Autry W. Ross

Of Counsel
713.632.8006 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Autry joined the firm in 1997. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, including litigation and appeals in state and federal courts, and arbitration proceedings, both in the U.S. and abroad. Autry has also performed special investigations on behalf of publicly-traded companies and governmental entities. He represents a diverse range of clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in the energy, technology, and financial services industries.

Autry is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas.

Prior to joining the firm, Autry served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Financial Institutions Fraud Division for the Southern District of Texas from 1992-1996 and practiced with Baker Botts LLP from 1986-1992.

Representative Experience
  • Joseph Hardesty, et al. Helped secure a unanimous $107 million federal jury trial win for two mining families in California. Plaintiffs alleged that the County of Sacramento violated their procedural and substantive due process rights by improperly shutting down a sand-gravel mine at the urging of a large competitor (Top 100 U.S. verdict of 2017).
  • In re Wells Fargo Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation Served as co-lead counsel in obtaining a $15 million settlement for a nationwide class of mortgage loan officers pursuing overtime compensation from Wells Fargo and Wachovia banks in multidistrict litigation proceeding. Our firm also won summary dismissal of the banks’ appeal of the Court’s order certifying the nationwide class, in a closely-watched proceeding before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Friese v. Superior Court Prosecuted claims against former directors and officers of California software company on behalf of litigation trustee. The case settled under confidential terms.
  • In re CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Quashed discovery sought from chief executive officer of third-party electrical utility.
  • In re Peregrine Litigation Trust Performed a special investigation on behalf of a California-based software maker of potential derivative claims against directors, officers, and employees during its Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings.
  • Milkes v. Marriott Represented plaintiff classes in nationwide limited partnership litigation; claims on behalf of all classes were successfully resolved in a $400 million settlement.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • Member: State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association
Presentations & Publications
Education & Professional Background
  • Columbia University, J.D., 1986 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • Rice University, B.A. History, 1983 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Assistant United States, Attorney Financial Institutions, Fraud Division, 1992-1996
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 1986