Colin has crafted a true generalist trial practice at Gibbs & Bruns. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Colin has gone to trial and spearheaded cases – large and small – in the areas of oil and gas, energy and environmental regulations, banking, ponzi schemes and other financial fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, real estate, commercial contracts, mass tort, entertainment, trade secrets, excessive use of force, and more. Whether it is a high-stakes, high-dollar case or a small case that simply matters to his client – Colin is known for approaching every matter with initiative, attention to detail, and a can-do attitude.
Colin joined Gibbs & Bruns in 2011 and was elected partner seven years later.
Colin’s top-notch work has been recognized by his colleagues, peers, and clients, including in legal publications such as Legal 500 for Oil & Gas Litigation, Thomson Reuters’ “Texas Super Lawyers” and “Texas Rising Stars,” and Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.”
Just as evident are Colin’s leadership and dedication to community service. Colin is an elected member of the Houston Bar Association’s Board of Directors, and through his HBA work he has chaired and participated in a variety of HBA committees and organizations, including serving on the Communities in Schools Committee for over a decade and serving as the current President of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service. Colin also helps lead Gibbs & Bruns’ pro bono practice. In addition, Colin is actively involved in Houston’s efforts to address educational inequity, which was highlighted in the 2020 “Texas Rising Stars” piece, “Colin Pogge’s Teachable Moments.”
Developing a trial practice that covers a wide variety of complex cases, while maintaining a commitment to community engagement, didn’t happen by accident. Colin says it’s a product of how he was raised: “Growing up in Iowa, working hard and being well-rounded were ways of life. My dad, a litigator and city councilman, coached both my soccer and mock trial teams and modeled a strong work ethic. My mom, a former teacher, ensured education was the top priority but also encouraged me to follow my interests in different extracurriculars.”
Colin carried these values to The University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science, minored in the “PPE” (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) Program, and participated in student council, vocal performance, and the track team. After Notre Dame, Colin joined Teach for America in Houston, teaching 5th Grade within HISD.
In 2007 Colin started law school at the University of Texas School of Law. As a first-year law student, Colin and a friend won the school-wide mock trial competition, the first of several successes Colin experienced in advocacy competitions while at UT. Colin served as an Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. Graduating law school with honors, Colin returned to Houston for a one-year clerkship with The Honorable Sim Lake, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, before starting his practice at Gibbs & Bruns.
Below are descriptions of just some of the cases Colin has worked in his decade-plus tenure at Gibbs & Bruns.
Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc., et al. v. NuStar Logistics, LP
Represented Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. and Oxy Ingleside LPG Pipeline, LLC in a lawsuit against NuStar that centered on a pipeline refurbishment and reversal project and, after NuStar’s propane line ruptured, the integrity management of the pipeline. The dispute arose post-rupture when Oxy terminated the take-or-pay and related contracts with NuStar. Tried case to the bench for several weeks. Case settled after trial.
Goldking Onshore Operating, LLC et al. v. Leonard C. Tallerine, Jr., et al.
Represents Goldking Onshore Operating, LLC and Goldking Holdings, LLC in their lawsuit against the companies’ former President and CEO, Leonard C. Tallerine, Jr., for corporate embezzlement. Plaintiffs allege that Tallerine engaged in a calculated and pervasive scheme to steal at least $700,000 out of the companies’ operating accounts for his personal financial gain and use by, among other things, wiring company funds directly to his personal bank account or the accounts of entities he owns, directing the company to pay his personal expenses, submitting fake and doctored invoices to the company for payment to himself of his affiliates, and stealing checks payable to the company and depositing them in accounts of entities he owns. Based on this conduct, Plaintiffs have asserted claims against Tallerine and those that assisted in the embezzlement for conversion, violations of the Texas Theft Liability Act, fraud, unjust enrichment, breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing and conspiracy. Case settled prior to trial.
Scott Martin, et al v. Martin Resource Management Corp., et al.
Represented Keeneland Capital Management, LLC (“KCM”) in a shareholder derivative and individual suit involving its investment in Martin Resources Management Corporation (“MRMC”), a closely-held energy corporation in the business of transportation, storage, terminalling and processing of energy resources. KCM purchased a significant number of shares in MRMC from a key stakeholder, and was assigned that seller’s causes of action against members of management and the Board of Directors for, among other claims, shareholder oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful entrenchment and dilution, abuse of control, gross mismanagement and fraud stemming from the Directors’ alleged improper issuance of well over $50 million of MRMC stock for the purpose of entrenching management and diluting certain minority shareholders. MRMC and the MRMC Employee Stock Ownership Trust also opposed KCM in this action, and, along with the other defendants, asserted counterclaims for over $20 million in alleged damages against all plaintiffs and other third parties. After two years of intense litigation that involved several other related lawsuits, the case settled favorably for KCM for a confidential amount on October 2, 2012.
Venture Capital Firm Representation
Represented a venture capital firm and one of its managing partners in a dispute between two cell-tower companies involving claims for unfair competition, business disparagement, tortious interference, breach of contract, and Lanham Act and anti-trust violations.
Vocal Entertainer Representation
Represented a well-known vocal entertainer and songwriter in defense of a lawsuit brought in federal court by his former record label that included claims for breach of contract and copyright and trademark infringement. The trial court granted our client’s motion to dismiss.
Pro Bono Representations
Through the firm’s affiliation with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers program represented clients on a pro bono basis in a variety of matters including family disputes and student-loan assistance.
Represented a low-income family pro bono in defense of a neighborhood public-nuisance lawsuit, which ultimately resulted in a favorable, non-monetary settlement agreement.
University of Texas, J.D., with honors, 2010
Order of the Coif
The Order of Barristers
Articles Editor, Texas Law Review
The University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
Named in Legal 500 US
Recommended in Energy Litigation – Oil & Gas, 2019-2022
Recommended in General Commercial Disputes, 2020
Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” 2021-2022
Named to Thomas Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, 2021-2022
Named a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, 2018-2020
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Board of Directors, Position 3 (2020-2021, 2021-2023)
Communities in Schools Committee (2012-2021)
Mock Trial Director
Houston Lawyer Referral Service
Teach Texas Committee
Committee Addressing Homelessness and Hunger (2021-2022)
Teach for America – Houston
Board of Directors (2020-2021)
Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
Charity Golf Tournament Committee (2011-2020)
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow