Kristen H. Luck

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Kristen Luck is an experienced commercial litigator who represents clients in all facets of litigation, from pre-suit negotiations through trial. Her practice focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, including class action, product liability and energy-related matters.

Kristen is client-oriented, strategic and decisive. She appreciates the importance of securing favorable rulings early in a matter and is dedicated to resolving matters in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

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  • Member of trial team that obtained a jury verdict of more than $74 million in damages for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company after a month-long trial.
  • Represented multiple companies and employees in a wrongful death action. Researched and drafted several dispositive motions that heavily aided in the negotiation of a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a drilling company against numerous lawsuits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims after a fatal oil well blowout and fire. Performed extensive research and drafted dispositive motions that resulted in favorable rulings and settlements.
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Experience

  • Member of trial team that obtained a jury verdict of more than $74 million in damages for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company after a month-long trial.
  • Represented multiple companies and employees in a wrongful death action. Researched and drafted several dispositive motions that heavily aided in the negotiation of a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a drilling company against numerous lawsuits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims after a fatal oil well blowout and fire. Performed extensive research and drafted dispositive motions that resulted in favorable rulings and settlements.
  • 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. Case settled on the eve of trial.
  • Represented grill manufacturer in putative class action filed in federal court against breach of warranty claims.
  • Represented a hotel and resort in a class action filed in federal court for alleged contractual violations.
  • Defended waste collection companies in a putative class action in federal court involving allegations of deceptive surcharges and fees. Researched and drafted the motion that resulted in the voluntary dismissal of one of the companies for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • 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 a national retailer in contract dispute with overseas supplier involving fraudulent wiring instructions.
  • Defended a waste transportation company against environmental claims under CERCLA.
  • 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.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 
    • “Ones to Watch” Texas: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (2021 to 2023)
    • “Ones to Watch” Texas: Commercial Litigation (2023)

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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