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” Pennsylvania: 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
Third Circuit Smacks Down Class Action Settlement in Google Cookie Placement Litigation
By Sammantha J. Tillotson
August 29, 2019
In a refreshingly plain-spoken opinion issued Aug. 6, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals criticized a multimillion-dollar class action settlement in litigation over Google’s unauthorized use of internet tracking...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Standing in Uncertainty: Spokeo Three Years Later
By Brittany N. Lockyer
May 21, 2019
In 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, holding that even when Congress has granted parties a statutory right, a procedural violation of that right will not by itself satisfy the “concrete harm” requirement...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court: Express Consent Required for Class Arbitration
May 14, 2019
On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an ambiguous arbitration agreement does not provide a sufficient basis to conclude that parties agreed to class arbitration. In Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
BakerHostetler Q1 2019 Insurance Class Action Update
April 25, 2019
The new year began with dramatic growth in vehicle total loss class actions over payment of sales tax and title transfer and registration fees, interpretations of the filed rate doctrine, and further activity in labor depreciation class...
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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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