Barclay R. Nicholson

Top rated Civil Litigation attorney in Houston, Texas

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Barclay R. Nicholson
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources

Licensed in Texas since: 1999

Education: University of Houston Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2010, 2013

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

700 Louisiana St
Suite 2750
Houston, TX 77002 Phone: 713-431-7177 Email: Barclay R. Nicholson Visit website


Barclay Nicholson is a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Houston office, where he focuses his practice on commercial disputes. He has represented a broad range of clients from Fortune 50 Companies to individual business owners. He has significant experience in handling energy related litigation and construction litigation cases and has represented some of the world's major oil and gas producing and refining companies. 

Barclay has handled commercial cases that involve amounts exceeding one billion dollars. He has represented clients in numerous proceedings both in the United States (in federal and state courts) and abroad (in the LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and ICDR). Additionally, he has represented clients before various administrative and congressional oversight boards.

First Admitted: 1999, Texas

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Assoication, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Vice-Chair (2011-2013); Energy Litigation Committee, Senior Leadership and Programs Chair (2013- 2014); Business Torts Litigation Committee, Committee Leadership (2011 - 2012); International Law Section, Steering Group (2014 - 2015); State Bar of Texas Litigation Section; College of the State Bar of Texas (2006 - 2013); Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (2006 - 2013); Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow; Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow; Houston Bar AssociationChair of the Litigation Section (2013 - 2014);  Chair-Elect of the Litigation Section (2012 - 2013);  Continuing Legal Education Committee (2011 - 2012); The General Counsel Forum Board Member and Corporate Secretary (2013 - 2014).  
  • Chambers USA(2011- 2014) Strauss Fellow, Next Generation Project Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas "Texas Rising Star," Commercial Litigation Law & Politics (2005 - 2010, 2013) "Houston's Top Lawyers," H Texas Magazine(2006 - 2009, 2013- 2014) Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals (2008 - 2014); Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis (2014); Irish Legal 100 (2014); Who's Who in Energy (2013). 
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Industry Groups:
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Insurance
  • Oil & Gas

Office location for Barclay R. Nicholson

700 Louisiana St
Suite 2750
Houston, TX 77002


8 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2010, 2013

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