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Patrick W. Mizell

Patrick W. Mizell Partner, Commercial & Business Litigation

Pat is an accomplished trial lawyer, concentrating in jury trials of commercial cases. He has extensive first chair jury trial experience as confirmed by his membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Society of Barristers (ISOB). Pat has obtained multiple favorable jury verdicts for both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation matters involving multi-million dollar transactions. 

Experience Highlights

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Represented an energy services company as plaintiff in a one week bench trial; successfully rescinded a warrant agreement based on mutual and unilateral mistake; the warrants at issue were valued at approximately $40 million
  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cnty.) — Obtained dismissal of $400 million alleged fraud claims brought by spouse of executive against international energy trading company, based on personal jurisdiction and mandatory forum selection
  • (S.D. Tex. − Houston) — Obtained dismissal of $8 million dollar alleged fraud claims against Canadian company and family based on personal jurisdiction
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained a $17 million dollar verdict in district court in Harris County, Texas, for a commercial landlord in a six-week jury trial of a breach of lease case; the verdict included a full award of attorneys’ fees 
  • (N.Y. Sup. − Commercial Div.) — Obtained a complete defense verdict against a $90 million claim brought by a joint venture partner against a hedge fund for breach of contract; the jury trial lasted four weeks, and after the win, the trial court awarded full attorneys’ fees to V&E’s client
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained a complete defense summary judgment against defamation claims brought by a physician against a nonprofit children’s hospital; the trial court awarded sanctions to V&E’s nonprofit client of approximately $725,000, one of the largest sanctions awards in Texas jurisprudence
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained a bench trial finding and judgment upholding an earnest money contract and requiring specific performance in a commercial real estate transaction regarding a multimillion dollar property on Washington Avenue in Houston, Texas; the bench trial was in district court in Harris County, Texas
  • (W.D. Tex. – Midland) — Obtained a complete defense jury verdict on liability and damages in federal court in Midland, Texas, for a major pharmaceutical company in its first federal trial involving alleged heart valve damage from the use of diet drugs; the victory represented the first and only liability win in Texas for the manufacturer, who was beset by thousands of claims across the country
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained a $19 million verdict and judgment for the primary investor in a construction equipment company against the former executive, for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract relating to artificial inflation of earnings
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Successfully defended an investment bank in litigation against a corporate executive for malfeasance in connection with a $130 million bond issue to executive’s company

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2932
F +1.713.615.5912
pmizell@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Pat's Practices

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1989 (Order of the Barristers)
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1986
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; Southern, Northern, Eastern, Western Districts of Texas; Fifth Circuit
  • Judge: 129th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, 1995-2002
  • The Best Lawyers in America©(Woodard/White, Inc), in Commercial Litigation, 2005−2006, 2008−2017
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003−2004, 2006−2017
  • Life Fellow: State Bar of Texas Foundation; Houston Bar Foundation
  • Member: American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member: International Society of Barristers
  • Member: Texas Judicial Compensation Commission, 2007 to present
  • Board Certified: Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Personal Injury Trial Law
  • Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2001