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Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2007, with honors; Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal "Outstanding Staff Editor Award" recipient

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1986

B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 1980, with distinction

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2007

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Languages

English

French

Profile

Pierre Grosdidier worked as a consulting engineer for 18 years before becoming a lawyer.  He now leverages his engineering, computer, and business background to litigate cases that involve complex technical and commercial disputes.

With an engineering Ph.D. from Caltech, Pierre is at ease with the most complex technologies whether in the energy, construction, computer, manufacturing, or environmental industries.  He has represented clients in lawsuits and arbitrations that arose from construction defects, industrial accidents, environmental contamination, oil and gas drilling operations, engineering services projects, computer and software projects, copyright and software copyright infringements, computer piracy, and trade secret thefts.  Pierre’s litigation experience also includes claims under the Stored Communications Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, including one where the defendant planted a “time bomb” in his employer’s computer system.  Pierre leverages his software and project management experience to efficiently organize and lead complex ESI preservation, collection, and review projects.

In accordance with Haynes and Boone’s tradition of leveraging capabilities and talent across-practice groups, Pierre works with the firm's Intellectual Property and Labor and Employment Practice Groups to help draft digital systems (e.g., computer, database, network, hand-held device, etc.) use agreements that reflect the latest legislation, case law, and litigation trends in this domain.

Pierre’s value to his clients lies in his ability to get past the core technical issues in order to focus on the legal merits of disputes.  It also stems from his business perspective, having been responsible for projects, sales, business development, and operations at one time or another during his engineering career.

Pierre is a prolific legal writer, a practice he first developed as an engineer.  Pierre is also firmly dedicated to the community, and has served on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Awty International School, the Lycée Français de Toronto, and a communal daycare in Bouc-Bel-Air, France.  Pierre, a native French speaker, is an active member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, currently co-chairs the committee to open a French-English immersion program in a Houston public school, and is involved in the Association of French Veterans in Texas.  Pierre participates in the firm’s pro-bono activities and has helped an asylum applicant from Chad and a teen-age Central American refugee obtain permanent residency in the United States.

Publications and Speeches

Selected Legal Publications and Speeches

  • "Texas High Court Continues to Rule in Favor of Lessees," guest article, Law360, July 1, 2014.
  • "When Employees Leave with Electronic Files: The CFAA's Eclectic Damage and Loss Case Law Illustrated," co-author, Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report, May 21, 2014.
  • "Strategies for Reducing Defects and Failures," speaker, HalfMoon Seminar in Construction Law, Houston, Texas, March 14, 2014.
  • "Expect Foreign Privacy Law Defense to U.S. Discovery to Fail," guest article, Law360, March 7, 2014.
  • "The French Blocking Statute, the Hague Evidence Convention, and the Case Law: Lessons for French Parties Responding to American Discovery," 2014.
  • "When Hacking an Email Account Doesn't Violate the SCA," Law360, December 11, 2013.
  • "More Proof of Texas Courts' Split on Certificate of Merit," Law360, October 24, 2013.
  • "Texas Courts Split on Certificate of Merit," Law360, October 22, 2013.
  • "Pitfalls Await Those Who Do Not Think Through TTLA Claims," guest author, Law360, October 15, 2013.
  • "Choose Your Friends - and Privacy Settings - Wisely," guest author, Law360, October 2, 2013.
  • "Les avocats aux Etats-Unis," 2013.
  • "Comment devenir avocat aux Etats-Unis," 2013.
  • "Computer & Internet Crimes - Where Will it End? The Ninth Circuit Decides to Revisit when a User "Exceeds Authorized Access" under the CFAA," Bloomberg Law Reports, January 2012.
  • "Direct and Consequential Damages in Contract Disputes," Law360, November 2011.
  • "The Danger With Time Bombs - Can Your Software Vendor Lock Up Your Software so That You Have to Buy an Upgrade? Maybe not," ControlGlobal.com, October 2011.
  • "A Case Study of Data Manipulation by a Prominent Expert Witness," contributor, with Michael J. Mazzone, Forensic Expert Witness Association, July 2011.
  • "Un litige commercial aux Etats-Unis (en deux parties)," 2011.
  • "Annual Review of Litigation, Chapter 3: Appellate Practice," contributor, with Kendyl Hanks and Mark Trachtenberg, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, April 2011.
  • "ESI Preservation and Collection - Issues and Solutions," 2010.
  • "Two Issues of Interest to Franchisors and Franchisees," 2009.
  • "Analysis of Records Hold Issues and Case Law on the Duty to Preserve Data," 2008.

