Lyle R. Rathwell
(281) 203-5722
Office: The Woodlands
J.D. University of Houston, Cum Laude
M.S. University of Calgary
B.S. Lakehead University
Licensure: TX
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Lyle’s principal area of practice is handling a broad range of legal matters affecting the day-to-day business operations of his clients including litigation, energy transactions, contracts, accident investigations, insurance and risk allocation, human resources, workers' compensation, and employment issues. Lyle has extensive trial experience handling matters involving oil and gas, energy contracts, state and federal administrative compliance, catastrophic construction accidents, products liability, environmental, transportation, premises liability, maritime personal injury, engineering and construction contract disputes, complex commercial disputes, OSHA investigation and citation representation, defense of bodily injury and fatality cases, risk management, insurance coverage and subrogation litigation. Representative clients include domestic and international insurers, energy companies, oil and gas drilling and service contractors, trucking companies, construction entities, contractors and engineers in commercial, industrial, and refinery operations.

Work Experience

2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1997-2017 Rathwell & Wallison
1989-1997 Clann, Bell & Murphy PC
1981-1986 Project and Design Engineer, Brown & Root, Inc.

Speaking Engagements

A Blowout and Broken Bones, Now What? A Look at Drilling Contract Provisions, AESC Winter Meeting, Tucson, Arizona (2013)

Legislative and Regulatory Impacts on the Cost of Oilfield Services, Institute of Energy Law (2012)

Contractual Risk Transfer - Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Statutes, International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (2011)

Contractual Indemnity in the Oilfield Industry in Louisiana and Texas (2008)

Key Experience

Served as counsel for refinery owners, operators, and maintenance and construction contractors in refinery operations including contractual issues, bodily injury, and chemical exposure litigation
Drafted and negotiated master service agreements, engineering, drilling, construction, and maintenance contracts and related agreements including risk, loss allocation, and indemnity
Defended numerous drilling and energy service contractors, energy companies, vessel owners, product manufacturers, service contractors, and repair and maintenance facilities in fatality, bodily injury, commercial, contract, property damage, and toxic tort litigation in state and federal court

Memberships & Awards

American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
Maritime Law Association
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
Institute for Energy Law
Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC)
International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)