Ethan represents plaintiffs and defendants in business negotiations, trials, and appeals. His practice centers on complex commercial litigation, including business disputes, trade secrets, joint venture and partnership disputes (i.e., “business divorces”), oil and gas litigation, employment disputes, as well as copyright and artwork litigation.
Ethan has handled claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation, appointment of a receiver, rescission, shareholder oppression, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment, promissory estoppel, housing discrimination, business defamation, bankruptcy, collection matters and wrongful termination.
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2010
- Magna Cum Laude
- Dean’s Scholarship
- Associate Editor, Houston Law Review
- University of Houston Mock Trial Team (National Champion, William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition; Regional Finalist, American Association for Justice
- Judicial Intern, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Chambers of the Honorable Gray H. Miller
- Research Assistant, Professor Seth Chandler
- Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and Order of the Barons
University of Central Missouri, B.A./B.A. Political Science and Spanish, 2007
- Summa Cum Laude
- Captain of UCM Mock Trial Team
- Senator for the Student Government Association
Admissions to Practice
- State of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, Dawn of an Era in Commercial Litigation: The New Regime of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Report: The Advocate, Vol. 84 at 20 (2018)
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, The Long Reach of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, 80 Tex. B.J. 776 (2017)
- Co-authored with Tom Fulkerson, Alternative Fee Arrangements in Commercial Litigation, The Houston Lawyer (2015), read it here
- Co-authored with Tom Fulkerson, Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions in Trade Secret Cases: Trends and Common Practices, Texas Center for the Judiciary, In Chambers publication (2011), read it here
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, A Case Killer Lurks In The Texas Defamation Mitigation Act, Law360 (2017), read it here
- Co-authored with Nick Brown, Slapped and Sanctioned: The Heavy Hand of the Texas Citizens Participation Act, Houston Law Review: Off the Record (2017), read it here
- State Bar of Texas
- American Bar Association
- Houston Young Lawyers Association
- Texas Young Lawyers Association
- Houston Bar Foundation Fellowship
Ethan Gibson was born and raised just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The son of a trial lawyer, Ethan grew up in the back pews of the local courthouse watching his father try cases.
After high school, Ethan embarked on a career in computer technology. By the time he was 20, Ethan was maintaining a large mainframe network for the University of Missouri and later taught network integration to I.T. specialists for large corporations across the country. These professionals were often resistant to change, and Ethan learned to employ many of the same persuasion techniques that he had seen in the courtroom to win over his audience. At 22, he became the general manager of an I.T. consulting company and was responsible for the supervision of over 25 employees.
Although successful in this career, Ethan knew that his true passion was the law, and so he began the life-long process of becoming a trial lawyer. As a trial lawyer this knowledge of computers and IT systems has been central to his ability to manage electronic discovery efficiently and find damaging documentation produced by the other side.
In re Gao (2014-2015). We represented three judgment creditors in a New York bankruptcy against the debtor’s attempts to discharge his debt to our clients. We obtained summary judgment mandating that the debt to our clients was non-dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Yammine v. Umansky (2014-2015). We represented a dentist in claims against his fellow co-owners of four dental practices in the Houston area for claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. In this typical “business divorce,” we were able to obtain injunctive relief immediately to protect the businesses and negotiate a favorable buy-out agreement within months of taking the case.
Wang, et al. v. Gao, et al. (2010-2014). As first-chair trial counsel, I selected a 12-member jury from a pool of 120 and obtained a favorable jury verdict after a month-long trial in favor of a group of minority shareholders for claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and unpaid compensation. See judgment
McMoran Oil & Gas LLC v. Gil Energy, Inc., et al (2013)We represent Gil Resources, Inc., and Gil Energy, Inc., in a dispute arising under a joint operating agreement related to offshore oil and gas production and plugging costs. The case is currently pending in the Southern District of Texas before Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore.
NetIQ Corporation v. James Wells (2013).We represented NetIQ in an action against a former key employee to enforce his non-compete obligations. We obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from the federal court preventing the employee from working for our client’s competitor. The case was resolved by an agreement to issue an injunction lasting the length of the non-compete term.
