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Adam W. Green

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Adam Green is a member of the Product Liability and Mass Tort Group and leads the Firm's Water Technology and Water Treatment Team.

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Defended the first reported Legionella wrongful death case against a chemical water treater from the trial court through the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Defense of multi-million dollar construction claims arising from corrosion related failures of mechanical equipment and condenser water systems.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Green concentrates his practice in matters involving water handling systems, water treatment chemistry, products liability, commercial litigation, construction and toxic torts on a national scale. He has served as lead counsel in more than 25 states from Hawaii to Florida to Massachusetts.

Representative Matters
  • Defended the first reported Legionella wrongful death case against a chemical water treater from the trial court through the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • National defense of the catastrophic failure of condenser water systems and mechanical equipment.

  • Successfully defended exposure-induced wrongful death and serious personal injury claims incident to bacteria, pesticides, urethanes, polymers, biocides, asbestos and others. 

  • Successfully defended over 300 products liability actions on a national scale.

  • Water Technology and Water Treatment

  • Defense of multi-million dollar construction claims arising from corrosion related failures of mechanical equipment and condenser water systems.

  • Consulted and defended disputes relating to a litany of failure modes and causes including operational errors, design issues, improper commissioning and passivation, inadequate cycling, over-firing, inadequate hydraulic balancing, improper layup, inadequate water flow, dead legs and stagnation.

  • Secured complete dismissal and an award of attorney's fees in corrosion based failures of system water piping in HVAC, process cooling and fire water systems.

  • Lead counsel in successful defense of claims arising from failures incident to caustic gouging, flame impingement, erosion corrosion, improper material selection and lack of legacy knowledge.

  • Served as counsel in construction litigation involving personal injuries and wrongful death claims including defense of alleged OSHA, NIOSH and ANSI violations, risk management assessment, delay claims, indemnification disputes and premises defects.
  • Defense of complex disputes including contractual indemnity claims involving general contractors, HVAC mechanical subcontractors, architects, engineers, pipe suppliers, building maintenance and water treaters.

  • Authored and negotiated performance-based and health-based water treatment service agreements.

  • Consulted and defended issues incident to lead contamination and E. coli bacteria.

  • Lead counsel in non-disclosure and non-solicitation disputes. 

  • Authored and represented parties in non-competition disputes.

  • Cooling Technology and Corrosion Science

  • Lead counsel in cooling technology cases involving the catastrophic failure of condenser water systems and mechanical equipment.

  • Lead counsel in matters relating to industrial and commercial cooling through open and closed loop systems, large and small bore condenser water pipes, boiler water and heat exchangers.

  • Lead counsel in multi-million dollar claims incident to chemical water treatment resulting in outright dismissal and an award of attorney's fees.

  • Legionella and Legionnaire's Disease

  • Lead counsel in defense of Legionellosis and Legionnaire's Disease cases involving wrongful death and personal injuries incident to sepsis and acute multiple organ failure including lung and renal issues.

  • Successfully examined experts in the fields of epidemiology, public health, mechanical engineering, water chemistry and microbiology regarding issues of exposure, prevention and control.

  • Knowledge of guidance documents relevant to Legionella for nosocomial and non-nosocomial exposures.

  • Successfully examined state public health officials regarding Legionella outbreaks, causation, control, testing, treatment and remediation.

  • Intimate knowledge of the history and development of ASHRAE 188P and ASHRAE 188.

  • Extensive work with world renowned experts in the fields of infectious disease, pulmonology, water chemistry, cooling systems, microbiology, industrial hygiene, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and public health.

  • Knowledge and experience with public health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Extensive knowledge and familiarity with guidance documents from the Cooling Tower Institute (CTI), Association of Water Technology (AWT), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Products Liability

  • Achieved a full defense decision in products liability arbitration proceedings.

  • Represented a consumer products manufacturer in a complex product liability matter wherein statutory indemnity rights were contested and secured.

  • Provided counsel in products cases involving standards from the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • Toxic Tort

  • Lead counsel in defense of claims of chemically-induced diseases incident to exposures to urethanes, polymers, ethers and biocides against national chemical manufacturer.
  • Defended Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis matters.

  • Lead counsel in defense of global pesticide and fumigant manufacturer in exposure fatalities resulting from restricted use pesticides.

  • Lead counsel in full defense of gluteraldehyde exposure-induced Spasmodic Dysphonia and Dysphagia.

