ANN L. Al-BAHISH
Partner
(713) 355-5024
ANN L. Al-BAHISH Partner
My clients value that I can analyze a complex issue and explain it to them in a way that is easily understood, and then provide legal solutions that are actionable for their business.

Ann Al-Bahish litigates environmental, commercial and tort matters across the country and has tried cases in state and federal courts.  In addition to general litigation experience, Ann thoroughly understands federal environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA and NEPA, as well as various state counterparts. 

Ann is highly adept in conducting and analyzing expert testimony and evidence, including scientific and economic evidence essential to liability and damages findings in civil cases.  Because many environmental matters involve longstanding contamination and/or multiple parties and sites, Ann has also developed complementary skills in corporate successorship law, indemnity and insurance principles, real estate analyses, and factual and environmental forensic investigations.

Using her litigation abilities, Ann also helps her clients prevent and/or mitigate legal disputes through the negotiation and creation of clear, cohesive documents that aid and promote successful business relationships and allocate risk.  Ann strives to responsively provide practical, creative and useful legal advice, and believes in investing her own time to better learn and understand the needs of her clients.

Ann has represented diverse clients in the transportation, chemical manufacturing and upstream, midstream and downstream energy sectors.  She has also represented governmental entities, lumber companies, Internet businesses, web design companies, manufacturers, health care organizations, nonprofit corporations, partnerships and individuals.

Clients appreciate that Ann not only offers them consistently on-point advice, but that she is also easy to work with, responsive, flexible and down-to-earth, and delivers continually meticulous attention to detail.  Ann is dedicated to understanding what her clients need, and then effectively developing the case around those goals.  Ann’s tenacity, intelligence and preparation regularly result in the right outcome for her clients.

Ann is active in and dedicated to the community in which she lives and works, especially in the areas of public health, environmental policy and pro bono legal services.  Ann served as chair of the board of Healthcare for the Homeless―Houston.  She has represented Justice for Children in several unique appeals involving children’s rights and the admission of psychiatric and psychological testimony, and was recently recognized as a founding member of Doctors for Change.  In addition, Ann also represented pro bono clients in political asylum, the Violence Against Women Act and human trafficking cases, and is currently a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.

Community Activities

Ms. Al-Bahish has been active in the community, especially in the area of public health, environmental policy, and pro bono legal services. She was the chair of the board of Healthcare for the Homeless―Houston. She has represented Justice for Children in several unique appeals involving children’s rights and the admission of psychiatric and psychological testimony. She was recognized recently as a founding member of Doctors for Change. Ms. Al-Bahish has also represented clients in political asylum, the Violence Against Women Act and human trafficking cases. She is a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.

Served as a special counsel to the state of New Jersey in litigation involving the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River.  Responsible for supervising expert testimony and the development of economic modeling, which supported the largest environmental damages settlement for the state ($190 million based on lost taxes and state revenues).

Representing a client in significant clean-up and natural resource damages claims based on sediment contamination at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Defending an environmental cost-recovery claim filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California based on contaminated groundwater at the Omega Superfund Site in Southern California.

Defense of multiple entities linked to environmental sites in Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

Assisting transportation clients in environmental issues related to emergency response.

CERCLA trial experience in the Eastern District of Texas representing a third-party plaintiff.  Helped the client prevail in claims against multiple parties.

Appellate experience related to CERCLA statute of limitations and admission of expert testimony, including statistical modeling.

Trial counsel and coordinator of medical causation/epidemiology and other scientific evidence in a high-profile toxic tort case in which the jury returned a complete defense verdict.  Argued and drafted multiple Daubert motions successfully.

Favorable arbitration outcome involving environmental claims related to pesticide formulation facility.

Arbitration awards in commercial matters involving international lumber-shipping contracts.

Represented energy companies in property damage and other tort litigation arising from upstream activities, and obtained dismissals of or favorably settled numerous cases.

Performed environmental/corporate due diligence.

Litigated successfully on behalf of a United States subsidiary of a Mexican corporation in a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty case against its president.  Significant challenges included the application of Mexican law and the review and synthesis of the company’s Spanish documents.

Assisted with the drafting of environmentally enabling legislation for Iraq under the supervision of the United States Coalition Provisional Authority.

Experience with litigation involving forest sustainability auditing practices.

Represented a railroad in environmental and contractual matters, including damage claims arising out of a derailment.

Drafted and analyzed environmental indemnity provisions.

Developed public health and risk communication strategies.

Resolved environmental insurance coverage matters.

Managed a multi-plaintiff chemical exposure and environmental property damage case, and resolved all claims for less than 10% of the demand.

Drafted cooperation agreements among parties jointly addressing large contaminated sites.

Won jurisdictional challenges for a global auto manufacturer and full-service financial services company.

Assisted companies with commercial and employment contracts and day-to-day legal issues.  Served in an outside general counsel role.

