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About Will

Will Moss focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and commercial torts, with a special emphasis on oil and gas disputes. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, which includes construction, real estate, energy (upstream and downstream), oilfield services, financial services and heavy-equipment distribution.

While in law school, Will interned for the Honorable Frank Montalvo of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and for the Honorable Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Lending an inside perspective to his practice, Will worked as a landman for Chesapeake Energy Corporation and as a licensed commercial real estate broker for The Situs Companies prior to attending law school.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Bomasada Group, Inc. — successfully represented Bomasada and its principles as lead associate against eight-figure breach of contract and fraud claims by former principle who claimed to be putative partner.  Two months before trial, Bracewell identified fatal legal flaw in putative partner’s claims and obtained the complete dismissal of all claims.     

Triple Crown Energy LLC — successfully represented Triple Crown Energy and BCF Minerals as lead associate in the jury trial in Tulsa, Oklahoma, involving a dispute with a land services broker over commissions related to several large mineral rights and leasehold acquisition projects; plaintiff sought over $2 million in connection with various contract and tort claims; after a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict denying the plaintiff any commissions and rejecting all tort claims

Juno Energy, LLC — in Threshold Development Company v. Juno Energy, LLC, et al., as lead associate in representation our client in the trial of an eight-figure title dispute involving oil and gas properties in west Texas; on the second day of trial, Bracewell secured a successful settlement with one party, but continued the trial against the other remaining party; after a week-long bench trial, the judge ruled immediately after closing arguments that Juno had title to the property

Vopak Terminal Deer Park — in Vertical North America v. Vopak Terminal Deer Park, Inc., Vertical, a Brazilian ethanol trading company, asserted claims for breach of contract and fraud, and sought damages of $30 million plus punitives and attorney’s fees. Following dramatic revelations obtained by Bracewell from Vertical’s own witnesses and documents, Bracewell obtained the complete dismissal of the case one week before trial.

Pro-Bono Representation — successfully represent student against attempt to recover on delinquent student loan.  Despite language in the operative agreement applying the substantially longer statute of limitations from another jurisdiction, Bracewell successfully argued the application of a shorter limitations period and obtained complete dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.

Publications and Speeches

“Adverse Possession In The Oil Patch,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, December 8, 2016.

“From Classroom to Courtroom; Practical Tips to Help Prepare Associates for Their First Trial,” Texas Lawyer, October 1, 2016.

Credentials

Education

South Texas College of Law Houston,
J.D.
2014
summa cum laude
Rice University,
B.A.
2009

Bar Admissions

Texas

News

Insights

Insights

Adverse Possession in the Oil Patch

December 2, 2016

The most basic example of adverse possession is when a landowner fences in land that belongs to a neighbor. This is trespassing, but if a long enough period of time passes without the neighbor bringing a trespass claim, the trespasser can acquire title by adverse possession. Texas law complicates things a bit by having four separate adverse possession statutes – depending on various factors, the time period is 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, or 25 years. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 16.024-16.028. In the oil and gas industry, adverse possession can be even trickier. A property owner can have...

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Intern
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Intern
South Texas College of Law Houston
South Texas Law Review