Will Petit represents clients in the litigation and trial of environmental, commercial and general civil matters. He also provides practical, cost-effective legal advice on general business and environmental matters designed to help his clients address their current and future legal and business needs. To deliver consistently proactive legal counsel, Will draws upon his understanding of contract, commercial and environmental law; his ability to prioritize and assess risk; his experience in resolving legal conflict, including in litigation and through trial; and his familiarity with his clients’ business objectives.
Will represents clients on both sides of the docket and in a variety of contexts. He has counseled public entity and industry clients in several high-profile environmental contamination cases. In those cases, Will has pursued and defended claims involving property damages, tort damages, remediation, allocation, cost recovery and natural resource damages under state and federal statutes and the common law.
At the same time, Will has devoted a significant portion of his practice to the representation of energy, real estate, transportation and manufacturing clients in commercial and general civil litigation. He has handled lawsuits involving real estate transactions, commercial contracts, eminent domain, oil and gas matters, partnership disputes, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination, trade secrets, non-compete agreements and other business-related torts.
Over the last few years in particular, Will’s practice has expanded to include the role of general counsel for companies that do not have their own legal department. Acting as a quarterback, Will is instrumental in addressing all the legal needs of these clients, including general corporate matters, contract drafting, risk allocation, employment and various regulatory matters, such as environmental permitting, responding to administrative enforcement actions and workplace safety issues.
A national Law360
, Texas Super Lawyer
and Texas Tech “Rising Star,” Will is invested in his clients and the legal counsel he provides. A testament to his dedication, many of Will’s clients have stayed with him over years of practice, and consistently ask him to handle a broader range of their legal needs. Organized, prepared, responsive and trustworthy, Will’s innate skill as a people-person allows him to streamline communication and identify not only what is important to his clients, but also to opposing counsel and their clients—a skill that often leads to efficient and favorable outcomes for his clients. However, when settlement is not an option, Will is prepared and ready to go to trial to achieve the results that his clients deserve.
CCA, Central Houston Chapter, board member, 2011-present
Trotter Family YMCA, board member, 2012-2016