Gene Egdorf has been a trial lawyer and litigator for 30 years, handling a wide variety of cases on both sides of the docket. Gene is particular well-known in legal circles for his tenacity, his meticulous preparation of cases, the ability to achieve successful results, and the wide-ranging diversity of his practice.
After travelling nationwide for several years as part of a military family, Gene finally found his home in Houston mid-2nd grade. Gene attended North Shore High School, and then the University of Texas for his undergraduate and legal studies, where he graduated with Honors and accolades. Gene began his career handling commercial and personal injury litigation on behalf of defendants, but soon expanded and diversified his practice to handle all types of cases and for all parties. This led to Gene’s move to The Lanier Law Firm, which at the time had only four lawyers.
Gene developed a commercial litigation practice, including several high-profile antitrust cases that helped pave the way for wider access to cheaper and innovative medical devices. Gene has handled nearly every type of commercial matter imaginable, including employment and patent cases. However, he also took on any and all other matters, including medical malpractice, products liability, defective pharmaceuticals, and other catastrophic injuries. These included the groundbreaking Lloyd v NCAA case which resulted in sickle cell testing for collegiate athletes that has been touted in medical journal publications as having saved dozens of young lives.
After nearly 20 years, Gene moved on to Shrader & Associates to begin another commercial litigation practice and take on the NCAA again regarding CTE and other brain damage in collegiate football players. While these cases remain ongoing, Gene was the lead trial lawyer in the first national trial and achieved the first settlement in CTE litigation. During his time at the firm, Gene also handled an antitrust case, patent cases, breach of contract cases, personal injuries, and products liability matters. Looking for more challenges and an even more diversified practice, Gene has joined the experienced trial lawyers at Daniels & Tredennick and continues to handle all types of cases for those in need.
RTI v Becton Dickinson, Antitrust litigation on behalf of inventor of retractable syringes, resulting in a settlement in excess of $150 million
Lopez v Caterpillar, Products liability action resulting in a jury verdict in excess of $56 million
Nye v Ingersoll Rand, Employee Benefits action on behalf of more than 50 executives of Dresser Rand; Successfully obtained summary judgment ruling on behalf of Plaintiffs with case confidentially settling during second week of damages trial
Rochester Medical v CR Bard, Antitrust and business disparagement action on behalf of designer and manufacturer of medicated catheters, resulting in a significant settlement
Daniels Sharpsmart v Tyco, Antitrust and Business disparagement matter on behalf of designer and manufacturer of safe syringe disposal devices, resulting in a significant settlement
Exaro Energy v Encana, Arbitration matter on behalf of oil exploration company, successfully settled before trial
Ploetz v NCAA, The nation’s first trial concerning brain damaging and CTE related to playing football; successfully settled after one week of trial
Lloyd v NCAA, Represented the family of a deceased collegiate football player who died at practice from complications associated with sickle cell trait. As part of a successful settlement, the NCAA agreed to mandate sickle cell testing and education. As a result, there have been non subsequent NCAA Division I sickle cell trait deaths, after averaging multiple deaths every year in the two preceding decades.
Hart v EA Sports, Class action lawsuit on behalf of NCAA football players for the use of their Names, Images and Likenesses in video games. The case was successfully settled, resulting in the first-ever legal payments to college athletes.
Chesapeake Energy v McClendon, successfully represented the gas exploration company in an arbitration concerning theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, and other claims against the corporation’s founder and former Chief Executive Officer
In re: Toyota Sudden Acceleration Litigation, Successfully settled dozens of individual cases and was a member of the MDL Steering Committee
In re: General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation, Successfully settled numerous individual cases and was a member of the MDL Steering Committee
****** v Becton Dickinson, successfully represented an inventor of medical devices for claims of patent infringement and breach of a patent licensing agreement
Gamino v Shintech, Represented a man severely burned in a refinery explosion, resulting in a significant settlement soon after the commencement of discovery and retained experts determining the cause of the incident and parties responsible
In re: Vioxx Litigation, a member of the litigation team that handled numerous cases, including one resulting in a $256 million verdict, which was ultimately resolved in a global settlement
Torrey v IDSA, successful representation of over two dozen persons suffering from the effects of Chronic Lyme Disease but have been denied treatment
Castorena v Western, Representing the family of a man killed in a factory explosion, and served as a member of the MDL Steering Committee
Numerous other successful matters in a variety of litigation areas, including patent infringement, commercial disputes, products liability, employment disputes, medical malpractice, and catastrophic personal injuries.
University of Texas, Austin, B.A. 1988, With Honors
University of Texas, Austin, J.D. 1991, With Honors, Order of the Coif
Honors & Awards
SuperLawyers Rising Star (Multiple Years)
SuperLawyer (Multiple Years)
United States Supreme Court
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Professional & Community Involvement
Texas Bar Foundation
Houston Chairman, Alliance for Lupus Research
Member Foundation Board, Northland Christian School
Weil Gotshal & Manges 1991-1993
McFall Sherwood & Sheehan 1993-1998
The Lanier Law Firm 1998-2016
Shrader & Associates 2016-2021