Kelsey M. Sproull

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Kelsey Sproull focuses her practice on litigating complex commercial disputes, as well as defending wrongful death and personal injury matters. In connection with her personal injury defense practice, she assists and counsels companies throughout the pre-litigation response activities and during investigations by governmental agencies such as OSHA and the EPA.

Kelsey’s varied and extensive litigation background allows her to prioritize the client’s objectives in each case, whether that be to negotiate an early settlement or to litigate the case through trial. Inside of the courtroom, she has first-chair trial experience, and has prevailed in oral argument on a litany of pre-trial matters. Outside of the courtroom, Kelsey has handled all aspects of the litigation process, including preliminary discovery matters, taking and defending depositions, and preparing motions. Kelsey also counsels her clients through the alternative dispute resolution process. She has routinely achieved favorable results through mediation and informal settlement negotiations.

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  • Represented a construction company as first chair in a week-long jury trial. Client was awarded all requested damages on a contract claim, as well as a defense verdict on the opposing party’s contract and DTPA counterclaims.
  • Prepared motion for summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in a complex commercial dispute, resulting in the partial dismissal of plaintiff’s claims.
  • Drafted and filed motion for reconsideration in a personal injury lawsuit in federal court, resulting in the court reversing its previous decision holding that the client was subject to general personal jurisdiction in Texas.
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Experience

  • Represented a construction company as first chair in a week-long jury trial. Client was awarded all requested damages on a contract claim, as well as a defense verdict on the opposing party’s contract and DTPA counterclaims.
  • Prepared motion for summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in a complex commercial dispute, resulting in the partial dismissal of plaintiff’s claims.
  • Drafted and filed motion for reconsideration in a personal injury lawsuit in federal court, resulting in the court reversing its previous decision holding that the client was subject to general personal jurisdiction in Texas.
  • Presented oral argument on a special appearance motion, resulting in the client’s dismissal from the case.
  • Drafted motion to transfer venue in federal court case involving international trade issues that was granted following a petition for writ of mandamus to the Fifth Circuit.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client after invoking the Offer of Settlement procedure in Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 167.
  • Represented a financial services company as second chair in a week-long trial. Obtained favorable settlement for the client following closing statements.
  • Primarily responsible for the preparation and oral argument of a motion for special exceptions that led to the court striking a portion of the plaintiff’s petition that represented a significant amount of claimed damages, and resulted in an advantageous settlement for the client and other defendants.
  • Prepared demand to a contractor’s insurer for full defense and indemnity of client after litigation resulted from a workplace related injury.
  • Argued for the imposition of a court-ordered receivership to seize property to satisfy a final judgment rendered on behalf of client.
  • Served as lead associate in a probate dispute involving breaches of fiduciary duties related to various business entities and oil and gas interests, and obtained a favorable settlement for clients following mediation.
  • Represented a waste services company in litigation following a fatal accident. Provided significant assistance and counsel during pre-litigation response activities and related governmental investigations, resulting in a favorable outcome for the client.
  • Represented a drilling company after a well blowout that resulted in multiple fatalities against numerous lawsuits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims. Assisted with all aspects of the litigation including pre-litigation response, discovery and dispositive motions, resulting in favorable rulings and settlements.
  • Represented an oilfield services company in litigation with vendor following the wrongful diversion of its funds due to a computer hacking scam by an unknown perpetrator. Assisted client with filing claims with the FBI and obtained favorable settlement as a result of informal settlement efforts.
  • Represented a major oilfield services company in a dispute with vendor following the wrongful diversion of its funds due to a computer hacking scam by an unknown perpetrator. Obtained favorable settlement for client following mediation.
  • Served as lead associate in the defense of a contractor in a catastrophic injury case involving a flash fire at a major U.S. refinery.
  • Represented a domestic entity in a federal court dispute involving the sale of goods to foreign companies under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017 to 2020)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Advocate Distinction (2015)

Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • University of Texas Law Alumni Association
    • Member, Houston Steering Committee (2013 to present)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2011; Texas International Law Journal, Staff Member
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2008