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Kelly Sandill

Kelly Sandill

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Kelly is a problem solver and a compelling courtroom advocate. 

For over 18 years, Kelly has represented energy sector clients and governmental entities in high-stakes court proceedings involving business and governmental affairs. Clients value her skill in distilling complex facts and legal arguments, shrewdly developing and evaluating legal strategies, and communicating as effectively in the boardroom as she does in the courtroom.

Kelly’s cases often involve claims for emergency and injunctive relief and attract media attention, including coverage in the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She has particular experience in complex energy business disputes and in matters concerning local governmental affairs, including bidder and contractor disputes, election challenges, redistricting, Voting Rights Act cases, public bond validation proceedings, ultra vires claims, whistleblower suits, Section 1983 claims, First Amendment cases, and other constitutional litigation. Kelly also counsels clients on crisis management and leads internal investigations relating to major accidents, ethics issues and regulatory compliance. She is also a registered lobbyist and assists clients with local and state legislative matters in Texas.

Kelly has repeatedly been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, and she routinely writes and speaks on new developments in the law. In addition to her active legal practice, Kelly is an involved member of the Houston community. She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation and has been a member of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Greater Houston for many years. She is a supporter of numerous local initiatives and philanthropic causes and is married to Judge R.K. Sandill of Texas’s 127th Civil District Court.

Representative Experience

Public Law Litigation

  • Trial and appellate counsel for municipal police officers’ union in action to invalidate unconstitutional city charter amendment requiring “parity” between the compensation of fire fighters and police officers, in conflict with state law.
  • Appellate counsel for Texas county in Section 1983 action alleging that death of individual resulted from interaction with deputy constables.
  • Trial counsel for tax-increment-funded local development association in action challenging constitutionality of supporting tax increment.
  • Trial counsel for Texas municipality in action alleging violations of the Voting Rights Act in connection with change from single-member city council districts to mixed single-member and at-large system.
  • Trial counsel for Texas county in Section 1983 action alleging termination of contract in retaliation for constitutionally protected speech.
  • Trial counsel for Texas school district in election contest relating to school bond election. Obtained dismissal of suit.
  • Trial counsel for metropolitan transit system in action alleging violation of contract with voters over building of light rail.
  • Trial and appellate counsel for largest public school system in Texas (7th largest in the nation) in action by community activists seeking to enjoin new school construction based on allegations of improper use of public bond funds.
  • Trial and appellate counsel for third largest county in the United States in action alleging violations of the Voting Rights Act in connection with redistricting of electoral maps for County Commissioners Court.
  • Trial counsel for Houston area sports and community venue district in action by bond insurer to compel increase in rate of taxes imposed as revenue source for outstanding public bonds. Obtained trial court dismissal of all claims.
  • Trial and appellate counsel for major Texas city in action under Texas Expedited Declaratory Judgment Act to validate city ordinance adopting increase in water and sewer service rates. Obtained trial court judgment in favor of city; judgment affirmed on appeal.

Energy Sector and Business Litigation

  • Trial counsel for a leading provider of midstream energy services in bankruptcy litigation to recover for debtors' rejection of long-term contract for delivery of natural gas liquids.
  • Trial counsel for energy sector master limited partnership in Texas lawsuit over all-stock acquisition of affiliated entity in consolidation transaction resulting in combined partnership worth $7.5 billion.
  • Trial counsel for the special committee of a publicly traded energy sector master limited partnership in a nationwide class action over a proposed merger transaction.
  • Trial counsel for the acquirer of a Texas corporation in shareholder derivative litigation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by the corporation’s board of directors in connection with a $203 million tender offer.
  • Trial counsel for banking institution in action against former executives for usurpation of corporate opportunities.
  • Trial counsel for investment fund manager in action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and negligence in management of Texas limited partnership.
  • Trial counsel for oil refiner and marketer in federal court action by the production subsidiary of the national oil company of Mexico alleging conversion and conspiracy in connection with the import, purchase, and sale of natural gas condensate allegedly stolen by Mexican drug cartels.
  • Trial and appellate counsel for oil and gas company in federal court action by Ukrainian company relating to dispute over joint development of natural gas fields in Ukraine.
  • Trial counsel for midstream company in action to recover for breach of term purchase agreement with producer of natural gas liquids.

Internal Investigations

  • Counsel for school district in internal investigation concerning use of district property.
  • Counsel for community college district in internal investigation of campus shooting incident.
  • Counsel for local governmental entity in internal investigation of sexual harassment claims against government contractor.
  • Counsel for school district in internal investigation of ethics and procurement matters.
  • Counsel for local governmental entity in internal investigation of suspected employee theft of governmental property.
  • Counsel for pipeline manufacturer in internal investigation of fatality accident.
  • Counsel for energy sector services company in connection with government investigation relating to federal export and trade regulations.

Education

BA, Mercer University, Political Science, 1998
Areas of Practice
Articles

  • United States Supreme Court Round-Up, Key Opinions from 2013 to 2014 and Upcoming High-Profile Business Disputes, Straightline
  • The Essentials of E-Discovery (Top Five), Straightline
  • Guarding The Company Wallet: Trends in Insurance Law, Straightline
  • The Roberts Court: Does Business Have Friends in High Places?
  • Rekindling an Old Flame: The Supreme Court Revives Its “Love Affair With Environmental Litigation” in Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, 37 HOUS. L. REV. 955, 956
  • Recent Supreme Court Opinions Change the Landscape of Governmental Immunity
  • AK Migration: Federal District Court Says "No" to Forum Selection Bylaws
  • Omnicare Clarifies Standards for Liability for Statements of Opinion Under Section 11
  • AK Migration: Rekindling an Old Flame: The Supreme Court Revives Its 'Love Affair With Environmental Litigation,' in Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services
  • Delaware Supreme Court Reinvigorates the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • Texas Public Information Act
  • State and Local Governments Grapple with Challenges of New Limits on Antitrust State Action Immunity
  • U.S. Supreme Court Refines Equal Protection Analysis in Redistricting Cases

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