Kasi Chadwick

Senior Counsel

People don’t seek out an attorney unless they have a problem that needs to be solved. Fortunately for her clients, Kasi Chadwick excels at solving their problems.

Kasi is tenacious. Finding the solution is what drives her. In one instance, the opposing party fired several teams of attorneys through the course of litigation as Kasi and her team effectively found solutions for her client at each impasse. Ultimately, Kasi’s client was made whole.

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 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 is also proficient in alternative dispute resolution such as mediations and arbitrations.

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. Kasi also volunteers her time with Houston’s Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market and teaches yoga at SEARCH Homeless Services. 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.

  • The University of Texas (B.A.)
    • Double major: Spanish and Government
  • University of Houston Law Center
    • Mock Trial Team
    • Articles Editor, Health Law and Policy Journal
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association Fellow (2018)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (Trade Secrets, Trademarks)
  • Non-Competes/Non-Solicitation Contracts
  • General Civil Litigation

Labor and Employment

  • Representing 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.
  • Representing 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 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.

Business Litigation

  • 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.

Speaking

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”

Published Work

“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,” Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, 2012. (https://www.law.uh.edu/hjhlp/volumes/Vol_13_1/Chadwick.pdf)

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