  • Lead counsel in full defense of exposure-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
  • Defended national product, premises, employer, equipment and respiratory protection defendants in complex asbestos, benzene and silica litigation.

  • Defended employers, premises owners and product manufacturers against personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from chemical and dust exposures.

  • Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer from claims of personal injuries resulting from ingestion-based injuries and death.

  • Transportation

  • Successfully represented railroad carrier in claims involving derailments and services failures arising from rail defects.

  • Defended mass tort action arising from acrylamide release from container cars.

  • Defended railroad cross fatalities and crossing closure actions.

  • Defendant Federal Employers Liability Act disputes.

  • Lead counsel in defense of personal injuries claims incident to rail cars.

  • Defended aviation company in litigation involving multiple fatality plane crash involving allegations of pilot error, mechanical failure, negligent maintenance and failure to secure cargo.

  • Fire-Related Loss

  • Lead counsel in products liability fire cases involving various standards under the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

  • Lead counsel in catastrophic fire loss involving flame retardant insulation.

  • Lead counsel in catastrophic fire loss from a candle resulting in complete dismissal and award of indemnity.

  • Obtained dismissal of claims arising from a catastrophic fire loss claim in the subrogation context following engagement of experts focused on accelerant patterns and flame retardant capabilities.

  • Real Estate

  • Successfully tried a real estate agency dispute against a national realty firm involving breach of fiduciary duties, failure to disclosure, fraud and violations of the Texas DTPA.

  • Lead counsel for real estate brokers and agents involving fee disputes.

  • Lead counsel for Landlord Tenant disputes.

