Co-head of Jones Day's Construction Practice, Roy Powell has for more than 35 years been helping clients successfully prosecute their most important and complex cases. His experience in commercial litigation, construction, major infrastructure, and energy disputes has received recognition in the United States and globally.
Roy has represented clients as lead trial counsel in litigation including jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts, arbitrations, construction, energy, and complex commercial disputes in the U.S. and internationally. He has litigated many types of complex commercial disputes including those related to energy and petrochemical projects, infrastructure projects, oil and gas exploration and development, shale, and commercial real estate projects.
Recent representations include defending Texas Keystone, a U.S.-based oil and gas exploration and production company, against $1.6 billion in claims seeking interests in petroleum fields in Iraqi Kurdistan. The 57-day trial in London's Commercial Court resulted in complete victory and the award of fees and costs to our client. The team was recognized with numerous awards, and the victory was cited by Law360 in ranking Jones Day among the top 20 law firms that handled the most significant international/cross-border matters in 2014. In addition, Roy defended United States Steel in substantial construction claims obtaining a directed verdict on almost all of plaintiff's claims and prevailing on counterclaims that resulted in a $10 million award to our client after a three-week federal jury trial.
Roy is a frequent author and speaker on construction, energy, and infrastructure issues.
Prevailing Wages and More: Developer and Contractor Obligations in CHIPS Act-Funded Construction Projects
The Shale Energy Revolution: A Lawyer's Guide, coauthor, edited by Barclay Nicholson & Sarah Casey, American Bar Association
What Litigation Funders Need to Know in the Wake of the Costs Judgment in Excalibur Ventures vs. Texas Keystone Inc. and Ors
- October 15, 2015
2015 Regional Energy Conference: Navigating Turbulences in Global Oil & Gas Markets
- September 5, 2014
Oil and Gas Litigation Review: Robinson Township Update, the Pennsylvania "Title Wash," and the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act, 5th Law of Shale Plays Conference
- July 25, 2014
Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, International Implications of the Marcellus and Utica Shale
- May 20, 2014
2014 Speaker Series: Energy and Construction Law Update
- December 19, 2013
2013 Speaker Series: Year-End Energy Litigation Update
- February 14, 2013
Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, Harnessing Regional Opportunity in the new Energy Economy
- January 31, 2012 and
February 1, 2012
Construction Law Update
- July 21, 2011
2011 Speaker Series
Transactions in the Marcellus Shale: The Next Moves on the Game Board
- University of Pittsburgh (J.D. 1982; Associate Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce); Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 1979)
- Texas; Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Tax Court; and U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
Legal 500 — construction (since 2014)
"Who's Who in Energy," Pittsburgh Business Times (2015-2017)
Member of: "International Firm of the Year" and "Litigation Team of the Year," The Lawyer Awards and "Dispute Resolution Team of the Year," Legal Business Awards (2014, London, England)
Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America — commercial litigation and litigation-construction (2008-2018)
International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers (2010-2018)
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004-2018)