Brian Gaudet’s practice encompasses all aspects of the project and construction cycle from contract document preparation and review to litigation and dispute resolution of related claims. Brian is typically engaged to provide effective contract document preparation, creation, and negotiation to structure relationships that will put our clients in a position to handle the inevitable challenges that arise throughout the course of a project. Throughout the course of the project, Brian’s focus shifts to problem solving, dispute minimization, and dispute avoidance.
Brian also has experience in negotiating and documenting other commercial relationships related to the industries he works with.
Brian has been involved in contract documentation for both public and private projects including domestic (Texas and other states) and international projects (South America and Asia) totaling more than several billion dollars in the areas of oil and gas, industrial, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, chemicals, commercial, education, retail, residential, multi-family residential, affordable housing, supply, distributorships, etc. Additionally, Brian is board certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a Director in the Houston, Texas office of a well-established law firm in its litigation, construction, and surety practice sections. Previously, he served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Richard H. Edelman and the Honorable Charles W. Seymore in the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston.
In addition to the practice of law, Brian currently is on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston where he teaches Construction Documentation in their Construction Management Program.
Brian has authored and co-authored several articles on a variety of current topics concerning the construction industry. He routinely lectures and speaks at seminars to industry, bar associations, university classes, and client groups concerning varying topics, including suretyship, lien laws, fraudulent liens and claims, contract provisions, dispute resolution, bankruptcy issues, electronic discovery, social media, legislative changes, and project delivery methods.
Brian is consistently recognized at the highest levels by his peers. He was recognized as a Texas “Rising Star” in 2014 and each of the four years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. He is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
Brian is a member of Mensa. In his spare time, Brian assists with coaching youth baseball and football teams that are routine championship and tournament winners.
*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent®, and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
South Texas College of Law, J.D. (2004) magna cum laude
University of Tennessee at Knoxville, B.A., Political Science and Government (1997)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. Tax Court
Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas - Honorable Richard H. Edelman
Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas - Honorable Charles W. Seymore
Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified in Construction Law (2016)
American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice and Construction Law Sections
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section
State of Texas, Licensed Insurance Adjuster – All Lines (License #1605430)
South Texas College of Law, Center for Legal Responsibility, Mediation Training
Qualified Impartial Third Party under Texas Law
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Arbitration Task Force, Former Member
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