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Greg Dillard

Partner
greg.dillard@kattenlaw.com
Houston Office
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Overview

Gregory Dillard (Greg) advises clients on health and safety (EHS) issues, and focuses on major accident response, including upstream, midstream and downstream process safety management (PSM) incidents and workplace fatalities. Greg provides on-site response support after such incidents and litigates subsequent regulatory enforcement cases, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and state agencies. Greg also routinely supervises internal company investigations and advises and trains companies on all aspects of safety and health compliance law to help prevent incidents.

Greg has a wide range of litigation experience, having represented clients before administrative law judges in both state and federal courts. He tried a 20-day OSHA trial, resulting in a dismissal of all 42 willful citations and a decrease in penalties from $2.9 million to $35,000. Greg’s experience with workplace and process safety allows him to meet the critical needs of clients from the onset of an incident through trial.

Greg is co-chair of Katten’s Process Safety Advocacy group, which focuses exclusively on effective advocacy for oil, gas and chemical companies related to the proposed revisions to the PSM rules under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. As co-chair, Greg works to influence OSHA as it continues its efforts to reform the current PSM standard, including development of strategy, meeting with regulators and drafting comments to OSHA.

Shown below is a selection of Greg’s engagements.

Experience
Major Accident and Incident Response
  • Representation of multiple facilities after a major accident and fatality, including response to OSHA inspection, assistance in simultaneous response to CSB and EPA inspections, and assistance in defense of personal injury and property damage lawsuits.
  • Representation of an offshore production company after a rig explosion and fire in response to BSEE civil and criminal investigation, and assistance with defense of related civil litigation.
  • Representation of multiple energy companies when they experienced uncontrolled releases from production wells.
  • Representation of a pipeline operator after a fatality and after an incident involving destruction of neighboring private property.
  • Representation of a steel manufacturer during OSHA inspection of an employee fatality.
  • Representation of an amusement park facility after an employee fatality, including defense against OSHA citations and assistance with civil litigation defense.
OSHA, Safety and Health Litigation and Compliance
  • Representation of multiple oil refineries, chemical plants, and midstream oil and gas companies in defense of OSHA citations alleging violations of process safety management standard and other safety regulations.
  • Provision of advice to a natural gas company and pipeline companies regarding compliance with safety regulations for gas-gathering equipment.
  • Defense of clients in four OSHA inspections involving crane accidents or failures, and assistance with defending related civil litigation.
  • Representation of multiple refineries and industrial manufacturing plants during planned OSHA inspections, including Refinery NEP inspections.
Whistleblower and Employment Litigation
  • Representation of a steel manufacturer in OSHA investigation of 11(c) whistleblower allegations.
  • Representation of a concrete manufacturer in Texas in whistleblower litigation; successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of client.
  • Representation of a pipeline company in DOT and STAA whistleblower litigation; obtained favorable settlement.
  • Lead internal investigation for a midstream company regarding DOT whistleblower allegations.
  • Representation of an oilfield services company in Texas and Louisiana in a lawsuit opposing restrictive covenants and unfair competition; obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Representation of an oilfield services company in North Dakota in an ERISA lawsuit involving denial of benefits and settlement of a second ERISA suit.
  • Representation of an employer in a three-day arbitration of a breach of contract dispute with its employment systems vendor.
  • Representation of a manufacturer against unfair labor practice claims and arbitration of a collective bargaining grievance on behalf of the manufacturer.

Recognition

Legal 500, 2016, 2017

H Magazine

H Magazine, Professional on the Fast Track, 2009
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2007–2009

Houston Business Journal

Houston Business Journal, 2016 Who's Who in Energy
Chambers USA - Ranked In, Recognized Practitioner, 2016, 2017
Advisories
Articles
Winter 2014
Co-author, What General Counsel and Other Corporate Lawyers Need to Know About OSHA and MSHA Compliance in 2014, Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas Newsletter
May 9, 2013
Author, Regulatory Uncertainty Challenging Offshore Operators, Houston Chronicle
Books
2005–2006
Author and Presenter, Employee Handbook & Policies, Texas Employment Law from A to Z
2002
Author, The Future of Mediation Confidentiality in Texas: Shedding Light on a Murky Situation, 21 Rev. Litig. 137
Newsletters
2003–2004
Contributing author, Council on Education Management Monthly Employment Newsletter
Presentations
March 2015
Moderator | Process Safety Management: What Is the Future of the Standard? | 2015 Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting | Naples, Florida
March 2014
Speaker | ADR – How It Is Working at the ALJ Level and Should It Be Implemented at the Commission Levels? | 2014 Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting | Tucson, Arizona
2014
Speaker | Top Five Things General Counsel Should Consider When Advising on Safety Compliance in 2014 | Houston, Texas
March 2013
Speaker | Significant Case Developments | 2013 Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting | Laguna Beach, California
March 2012
Speaker | OSHA Primer | 2012 Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting | Sarasota, Florida
October 2010
Speaker | ISA Automation Week | Houston, Texas
Spring 2010
Advisor | INGAA Foundation Safety Intervention Workshop | Houston, Texas
September 2010
Speaker | Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Conference Regarding Proposed Off-Shore Drilling Safety Regulations | Houston, Texas
Greg  Dillard

Education

  • JD, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • BS, Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Western District of Texas

Recognition

Legal 500
2016, 2017

H Magazine

Professional on the Fast Track, 2009
Super Lawyers Rising Stars
2007–2009

Houston Business Journal

2016 Who's Who in Energy
Chambers USA - Ranked In
Recognized Practitioner, 2016, 2017
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Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Houston Steering Committee