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Education

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2004

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1998

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Texas

United States District Court Southern District of Texas

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Kate Wade is a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. Her litigation experience includes jury trials and arbitrations and includes the following areas:

  • Contract disputes
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Oil and gas exploration and production equipment and technology
  • Products liability
  • Personal injury / wrongful death
  • Trade secrets
  • Construction disputes
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • OSHA and industrial accident investigations
  • Premises liability

Representative Experience

Kate has tried cases to verdict and judgment in Texas federal and state courts and to final award before the American Arbitration Association.

  • Early (approx. three months from client's answer date to third-party plaintiff's motion to dismiss) dismissal of claims brought against pipe manufacturer in personal injury lawsuit
  • First chair jury trial defense judgment in breach of contract and quantum meruit suit against construction materials supplier
  • Second chair jury trial multi-million dollar judgment for chemical products distributor in breach of fiduciary duty and fraud suit against former employee for misappropriation of corporate opportunities
  • Judgment, including permanent injunctive relief, for manufacturer of oilfield equipment against former employee for theft of proprietary drawings
  • Judgment for chemical products manufacturer against former employee who embezzled more than $250,000
  • Summary judgment against wrongful death claim involving train crossing accident
  • Dismissal of claims brought against pipe manufacturer and reimbursement of $50,000 in attorneys’ fees by the party which sued the pipe manufacturer
  • Favorable settlement for mobile oil drilling rig manufacturer involving property damage claim for total loss of the rig
  • Multi-million dollar arbitration award for joint venture partner against Fortune 50 company in breach of fiduciary duty case
  • Successful enforcement of forum selection clause and dismissal of claims brought against industrial auctioneer
  • Multi-million dollar jury verdict and judgment for chemical products manufacturer against polyethylene buyer for breach of contract
  • Dismissal of claims brought against top drive manufacturer in wrongful death case
  • Settlement of multi-million dollar property damage claim against drilling rig manufacturer for anticipated cost of defense
  • Settlement of construction delay claim against chemical manufacturer for an amount less than what the plaintiff had previously been offered and rejected
  • Settlement of personal injury claim against premises defendant for nominal (amount less than cost of defense) amount
  • Settlement of wrongful death case involving an iron roughneck following effective Daubert challenge for less than 4% of plaintiffs’ demand
  • Summary judgment in personal injury case involving catastrophic injuries on behalf of premises owner
  • Summary judgment in oilfield accident personal injury case on behalf of employer

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer
  • Houston Zoo, Ambassador (2009-2010)

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