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Barry N. Beck
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Barry is a shareholder in the Litigation Section. For more than 40 years, Barry has handled all phases of trial work, and has represented clients in federal and state courts. He is Board Certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He has been a Texas "Super Lawyer" since that form of recognition was initiated in 2003.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Defense of Manufacturers and Energy Companies

Barry has successfully represented companies and individuals throughout West Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast area. He has built a reputation for resolving cases which range from the routine to the novel, including (1) fatalities arising from the capsizing of a vessel adjacent to a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, (2) the leopard mauling of a safari member in Tanzania, (3) the death of an oil company employee in Russia, (4) a business dispute involving the refined products terminal in New Haven, Connecticut, (5) the blinding of a Houston chemical plant operator by acid release, (6) the structural failures of drilling rig masts, production tubing, oil well casing, high pressure lines and valves in Texas, and many more.

Personal Injury

Barry represents clients in a wide variety of personal injury litigation matters. Midland's unique position in the oil-rich Permian Basin and Houston's proximity to the Gulf Coast have enabled Barry to try serious personal injury and death cases arising from oil industry accidents, chemical plant accidents, and product failures. Since 1990, Barry has also defended a variety of fire and explosion cases involving compressor air starters, oil pipelines, propane pipelines, petroleum storage tanks, reactor catalyst vessels, gas compressors, water injection storage batteries, chlorine lines, electrical transformers, frac tanks, hydrocarbon tanker trucks, and refinery fractionator units.

General Civil Litigation

Although personal injury defense has been the primary focus of Barry's career, he also has a broad range of trials including matters relating to lender liability, securities fraud, oil and gas title and operating agreement disputes, contract disputes, and employment law claims.

EDUCATION

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1964 (U.S. Marine Corps officer, 1964-1968)
J.D., University of Texas Law School, 1971
While in law school Barry was the Head Teaching Quizmaster, a member of the Moot Court Board, Consul, and the recipient of the Baker & Botts Award for "Outstanding Third Year Student."

Areas of Practice

  • Defense of Manufacturers and Energy Companies

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1971

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1971
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board, Consul
    • Honors: Recipient, Baker & Botts Award for "Outstanding Third Year Student"
  • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
    • B.S. - 1964

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Texas Monthly "Super Lawyer"

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Naval Academy, 1960 to 1964
  • U.S. Marine Corps Officer, 1964 to 1968
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston, TX, Associate, 1971 to 1975

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi