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Jonathan M. Hyman

Partner
D: 713.986.7180 C: 713.202.4729
T: 713.986.7000 F: 713.730.5882

Assistant
Debra Garner
D: 713.730.5108
dgarner@grayreed.com
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University Law School, 2001
  • B.A., cum laude, Tulane University, 1998
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2014
Industry

Jonathan Hyman has over 15 years of experience obtaining favorable verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for a wide variety of complex business litigation matters. He has worked to deliver exceptional service and results to businesses in the energy, franchising, manufacturing, and financial services industries. 

Jonathan has been named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine ten times (2007-2016), an award given to no more than five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas.

Jonathan graduated cum laude from Tulane University Law School and also received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Tulane. 

Representative Experience

Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully represented a subsidiary of Crestwood Equity Partners in a lawsuit to challenge the taxable value of a natural gas storage facility and underground caverns in Matagorda County, Texas. Following a two week trial, the court reduced the facility’s taxable value by more than $250,000,000 for the two tax years at issue.
  • Obtained a $350,000 jury verdict on behalf of Jani-King International, Inc. in a suit against one of its New York franchisees. The jury found the franchisee breached both the royalty payment and non-compete provisions of the parties' franchise agreement, and denied the franchisee's counterclaims. The jury’s verdict was affirmed by the Fifth District Court of Appeals. Sullivan v. Jani-King of New York, Inc., No. 05-11-01546-CV, 2013 WL 3553396 (Tex. App.—Dallas July 11, 2013, no pet. h.) (mem. op.).
  • Obtained a $4 million judgment on behalf of Jani-King International, Inc. in a breach of contract and fraud suit against its Singapore master franchisee.
  • Obtained a take nothing arbitration award on behalf of a nutritional supplement company in an ICDR arbitration proceeding against its former South Africa distributor. The distributor sought in excess of $1 million of damages for alleged wrongful termination of the distributorship agreement.
  • Won a $1.9 million verdict on behalf of a manufacturer in a suit against its former distributor and subsequently pursued fraud, fraudulent transfer and alter ego claims against the distributor's principals. The case settled less than a month before trial on terms very favorable to the manufacturer after defendants' multiple summary judgment motions were denied.
  • Obtained a $2.5 million settlement on behalf of a manufacturer in a lawsuit against Computer Associates. The manufacturer asserted claims against Computer Associates - its software provider - for breach of warranty and fraud resulting from defective software provided by Computer Associates. The software license agreement contained a limitation of liability provision purporting to limit the manufacturer's damages to approximately $350,000.
  • Obtained a $2.6 million settlement on behalf of a Singaporean bio-fuel producer in a breach of contract suit against the counter party to a bio-fuel purchase and sale agreement.

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • Represented Crestwood Equity Partners, a midstream service provider, in the Quicksilver Resources bankruptcy proceeding; Coordinated Crestwood’s opposition to Quicksilver’s motion to reject gas gathering and processing agreements with focus on state law oil and gas issues.

Employment Litigation

  • Won a bench trial on behalf of Schlumberger Technology Corp. in a suit against a former drilling fluids specialist for breach of the non-competition and training reimbursement provisions of his employment agreement. The court issued a permanent injunction enforcing the restrictive covenant and awarded Schlumberger damages and attorneys’ fees for the employee’s breach of his training reimbursement obligation.
  • Successfully defended an energy brokerage firm in a week long arbitration against a terminated executive. The executive sought more than $2 million in damages. The arbitrator ruled the executive was terminated "for cause," the agreement was not breached and awarded the executive less than $200,000 in damages.
  • Successfully prosecuted a petition for writ of mandamus on behalf of OTC Global Holdings (OTCGH) in a proceeding against Amerex Brokers (Amerex). Amerex filed a motion for contempt against OTCGH alleging the hiring of four former Amerex brokers violated a 1998 injunction precluding the solicitation and recruitment of certain OTCGH and Amerex employees. Following an evidentiary hearing, the trial court found OTCGH in civil contempt for purportedly violating the 1998 injunction. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals, however, granted OTCGH's petition for mandamus relief and ordered the trial court to vacate the contempt order. In re CHOICE! ENERGY, L.P. 325 S.W.3d 805, 811 (Tex. App.--Houston [14 Dist.] 2010, orig. proceeding).
  • Secured a dismissal without payment of consideration on behalf of a Singaporean plastics manufacturer in a suit against its U.S. sales representative. The sales representative had sought $6,000,000 in actual damages.
  • Successfully defended employees of a British staffing firm against non-competition and misappropriation of trade secret claims brought by the employees' former employer.
  • Secured a dismissal without payment of consideration on behalf of commercial energy brokers in a breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit brought by the brokers' former employer. The claimants had sought in excess of $500,000 in actual damages.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of a commodity brokerage firm in a suit against its former employee for breach of a non-competition agreement. The case settled prior to the temporary injunction hearing after the former employee and his new employer agreed to the restrictive covenants and reimbursed the energy brokerage firm for its legal fees.

International

  • Represented U.S. based clients in a wide range of international arbitrations and assisted with court proceedings involving breach of contract, the recovery of losses from fraud and other employee misconduct in foreign countries including Brazil, Turkey and Singapore.
  • Represented the Thai 7-11 Master Franchise Owner in an ICC arbitration proceeding against 7-11.

Wrongful Death

  • Successfully defended a multi-national corporation by the heirs of a woman who died at a vacation home operated in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. The claimants had sought over $30 million in actual damages, plus exemplary damages.

Thought Leadership

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association (Litigation Section)

Honors

  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines (2007 - 2016)
  • Named a "Professional on the Fast Track" by H Texas Magazine (2010 - 2011, 2013)
  • Named Top Lawyer by H Texas Magazine (2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2015)