Kasi’s practice spans the full gamut of commercial and business litigation with a special emphasis on disputes concerning employers. Kasi regularly represents employers in pre-litigation investigations before governmental bodies such as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission concerning disputes between employers and their present and former employees. If litigation becomes necessary, Kasi practices in both Texas state and federal courts pursuing everything from emergency injunctive relief to the finalization of suits through post-judgment and appellate matters. She regularly handles all types of litigation for her clients including trade secret disputes as well as claims brought under laws such as the ADA, the FMLA, the FLSA, COBRA, and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code to name a few. Recently, Kasi’s practice has largely consisted of employer counseling concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the CARES Act helping employers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kasi is interested in litigation efficiencies. Whether it is using technology to cut through discovery or looking for opportunities for early-case motion practice, Kasi has an eye for a speedy resolution where possible allowing her clients to quickly get back to business. In litigation, Kasi’s results-driven focus helps spur a successful resolution.
Kasi regularly gives presentations concerning the latest in law before various legal and trade groups. She has presented before group such as the American Bar Association, the Texas State Bar, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Houston Bar Association, InfraGard, and the Houston Young Lawyers Association to name a few. In 2018, Kasi was honored as being selected as a HYLA Fellow (a distinction limited to 1% of Houston’s Young Lawyers) for her dedication to the practice of law and her clients. And in 2019, Kasi was selected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (a distinction reserved for the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas lawyers) for her outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as her commitment to the community.
Kasi also volunteers her time coaching the University of Houston’s Mock Trial Team as well as the school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. This year, she is serving as the Treasurer of the Houston Bar Association’s Litigation Section.
The University of Texas (B.A.) (2010)
- Double Major: Spanish and Government
University of Houston Law Center (2013)
- Mock Trial Team
- Articles Editor, Health Law and Policy Journal
- Named to Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Stars™ List (2019 - 2020)
- Texas Bar Foundation Fellow (2019)
- Houston Young Lawyers Association Fellow (2018)
- Best Lawyers 'Ones To Watch' (2021)
- State Bar of Texas
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
- Employment Law
- Commercial and Business Litigation
- Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Non-Competes/Non-Solicitation Contracts
- Representing a number of clients in developing policies and procedures to implement and navigate the legislation passed in response to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, and any attendant guidance from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the United States Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other industry, municipal, and state guidance.
- Representing a number of clients in responding to complaints filed with the Texas Workforce Commission seeking unpaid wages and/or unemployment benefits.
- Representing a number of clients in charges of discrimination and/or retaliation filed with the United States Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
- Representing a publicly traded hydrocarbon exploration company in lawsuits filed alleging disability discrimination and retaliation.
- Represented a global provider of industrial safety services in a retaliation and discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee for alleged violations of the Texas Labor Code. Former employee filed suit after seeking relief before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Texas Department of Insurance.
- Represented an oilfield exploration company in an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated by a former employee alleging retaliatory termination in violation of the whistleblower protections in the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act.
- Represented a professional services firm in a gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation dispute brought by a former employee alleging sexual harassment and hostile work environment. Successfully avoided a lawsuit through pre-suit mediation with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The dispute involved unique issues relating to outside-the-office conduct and text messaging.
- Represented a national manufacturer of engineered pipe fittings in a wrongful termination dispute initiated by a former employee. The former employee alleged wrongful termination on the basis of a perceived disability as well as the wrongful denial of medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.
- Represented a manufacturer of large, industrial equipment in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proceeding brought by an employee claiming the termination of employment was national-origin discrimination. The matter involved the employer’s decision to convert the employee’s pay structure from hourly to salary resulting in the potential for employees to make less money when overtime was factored into the hourly rate.
- Won summary judgment dismissing a Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act suit filed against a Texas-based, public accounting, and advisory services company when the company hired a lateral, senior-level employee. Plaintiff alleged client was the wrongful recipient of over $1.8 million worth of client information and company goodwill in merely hiring the former employee. Plaintiff’s entire case dismissed on summary judgment.
- Represents employers in various industries relating to the development of policies and procedures concerning employee use of the employer’s electronically stored information.
- Represents employers in RIF counseling.
- Successfully settled a theft of trade secrets case on behalf of employer in which a former employee downloaded the entire contents of his former employer’s cloud-based information system to several different electronic devices just prior to giving notice of his resignation. In this dispute, former employee left a geo-synthetic lining company to work for a competitor performing a substantially similar role in the same geographic region. Obtained a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction enjoining the former employee from using any of his former employer’s confidential information while working at the competitor. Through the pendency of the suit, conducted an electronic forensic review of the former employee’s electronic devices and cloud-based storage systems discovering evidence of spoliation. After a spoliation motion was filed, the matter was successfully resolved.
