Kelsey Machado


Kelsey McDowell Machado joined Hicks Thomas LLP in 2010 as a law clerk during her final year at South Texas College of Law and is now in her seventh year as a licensed attorney.

Prior to joining our firm, Machado worked as a law clerk at various commercial litigation and personal injury law firms in Houston and served as a judicial intern for Judge Lynn N. Hughes at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. With her diverse experience, Machado represents both plaintiffs and defendants on a broad range of legal issues within the commercial litigation field.

Machado specializes in civil litigation with experience in energy, oil and gas, maritime, employment, consumer, personal injury, trademark infringement, and general business litigation. Her advocacy and analytical skills, attention to detail, and efficient legal research and writing ability make her a valuable asset to her clients and to the Hicks Thomas LLP team.

Practice Emphasis

Civil litigation

Notable Representation

Counsel for major drilling contractor in successful three-week arbitration against two international operators concerning an assignment of a drilling contract involving issues related to rig readiness, audits, inspections, and fitness of well control and drilling equipment.

Represented midstream service provider against landowner in three-week jury trial on negligence claims involving a pipeline oil spill resulting in favorable post-verdict settlement for client.

Represented class of automobile owners in two-week federal jury trial on California consumer protection and warranty claims for defective design in class vehicles.

Counsel for national retailer in trademark infringement, false advertising, and breach of contract dispute resulting from the termination of a 20-year business relationship with one of its product manufacturers.

Counsel for major drilling contractor in defense of multi-million dollar personal injury lawsuit resulting in favorable settlement for client.


    Machado was on the dean's list and part of Beta Beta Beta, a national biological honors society, at Wake Forest University. While attending South Texas College of Law, she was the assistant articles editor and assistant note and comment editor of the South Texas Law Review. She was also a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. Her educational background proudly includes:

    • Wake Forest University (B.S. 2008)
    • South Texas College of Law (J.D. 2011)


    • Order of the Lytae
    • Dean's Scholar
    • Three-Time CALI Excellence for the Future Award Winner ( Am Jur award received at South Texas College of Law) in the following courses:
      • Legal Research and Writing I
      • Legal Research and Writing II
      • Water Law

    Professional Associations

    • State Bar of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern District of Texas
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association
    • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation

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