Travis J. Sales

Practice Group Chair - ERISA Litigation (Firmwide) Partner


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Travis Sales

Travis Sales is recognized as a leading trial lawyer in Texas and nationally, including by such organizations as American College of Trial Lawyers (2017), Legal 500 (2013-2018), Chambers USA (2018), Best Lawyers in America (2015-2018), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (2016). Mr. Sales served as President of the Houston Bar Association and as Director of the State Bar of Texas, and he currently serves as a Texas Delegate to the American Bar Association. Mr. Sales has extensive experience with commercial litigation and arbitration, pension and ERISA matters, as well as energy, trade secret, construction and products liability disputes. He represents the Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association and the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System in on-going significant litigation against the City of Houston. He also represents leading energy and petrochemical companies in significant commercial, trade secret and construction cases, and he represents pharmaceutical and other companies in product liability and consumer fraud and Attorney Generals actions, including several mass tort and multi-district litigations.

Mr. Sales has represented pharmaceutical companies in defense of state Medicaid fraud claims brought by several Attorneys General, and Mr. Sales has defended energy and chemical companies in high profile commercial disputes, including against claims brought by the Mexican national oil company related to claims of conversion of millions of dollars of alleged stolen hydrocarbons. Mr. Sales also has represented clients in nationwide and state consumer class actions.

Related Experience

  • BASF Corporation – commercial and construction disputes
  • Houston Firefighter Relief and Retirement Fund – litigation against the City of Houston regarding the constitutionality of pension statute and other matters
  • Phillips 66 Company – complex commercial and pipeline disputes and class action ERISA stock drop litigation
  • Shell Trading U.S. Corporation and Shell Chemical Corporation – commercial energy disputes
  • Houston Municipal Employee Pension Plan – pension plan administration and distribution litigation and counseling
  • Ecolab/Nalco Company – trade secret and covenant not to compete litigation
  • Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association – defended constitutionality of voter passed initiative of pay parity with Houston police
  • Schlumberger Limited – ERISA benefits litigation
  • Merck & Co., Inc. – pharmaceutical product liability and state class action cases and commercial litigation, including defense of Vioxx litigation
  • Aetna Life Ins. Company – litigation over experimental cancer treatment and autism treatment coverage and ERISA disputes
  • Patterson TI - ERISA class action litigation
  • ConocoPhillips – ERISA benefits litigation
  • Huntsman Corp. – commercial disputes
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals L.P. – pharmaceutical product liability cases, including defense of Seroquel litigation
  • Other leading chemical companies – commercial disputes involving complex chemical industry contracts
  • Other Leading pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers – product liability defense
  • CenterPoint Energy, Inc., and its predecessors – numerous personal injury and commercial disputes
  • State Farm Insurance Companies – commercial cases against automobile repair shops
  • Science Applications International Corporation – commercial disputes in arbitration and litigation
  • SourceNet Solutions Inc. – plaintiff representation in a commercial dispute with a major high-tech company
  • Power Strategies, L.L.C. – plaintiff representation in a commercial dispute with Allied Waste, Inc.
  • Pinnacle Natural Gas Corporation – personal injury defense and insurance matter in oil field accident
  • Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Company – third-party and direct insurance defense

Awards & Community

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate

Recognized in Chambers USA, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022

Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., 2013-2019

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward and White, Inc.) as "Lawyer of the Year" for Texas Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Defendants, 2017-2021

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward and White, Inc.), 2015-2021

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2004, 2007-2021

Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star" in Texas, 2013-2021

State Bar of Texas-President's Award, 2009, President's Citation 2011 & 2012

State Bar of Texas-Judge Sam Williams Award, 2012

Houston Bar Association President's Award, 1992 & 2002


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