- Represented employer against former employee concerning misrepresentations of employment status post-employment.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order enjoining two former employees from doing business under a substantially similar business name as that of their former employer as well as from using their former employer’s confidential information. Prior to filing suit, conducted an electronic, forensic review of the former employees’ computers, and discovered evidence of theft of confidential information. This evidence was subsequently used at the emergency hearing. The case was successfully settled within a month of obtaining the emergency relief.
- Successfully defended an international, oilfield services company in a misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding suit brought by a competitor when client hired several employees away from plaintiff. Through defensive, early-litigation, discovery efforts, the case was successfully resolved prior any motion practice.
- In a pre-suit mediation, successfully settled a dispute in which an oil and gas marketing company improperly wired millions of dollars overseas when the marketing company fell for a spear phishing scam.
- Obtained judgment of more than $9 million on behalf of entrepreneurs related to the sale of their valve company to a New York-based private equity firm. After the sale, the buyer asserted indemnification claims against the entrepreneurs based on pre-sale representations allegedly made by the entrepreneurs. In doing so, the buyer sought to avoid paying the bulk of the purchase price for the entrepreneurs’ company. On competing summary judgment motions, the New York Supreme Court – Commercial Division rejected the buyer’s claims (including claims for fraud, breach of contract, indemnification, and set-off) and granted the entrepreneurs’ affirmative claims for breach of the various promissory notes at issue. The New York Court also awarded attorney’s fees to the entrepreneurs.
- Won partial summary judgment on behalf of restaurateurs on a breach of fiduciary duty/usurpation of a valuable partnership opportunity and oppression claim filed by restaurateurs’ partners. Also won a motion for partial summary judgment declaring a “Right to Participate” clause contained in the Partnership’s Operating Amendment invalid. Based on the alleged right to participate, the restaurateurs’ partners claimed to have an interest in a subsequent endeavor created and developed by the restaurateurs. Summary judgment was awarded when it was shown that the “Right to Participate” clause was invalid, and subsequently, the Court failed to find any breach of fiduciary duty or oppression on the part of the restaurateurs. Ultimately, this summary judgment led to a favorable settlement of the entire dispute for our clients.
- Successfully defended national, commercial real estate lender and mortgage loan servicer against lawsuit filed by borrower concerning loans totaling over $20 million in principal when borrower sought to prevent foreclosure through litigation.
- Represented local restaurant in a lawsuit filed against landlord concerning alleged violations of landlord’s rules and regulations regarding parking and the use of valet services. After successfully obtaining injunctive relief, the case was favorably settled at mediation.
- Defended a global, investigative services firm against a previous subject when the subject was arrested for alleged violations of Federal copyright law. Plaintiff brought claims against the investigative services firm related to its investigation that lead to the underlying arrest.
- Successfully counseled restaurant group in business dispute between client and celebrity investor when investor sought to participate in the restaurant group’s unrelated ventures.
- Represented a national, logistics services provider in a lawsuit filed by landlord seeking to evict client for alleged, improper use of parking areas at property. Dispute successfully settled prior to trial.
- June 2020 – InfraGuard Houston – "Navigating Key Workplace Issues in a Pandemic"
- December 2018 – Houston Bar Association – “Employment Law Update”
- July 2018 – American Bar Association – National Teleconference – “AI and the Law”
- July 2018 – Houston Young Lawyers Association – “Comparing the Federal and State Rules of Civil Procedure”
- February 2018 – Association of Corporate Counsel – “#unplug? Legal and Ethical Challenges for Employers in an Online World”
- February 2018 – American Bar Association – National Teleconference – “How to Survive and Thrive as a Young Associate”
- January 2018 – Houston Young Lawyers Association – “Boot Camp – Litigation Focus”
- September 2017 – Two Degrees – “Top Tips for Avoiding Litigation…or Costly Litigation”
- September 2017 – InfraGard – “Are There Limits to e-Discovery? Key Takeaways from Recent Decisions on e-Discovery”
- May 2017 – Houston Young Lawyers Association – “Trade Secret Theft in the Digital Age”
- April 2017 – Houston Paralegals Association – “Working with Computer Forensic Examiners”
- May 2016 – Texas State Bar – Webinar – “You Lost Me at Gigabyte”
- June 2015 – Houston Bar Association – “The Rules Have Changed: Developments that Impact Texas Litigation”
- October 2014 – Houston Young Lawyer’s Association – “Things Every Associate Should Know”
- Texas Lawbook – "Answers to Key Workplace Safety Questions in the Age of Covid-19" – August 2020
- Texas Lawbook – "Businesses Facing Emergency Downsizing Have No Room for Error" – April 2020
- Texas Lawyer – “How to Avoid Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make” – July 29, 2019
- Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, 2012 - “An Overview of The Implications of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for Low-Income Hispanics in Texas: A Case for Cross-Border Health Care Models,”