hubJones Day represented a midstream company in the Bakken Shale in negotiating commercial agreements for the development of an NGL hub, including the transportation, fractionation, loading, and sale of Y-Grade and NGL purity products.
  • Amedisys settles putative securities class action alleging violation of Section 10(b)Jones Day represented Amedisys, Inc. and certain former officers in connection with a putative class action alleging, among other things, violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Hawkwood Energy acquires East Texas assets from Halcon Resources for $500 millionJones Day advised Hawkwood Energy, LLC in connection with the $500 million acquisition and related financing of producing and non-producing oil and gas assets from Halcon Resources Corporation.
  • Holloman recovers damages for breach of contract by midstream oil and gas companyJones Day client Holloman Operating, LLC filed a lawsuit against a midstream oil and gas company for breach of contract.
  • Newpark seeks damages in arbitration against oil and gas company related to destroyed propertyJones Day filed an arbitration proceeding against an international oil and gas company seeking damages for the destruction of Newpark Mats and Integrated Service LLC's property.
  • TesTeachers sold to ExamFXJones Day advised TesTeachers, LLC in its sale to ExamFX, a division of Ascend Learning, LLC, a provider of online educational services to test, assess, and certify individuals for various professional services, such as insurance, nursing, financial advising, and others.
  • FloWorks International sells its plate and sheet business to CL Alloys - Dallas, LLCJones Day advised FloWorks International LLC on the sale of its plate and sheet operations in Garland, Texas to CL Alloys - Dallas, LLC, a provider of stainless and aluminum coil and sheet products.
  • BNSF obtains summary judgment in Federal Railroad Safety Act whistleblower lawsuitJones Day client BNSF Railway Company obtained a complete dismissal of a former employee's whistleblower lawsuit brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act ("FRSA") in federal court.
  • Air Medical Group Holdings obtains TRO in trade secret and non-solicitation matterJones Day successfully obtained a temporary restraining order for its client, Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. and affiliated companies ("AMGH"), in two related lawsuits against three former employees and AMGH's competitor, Medical Air Services Association d/b/a MASA Assist ("MASA").
  • Targa Resources Partners forms two joint ventures with subsidiary of Sanchez Energy CorporationJones Day advised Targa Resources Partners LP ("TRP") on the formation of two joint ventures with a subsidiary of Sanchez Energy Corporation ("SN") to construct a new 200 MMcf/d cryogenic natural gas processing plant in La Salle County, Texas and approximately 45 miles of associated high pressure gathering pipelines that will connect SN's Catarina Ranch acreage in the Eagle Ford shale play to the processing plant, costing approximately $240 million.
  • Newpark seeks temporary restraining order against oil and gas company to prevent destruction of property and spoliation of evidenceJones Day filed a petition and application for temporary restraining order in Harris County District Court against an international oil and gas company to prevent the destruction of Newpark Mats and Integrated Service LLC's property.
  • Experian obtains complete defense verdict in federal jury trial involving Fair Credit Reporting Act claimsJones Day secured a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in a case involving claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Atlas Resource Partners acquires oil and gas interests in Rangely field in northwest Colorado for $420 millionJones Day advised Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. in the acquisition of oil and gas interests in the Rangely field in northwest Colorado for $420 million.
  • Hawkwood Energy acquires interests in upstream oil and gas properties in East TexasJones Day represented Hawkwood Energy LLC in the acquisition of interests in upstream oil and gas properties in East Texas, producing a combined 100 million cubic feet of natural gas and 1,200 barrels of oil per day.
  • Investment bank successfully defends energy litigation arising out of $1 billion auction of Bakken interestsJones Day defended an investment bank in Colorado state court against claims arising out of the $1.05 billion sale of an exploration company's oil and gas interests in the Williston Basin.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • August 21, 2017
      Hot Topics in Energy Class Action Lawsuits: American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee Sound Advice Presentation
    • February 19, 2015
      Lurking Fiduciary Duties in Oil & Gas Deals: 10th Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium
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