Martha Buttry Daniels

Associate, Houston

Biography

Overview

Martha Buttry Daniels is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project, and Asset Finance group. She is a key team-member on the White & Case construction transactions team based in Houston, Texas, primarily advising owners on their major construction projects across the globe, including petrochemical facilities, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, pipelines, power plants, and renewable projects. Prior to joining White & Case, Martha spent six years litigating and arbitrating complex construction disputes in the energy industry. These experiences enable her to provide unique insight to the Firm's construction clients. Martha currently serves as the South Central Regional Director for the Society of Construction Law, North America and was selected to serve in the Institute for Energy Law’s (IEL) Leadership Class for 2019/2020.

Martha earned her law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of Barristers. During law school, she was recognized as Best Advocate at the Strasburger Senior Mock Trial Competition, served as the Articles Editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, and competed with the Interscholastic Mock Trial Team. Martha graduated summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University, where she was a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Program (three-time West Coast Conference champions). She currently serves as Co-Chair for the Houston Young Lawyer's Association Lean In Program and as the Houston Pro Bono Champion for White & Case. Martha also is a member of White & Case's Associate and Summer Committees.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
Education
JD
The University of Texas at Austin
BA
Gonzaga University
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

Construction and Engineering Matters

Representing an international petrochemical company on the expansion of an existing facility in the Gulf Coast, through an EPC agreement containing a complex, hybrid commercial structure.

Representing an international petrochemical company in an EPC agreement for a greenfield specialty chemicals development in the Gulf Coast.

Representing an international petrochemical company in its first major execution contract, a project management consultancy services agreement, for a greenfield petrochemicals complex.

Representing a natural gas pipeline company seeking damages from the designers and constructors of a natural gas pipeline in Georgia. The pipeline experienced severe external corrosion during construction which required that miles of the pipeline be replaced.*

Representing a natural gas pipeline company seeking damages from a weld inspection contractor for providing defective digital weld images during the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Georgia. The case was tried to a jury in the Northern District of Georgia and resulted in a favorable multi-million dollar verdict.*

Representing a major energy company in asserting negligence and gross negligence claims against the engineering subcontractor responsible for the design of a hydro-dearomatization plant in Texas.*

Representing an international petrochemical company in asserting breach of contract and negligence claims against the EPCM contractor responsible for a new alkoxylation plant in Texas.*

Representing a major oil refinery in asserting claims related to cost overruns and delays against the EPC contractor responsible for the refinery's expansion in South America.*

Representing a major energy company in asserting claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against the managing contractor of a refinery expansion project in the Gulf Coast.*

Representing a general contractor defending against breach of contract and fraud claims lodged by a mechanical subcontractor constructing a cryogenic gas facility in Texas.*

Defending against alleged misrepresentations related to the base gas present in a natural gas storage facility in Texas.*

Pro Bono

Representing two unaccompanied minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Assisting in the reunification of a mother and daughter separated along the US/Mexico border.*

Representing a pro bono client in a termination and adoption case, which won after a bench trial.*

Representing a non-profit orphanage in a will contest, which settled favorably after mediation.*

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.