Gabe T. Vick
Partner

Resolving disputes always comes down to knowing the law and navigating the tough issues that prevent clients from reaching the right outcome on their own. I focus on putting clients at ease through every phase of a dispute and exploring all available options, regardless of the dollars at stake. I’m prepared to argue a case to a jury when necessary, but I also try to uncover a pragmatic solution that keeps clients out of the courtroom and enables them to return to their everyday business with as little stress and cost as possible.

Energy and commercial construction clients call on Gabe Vick to resolve complex disputes in every major-market and small-town courthouse across Texas, either when a single project is in jeopardy or a client’s entire business is on the line. With diverse clients ranging from E&P companies and oilfield service providers to product manufacturers and homebuilders, Gabe knows how to find the right solution for disputes involving a broad range of issues, including breach of contract, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defects, liens, premises liability and indemnity.

A formidable opponent in the courtroom, Gabe has tried numerous commercial and personal injury cases to favorable jury verdicts, particularly in Harris County. This depth of trial experience has helped Gabe build credibility with the courts and earn a reputation among peers as always being ready to take a case to trial after every alternative has been explored, or when opponents play unnecessary games that prevent a more cost-effective outcome.

Gabe knows that helping clients resolve disputes isn’t just about securing a favorable settlement or verdict – it’s also about making clients comfortable despite the chaos of litigation. Whether it involves being up front about clients’ likelihood of success, proactively keeping them updated on costs, or responding to their questions and concerns quickly, Gabe always goes above and beyond to ensure that the important client service aspects of his representation are felt through every step of the process.

Representative Experience
  • Prosecuted and defended individual and shareholder derivative claims in a complex, multi-party dispute between owners of a small business for fraud, breach of contract, non-compete violations, and breaches of fiduciary duty, resulting in a favorable buyout price and injunctive relief.
  • Successfully defended gas pipeline company against claims for tortious interference with customer relationships and breach of contract.
  • Obtained full summary judgment within 30 days of lawsuit dismissing claims against residential home builder.
  • Achieved a substantial settlement on behalf of a frac pump manufacturer for breach of contract and breach of warranty involving improperly manufactured component parts.
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of contract claims involving easement and purchase agreements in connection with the sale of a commercial development.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of manufacturer against competitor in a case involving business disparagement, tortious interference, trade secret, copyright, and non-compete agreements.
  • Defended and obtained favorable settlement for oilfield services company in claims for breach of contract and quantum meruit.
  • Secured $1.7 million judgment in favor of Houston-based energy company in a breach of contract case.
  • Represented shareholder in arbitration for successful buyout of business partners in an oilfield services company.
  • Obtained recovery for a partner in professional practice on claims for breach of fiduciary duty and defamation.
  • Represented investors and secured judgment against multiple foreign and domestic defendants on claims for federal securities fraud and theft.
  • Successfully prosecuted claim on behalf of distribution company in a case involving fraud and breach of contract claims arising from previous business acquisitions.
  • Defended and advised product manufacturing company regarding employment, franchise, and tort liability issues.
Thought Leadership / News
March 1, 2016 
 Press Releases
February 18, 2014 and August 27, 2014 
 Speeches and Presentations
Gray Reed Client CLE Presentation
October 8, 2013 
 In the News
The Advocate
2012 
 Speeches and Presentations
Loser Pays?
State Bar of Texas CLE
Honors
  • Named a Rising Star (2012 - 2018) and recognized in the Up-And-Coming 100 list (2017 - 2018) by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines 
  • Named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2016 - 2018)
  • Order of the Barristers, South Texas College of Law (2007)
  • Order of the Lytae, South Texas College of Law (2007)
Organizational Involvement

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section Chair-Elect
  • Texas Pattern Jury Charge – Business, Committee Member
  • Director, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association
  • Coach/Instructor of appellate advocacy for South Texas College of Law
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Leadership Academy 2008

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • President, Woodland Heights Civic Association (2014-2015)
  • Young Professionals Advisory Committee for the Greater Houston Easter Seals
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, South Texas College of Law Houston (2007)
    • ATLA Mock Trial Champion, 2006
    • Assistant Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review
    • Director, South Texas Board of Advocates
     
  • B.A., Texas A&M University (2003)
Bar Admission
  • Texas (2008)
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
Language
  • Spanish - Proficient
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Spending time with my wife chasing around our two young boys
  • Sailing in and around Galveston Bay
  • Saltwater fishing along the Texas coast
  • Striving to become a better golfer
  • Drinking good wine, usually a red varietal