Miles O. Indest Associate

A Texas-Louisiana litigator with an MBA, Miles enjoys helping companies protect their intellectual property and resolve high-stakes litigation. Miles has significant experience representing energy and technology companies in complex disputes involving contracts, environmental issues, government investigations, and trade secret theft.

Miles prides himself on securing quick and efficient victories for his clients to prevent unfair competition or irreparable harm. His colleagues recognize his unique expertise with forensic investigations, electronic discovery, and software, which he uses to rapidly uncover and organize evidence from computers, cell phones, and storage devices. Using this experience, Miles has secured and defeated injunctions related to oil and gas services, joint operating agreements, debt collections, security interests, foreclosures, confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, and theft of trade secrets.

Miles is a thought leader in his industry on emerging technology and trade secrets, as he frequently publishes articles and speaks at conferences, CLEs and webinars. In 2022, he was appointed Chair of the Young Technology Professionals committee of CAIL’s Institute for Law & Technology. Miles also enjoys persuasive writing and, as a devoted advocate, has helped clients win at both the trial and appellate levels, including in the Texas Courts of Appeal and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Miles also offers proactive guidance to companies regarding intellectual property and government investigations—counseling them on their relationships with competitors, partners, and customers, restrictive covenants with employees, and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Regulation Fair Disclosure, and data breach notification laws. While at Tulane Law School, Miles won two national writing competitions for articles examining emerging topics in securities regulation, crowdfunding, and healthcare litigation. Miles was also presented the Cullen R. Liskow Award for earning the highest score in his Oil and Gas course. 

Experience

Obtained complete dismissal of putative class action in Texas federal court for a global inspection company related to train derailment and alleged environmental and power outage issues.

Prosecuted bet-the-company trade secret and breach of fiduciary litigation for Fortune 150 energy company, obtaining a significant settlement at the eve of trial.

Obtained directed verdict dismissal of injunction proceeding in Texas state court for appliance company and blue collar workers involving claims of breach of contract and restrictive covenants.

Obtained multi-million dollar international arbitration award in favor of Ecuadorian engineering company against Brazilian construction company, including a six-figure award for pre-judgment interest and a six-figure award for attorney’s fees.

Obtained multiple temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions in Texas state courts for international and technology companies—preventing further theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, and violations of restrictive covenants.

Advised oil and gas companies in resolving disputes related to pipelines, joint operating agreements, expenditures, and royalties.

Won appeals in the Texas Courts of Appeal and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Represented equipment suppliers and manufacturers in contract and tort disputes related to alleged defects and API specifications.

Favorably resolved an oil and gas joint operating dispute relating to well proposals and rights to operate on behalf of a non-operator.

Defended downstream purchaser related to alleged breach of crude oil supply agreement caused by unforeseeable economic circumstances.

Defended energy companies in lawsuits involving environmental and toxic tort allegations.

Represented companies in complex transaction-based controversies, business organization disputes and derivative suits.

Defended telecommunications company against claims involving negligence, personal injury and property damage.

Managed large scale e-discovery projects and forensic investigations in complex, high-stakes litigation matters.

Created and helped implement corporate compliance measures for companies related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and data breach notification laws.

  • Tulane University Law School, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Tulane Law Review, Tulane Moot Court, 2016
  • Tulane University Freeman School of Business, MBA, Dean's List, 2016
  • Louisiana State University, BS, Business Management, summa cum laude, 2012

Chair, Young Technology Professionals of the Institute for Law & Technology, The Center for American and International Law (CAIL)

Advisory Board Member, Institute for Law & Technology, The Center for American and International Law (CAIL)

President, Tulane Christian Legal Society, 2015-2016

President, Riverside Military Academy Alumni Class of ’08, 2016-2018

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, 2022

Judicial Intern to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2014

Judicial Intern to the Honorable Jerry A. Brown, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2013

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