John W. Bridger - Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P.

John W. Bridger

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

John’s practice includes a wide variety of civil and maritime litigation, including tort and commercial disputes. He has tried over 70 cases to verdict. He frequently defends personal injury and property damage claims typically occurring on or at chemical plants, refineries, fabrication shops, docks, marine terminals, vessels, offshore oil rigs and platforms, and construction sites. These cases regularly involve claims of negligence, gross negligence, premises liability, products liability, maritime law (including the Jones Act, LHWCA, DOHSA, and general maritime law), and contribution and indemnity.

John also handles a variety of commercial and contractual matters, including claims arising from breach of contract, insurance and indemnity disputes, and maritime bunkers sales.

John looks for creative, innovative, and efficient means to pursue his clients litigation goals.

Baylor UniversityBA 1982University of Texas at AustinJ.D. 1985

Case History

Representative Case

Prosecuted and defended indemnity actions for major oil companies, petrochemical companies, and specialty steel producers  (including innovative use of Chapter 82 indemnity) and wrote the indemnity provision used by a major chemical company.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended (unanimous defense verdict) in Galveston 16 specialty steel producers and suppliers in a nickel and hexavalent chromium inhalation case involving heart and lung injuries with past medical bills exceeding $1 million.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended (unanimous defense verdict) in Beaumont (Jefferson County) major oil company in hydrogen sulfide exposure cases resulting from injection well explosion and resulting in alleged brain damage to plaintiff.

As co-counsel, successfully defended (and held on appeal) in Beaumont (Jefferson County) Jones Act employer from gross negligence allegations in an unseaworthiness case (Penrod Drilling Corp v. Williams, one of the first post-Milescases to so hold).

In Gulf War Syndrome cases (putuative class action), successfully obtained in Brazoria County dismissal of manufacturer, which had plead guilty in companion criminal case, based on motion for summary judgment that, in part, invoked international treaties defining bio-chemical weapons.

In maritime collision case involving over 450 plaintiffs claiming exposure to chemicals released as a result of the collision, successfully obtained in Galveston summary judgment on duty for ship owner.

Office Location

4900 Woodway Drive, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77056
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male