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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Thomas E. Kurth

Thomas E. Kurth

Senior Counsel

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Tom Kurth has 44 years of experience as a trial lawyer. His trial practice has spanned such diverse areas as commercial and transactional litigation, debtor/creditor disputes, disputes in the oil and gas industry, land use disputes, labor-management disputes, products liability litigation, aviation litigation and medical malpractice defense. During his career, Tom has acted as lead counsel in more than 30 trials leading to a verdict, as well as scores of non-jury trials and arbitrations. His trial practice has taken him to numerous federal, state and bankruptcy court venues in Texas and throughout the United States, as well as proceedings in foreign countries.

Tom was a lead member of the trial team that represented ATA in a five-day breach of contract trial in which a federal court jury returned a unanimous $65.9 million breach of contract verdict against Federal Express Corporation. The National Law Journal ranked the verdict number 27 in its Top 100 Verdicts in 2010. Since then, Tom has tried several cases to a successful verdict.

Tom has been a frequent lecturer and panelist for the American Bar Association Litigation Section, the State Bar of Texas and numerous other trade and professional organizations. He has also served for several years as an adjunct professor at the Southern Methodist University School of Law and as an editor for The Advocate, a quarterly publication of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. In the recent past, Tom has spoken and written on a wide variety of topics including oil and gas disputes, lender liability claims, trial practice areas, and commercial transactions.


J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1973 Southwestern Law Journal
B.A., Creighton University, 1970
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Represented ATA Airlines in a breach of contract case where jury awarded $65.9 million.

Represented owner of a large property in the panhandle of Texas against a pipeline company for property damages. Obtained a jury verdict for the property owner.

Represented a lender in a dispute with the owner of a gas storage facility. The lender obtained a nine-figure large judgment.

Representation of lending institutions and lending syndicates in disputes including debt collection, debt restructurings, prosecutions to avoid fraudulent transfers, claims of equitable subordination and the defense of lender-liability claims.

Representation of a lending institution in various forums in the United States and the maritime courts of Great Britain and the Channel Islands in prosecutions to avoid fraudulent transfers.

Representation of operators and non-operators in disputes over the operation and valuation of oil and gas properties, lease termination disputes, and conversion of leasehold interests.

Representation of a wide variety of clients involving lease termination disputes, conversion of leasehold interests, disputes over exploration and AMI agreements, TTT suits, lien rights in oil and gas properties and equipment, underground gas storage facilities, and disputes over geophysical rights.

Representation of a general partner and its affiliates in defense of claims in excess of $1 billion for breach of fiduciary duties and usurpation of partnership opportunities.

Representation of a software company in protection of its intellectual property and in defense of anti-trust claims.

Representation of a fixed-base operator in defense of aviation wrongful death claims.

Representation of health-care providers in defense of medical malpractice claims.

Representation of a telecommunications company in a dispute over contract rights.

Representation of a regional airline carrier against a major airline carrier over contract rights.

Representation of a public utility in defense of class action claims by subordinated debenture holders.

Representation of financial institutions in major litigation involving natural gas contracts.

Representation of franchisor in litigation involving breach of contract claims.

Representation of various types of commercial clients in suits involving claims for fraudulent transfers, fraud, tortious interference, breach of contract, aiding and abetting fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Representation of a major art dealer regarding the sale of a prominent piece of post-war abstract contemporary art.

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