Paul Heyburn specializes in complex litigation matters with an emphasis in products, premises, environmental, commercial, and personal injury cases. His clients range from Fortune 500 corporations to family-owned businesses. Paul has coordinated multi-state litigation for national clients and has successfully tried to verdict cases with damages alleged in the tens of millions of dollars. Prior to attending law school, Paul worked as a commercial line underwriter for Aetna Casualty & Surety. Paul joined MehaffyWeber in 1994 and became a shareholder in 2000. He has served on the firm's compensation and management committees.
Awards and Recognition
- 5.0 out of 5- AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected to the Texas Super Lawyer list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2006, 2012-2016
- Selected to the Texas Rising Star list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2005-2006
- The Top Lawyers in Houston, HTexas Magazine (Bayou City Publishing),
- Briefing Attorney to the Hon. Chief Justice J. Curtiss Brown of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals
News and Events
- MehaffyWeber In World Leading Legal Network
- MehaffyWeber Attorneys Selected to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers
- HTexas Magazine Names 10 MehaffyWeber "Top Lawyers"
- TOP LEGAL DIRECTORY RANKS MEHAFFY WEBER'S INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
- Paul R. Heyburn admitted to practice in Arkansas
- 12 MehaffyWeber attorneys named Rising Stars
- 14 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Named Texas Super Lawyers for 2006
- Obtained finding of no liability for Fortune 1000 client for plaintiff seeking recovery for personal injury sustained as a result of a collision between a train and a tractor-trailer. King v. Bigler LP, 2011 WL 1542737 (S.D.Tex. 2011)
- Successful trial and appeal of finding of no liability in favor of a Fortune 100 client in a commercial subrogation lawsuit. Dewayne Rogers Logging, Inc. v. Deere & Company, 299 S.W.3d 374, 391 (Tex. App.-Tyler 2009, pet. denied, October 21, 2011 ) (the Texas Supreme Court denied plaintiff's petition for review after requesting full briefs on the merits).
- Obtained finding of no liability for multiple multi-national corporate clients following a five week trial in CERCLA cost recovery for a $30,000,000.00+ Superfund site. Lyondell Chemical Co., et al, Plaintiffs, v. Albemarle Corp., et al, Defendants, (Doc. 1292) (E.D.Tex. 2007)
- Obtained defense verdict after a three week trial for claims made on behalf a former employee of Fortune 100 client who claimed that his cancer was caused by exposure on client's premises. Wolf, et al v. The Dow Chemical Co.; Cause Number 16383*BH01, District Court of Texas, 23rd Judicial District, Brazoria County.
- Obtained summary judgment on successor liability claims made by personal injury claimant against a Fortune 100 client. The judgment was sustained on appeal. Wortham v. Dow Chemical Co., 179 S.W.3rd 189 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
- Successfully defended multiple clients in CERCLA cost recovery suit related to a $120,000,000.00 Superfund site. U.S.A. v. Atlantic Richfield Co., No. 98 CV 0408; In the United States District Court (S.D. Texas 2002)
Articles and Presentations
- "The Inherent Conflict Between the Reasonable Ratio and Net Worth Tests in Ascertaining Punitive Damages in Texas," 23 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1059.
- “Rein in the Reptile - Methods to Combat the Reptile Trial Strategy,” Mackrell International; February 2017.
- “Anti-Corruption Efforts in Latin America: A parallel between local regulation and FCPA,” Mackrell International; September 2016.
- “When Money is Not Enough - Protecting Your Company's Interests with Injunctive Relief in the US, UK and Worldwide,” Mackrell International; January 2016.
- “Vital Updates for In-House Counsel - Complex Commercial Litigation 2015,” Complex Commercial Law Institute (CCLI); October 2015.
- "Updates on Current Environmental Issues: Self-Disclosure, Energy Reforms in Mexico, and Traps," Mackrell International; October 2015.
- “Defending Damages Claims in Complex Litigation,” Mackrell International; June 2015.
- “Food Fight: What’s Cookin’ in the Food Industry,” Mackrell International; April 2015.
- “Environmental Law Update: Defense of Third Party Challenges to Compliance and Permits; EPA’s E-Enterprise Initiative and Next Gen Enforcement; and Pollution Liability Claims Under the Federal Oil Pollution Act and Dig Alert Scheme,” Mackrell International; February 2015
- "Insurance MDL Litigation: How to Get Them, How to Get Out of Them, and What to Do Once You Are in Them,“ TexasBar CLE- 11th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Seminar; April 2014.
- "Response to Chemical Spills in the United States, Canada, and Mexico," Mackrell International; April 2014.
- "Hydraulic Fracturing from Multiple Angles: Trade Secrets; Regulatory; and Environmental Issues," International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (IINREEL); September 2013.
- "CERCLA Update: BNSF - 4 Years Later; End Run Attempts Around CERCLA Contribution Protection; and CERCLA Under the Obama Administration," Mackrell International; April 2013.
- "Current Environmental Issues Across the United States: Hydraulic Fracturing, Vapor Intrusion of PCE, and Green Gasoline," Mackrell International; August 2012.
- "Closing Argument," HarrisMartin - Texas Asbestos Litigation Conference 2008.
- "Premises Liability for Criminal Conduct: When is Foreseeability Established?," The Houston Lawyer, September; October 1998.
- "Ethical Issues in Mass Torts," Asbestos/Personal Injury Seminar, Defense Research Institute (DRI); November 1996.