Eugene "Gene" R. Egdorf represents Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. clients in commercial and complex litigation matters as well as sports-related head injuries. Gene has worked on cases including matters involving antitrust, patent infringement, oil and gas, fraud, employment, securities, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and product liability. He is well known for spearheading such high profile cases such as the now-famous Toyota "sudden acceleration” litigation and GM’s recalls for faulty ignition switches.
Gene has worked on many notable cases in Texas and nationwide, winning record verdicts and changing lives for the better. While his list of wins is longer than we have room for, here are some of his career highlights:
- Prepared litigation in Vioxx trials against Merck & Co., which resulted in a $265 million verdict.
- Primary handling attorney in RTI v. Becton Dickinson, which was ultimately settled for $100 million.
- Handling and member of trial attorney team on Lopez v. Caterpillar, which resulted in a $56.3 million product liability verdict, the largest personal injury verdict at the time in San Antonio.
- Served as class counsel against EA Sports and NCAA for using college student likenesses in video games, which settled for over $40 million and allowed student-athletes to be paid for the first time.
- Argued for the plaintiffs in antitrust case Daniels Sharpsmart, Inc. vs Tyco International (U.S.) Inc., which resulted in a settlement of over $40 million.
Gene has been responsible for dozens of matters resulting in seven- or eight-figure verdicts or settlements. His record includes cases against major national and multinational corporations. He has also become a reliable source for legal questions regarding the NCAA and student-athletes’ rights.
Recognized Leader In Sports Law
Gene has become the utmost “go-to” attorney in America for sports law and is a frequent media guest and commentator on legal issues in sports. He served as an expert source for a major news network regarding the Bowl Championship Series and has served as a panelist at the Fordham Sports Law Symposium.
Gene navigated the waters to bring about the high profile EA Sports settlement, in 2013, which for the first time provided monetary compensation to college athletes. Under his leadership, thousands of current and former NCAA student-athletes received a landmark settlement of $40 million, with video game giant EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), over the unauthorized use of their names and likenesses.
Further, Gene recently acted as lead counsel in a high-profile case representing the family of Rice University student-athlete, Dale R. Lloyd II, in a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The settlement resulted in the NCAA recommending, for the first time, that all collegiate student-athletes be tested for the sickle cell trait. Since testing began, no Division I athletes have died from SCT complications. Gene also successfully represented former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartman in connection with a career-ending leg injury resulting from the turf system at Reliant Stadium.
Gene also serves as Vice President and General Counsel for ETL Associates, Inc., one of the nation's most respected corporations devoted solely to the representation and management of professional athletes. This organization was selected to partner with The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) in its quest to secure new corporate sponsorships, aligned with the MFC's signature honors, the Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the year) and the Bert Bell Award (NFL player of the year).
Gene resides in Houston with his wife and son.