  • Successfully defended municipality involving property rights including water runoff, drainage, land elevations, trespass and adverse possession.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2006 – 2016)
  • Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine (2011 – 2017)
  • America's Most Honored Professionals Award (2016)
  • Texas' Top Rated Lawyers by Legal Leaders (2014) – Construction Law, Products Liability, Commercial Litigation 
  • Faculty – Environmental Risk Strategies Institute, University of Houston (2011)
  • Former Faculty – International Institute of Environmental Risk Management, Texas State University
  • Presenter – Product Liability & Emerging Toxic Torts, University of Houston (2011)
  • Keynote Speaker – "Legal Perspectives in Occupational Medicine," University of Texas School of Public Health (2010)
  • Instructor – Nanotechnology, I2ERM (Summer 2008)
  • Instructor – Product Liability & Emerging Toxic Torts, I2ERM (Spring 2008)
  • Instructor – Vapor Intrusion: A Volatile Legal Horizon (Winter 2006)
  • Instructor – Mold Litigation: Insurance Claims, Construction Defects and Personal Injuries (Spring 2005)
  • Environmental Risk Manager Certification (2005)
Publications
  • "The Rest of the Story: You Have Treated Your Cooling Tower - What Can Go Wrong?," Cooling Technology Institute, TP19-16 (2019), CTI Journal (Summer 2019)
  • "Cybersecurity & Cooling Technology: What You Need to Know," CTI Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 11-14, 2019)
  • Bob Cunningham and Adam Green – "A Landmark Legionella Lawsuit: A Case Study Highlighting the Legal, Mechanical and Microbiological Factors," Cooling Technology Institute (2017)
  • Pat Guccione and Adam Green – "System Failures Unrelated to Water Chemistry," Cooling Technology Institute (2017)
  • Bob Cunningham and Adam Green – "Failure of Water Handling Systems & Managing the Resulting Liability," Association of Water Technologies, Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan (September 13-16, 2017)
  • Bob Cunningham and Adam Green – "Failure of Building Water Systems: How to Plan for Success and Manage Liability," Cooling Technology Institute, TP17-22 (2017), CTI Journal, Volume 38, No. 2, pp. 68-74 (Summer 2017)
  • Bob Cunningham and Adam Green – "A Landmark Legionella Lawsuit: A Case Study Highlighting the Legal, Mechanical and Microbiological Factors," as part of a series with Dr. Janet Stout – Cooling Technology Institute (2017)
Speaking Engagements
  • "The Standard of Care: How Good Do Treaters Have To Be?," Association of Water Technologies 2019 Annual Convention & Exposition, Palm Springs, California (September 2019)
  • "Selling Your Business: Tax, Business and Transactional Issues," Association of Water Technologies 2019 Annual Convention & Exposition, Palm Springs, California (September 2019)
  • "Business Succession Planning Begins With Your Organizational Documents," Association of Water Technologies 2019 Annual Convention & Exposition, Palm Springs, California (September 2019)
  • Keynote Speaker – "Legionella: Small Bugs, Big Risks," 2019 Suez Northeast Water Technical Seminar, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (June 18, 2019)
  • "Water Treatment Contracts - Stop Claims in Advance & Preserve Your Rights," AWT Webinar with John Walsh and Don Cleveland of WaterColor Management (April 11, 2019)
  • "Choice of Entity and Other Tax Strategies for Privately-Held Businesses," AWT Webinar with Rob Wollfarth (March 22, 2019)
  • "Running Your Business: Using Financials To Make Business Decisions and Tax Strategies for Small Businesses," AWT Business Owner's Meeting with Rob Wollfarth, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 21-22, 2019)
  • "Making the Right Hire," CTI Annual Conference with Karen Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 11-14, 2019)
  • Panelist – "Ask the Expert," CTI Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 11-14, 2019)
  • "Cybersecurity & Cooling Technology: What You Need to Know," CTI Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 11-14, 2019)
  • "The Rest of the Story: You Have Treated Your Cooling Tower - What Can Go Wrong?," CTI Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 11-14, 2019)
  • Panelist – "Best Practices for Water Treatment Program Performance Guidelines - A Long Overdue Update by Industry," CTI Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 11-14, 2019)
  • "Cybersecurity for Water Treatment: What You Need to Know," AWT Webinar with Aldo Leiva (January 17, 2019)
  • "Legionella Risk Mitigation Strategies," American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2018)
  • "Immigration Matters," AWT Business Resources Committee Webinar (September 2018)
  • "Non-Competition Agreements," AWT Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (September 26-29, 2018)
  • Panelist – Legionella Panel Discussion, AWT Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (September 26-29, 2018)
  • "Making the Right Hire," AWT Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (September 26-29, 2018)
  • "It's Not Me, It's You: System Failures Unrelated to Water Chemistry," AWT Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (September 26-29, 2018)
  • "Terminations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," AWT Business Resources Committee Webinar (August 2018)
  • "Making the Right Hire," AWT Business Resources Committee Webinar (July 2018)
  • "Legionella Litigation on the Rise – The Science, Industry Response, Law and Defense Strategies," International Association of Defense Counsel (June 2018)
  • "Government Contracts 101," AWT Business Resources Committee Webinar (June 2018)
  • "Legionella: Small Bugs, Big Risks," American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2018)
  • "Non-Competition Agreements," with Bob Cunningham, AWT Business Resources Committee Webinar (April 26, 2018)
  • "Key Issues in Succession Planning: An Introductory Discussion," AWT Business Resources Committee Webinar (March 28, 2018)
  • "Ask the Expert," Cooling Technology Institute's 2017 Annual Conference, Houston, Texas (February 7, 2018)
  • "System Failures Unrelated to Water Treatment Chemistry," with Pat Guccione – Cooling Technology Institute's 2018 Annual Conference, Houston, Texas (February 5, 2018)
  • Panelist – "A Landmark Legionella Lawsuit," Water Treatment Panel Discussion, Cooling Technology Institute's 2018 Annual Conference, Houston, Texas (February 5, 2018)
  • "Generating Revenues from Testing for Legionella Pneumophila," IDEXX Water Webinar (December 2017)
  • "Legal Perspectives in Water Treatment and Legionella," ETI Annual Conference, Charleston, South Carolina (November 2017)
  • "Failure of Water Handling Systems and Managing the Resulting Liability," Association of Water Technologies Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan (September 2017)
  • "Failure of Building Water Systems: How to Plan for Success and Manage Liability," Cooling Technology Institute's 2017 Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2017)
  • Panelist – "Legionella Update 2017," Water Treatment Panel Discussion, Cooling Technology Institute's 2017 Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2017)
  • "Ask the Expert," Cooling Technology Institute's 2017 Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2017)
  • 2011 Environmental Risk Management Conference, Texas State University (2011)
  • "Products Liability & Emerging Toxic Torts," 2011 Environmental Risk Strategies Conference, University of Houston (2011)
  • "Legal Perspectives in Occupational Medicine," 2010 University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas (2010)
  • 2008 Environmental Risk Management, Nanotechnology (Summer 2008)
  • "Vapor Intrusion," 2008 Environmental Risk Management Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado (2008)
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Awards

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1996

Admissions

  • Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 

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