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 lenders and owners in the development of 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 the Houston Pro Bono Champion for White & Case and as the Co-Chair of Women Empowering Women In Life and Law ("WE WILL"), a mentoring program for underserved high school girls in the community. Martha has also served on White & Case's Houston 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

  • Representation of Termocandelaria Power Ltd., the fifth largest electric power generation company in Colombia, and the largest non-hydro generator in the country, in connection with the development and financing of the conversion of its power plant located in Cartagena, Colombia from simple to nominal 566 megawatt net combined-cycle.
  • Representation of the lead arrangers on the project financing of Gulf Coast Ammonia, a world-scale hydrogen and nitrogen based ammonia plant in Texas City, Texas, with capital costs in excess of $800 million. The project was developed by Macquarie Capital, who sold their interest to Starwood Energy & Infrastructure Fund III at closing. Following closing, the 3,600 metric tons per day project is owned by Starwood Energy & Infrastructure Fund III and Mabanaft.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of an international petrochemical company in an EPC agreement for a greenfield specialty chemicals development in the Gulf Coast.
  • Representation of an international petrochemical company in its first major execution contract, a project management consultancy services agreement, for a greenfield petrochemicals complex.
  • Representation of the owner of a gas-to-liquids plant in dispute with its construction contractor.
  • Representation of 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.*
  • Representation of 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.*
  • Representation of 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.*
  • Representation of an international petrochemical company in asserting breach of contract and negligence claims against the EPCM contractor responsible for a new alkoxylation plant in Texas.*
  • Representation of a major oil refinery in asserting claims related to cost overruns and delays against the EPC contractor responsible for the refinery's expansion in Colombia.*
  • Representation of 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.*
  • Representation of 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

  • Representation of two unaccompanied minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
  • Representation of a mother and daughter separated along the US/Mexico border, which resulted in their reunification.*
  • Representation of a pro bono client in a termination and adoption case, which won after a bench trial.*
  • Representation of a non-profit orphanage in a will contest, which settled favorably after mediation.*

 

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.