Trial experience related to premises liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, white collar criminal defense, trucking accidents and medical malpractice claims.

About

Ann Al-Bahish litigates environmental, commercial and tort matters across the country and has tried cases in state and federal courts.  In addition to general litigation experience, Ann thoroughly understands federal environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA and NEPA, as well as various state counterparts. 

Ann is highly adept in conducting and analyzing expert testimony and evidence, including scientific and economic evidence essential to liability and damages findings in civil cases.  Because many environmental matters involve longstanding contamination and/or multiple parties and sites, Ann has also developed complementary skills in corporate successorship law, indemnity and insurance principles, real estate analyses, and factual and environmental forensic investigations.

Using her litigation abilities, Ann also helps her clients prevent and/or mitigate legal disputes through the negotiation and creation of clear, cohesive documents that aid and promote successful business relationships and allocate risk.  Ann strives to responsively provide practical, creative and useful legal advice, and believes in investing her own time to better learn and understand the needs of her clients.

Ann has represented diverse clients in the transportation, chemical manufacturing and upstream, midstream and downstream energy sectors.  She has also represented governmental entities, lumber companies, Internet businesses, web design companies, manufacturers, health care organizations, nonprofit corporations, partnerships and individuals.

Clients appreciate that Ann not only offers them consistently on-point advice, but that she is also easy to work with, responsive, flexible and down-to-earth, and delivers continually meticulous attention to detail.  Ann is dedicated to understanding what her clients need, and then effectively developing the case around those goals.  Ann’s tenacity, intelligence and preparation regularly result in the right outcome for her clients.

Ann is active in and dedicated to the community in which she lives and works, especially in the areas of public health, environmental policy and pro bono legal services.  Ann served as chair of the board of Healthcare for the Homeless―Houston.  She has represented Justice for Children in several unique appeals involving children’s rights and the admission of psychiatric and psychological testimony, and was recently recognized as a founding member of Doctors for Change.  In addition, Ann also represented pro bono clients in political asylum, the Violence Against Women Act and human trafficking cases, and is currently a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.

Community Activities

Ms. Al-Bahish has been active in the community, especially in the area of public health, environmental policy, and pro bono legal services. She was the chair of the board of Healthcare for the Homeless―Houston. She has represented Justice for Children in several unique appeals involving children’s rights and the admission of psychiatric and psychological testimony. She was recognized recently as a founding member of Doctors for Change. Ms. Al-Bahish has also represented clients in political asylum, the Violence Against Women Act and human trafficking cases. She is a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.

Experience

Served as a special counsel to the state of New Jersey in litigation involving the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River.  Responsible for supervising expert testimony and the development of economic modeling, which supported the largest environmental damages settlement for the state ($190 million based on lost taxes and state revenues).

Representing a client in significant clean-up and natural resource damages claims based on sediment contamination at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Defending an environmental cost-recovery claim filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California based on contaminated groundwater at the Omega Superfund Site in Southern California.

Defense of multiple entities linked to environmental sites in Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

Assisting transportation clients in environmental issues related to emergency response.

CERCLA trial experience in the Eastern District of Texas representing a third-party plaintiff.  Helped the client prevail in claims against multiple parties.

Appellate experience related to CERCLA statute of limitations and admission of expert testimony, including statistical modeling.

Trial counsel and coordinator of medical causation/epidemiology and other scientific evidence in a high-profile toxic tort case in which the jury returned a complete defense verdict.  Argued and drafted multiple Daubert motions successfully.

Favorable arbitration outcome involving environmental claims related to pesticide formulation facility.

Arbitration awards in commercial matters involving international lumber-shipping contracts.

Represented energy companies in property damage and other tort litigation arising from upstream activities, and obtained dismissals of or favorably settled numerous cases.

Performed environmental/corporate due diligence.

Litigated successfully on behalf of a United States subsidiary of a Mexican corporation in a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty case against its president.  Significant challenges included the application of Mexican law and the review and synthesis of the company’s Spanish documents.

Assisted with the drafting of environmentally enabling legislation for Iraq under the supervision of the United States Coalition Provisional Authority.

Experience with litigation involving forest sustainability auditing practices.

Represented a railroad in environmental and contractual matters, including damage claims arising out of a derailment.

Drafted and analyzed environmental indemnity provisions.

Developed public health and risk communication strategies.

Resolved environmental insurance coverage matters.

Managed a multi-plaintiff chemical exposure and environmental property damage case, and resolved all claims for less than 10% of the demand.

Drafted cooperation agreements among parties jointly addressing large contaminated sites.

Won jurisdictional challenges for a global auto manufacturer and full-service financial services company.

Assisted companies with commercial and employment contracts and day-to-day legal issues.  Served in an outside general counsel role.

Trial experience related to premises liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, white collar criminal defense, trucking accidents and medical malpractice claims.

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