K.B. Battaglini

Houston Office
P: 713.210.4371
E: kbattaglini@strongpipkin.com

K. B. Battaglini has for 35 years counseled and represented businesses and individuals and is listed in Best Lawyers in America®.  He has expertise in energy, environmental, natural resources, media and entertainment law, and has significant first chair experience in trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations, and is on the national panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. Prior to joining Strong Pipkin, he was a partner at a large international law firm. 

 

Primary Practice Areas:

Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law

  • upstream and midstream operations
  • onshore and offshore
  • mergers/acquisitions/dispositions
  • securities and real estate
  • entity formation and company agreements
  • director and officer liability
  • corporate compliance/internal investigations
  • master service agreements/indemnity
  • leases and operating agreements
  • production/gathering/transportation/storage
  • environmental remediation
  • CERCLA, RCRA, OSHA, CWA, CAA, OPA, ESA
  • Served as operations counsel and head of litigation for the exploration and production division of a publicly-traded (American Stock Exchange) oil and gas company.
  • Lead attorney in trial and appeal of Republic Petroleum LLC v. Dynamic Offshore Resources NS LLC and W&T Offshore Inc., 474 S.W.3d 424 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015, pet. denied) which concerned issues of standing and capacity to sue for contract breach and damages.
  • Participated in trial and appeal of Jinkins v. Bryan, 763 S.W.2d 539 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 1988, writ denied), a seminal case concerning the distinction between “dry gas” and “casinghead gas,” which serves as an interpretive guide to the statutory definition of “dry gas” found at Texas Natural Resources Code Sec. 86.002(7).

Commercial Litigation, Appeals, Arbitration, Mediation

  • trials and appeals in state and federal court
  • international and domestic arbitration
  • commercial mediation
  • Lead attorney in trial and appeal of Williams v. Dardenne, 345 S.W.3d 118 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied) which concerned the element of reliance in fraudulent inducement claims and which upheld the viability of “as is” real estate sales contracts in Texas.

Media and Entertainment Law

  • commercial speech and deceptive trade
  • defamation and privacy invasion
  • abridgment of free speech and press
  • infringement of copyright and trademark
  • film and television
    • project development and structure
    • project financing and investment
    • project marketing and distribution
    • contract preparation and negotiation
    • story structure and script analysis
  • media relations and crisis management

 Education:
  • University of Houston Law Center, LL.M. (Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law)
  • South Texas College of Law-Houston, J.D.
  • Regent University, School of Communication and the Arts, Graduate Studies (Film/Television Producing)
  • U.S. Department of Defense Information School, Distinguished Honor Graduate (Broadcast Journalism)
  • State University of New York College of Arts and Sciences at Potsdam, B.A. (Drama)

Honors and Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Natural Resources Law
  • AVVO-10.0 (highest rating)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel—President’s Award (2015)

Publications & Speeches:

  • Arbitration Panel, ACI Oil & Gas Conference, Houston, June 2010
  • Honest Services Fraud: You May Already Be Guilty!, Business Law Today (ABA), October 2009
  • The State of the Jury System, TADC Fall Meeting, Montreal, Canada, September 2009
  • Defending a Client in Securities Enforcement Litigation, Common Issues in Securities Law (Aspatore Books), 2008
  • Arbitration in Texas: The Drift From Permissive to Compulsory, TADC Magazine, 2007
  • How Will Firm's Owners, Employees Be Affected by the USA Patriot Act, Houston Business Journal, Business Survival Guide, 2004
  • Slippery Slope: The Trail from Puffery to Fraud, Franchising World, December 2004
  • Jury Patriotism: The Jury System Should Be Improved for Texans Called to Serve, 35 St. Mary's Law Journal 117, 2003

Military Experience:

  • While on active duty in the United States Army, served in a public affairs role with the staff and faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
    • Section on Dispute Resolution
    • Forum on Entertainment/Sports Industries
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Environmental and Natural Resources Section
    • Oil, gas and Energy Resources Law Section
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • Director and Vice President
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow
  • Leadership Houston, Graduate of Class 22
  • Houston Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Houston Cinema Arts Society
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association