Alasdair A. RobertsSpecial Counsel
Al Roberts is special counsel in the Houston office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2023 and practices in the casualty and mass tort, commercial litigation, and offshore energy and marine litigation groups. Al focuses his practice on energy industry litigation, personal injury defense, products liability defense, and corporate representation.
Al is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. His experience includes obtaining reversal by the Supreme Court of Texas of multiple trial court orders requiring production of irrelevant and privileged information. Al also has significant multi-district litigation experience and has successfully moved for the creation of MDL dockets for multiple clients.
Al is listed in Texas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2020-2023.
- Integral role in successful mandamus of a discovery order from trial court granting motion to compel production of documents concerning defendant’s attorney’s fees. The Supreme Court of Texas held that the billing records were irrelevant and that the order invaded work-product privilege. In re Nat’l Lloyds Ins. Co., 532 S.W.3d 794 (Tex. 2017).
- Integral role in successful mandamus of a discovery order from trial court granting motion to compel production of client’s internal management reports and associated emails in first party bad faith litigation. In re Nat’l Lloyds Ins. Co., 507 S.W.3d 219 (Tex. 2016).
- Integral role in successful mandamus of a discovery order from trial court compelling defendant to produce claim files from unrelated claims in first party bad faith litigation. In re Nat’l Lloyds Ins. Co., 449 S.W.3d 486 (Tex. 2014).
- Second chair trial counsel for commercial property insurer in multi-million-dollar bad faith litigation. The jury found no breach of contract, no bad faith, and that the carrier was prejudiced by the late reporting of the claim.
- Obtained post-appraisal summary judgment on a multi-million-dollar appraisal claim and had the judgment affirmed by the Amarillo Court of Appeals. Abdalla v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, 2018 WL 2220269 (Tex.App. – Amarillo May 14, 2018, no pet.).
- Second chair trial counsel for residential property insurance carrier sued for bad faith handling of a Hurricane Ike claim. Obtained JNOV following jury verdict awarding, which was affirmed on appeal. John Davis d/b/a J.D. House of Style v National Lloyds Insurance Company; 484 S.W.3d 459 (Tex.App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, pet. denied).
- Successfully handled defense of pipeline general contractor and pipeline owner in lien foreclosure suit by E&I subcontractor.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of inland marine insurer against insured’s vendor seeking third party beneficiary status under the insurance policy.
- Successfully handled defense of pipeline general contractor and pipeline owner in suit by property owner claiming seismic damage from pipeline construction.
- Obtained favorable settlement in suit against subcontractor for negligent work leading to control of well incident.
- Obtained favorable settlements in multiple oilfield personal injury cases.
- Obtained dismissal of premises liability lawsuit by Plaintiff following Plaintiff’s deposition.
- Obtained favorable settlement of loss of production claims and well damage claims following loss of tools downhole by service companies.
- Obtained favorable settlement for pipe treating company following failure of pipe downhole.
- Obtained favorable settlements for operating companies alleged to have caused loss of livestock from production activities.
Al earned his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law Houston in 2010. He earned his B.A. from University of Texas at Austin in 2005. While in law school, Al served as Associate Editor and Articles Editor of the Texas Journal of Business Law from 2008-2010. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi, was included on the Deans Honors List, and was a recipient of the Academic Merit Scholarship.
- Admitted, Texas, 2010
- Supreme Court of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- All Texas State Courts
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Houston Bar Association
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel
- Texas State Bar Association
- Defending Against First Party Claims and Attorney’s Fees, Texas Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Summer Program
- Corporate Law – Whether a Parent Company's Contacts with a Forum May Be Imputed to a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Based on the Theory of Alter Ego, 43 Texas Journal of Business Law 529 (2009)