Robert Burford (co-counsel with Gibbs & Bruns) represented Vinson & Elkins attorney, D. Bobbitt Noel, in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case against billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones, Chief Energy and Devon Energy. Noel alleged an old friend, Rees-Jones, cheated him when he bought out Noel's stake in a highly successful shale gas company, Chief Energy. After a several week trial and favorable jury verdict, the trial court entered a $196 million judgment for Noel.