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Chance K. Decker

Partner
Assistant
Debra Garner
D: 713.730.5108
dgarner@grayreed.com
Education
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review, 2009
  • B.S., Geography: GIS Specialization, Texas A&M University, 2006
Bar Admission
  • Texas, 2009
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2015
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

An aggressive and results-driven litigator, Chance Decker focuses on resolving high-stakes disputes for businesses in the oil and gas, pipe and steel distribution, construction, and real estate industries. Chance also represents clients in a variety of employment litigation matters, including non-competition and trade secret disputes. Chance’s relentless approach to problem-solving has led to favorable verdicts and settlements in litigation before state and federal courts all over Texas.

Chance’s client list includes major players and growing businesses across the energy industry, including E&P companies, interstate pipeline companies, pipe and steel distributors, and oilfield services companies. He enjoys working on cases with challenging issues and helping his clients navigate the legal system in a bold and efficient manner.

Chance lives and breathes the oil and gas business. He is always looking for opportunities to give his clients an advantage, including review of every oil and gas opinion issued by the appellate courts of Texas each week. Chance is a regular contributor to various industry publications, including Energy & The Law, the firm’s blog focused on analyzing oil and gas issues and how they may impact clients from a legal and business standpoint. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and seminars on the most recent developments in Texas oil and gas jurisprudence.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of interstate pipeline company from lawsuit seeking twelve million dollars in engineering fees under an alter-ego and common law partnership claim.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in dispute over allegedly fraudulent purchase orders issued for over twelve million dollars of steel tubing.
  • Successfully defended a Houston energy brokerage firm at trial alleging discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by a former employee.
  • Successfully defended a commercial flatbed trailer manufacturer in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit by its Chinese supplier.
  • Successfully defended two Houston area automobile dealerships in multi-million dollar lawsuits by their former floorplan finance providers.
  • Played pivotal role in obtaining a jury verdict on behalf of Jani-King International, Inc. in a suit against a New York franchisee. 
  • Obtained summary judgment and case dismissal for home builder accused of race discrimination, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and breach of construction contract.
  • Successfully defended a commercial tenant in a multi-property eviction and tortious interference case.
  • Obtained a complete judgment on behalf of a major oilfield services manufacturing company for the nonpayment of several hundred thousand dollars of unpaid equipment.
  • Obtained a favorable judgment against former employees of a Houston energy brokerage firm who breached the non-competition and non-disclosure provisions of their employment agreements.

Thought Leadership

Articles & Alerts

Speeches

Blogs

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Calf Scramble Committee Member, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Texas Trophy Hunters Association
  • 12th Man Foundation
  • Houston A&M Club
  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church
  • Hermann Park Conservancy
  • Houston Bar Association Adopt-a-School Committee

Honors

  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2018)