M. Kristin Gerety

Counsel

Houston
T +1.713.646.1317
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Kristin Gerety is a strategic and adaptable litigator. She focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, has substantial experience defending against wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims, and also handles products liability cases and construction disputes. The oil and gas industry is at the heart of Kristin’s practice, and she has represented oilfield service companies, drilling contractors, operators, working interest owners and other industry players.

Having spent part of her legal career in-house, Kristin appreciates how clients value efficiency, creativity and good communication as well as ultimate success in achieving a desired outcome. Kristin is a trusted advocate, competitive when necessary and devoted to the pursuit of creative solutions that align with her clients' business goals.

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  • Defended 15 working interest owners against a claim that an email exchange had bound them to a $230 million contract for the sale of their oil and gas interests. Led the BakerHostetler team in drafting the motions and appellate briefs that persuaded the trial court to grant summary judgment and the Texas Supreme Court to render judgment for the clients in Chalker Energy Partners III, LLC v. Le Norman Operating LLC, 595 S.W.3d 668 (Tex. 2020).
  • Obtained a summary judgment in an AAA arbitration for a leading oilfield services company in a dispute over whether the buyer or seller was responsible for certain multimillion-dollar liabilities under a stock purchase agreement. The panel’s unanimous decision for the client included an award of all attorney’s fees.
  • Represented a drilling contractor in multiple wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits after a well blowout. Supported all aspects of the litigation, leading to efficient resolution through settlement.
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Experience

  • Defended 15 working interest owners against a claim that an email exchange had bound them to a $230 million contract for the sale of their oil and gas interests. Led the BakerHostetler team in drafting the motions and appellate briefs that persuaded the trial court to grant summary judgment and the Texas Supreme Court to render judgment for the clients in Chalker Energy Partners III, LLC v. Le Norman Operating LLC, 595 S.W.3d 668 (Tex. 2020).
  • Obtained a summary judgment in an AAA arbitration for a leading oilfield services company in a dispute over whether the buyer or seller was responsible for certain multimillion-dollar liabilities under a stock purchase agreement. The panel’s unanimous decision for the client included an award of all attorney’s fees.
  • Represented a drilling contractor in multiple wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits after a well blowout. Supported all aspects of the litigation, leading to efficient resolution through settlement.
  • Represented an oil and gas operator in a suit concerning significant personal injury on the worksite. Through a series of motions, obtained quick dismissal and severance of all claims against the client, thus avoiding unnecessary litigation costs and exposure.
  • Represented a drilling contractor in a dispute over an IADC Daywork Drilling Contract. Performed extensive research and drafted dispositive motions pertaining to choice-of-law and indemnification. Resulted in application of the law most favorable to client and enforcement of the operator's indemnification obligations.
  • Represented a manufacturer of jetways in a federal court litigation concerning products liability, negligence and breach of warranty claims. Drafted a dispositive motion that resulted in dismissal of all claims against the client without the need for oral argument.
  • Represented crude oil purchaser in a royalty dispute brought by several plaintiffs. Obtained summary judgment in the trial court and affirmation of the summary judgment in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Bell County Bar Association
  • Women’s Energy Network
  • Moms-in-Law
  • Texas Bar Foundation

Pro Bono

  • Represented client through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program to probate an estate with multiple beneficiaries, one of whom had been deported to Mexico. Prevented impending foreclosure on client's home.
  • As part of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, assisted various clients by drafting probate and estate planning documents.

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2010, with honors, Dean's Achievement Award in Electronic Discovery
  • B.S., The University of Texas School of Architecture, 2006; Business Foundations Certification