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Quentin L. Smith
Quentin L. Smith
Counsel — Commercial & Business Litigation
Counsel — Commercial & Business Litigation

Quentin L. Smith

Quentin L. Smith

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

Quentin L. Smith

Quentin is a commercial litigator who focuses on business, petrochemical, and energy disputes.

He represents clients in a wide array of disputes, including, complex contract disputes, arbitrations, property tax protests, condemnation actions, shareholder disputes,  and disputes arising out of partnerships and joint ventures. Quentin has significant oral advocacy experience—delivering the opening statement in a three-week jury trial, presenting witnesses, cross-examining witness, and deposing fact and expert witnesses. Quentin also has significant written advocacy experience, having drafted documents at all stages of the litigation process, including pre-suit, pre-trial, post-trial, and appellate filings. Quentin has unique experience concerning issues involving Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) with particular emphasis on interpreting and drafting terms and conditions subject to the UCC. The following is a list of Quentin’s representative matters.

Experience Highlights

  • Representing a major petrochemical company in a breach of contract dispute with its raw materials supplier

  • Representing a publicly-traded consumer goods and farm products company in a breach of contract dispute with an international distributor

  • Representing commercial property owners in ad valorem tax protest appeals 

  • (S.D. Tex.) — As counter-plaintiff’s counsel, 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 a million dollars (net) on the counterclaim

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cnty.) — As plaintiff’s counsel for a major petrochemical company, obtained partial summary judgment on contractual interpretation action related to the Texas Business and Commerce Code (Article 2 of the Texas UCC) and acted as second chair in a three week jury trial

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cnty.) — As plaintiff’s counsel, represented various commercial property owners in property tax protests, helping to obtain millions of dollars in property tax savings

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cnty.) — As lead plaintiff’s counsel, prosecuted a breach of contract claim for failure to pay for services on various construction projects that led to the a favorable settlement for a construction company client 

  • (S.D. Tex.) — As plaintiff’s counsel, prosecuted breach of warranty claims under the Texas Business and Commerce Code (Article 2 of the Texas UCC) concerning the failure of a warranted good that led to a favorable settlement for the client

  • Representing a major oil company in a breach of contract arbitration arising from oil and gas interest in Papua New Guinea administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution

  • Represented an international drilling company in a multi-million dollar dispute involving claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty related to drilling rigs in an arbitration governed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules; the arbitration team’s filings caused the opposing party to file for bankruptcy on the eve of the tribunal hearing and dropping its claims against our client

  • Represented an international oil and gas company as the claimant in a breach of contract case involving oil and gas interests in Argentina in an arbitration governed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules; helped to guide the client to a favorable confidential settlement

  • Represented an international construction company in a breach of contract case involving a services contract, stemming from a multi-billion dollar construction project in Qatar in an arbitration governed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules; helped to obtain a favorable settlement for the client

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cnty.) — Obtained settlement where client received exact dollar amount of requested relief after we drafted and filed a Rule 91a motion to dismiss the opposing party’s counterclaim (lead associate)

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Argued and prevailed on a motion for summary judgment, obtaining full judgment in favor of a client defending against libel per se and invasion of privacy claims

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Participated on a trial team that obtained a $17 million (net) verdict in a breach of contract dispute

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Prompted the voluntary dismissal of a lawsuit, without any subsequent refiling, in Texas state court by drafting and filing a Rule 91a motion

  • (Tex. Dist.) — Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit in Texas state court based on improper venue

  • (Del. Ch.) — Drafted motions and pleadings on behalf of a midstream energy company in merger challenges in Delaware Chancery Court

  • Represented a large construction company in matters involving alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations


  • University of Michigan, J.D. cum laude, 2010 (Phi Kappa Phi; Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Race & Law; Student Tutor, Administrative Law and Enterprise Organizations)
  • Morehouse College, B.A., Political Science magna cum laude, 2007 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2011–2012
  • Lawyers of Color (On Being A Black Lawyer), Hot List honoree, 2014
  • General Counsel: Theatre Under the Stars
  • Young Trustee: Houston Symphony
  • Houston Symphony Young Associates Council
  • Steering Committee Member: Texas Minority Counsel Program
  • Fellow: Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Fellow: Membership Committee, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow: Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Member: Houston Bar Association, Houston Lawyer Referral Service
  • Co-Chair: Houston Bar Association, Communities in Schools Committee (2016-2017 bar year); Member (2014-2019 bar years)
  • Member: Houston Bar Association, Membership Committee Houston Bar Association (2017-2018 bar year)
  • Houston Bar Association Ambassador 2019-2020
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Morehouse College Alumni Association
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • “Removing Securities Act Class Actions to Federal Court,” V&E Securities Litigation Insights, October 2, 2012 (co-author)