Chris Rentzel has more than 40 years of civil litigation experience in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He has handled cases involving corporate governance, securities fraud, shareholder disputes, contracts, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, employment, banking, lender liability, environmental contamination, real estate, regulatory and enforcement actions, construction, DTPA claims, software development, derivative and class actions, special litigation committees and data breach/privacy litigation.
Chris has also handled arbitrations in areas such as employment, banking, shareholder disputes, and breach of contract. In addition, he has represented clients before numerous state and federal agencies, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, the Board of Contract Appeals, the Texas Real Estate Commission, and the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
Recent Notable Matters
MS Financial — obtained dismissal/summary judgment in a shareholder derivative suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and fraud relating to the sale of a bank. Thomson v. MS Financial
Corporate Property Associates — obtained multi-million dollar jury verdict in environmental contamination case on behalf of landlord against a defense contractor. Corporate Property Associates v. Varo Inc.
Dieste Harmel & Partners — obtained take-nothing summary judgment for advertising agency in a multi-million dollar federal court copyright infringement and fraud case involving an allegedly stolen concept for a nationwide soft drink campaign. Cantu v. Dieste Harmel & Partners
Kent State University — obtained jury verdict and judgment upholding a state-of-the-art liquid crystal display patent, finding willful infringement and willful inducement of infringement; also, post-judgment, successfully prosecuted sanctions/suspension actions against opposing counsel for discovery abuse. Advanced Display Systems, Inc. v. Kent State University, et al.
SouthTrust Bank — received take-nothing summary judgment for defendant bank in $8.5 million federal lender liability, tortious interference case; affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. S&W Enterprises Inc. v. SouthTrust Bank
Iron Mountain — obtained summary judgment on behalf of document destruction company in suit alleging negligence and conversion of millions of dollars
TechKnowledge Consulting Corporation — successful injunction action involving covenant not to compete and related restrictions. TechKnowledge Consulting Corporation v. David Haley, et al.
Regional International Services Inc. — jury verdict on behalf of defendant customs bonded warehouse in breach of bailment contract/negligence case involving theft of high-tech devices and equipment valued in the millions of dollars. Uniden America Corporation v. Regional International Services Inc.
Trizec Properties — obtained multi-million dollar jury verdict for breach of real estate contract. Trizec Properties, Inc. v. OFP, Inc., and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company
Frederick Pabst Wurlitzer — successful injunction action involving breach of partnership agreement and non-payment of oil well royalties. Wurlitzer v. Box
Holigan Homes — summary judgment on behalf of seller in multi-million dollar breach of contract/real estate fraud case. Holigan Homes v. Consumer Realty Inc.
Holigan Homes — successful injunction action involving first amendment issues. Holigan Homes v. Oldham
Holigan Homes — obtained summary judgment striking down city ordinance. Holigan Homes v. City of Lakewood Village
Darrell J. Sekin & Co. — summary judgment granted concerning the enforceability of damage limitation clauses in international transportation documents. Hoffman v. Darrell J. Sekin & Co.
Russell Stover Candy Company — successful injunction action concerning termination of a lease. Russell Stover Candy Company v. Fambro
SMU football coach — successful representation (prevailing on all eleven claims at hearing) of the client charged with NCAA recruiting violations
Behrman Chiropractic Clinics Inc. — arbitration award enforcing covenant not to compete