Bryce L. Callahan
Bryce’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has experience in a wide variety of business and contract disputes, including those involving antitrust, securities, energy infrastructure and construction, technology, and trade secret misappropriation.
Bryce graduated from Harvard Law School and was a finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition. He also was an intern with the U.S. Department of Justice, Anti-terrorism Division and the Anti-terrorism Section of U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to attending law school, Bryce served as a Captain in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence branch. Among his assignments were counter-narcotics missions along the U.S.-Mexico border and counter-terrorist operations in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Bryce was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving with the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- iPic v. Regal and AMC. Won a landmark injunction against the nation's largest movie theater chain for predatory clearance conduct under the Texas antitrust act; affirmed on appeal.
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Represented the FDIC as receiver for a failed Texas bank in its suit against Morgan Stanley alleging violation of state and federal securities laws by making false and misleading statements in offering documents for four residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by the bank for $102 million. Following court rulings that were favorable to the FDIC on various trial issues, including liability evidence and damage models, the case settled right before trial was set to begin for $24 million, among the highest pro rata recoveries in the government suits over the residential mortgage-backed securities scandal (#1 Texas disclosed settlement of 2015).
- MM Steel, LP v. Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., et al. Represented a start-up steel distributor in a federal antitrust suit against the nation’s largest steel distributors and manufacturers arising from the defendants’ efforts to prevent the entry of a new competitor in the Gulf Coast region. In one of the few per se antitrust cases to proceed to trial in decades, the firm secured a victory in a five-week jury trial on all claims and a verdict of $54 million, which was trebled to $156 million.
- Swift vs Regency. Three weeks before jury selection, a Texas state court granted summary judgment for our client, Energy Transfer Partners, one of the nation’s largest pipeline companies. The order dismissed $145 million in claims brought by Swift Energy (now Silverbow Resources), which had pursued claims for alleged interference with its oil and gas production plans in the Eagle Ford Shale due to underground liquefied hydrogen sulfide from a nearby Energy Transfer injection well.
- Confidential Client. Represented an LNG processer in a royalty dispute with a former investor and partner that demanded a royalty on LNG produced through liquefaction, plus volumes produced by regasifying LNG. The potential liability exceeded mid-nine figures. The trial court granted our summary judgment motion, cutting our client’s potential liability, and paving the way for a successful settlement.
- Sisoian v. International Business Machines. Successfully defended IBM in a case involving allegations that it misappropriated computer architecture trade secrets and used it to develop software for the telecommunications industry. The case involved international discovery, complex issues relating to employment, source code copying, and nine-figure damage claims. The case settled very favorably just before trial, after summary judgment ruling for IBM.
- Successfully defended a hospital against a well-credentialed anesthesiologist and Medical Director of a preoperative clinic who sued for retaliatory discharge for alleged reporting of instances of patient safety violations and had sought damages of $7 million in back and front pay, plus unspecified mental anguish damages and exemplary damages. After a two-week trial, the jury found no retaliation, confirming the hospital’s position that the plaintiff was terminated for longstanding performance reasons involving the clinic’s lack of improved operations, rather than for reporting alleged safety violations, the occurrence of which the hospital vigorously denied.
- Tried a multi-million dollar fraud and computer theft dispute for a natural gas pipeline company against a pipeline maintenance company, resulting in a take-nothing judgment against the maintenance company and full recovery on counterclaims and claims for attorneys’ fees.
- City of San Antonio v. NRG Energy, Inc., et al. Successfully represented NRG in a multi-billion dollar trial over ownership of the South Texas Nuclear Project in Matagorda County.
- Represented a major hospital system in arbitrating disputes arising from the termination of its long-term affiliation with a premier medical school, including successfully recovering millions of dollars in disputed funds held by the parties.
- PEMEX Exploration vs. Murphy Energy Corp. et al. Secured dismissal of a suit brought by Pemex against a number of petrochemical companies, including ConocoPhillips. The case involved claims that Mexican drug cartels were stealing condensate from Pemex and then selling it through various intermediaries. Pemex alleged that some of the condensate reached major U.S. petrochemical companies. Dismissal was affirmed by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Neon v. IBM. Assisted in the defense of IBM in a multi-billion dollar antitrust suit brought by Neon. Days before trial was to commence, Neon agreed to a permanent injunction by which it would no longer sell the mainframe software at issue in the litigation. No money exchanged hands between the parties.
- W.L. Gore & Assocs. v. BHA Group. Defended client in a two-week trial in Delaware Chancery Court in $59 million claim for trade secret misappropriation over high-density polyethylene industrial filters and processes. Case settled favorably before the verdict.
- Assisted prosecuting a $40 million arbitration between a compressor monitoring company and an international compression company, involving allegations of breach of contract and fraud related to the performance of electronic monitoring systems, achieving a nearly full-value pre-hearing settlement.
- First-chaired the prosecution of breach-of-contract and fraud claims by a provider of international logistical services in Qatar against its main competitor and its competitor’s principal, resulting in a full-value settlement.
- Prosecuted a $6 million construction lawsuit for a national natural gas pipeline company against its subcontractor for failure to perform, achieving victory on summary judgment.
- Successfully defended a major international charity in a trademark infringement case brought by a local affiliate challenging ownership of the organization’s marks, valued in the billions of dollars. Shortly after aggressively answering the local affiliate’s claims, the case was resolved with an admission that the international charity owned the trademarks.
- "Texas Rising Star," by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013-2016
- "Houston Top Lawyer" in Business & Commercial Litigation, H Texas Magazine, 2015
- Member: State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, and Houston Young Lawyers Association
- Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
- Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court
- “The Texas Citizens Participation Act: What Every Lawyer Must Know,” South Texas Association of Corporate Counsel, Oil & Gas Chapter, September 2018 (co-presenter)
- "Which Deposition Costs Are Recoverable In Texas?" Law360, June 22, 2018 (co-author)
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2006
- Captain Military Intelligence, US Army (1998-2003)
- United States Military Academy, West Point, NY B.S., 1998 (Distinguished Cadet)
- Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2006