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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

M. Kaylan Dunn

M. Kaylan Dunn

Partner

Expertise

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction and Engineering Litigation

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Profile

Kaylan is a litigation partner in the firm’s Houston office.

Kaylan’s practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex energy, banking, and real estate disputes, and fiduciary litigation with an emphasis on trust and estate disputes. Kaylan excels at courtroom advocacy and legal writing. Clients value her adeptness in quickly mastering complex facts and legal arguments to evaluate and develop compelling case strategies from the inception of a case. These skills, coupled with Kaylan’s niche for creative advocacy, have led her to assume the role as lead and co-counsel on multiple cases just days or weeks before the start of trial.

Throughout her career, Kaylan has successfully represented clients across industries in matters involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, trespass and other torts in state and federal court, arbitration and mediation. Kaylan’s clients include both public and private energy companies, commercial property owners, national banks, tech start-up companies, trust companies, private equity firms and individuals alike.

In her fiduciary litigation practice, Kaylan has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in multimillion-dollar lawsuits involving executors, trustees, guardians, and other fiduciaries. She has represented clients in will contests, will and trust interpretation disputes, guardianships, cy pres matters, and prosecution and defense of various fiduciary claims.

Representative Experience

Commercial/Energy Litigation

  • Kaylan defended the former parent companies of a long-dissolved oil and gas company in an alter ego dispute seeking recovery of plugging and abandonment expenses for wells that the subsidiary divested itself of a decade before. Kaylan’s successful arguments for limiting discovery and her deft handling of motion practice positioned the case for a favorable settlement at mediation.
  • Kaylan served as trial co-counsel in a multimillion-dollar fraud and breach of contract dispute regarding stock option valuation for a NASDAQ-traded technology company and its CEO, which resulted in an extremely favorable settlement for the client mid-trial. Hunton Andrews Kurth was hired just three weeks before trial.
  • Kaylan represented the owner of a commercial office building against a dissolving law firm in a breach of lease dispute. Kaylan successfully argued against two motions for summary judgment in court and negotiated a significant settlement in the client’s favor.
  • Kaylan assisted in the successful defense at trial of one of the nation’s largest banks in a $47.5 million suit involving the foreclosure of drilling rigs.
  • Kaylan assisted with the representation of a major shale gas producer in a federal putative class action involving saltwater disposal wells and the alleged migration of injected hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Fiduciary Litigation

  • Kaylan successfully represented five animal charities, including PETA, the Houston SPCA and the Houston Humane Society, in a will contest in an estate worth approximately $30 million. Kaylan was responsible for preparing the case for trial in about one month. She served as lead counsel in presenting the case to the court, and the will was successfully admitted to probate.
  • Kaylan successfully represented a publicly traded offshore oil and gas trust in a trust termination suit. This sprawling dispute presented the challenge of bringing the trust’s 7,500+ shareholders into the case. Kaylan served as lead counsel in presenting the case to the court and obtained the requested termination.
  • Kaylan assists on the firm’s team that represents a trust protector in a multi-million dollar trust dispute pending in The Netherlands.
  • Kaylan successfully represented a charitable organization as an applicant in a cy pres matter filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, seeking modification of a charitable trust and distribution of funds in excess of $1.8 million. The client was among six organizations seeking receipt of the trust funds and, after a lengthy hearing, was deemed the sole recipient of such funds.

Education

BBA, Texas Christian University, magna cum laude, 2004
Areas of Practice

Arbitration and Mediation | Class Action, Multidistrict Litigation | Commercial Litigation | Construction and Engineering Litigation | Discovery and E-Discovery | Energy and Environmental Litigation | Energy Litigation | Fiduciary Litigation | Litigation | Oil & Gas Disputes | Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation | Retail and Consumer Products Litigation

Articles

  • “Right to Occupy” Surface Estate Bars Coverage for Property Damage, American Bar Association
  • Don’t Lose Your Privilege: Best Practices for the In-House Lawyer, Straightline
  • Texas Supreme Court Expands “Reasonable Certainty” Requirement for Damages

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