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Christopher V. Popov

Christopher V. Popov Partner, Commercial & Business Litigation

Chris is a trial lawyer who practices before courts and arbitration panels across the United States. He has litigated, arbitrated, and tried a range of commercial cases involving merger disputes, environmental matters, antitrust, corporate governance, licensing disputes, intellectual property, constitutional rights, Internet media, class actions, and other commercial matters.

Experience Highlights

  • (E.D. La.; W.D. La.) — Defending an international mining company against environmental claims brought by the state of Louisiana involving the erosion of the Louisiana coast
  • (La. Dist. – Orleans Parish) — Representing an international chemicals company in a multi-million dollar contract dispute with a supplier
  • (W.D. Tex.) — Defended a Fortune 500 company against federal and state antitrust claims involving the allergy testing and allergy immunotherapy markets
  • (AAA Arbitration) — Represented an international oil and gas production and exploration company in an arbitration related to an indemnity dispute arising from extensive property damage caused by a collapsed well
  • (AAA Arbitration) — Obtained a $15.6 million (net) arbitration award for a global biotechnology tools company against a major competitor in connection with a breach of a licensing agreement involving DNA-based identity testing; we were lead trial lawyers
  • (U.S.); (5th Cir.); (W.D. Tex.) — Obtained the complete dismissal of a landmark suit filed against a social networking website involving a sexual assault committed against one of its users; successfully defended the trial court’s dismissal in the Fifth Circuit and United States Supreme Court
  • (AAA Arbitration) — Obtained complete defense award on behalf of a global biotechnology tools company in a US$100 million dispute involving a shareholder dispute over earnout provisions in a merger agreement
  • (AAA Arbitration) – Won a complete defense award for the owner of a midstream bulk liquids terminal after a two-and-a-half week arbitration against the former operator of the terminal; the operator sought $27 million in lost profits damages, plus attorneys’ fees, after our client terminated its contract for performance issues. The operator recovered nothing on its claims, and was ordered to pay damages our client incurred in connection with the operator’s performance.

Commercial Disputes

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained seven figure (net) settlement for an international temporary staffing company in a breach of contract and tortious interference suit against a local IT-infrastructure contractor
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris County) — Assisted in obtaining the dismissal of a multimillion dollar shareholder dilution case on behalf of an independent offshore oil and gas company
  • (W.D. Tex.) — Obtained declaratory and injunctive relief against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission prohibiting it from enforcing statutes which prohibited out-of-state entities from operating as wholesalers in Texas (second chair) (second chair)
  • (AAA Arbitration) — Obtained a settlement on behalf of a silicon gas manufacturer in a breach of contract dispute with a major competitor (monetary damages)
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained a fraud verdict against the former officers and directors of a heavy equipment company in connection with the sale of the company’s assets through a merger (monetary damages) (second chair)

Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Litigation

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained favorable settlement and assignment of patent rights for a global oilfield services company in a theft of trade secret dispute 
  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Obtained a temporary restraining order and favorable settlement on behalf of an international oilfield services company in connection with a former employee’s theft of trade secrets

Class Actions & Multi-District Litigation

  • (AAA Arbitration) — Defeated certification and obtained a favorable settlement in a class action filed by certain limited partners against management of gas compression services company for alleged mismanagement and failure to pay tax distributions
  • (D.N.M.) — Defeated certification of a nationwide class action filed against an insurance company involving the proper calculation and payment of lost wage claims (second chair) (second chair)

Media & Entertainment

  • (S.D. Miss.) — Won complete dismissal for an e-commerce retailer in a suit involving the alleged sale of recalled products by third parties on website
  • (Tex. Dist. − Bexar Cnty.) — Assisted in obtaining the complete dismissal of a suit filed against an on-line dating service which sought to hold the dating service responsible for a sexual assault committed against one of its subscribers (second chair)


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2636
F +1.713.615.5033
cpopov@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Chris' Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with high honors, 2001 (Chancellor; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review)
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., Economics summa cum laude, 1998 (University Medalist)
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • Judicial clerk to The Honorable James L. Dennis, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001–2002
      • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2005 and 2008–2016
      • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Litigation - Oil and Gas, 2018
        • Houston Bar Leadership: First Vice-President, Houston Bar Association; Treasurer, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
        • Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation; Houston Bar Foundation
        • Member: American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association