Lyle Rathwell

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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Woodloch Forest Drive 10001
The Woodlands 77380 TX US

Lyle R. Rathwell’s principal area of practice is handling a broad range of legal matters affecting the day-to-day business operations of his clients including litigation, energy transactions, contracts, accident investigations, insurance and risk allocation, human resources, workers’ compensation, and employment issues.

Lyle has extensive trial experience handling matters involving oil and gas, energy contracts, state and federal administrative compliance, catastrophic construction accidents, products liability, environmental, transportation, premises liability, maritime personal injury, engineering and construction contract disputes, complex commercial disputes, OSHA investigation and citation representation, defense of bodily injury and fatality cases, risk management, insurance coverage and subrogation litigation.

Representative clients include domestic and international insurers, energy companies, oil and gas drilling and service contractors, trucking companies, construction entities, contractors and engineers in commercial, industrial, and refinery operations.


  • Served as counsel for refinery owners, operators, and maintenance and construction contractors in refinery operations including contractual issues, bodily injury, and chemical exposure litigation
  • Drafted and negotiated master service agreements, engineering, drilling, construction, and maintenance contracts and related agreements including risk, loss allocation, and indemnity
  • Defended numerous drilling and energy service contractors, energy companies, vessel owners, product manufacturers, service contractors, and repair and maintenance facilities in fatality, bodily injury, commercial, contract, property damage, and toxic tort litigation in state and federal court
  • Defended a major wind turbine manufacturer involving construction and catastrophic property damage litigation
  • Represented insureds and insurers in risk allocation and insurance coverage matters
  • Supreme Court decision regarding the interpretation and application of the contractual indemnity obligation of a drilling contractor pursuant to the Texas Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Statute
  • Represented an international insurance company in a subrogation matter over a construction defect in a refinery, which resulted in a recovery in excess of $20 million
  • Counseled numerous clients insured by domestic and surplus lines insurers in breach of contract, serious bodily injury, fatality, and insurance coverage litigation cases
  • Experienced in drafting federal and state contracts and assisting clients in their responsibility to comply with all applicable federal and state regulations
  • Litigated matters involving an interstate flatbed motor carrier in bodily injury claims and commercial cargo disputes and state and federal DOT compliance issues


  • J.D. University of Houston, Cum Laude
  • M.S. University of Calgary
  • B.S. Lakehead University


  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC)
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)


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Woodloch Forest Drive 10001
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