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BP Facing Familiar Nemesis: PI Lawyer Brent Coon

Posted May 28, 2010 1:39 PM CDT
By Mark Hansen

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When BP's Texas City, Texas, oil refinery exploded in 2005, killing 15 workers and injuring hundreds, company officials came to know Brent Coon very well.

Coon, who heads a Beaumont, Texas-based environment and personal injury practice, spearheaded the Texas civil litigation against BP following the accident, which the company eventually settled for more than $3 billion in damages.

He now represents one of the survivors in last month's explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 workers and has led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

And he's gearing up to take on the company once again, according to a profile of the colorful 50-year-old lawyer published Friday in the Montreal Gazette.

Not that Coon is someone who could easily be forgotten. He wears his hair long, dresses in jeans and work boots, sports a tattoo, plays guitar in a rock and roll band, rides motorcycles and hangs out with Playboy playmates.

And he's got something to prove.

"With BP, we have this long history of reckless behavior," he told the paper. "BP is no better today than they were five years ago."

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