Jambalaya Holdings, Inc. v. Johnson, et al (2012-2013). We represented a small business in claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against a former director. We obtained an agreed judgment in favor of Jambalaya.
Gyrodata v. Aleman (2012-2013). We represented Gyrodata in claims for breach of contract and unlawful removal of oilfield equipment leased for down-hole services. We obtained summary judgment, a declaratory judgment confirming Gyrodata’s ownership of the equipment, plus an award of damages, attorney fees, and interest.
BBS Technologies, Inc. v. Julia Ito (2012- 2013). We represented a former manager of BBS Technologies against her former employer’s attempts to limit her ability to work in her chosen field. We obtained final summary judment in favor of our client.
Caseta Sellers v. Telvent (2011-2013). We obtained a $9.2 million arbitration award (net of fees) for our clients in connection with the sale of an electronic tolling business to a Spanish conglomerate. See Award
Thurmond v. City of Houston (2011-2013). We sued on behalf of our client to obtain public records relating to a stop-work order on their home. We successfully obtained the records and an award of attorney fees and costs under the Texas Public Information Act.
Stewart A. Feldman v. Paul Ziff, et al. (2011-2012) We represented Paul Ziff and his companies in a declaratory judgment act case brought by our clients’ former attorney. As first chair trial counsel, I tried this case to a jury, obtaining a unanimous jury verdict in favor of our clients. That judgment is currently on appeal.
Furie Petroleum v. Jason Lane, et al. (2011). We represented a land man and his employer who was pulled into a three-way lawsuit related to oil leases in West Texas. The case was favorably settled requiring confidentiality as to the specific terms.
Brown v. Bretz (2011). We represented a co-owner of a medical services company against the other co-owner. We obtained both a temporary injunction and a mediated agreement to settle conflicts between the parties within the first month of representing our client.
Killingsworth v. Faulman (2011). We represented Ms. Killingsworth in a dispute against her former fiancé. The claims were settled in an agreement that requires confidentiality as to the result obtained.
FMC Technologies, Inc. v. Frac Tech Services, Ltd. (2010-2012). We represented FMC Technologies, Inc. in a dispute over well service pumps. We tried the case in March 2011, obtaining a unanimous verdict in favor of FMCTI and against all counterclaims. The matter settled requiring confidentiality as to the amount and terms of settlement. See judgment
Weinstein Gallery, Inc. v. T. Gerald Treece, Independent Executor of the Estate of John M. O’Quinn, deceased (2010-2012). We represented Weinstein Gallery for claims against the Estate of John O’Quinn related to highly valuable artwork. The matter has since been settled requiring confidentiality as to the amount and terms of settlement.
Gyrodata Inc. v. Atlantic Inertial Systems, et al. (2008-2012). We represented Gyrodata in litigation regarding the development, sale and delivery of gyroscopes used in the oilfield. Following extensive discovery and summary judgment briefing, the claims were settled in an agreement that requires confidentiality as to the result obtained. See Second Amended Complaint
Wright v. Izzat (2010-2011). We represented Marilyn Wright in a business dispute involving an Austin café. Just before trial, we were able to secure a settlement agreement that requires confidentiality as to the result obtained.
Fort Bend Independent School District, et al. v. Bayou Bend Homes, Inc. (2010-2011). We represented Bayou Bend Homes against the taxing authorities in Fort Bend County, obtaining voluntarily dismissal by the taxing authorities.
Shibley v. Ziff Energy Group, Ltd., et al. (2010). We defended Ziff Energy and one of its executives against claims for breach of an employment contract brought by a former offshore contractor. We obtained voluntary dismissal of the claims within a few months of the plaintiff’s original filing.
Disclaimer: The cases listed in this website reference actual result histories but are not reflective of results in every case we handle. No attorneys, including our firm, can guarantee any particularly favorable outcome from litigation. All of the results reported in this website are of gross recoveries, not net to the client. In cases in which we are retained on a contingent fee basis, recoveries are reduced by the amount of litigation expenses and the contingent fee in connection with these cases (typically from 20 to 40%), depending on the nature of the engagement