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Patrick W. Mizell

Patrick W. Mizell Partner, Commercial & Business Litigation

A prolific trial lawyer, Pat has earned respect in the courtroom advocating on behalf of his clients. He has been on his feet talking to juries and judges his entire career. Whether it is Houston, Midland, or New York City, juries respond well to the same traits – straight talk, the ability to make complicated concepts simple, and a little good natured humor. He knows that most fights aren’t won at trial, however. They are won by quality writing, and Pat is backed by some of the brightest legal writers in the country. Pat concentrates on jury trials of commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.  He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Barristers.

Experience Highlights

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Represented an aviation company in a suit brought by its former maintenance service provider in a breach of contract case; in a bench trial, we successfully defeated plaintiffs’ claims and prevailed on a counterclaim, winning over a million dollars on the counterclaim
  • Represented the preeminent cancer center in the country in an arbitration brought against it by its district energy provider; the case involved claims for breach of contract and counterclaims involving board governance and rate-making issues; after a week-long arbitration, the panel denied our opponent’s breach of contract claims and granted judgment in our client’s favor, resulting in approximately US$30 million of savings for the cancer center over the life of the contract
  • (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 — Represented an energy services company as plaintiff in a one week bench trial; successfully rescinded a warrant agreement based on mutual and unilateral mistake; the warrants at issue were valued at approximately $40 million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, 2008−2019
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003−2004, 2006−2018
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member: American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member: International Society of Barristers
  • Commissioner: Texas Ethics Commission, 2018 to present
  • Commissioner: Texas Judicial Compensation Commission, 2007 to 2018
  • Life Fellow: State Bar of Texas Foundation; Houston Bar Foundation Member