Laurens Wilkes' practice focuses on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts with an emphasis on infrastructure, fiduciary duty, and products liability disputes. He represents clients in the transportation, energy, construction, and financial industries in litigation, counseling, and regulatory matters. His infrastructure experience includes representing both contractors and owners/sponsors as well as lenders. He routinely handles breach of contract, products liability, fraud and fiduciary duty, trade secret, restructuring, and tort matters as well as internal and governmental investigations. Laurens has led numerous trial and arbitration matters involving multibillion dollar disputes from preliminary restraining orders and injunctions to jury trials and final hearings.
Laurens' experience includes work for Babcock Power, Bechtel Corporation, CECO Environmental, Cintra Infrastructures (Ferrovial Group), Community Trust Bank (n.k.a. Origins Bank), Franklin Templeton, Jacobs Engineering Group, Kiewit, Newpark Resources, Occidental Chemical Corporation, SAP, Total, and VINCI. He also implements and manages e-discovery policies and practices for clients around the globe related to major multiparty and multiforum litigation.
Laurens is an active member of the Construction Law Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Texas as well as a member of the Eastern District of Texas and Fifth Circuit Bar Associations. He is involved with the Houston Bar Association, having served as a co-chair of the Special Olympics Committee, and a member of the Professionalism Committee and the United Way, including serving on the United Way Young Leaders Council. Laurens also serves as the administrative partner for the Houston Office.
"Noted trial and arbitration lawyer in the construction sector."The Legal 500
- The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. with honors 2005); Tufts University (B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude 2002)
- Texas, Georgia, all U.S. District Courts in Texas, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits
Named a "Key Lawyer" for trial and arbitration work in the construction sector by The Legal 500 US (2021-2022)
Selected as a "Rising Star" for 2018 by Law360
Named to "Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Stars" for 2017 by Texas Super Lawyers
Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Texas Super Lawyers (2014-2020)
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Ron Clark, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2005-2007)