Kristen H. Luck

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Kristen Luck focuses her practice on complex commercial and business litigation, with a concentration on energy-related matters.

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  • Member of trial team that recovered more than $74 million in damages for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company after a month-long trial. The award was based on a counterclaim asserting gross negligence and willful misconduct on the part of the operator in the construction of a processing facility which exceeded the authorized budget by millions of dollars. The counterclaim also alleged that the operator was grossly negligent and engaged in willful misconduct when it drilled and completed an oil and gas well, which required five sidetracks and cost over $25 million more than expected. The well watered out mere weeks after being placed on production and caused billions of cubic feet of gas to be unrecoverable. The operator’s initial claim for unpaid JIBs was rejected by the jury.
  • Represented a drilling company after a fatal oil well blowout and fire against numerous lawsuits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims. Performed extensive research and drafted dispositive motions that resulted in favorable rulings and settlements.
  • Experience assisting companies in pre-litigation incident response activities involving fatal accidents and personal injuries. Such activities include researching applicable law and preparing an exposure analysis for companies and responding to third party subpoenas requesting documents.
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Experience

  • Member of trial team that recovered more than $74 million in damages for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company after a month-long trial. The award was based on a counterclaim asserting gross negligence and willful misconduct on the part of the operator in the construction of a processing facility which exceeded the authorized budget by millions of dollars. The counterclaim also alleged that the operator was grossly negligent and engaged in willful misconduct when it drilled and completed an oil and gas well, which required five sidetracks and cost over $25 million more than expected. The well watered out mere weeks after being placed on production and caused billions of cubic feet of gas to be unrecoverable. The operator’s initial claim for unpaid JIBs was rejected by the jury.
  • Represented a drilling company after a fatal oil well blowout and fire against numerous lawsuits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims. Performed extensive research and drafted dispositive motions that resulted in favorable rulings and settlements.
  • Experience assisting companies in pre-litigation incident response activities involving fatal accidents and personal injuries. Such activities include researching applicable law and preparing an exposure analysis for companies and responding to third party subpoenas requesting documents.
  • Represented oilfield services company in lawsuit against former employees and a competitor involving theft of confidential information and claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented a national retailer in contract dispute with overseas supplier involving fraudulent wiring instructions.
  • Defended a waste transportation company against environmental claims under CERCLA.
  • Defended a waste collection company in a putative class action in federal court. Researched and drafted the motion that resulted in the dismissal of the company for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Assisted three aviation companies in obtaining summary judgment on the plaintiffs' claims of tortious interference related to the award of a government contract to provide fuel services to an airport in a foreign country.
  • Represented a hotel and resort in a class action filed in federal court for alleged contractual violations.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2021)
    • “Ones to Watch”: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Roy Dalton, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (2012)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Florida
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2014; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Book Awards in Appellate Advocacy and Torts; Florida Law Review, Executive Research Editor, Accomplished Research Award and Scholarship
  • M.A., Economics, Boston University, 2010
  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 2009
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 2009

Blog

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
California Court Rejects Tuna Settlement Over Scope of Release
By Kristen H. Luck
February 25, 2016
In recent years, courts have been more carefully scrutinizing class action settlements. A recent example is Hendricks v. Starkist Co., Case No. 3:13-cv-00729 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2016), where the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
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