Colby Hodges

Associate, Litigation Group

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Colby Hodges is an Associate in BoyarMiller’s litigation group, where his practice focuses on the representation of business entities in complex commercial litigation matters, as well as labor and employment disputes.

Specialties

  • Commercial litigation
  • Copyright/trademark litigation
  • Labor and employment litigation
  • Energy litigation

Quick Facts

  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2017)
  • Graduate of Texas A&M University
  • Graduate of South Texas College of Law Houston

Colby Hodges is an Associate in BoyarMiller’s litigation group, where his practice focuses on the representation of business entities in complex commercial litigation matters, as well as labor and employment disputes.

Throughout his career, Colby has handled a wide array of matters for clients to resolve issues across a broad spectrum of business-related tort matters, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, employee fraud, tortious interference, copyright infringement, construction defect, trade secret theft, employee non-competition, and DTPA claims. No matter the dispute, Colby seeks to partner with clients to understand the challenges that their businesses face, and constantly strives to answer those needs with proven, tailored, and value-adding strategies that produce optimal results.

Prior to joining BoyarMiller, Colby practiced commercial litigation with a nationally recognized boutique firm in Houston, Texas where he served as a member of the trial team that successfully defended Halliburton Energy Services against claims arising out of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. While attending South Texas College of Law Houston, Colby was an Articles Editor for the South Texas Law Review. Colby has been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2014-2017.

Education

  • JD, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • BA, Texas A&M University

Affiliations

Business Litigation

  • Successfully defended Houston-based metal building manufacturer against claims for copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act brought by former customer and property owner.
  • Assisted in representing Halliburton Energy Services in the Multidistrict Litigation arising out of the 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico. Served as the youngest member of the trial team that tried both cases in the matter.
  • Defended restaurant startup against intellectual property theft and trademark infringement claims brought by former employer management group. The principal members of the new restaurant conglomerate were formally employed by a widely-known regional restaurant chain and were accused of misappropriating popular recipes, as well as their former employer’s trademark, trade dress, and proprietary business techniques.
  • Obtained dismissal of copyright infringement suit asserted against Texas-based pre-engineered metal building subcontractor in Florida federal court where plaintiff sought in excess of $1 million in damages and attorneys’ fees. The metal building manufacturer was sued in Florida because the Plaintiff was headquartered there, but the Florida federal court agreed that the metal building subcontractor was not subject to personal jurisdiction in Florida and dismissed it from the lawsuit.
  • Assisted in representing a nationally recognized agricultural processor in arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract, breach of warranty, and dealer fraud claims. The spray polyurethane foam roof on the processor’s 700,000-plus square foot storage warehouse failed, causing substantial asset damage. The agricultural processor commenced arbitration and recovered a sizeable award of actual damages and attorneys’ fees.
  • Defended major telecommunications provider against customer claims for breach of contract, fraud, and violations of the DTPA.

Employment Litigation

  • Represented Houston-based lumber distributor in employee fraud suit against its former executive-level manager. The client’s manager conspired with lower level employees to embezzle substantial amounts of money from the company, in addition to defrauding the company of thousands in product inventory and other assets.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Successfully represented mixed-use real estate developer in claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty and construction defect against its former general contractor involving substantial water infiltration in two luxury apartment buildings.
  • Representing Houston-based real estate developer in Texas state court action involving claims for breach of contract and declaratory judgment related to a retail anchor-tenant's breach of its lease and the resulting delay in funding and construction of a sizeable mixed-use commercial retail development.