Adam Milasincic is a trial and appellate lawyer who sues and defends some of the largest companies in Texas, often in the energy sector. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in industries as far-flung as hospitality and information technology, maintaining a broad practice that has included management of multi-million dollar contract disputes, partnership break-ups, business torts, mineral lease contests, labor disputes, employment claims, and wrongful death, among others.
For his plaintiffs’ work, Mr. Milasincic was selected for inclusion in the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list, which honors the best Texas lawyers under age 40 and those who have practiced less than 10 years. Fewer than 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys earn this selection each year.
His work is routinely profiled in business media such as Law360 and the Houston Chronicle. (See recent examples here , here , here, and here.)
RECENT SUCCESSES FOR PLAINTIFFS INCLUDE:
- Selected jury, examined witnesses, and argued dispositive motions, leading to $11.4 million verdict for business disparagement and dismissal or defeat of all counterclaims.
- Helped royalty owner win $1.2 million settlement in pooling dispute with operator.
- Represented minority owner of hotel and retail business in lawsuit against majority owners and achieved highly favorable settlement that resulted in client obtaining sole ownership of both businesses.
- Won precedent-setting decision under Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to send client’s multimillion-dollar dispute over natural-gas processing plant back to state court. Plains Gas Solutions, LLC v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., 2014 WL 4365087 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 2, 2014).
- Represented former United States Cabinet member in trespass dispute with pipeline developer, resulting in highly favorable terms for new easement.
RECENT SUCCESSES FOR DEFENDANTS INCLUDE:
- In trespass suit against oilfield transportation giant, wrote and argued special exceptions that cut in half plaintiff’s $73 million damages model, and wrote and won summary judgment motion that further restricted damages to little more than $300,000, resulting in plaintiff dropping all claims against his client.
- In suit alleging elaborate conspiracy to fire two oilfield tool employees based on race, won summary judgment for defendant and won award against plaintiffs for $21,000 in court costs, including partial recovery of electronic discovery fees.
- Wrote all trial and appellate briefs, resulting in affirmance of pre-discovery dismissal of complex suit against government pension fund by six fund members and the City of Houston. 405 S.W.3d 204 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2013).
- Won Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of claim for breach of implied warranty of merchantability and pursued strategy that forced plaintiff to dismiss the remaining claim with prejudice—and without receiving any settlement.
Before joining AZA, Mr. Milasincic was a litigator at Baker Botts LLP. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Virginia Law Review articles editor and earned the highest grades of any student in his first-year class. He also earned the highest score out of the 2,468 applicants who took the July 2011 Texas bar examination, an accomplishment for which he was twice featured in Texas Lawyer.
During law school, Mr. Milasincic interned for Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and, as a member of the law school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, contributed to the winning briefs in Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri, 131 S.Ct. 2488 (2011) and Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan, 131 S.Ct. 1899 (2011).
Prior to law school, Mr. Milasincic served as the communications director to the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and as the chief of staff and campaign manager for a Pennsylvania legislator. While earning his journalism degree from Kent State University, he also worked briefly as a newspaper reporter.
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
- Order of the Coif
- Articles Editor, Virginia Law Review
- Earle K. Shawe Labor Relations Award
- Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
- B.S., journalism, Kent State University
- “Early Dismissal: Rule 91a and Anti-SLAPP,” State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, July-October 2015 (with Michael Cancienne).
- “Limitless Opportunities,” Texas Bar Journal, January 2012
- “Disorder Certifying a Class: Misinterpretations of Rule 23(c)(1)(B) and a Proposed Alternative,” 97 Virginia Law Review 979, June 201
- State Bar of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas