Elizabeth E. KlingensmithPartner
Liz Klingensmith's experience includes all aspects of litigation: Early case assessment, litigation risk analysis, alternative dispute resolution procedures including arbitration and mediation, large-scale discovery including electronic document collection, review and production, motion practice, pre-trial preparation, trial and settlement. She primarily focuses her litigation practice on disputes arising from oil and gas projects. As part of that practice, she frequently provides clients critical analysis of various oil and gas related transactions including joint operating agreements, master services agreements, procurement agreements, lease agreements, exploration and development agreements, joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements and various financing agreements.
In addition to her oil and gas experience, Liz has extensive experience litigating large scale commercial disputes that involve claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, post-judgment enforcement, theft of trade secrets, breach of employment agreements, conversion, declaratory judgment and foreclosure, among others, in a wide array of industries that includes transportation, construction, banking, real estate and professional services.
Joined the Law Firm in: 2004
Areas of Practice
- Litigation/Trial Practice
Obtained favorable arbitration award on behalf of pipeline company against large valve manufacturer for damages, costs and attorney's fees incurred as a result of an inline inspection tool becoming lodged in a defective valve.
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of former owners of waterflood project related to alleged violations of Texas Railroad Commission Rules concerning injection wells.
Successfully mediated oil and gas dispute to a favorable settlement on behalf of investment banker related to the rendition of financial advisory services in connection with the acquisition of oil and gas interests.
Litigated dispute that concerned the construction of various provisions in a series of oil and gas leases including continuous operations and horizontal severance clauses.
Advised clients in disputes involving former employees that concern breach of employment or confidentiality agreements and theft of trade secrets.
Successfully obtained writ of garnishment and subsequent recovery of over $100,000 in post-judgment enforcement action.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of financial corporation for ownership of $14 million in proceeds.
Prosecuted code violations and misdemeanors for the City of Houston Municipal Courts as a volunteer prosecutor.
- J.D., University of Houston, 2004, Houston Journal of International Law
- B.A. in English Literature, Rice University, 1999
- B.M. in Music History, Rice University, 1999