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Tom Lightsey

Of Counsel and Mariner


5151 San Felipe
Suite 400
Houston Texas 77056
United States of America

Office Telephone: +1 (713) 917 0888
Office Fax: +1 (713) 953 9470

Direct Dial (Houston): +1 (713) 706 1952 (internal ext 5143)

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Tom is an accomplished energy, maritime and business lawyer with twenty-eight years of professional experience. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over seventy cases to judgment, with success rate in excess of 80%.

Tom is also experienced in domestic and international arbitration. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants on contingency fee basis or hybrid contingency fee/hourly rate agreements. Representative energy clients have included ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, Marathon Oil Corporation, Noble Corporation, McDermott, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger. Tom has a LL.M. in Energy and Environmental law and is a certified and experienced mediator and arbitrator.

In addition to energy related work, Tom’s practice includes complex business litigation and consulting, insurance law as well as all aspects maritime law (including the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, cargo claims, collisions, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, etc.)

Tom is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He has sailed in both licensed and unlicensed positions on tanker, break bulk ship, tug and barges and semi-submersible self-propelled oil rigs. Tom also worked as Operations Manager for a fleet of U.S. flag vessels.

Tom is admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas and all Texas state courts.

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The Houston office, which opened on 3 January 2017, established the firm's first office in the USA when HFW merged with leading Texas-based energy and marine firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown LLP, a firm with whom we have been successfully collaborating for several years.

This is a significant strategic development for the firm, underlining the fact that Houston is an important geographical market for HFW and its clients, being a key touchpoint for several of the firm's chosen sectors, including energy, marine and insurance in particular.

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