Selected Technical Publications

  • "Improve APC Project Success," P. Grosdidier, Hydrocarbon Processing, Vol. 83, No. 10, (2004).
  • "Value Proposition for Oil Accounting - Parts 1 and 2," P. Grosdidier and M. McLaughlin, Hydrocarbon Processing, Vol. 82, Nos. 4 and 5, (2003).
  • "Understand Operation Information Systems," P. Grosdidier, Hydrocarbon Processing, Vol. 77, No. 9, (1998).
  • "Economics of Blend Giveaway," P. Grosdidier, Hydrocarbon Processing, Vol. 76, No. 11, 55, (1997).
  • "FCC Unit Reactor-Regenerator Control," P. Grosdidier, A. Mason, A. Aitolahti, P. Heinonen and V. Vanhamäki, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol. 17, 165, (1993).
  • "Crude Unit Product Quality Control," K. Muske, J. Young, P. Grosdidier and S. Tani, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol. 15, 629, (1991).
  • "Integral Controllability of Integrating Systems," P. Grosdidier and M. Morari, Ind. Eng. Res., Vol. 29, 2160, (1990).
  • "Interaction Measures for Systems Under Decentralized Control," P. Grosdidier and M. Morari, Vol. 22, 309, Automatica, (1986).
  • "Closed-Loop properties from Steady-State Gain Information," P. Grosdidier, M. Morari and B. R. Holt, Ind. Eng. Chem. Fundam., Vol.24, 221, (1985).

Selected Client Representations

  • Ergon West-Virginia, Inc., American Arbitration Association: Represented in arbitration a major energy company/refinery seller accused by the refinery buyer of pre-sale groundwater contamination from a solvent release at a West Virginia refinery.
  • Texokan Operating, Inc. et al.; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas: Represented a major energy company against leasehold owners who alleged claims of underground trespass and oil and gas well contamination by drilling fluids.  The defendant drilled horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford shale beneath the plaintiffs’ Austin Chalk wells.
  • Saman Rajaee; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas: Represented an employer against a former employee who alleged Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Stored Communications Act claims (and other state law claims) for alleged unauthorized access to the employee’s iPhone, which had been connected to the employer’s email server.
  • U.S. Global Steel Dust, Inc., 269th Judicial District Court, Harris County: Represented a bulk metal-based powder producer in a trade secret theft case.
  • D&D Pipeline Construction, Inc.; American Arbitration Association: Represented a major energy E&P company in a breach-of-contract claim related to a pipeline construction project.  The dispute centered over who bore responsibly for the cost of repairing leaks that developed in the epoxy pipeline segment joints.
  • 234th Judicial District Court, Harris County: Represented a software company in a dispute with a former employee who planted a “time bomb” in the company’s software before resigning.  The case involved claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Texas Computer Crime Law.
  • CDI Corp., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas: Represented an ultra-high-purity metalloid production equipment manufacturer in a civil action involving breach-of-contract and tort claims regarding engineering services, technology licensing and joint-sales agreements.
  • Jesco Operating, LP, 165th Judicial District Court, Harris County: Represented at trial an energy company and pipeline owner in a lawsuit by a pipeline contractor that alleged its business was destroyed by nonpayment of invoices.  At trial, plaintiff sought to recover the value of its business and other damages.
  • Rosenberger Construction, LP et al.; 333rd Judicial District Court, Harris County: Represented a Texas real estate investment group whose commercial buildings suffered from early and extensive roof metal-deck corrosion.
  • K-W Construction, Inc. et al.; 125th Judicial District Court, Harris County: Represented a Colorado real estate investment group whose commercial buildings suffered from early and extensive roof metal-deck corrosion.
  • 190th Judicial District Court, Harris County: Represented an energy partnership in a complex technical breach-of-contract and negligence dispute wherein an equipment failure caused considerable material and lost profit damages.
  • Plant Automation Services, Inc.; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas: Represented a software company against claims of software copyright infringement.
  • 3rd Probate Court of Dallas County: Represented a building owner in a trespass-to-try-title action to recover a building stolen from the owner through a forged deed.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Past Board Member and Treasurer of the Awty International School, 2008-11
  • Past Board Member and Treasurer of the Lycée Français de Toronto, 2001-03
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Houston Bar Association 
  • Texas Board of Professional Engineers (inactive) 
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

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