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Allred, Edward William

Name:Allred, Edward William
Practice In: International
Law Firm: Watts Guerra LLP
Location:Bank of America Plaza 300 Convent Street Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78205

Edward W. Allred

Worked as an Engineer before beginning law school.

President of Legal Honor Society and Editor of the Law Review in law school, two of the highest law school accolades one can attain.

Worked for the Honorable Emilio Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Before joining WGC's predecessor law firm, was a litigation attorney for an international law firm and an inhouse commercial transactions and litigation attorney for the US's largest independent refining company.

Prior to joining the firm, Ed Allred introduced the contingency-fee model to his corporate employer in commercial litigation matters and utilized that fee structure to mitigate the company's litigation costs and risks. Ed then started the firm’s business litigation section in 2004, creating a more cash flow efficient method for clients to resolve their disputes through informal and formal mediation, arbitration, or litigation without experiencing the customary large fees from law firms following the traditional hourly billing model. Ed also practices the “work smarter, not longer” model, which focuses more on each client’s particular needs and desired results from their specific dispute rather than the traditional model of producing volumes of paper and witnesses that are not germane to the issues at hand or geared toward obtaining the client its desired remedy. Perhaps more importantly, this approach allows our clients to be ready for trial within a year or two – not 3 to 5 years – of filing the dispute. This approach has been successful for Fortune 50 and small family businesses alike, in dispute types ranging from antitrust, breaches of contract, construction defects, oil & gas leases, and uranium leases, patent infringement, partnership disputes, failed real estate developments, securities fraud, and other business-to-business disputes with damages anywhere from five million to over eight hundred billion. In 2012, Ed's practice is largely consumed by disputes arising out of several Eagle Ford Shale Litigation matters, which stem from South Texas's current oil and gas leasing and production boom.

Ed has authored and presented papers on numerous topics related to commercial litigation and creative fee structures aimed at lowering the client’s risk and litigation funding costs.

Despite the above, Ed’s most important work isn’t in the office – it’s at home with his wife Rachel, their three sons and one daughter. They are members of St. Luke Episcopal Church and like most families with young children they spend their free time shuttling from one child’s event to the next.


  • Mr. Allred has written and presented multiple MCLE presentations relating to various business litigation topics.

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