Julia A. Bennett-Jean

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Julia Bennett-Jean works closely with clients to develop trial strategies and craft arguments, demonstrating a solid understanding of how the court approaches cases. She has considerable experience assisting clients in litigation and conducting preliminary discovery, including taking depositions and preparing motions.

Notably, Julia is comfortable in a courtroom and in handling judicial processes, enabling her to confidently argue motions, mediations and informal settlements on behalf of clients.

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General Litigation

  • Member of team representing a major petroleum company seeking to recover environmental costs against the U.S. related to World War II contracts.

Products Liability

  • Member of team representing a major petroleum company seeking to recover environmental costs against the U.S. related to World War II contracts.

Data Privacy

  • Assisted in representation of multiple hospitals in their incident response to the Blackbaud Data breach.
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Experience

General Litigation

  • Member of team representing a major petroleum company seeking to recover environmental costs against the U.S. related to World War II contracts.
  • Served as integral member of two-person team that successfully defended and set aside default judgment in federal court for failure to properly serve.
  • Served as co-lead of a team defending against breach of contract and tortious interference of a contract. Obtained summary judgment on all plaintiff’s claims. Heavily involved in research, discovery, client interviews, trial preparation and motion practice, including drafting the favorable motion for summary judgment.
  • Involved in representation of client seeking declaratory relief from lease. Obtained favorable settlement shortly after summary judgment filed. Engaged in motion practice, including summary judgment.
  • Member of a team that defended pharmaceutical company in state multi-district litigation that resulted in favorable settlement. Assisted with defense development and evidentiary support, and deposition coverage.
  • Obtained victories as lead counsel for hospitality company in arbitrations for breach of contract. Managed motion and discovery, including deposing respondent.
  • Served as co-lead in defending hospitality company against claims of deceptive trade practices and violations of state timeshare laws. Successfully removed action to federal court and obtained dismissal based on plaintiff’s failure to adhere to contractual obligation to arbitrate claims which resulted in favorable settlement.
  • Served as co-lead in representation of client in real estate litigation. Managed discovery and motion practice, and argued for summary judgment and against plaintiff’s motion to strike, resulting in favorable resolution for client.
  • Served as member of team that defended a restaurant owner and operator in Texas state court multidistrict litigation arising out of a confrontation between police and motorcycle clubs. Assisted primarily with motion practice related to discovery and evidentiary issues.
  • Member of trial team that represented manufacturer in asbestos litigation that resulted in favorable settlement.

Products Liability

  • Member of litigation team representing manufacturer that seeks damages for breach of warranty claims and fraud for runout at its facility. Successfully defended against defendant’s motion to dismiss.

Data Privacy

  • Assisted in representation of multiple hospitals in their incident response to the Blackbaud Data breach.

Internal Investigations

  • Member of a team that conducted an internal investigation following a natural disaster that affected Texas’ energy supply and resulted in governmental inquiries.

Intellectual Property

  • Member of litigation team representing large accounting firm in prosecuting claims against former employee for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of loyalty, false advertising, tortious interference and unjust enrichment, and defending against counterclaims of tortious interference.

Recognitions and Memberships

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Marcia A. Crone, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: Judicial Law Clerk

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2017; Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, Chief Notes and Comments Editor; Order of the Barristers; UHLC Mock Trial Team; Black Law Students Association
  • B.B.A., University of San Diego, 2013; Women's Basketball Team, Captain