Kasi Chadwick

Associate, Litigation Group

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Kasi Chadwick’s practice spans the full gamut of commercial and business litigation and includes business torts, contracts, trade secrets, non-compete agreements and other employment-related disputes. With the ever-increasing requirements of electronic review of documents and digital data, Kasi has developed special expertise in e-discovery.

Specialties

  • Commercial litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Trade secret litigation
  • E-Discovery

Kasi Chadwick’s practice spans the full gamut of commercial and business litigation and includes business torts, contracts, trade secrets, non-compete agreements and other employment-related disputes. Licensed in Texas, Kasi practices in both state and federal courts pursing everything from emergency injunctive relief to the finalization of suits through post-judgment and appellate matters. She also pursues her client’s litigation goals through alternative dispute resolution vehicles such as mediations and arbitrations. Kasi continually strives to efficiently and effectively manage client cases – particularly through the often lengthy litigation process – with a goal to meet and exceed client goals and expectations.

Kasi attended both the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State and the University of Houston Law Center where she participated and received honors in Arizona State’s Moot Court Competition, and later at the UH Law Center, advancing in the UH Law Center’s Mediation Competition. As a member of UH’s Mock Trial Team, Kasi represented the UH Law Center in several competitions including the National Ethics Trial Competition in Sacramento and Puerto Rico’s Trial Advocacy Competition.  While at UH Law Center, Kasi was published in the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy.

Prior to law school, Kasi was an international flight attendant. She studied abroad and speaks Spanish fluently. Kasi volunteers at SEARCH Homeless Services teaching yoga, with Animal Farm Permaculture Center selling organic vegetables at Houston’s Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market, and is a member of the Texas State Bar, Houston Bar Association, and Houston Young Lawyers Association frequently presenting on legal topics.

Education

  • JD, University of Houston Law Center
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin

Affiliations

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Business Litigation

  • Obtained judgment of more than $9 million on behalf of entrepreneurs related to the sale of their valve company to a New York-based private equity firm. After the sale, the buyer asserted indemnification claims against the entrepreneurs based on pre-sale representations allegedly made by the entrepreneurs. In doing so, the buyer sought to avoid paying the bulk of the purchase price for the entrepreneurs’ company. On competing summary judgment motions, the New York Supreme Court – Commercial Division rejected the buyer’s claims (including claims for fraud, breach of contract, indemnification, and set-off) and granted the entrepreneurs’ affirmative claims for breach of the various promissory notes at issue. The New York Court also awarded attorney’s fees to the entrepreneurs.
  • Obtained an emergency motion for protection in federal court on behalf of a non-party where non-party had been subpoenaed to produce voluminous records and communications between the non-party and the non-party’s former and present clients. The emergency relief obtained completely relieved the non-party’s clients from complying with the subpoenas.
  • Represented a refinery service contractor in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving claims arising out of the refinery’s refusal to pay for services and counterclaims by the refinery relating to alleged breaches of safety procedures. Within five months of filing lawsuit and shortly after the filing of a pre-discovery, summary judgment motion asserting immediate right to payment, the matter was successfully resolved.
  • Settled partnership dispute—without legal action—over several months of heated negotiations. When client discovered his business partner had been running work through side-businesses, assisted client in terminating the relationship and successfully separating the assets of the entities held by the partners.
  • Won an arbitration award on behalf of two senior level employees of a manufacturing facility against their former employer due to the former employer’s failure to make profit sharing and bonus payments under two separate agreements. Counterclaims were asserted against our client. After a five-day arbitration, the arbitration panel ruled in favor of our clients and awarded our clients all of the damages sought and attorneys’ fees.
  • Won partial summary judgment on behalf of restaurateurs on a breach of fiduciary duty/usurpation of a valuable partnership opportunity and oppression claim filed by restaurateurs’ partners. Also won a motion for partial summary judgment declaring a “Right to Participate” clause contained in the Partnership’s Operating Amendment invalid.  Based on the alleged right to participate, the restaurateurs’ partners claimed to have an interest in a subsequent endeavor created and developed by the restaurateurs. Summary judgment was awarded when it was shown that the “Right to Participate” clause was invalid, and subsequently, the Court failed to find any breach of fiduciary duty or oppression on the part of the restaurateurs.  Ultimately, this summary judgment led to a favorable settlement of the entire dispute for our clients.
  • Won a $2.66 million jury verdict for a former partner of a Houston-based engineering company arising out of a dispute related to a written shareholders’ agreement.  The defendants claimed that our client had made misrepresentations related to his educational qualifications which fraudulently induced the defendants to make our client a shareholder in the company which they otherwise would not have made.  In an 11-1 verdict, the jury found that the defendants breached their contract with their partner and that the conduct of the defendants in their handling of the partnership dispute constituted minority shareholder oppression.
  • Settled a breach of contract dispute between an international asset integrity management company and one of its suppliers.
  • Obtained an emergency motion for protection on behalf of an expert witness when the opposing party subpoenaed all records and documents by and between the expert witness and the expert witness’ former and present clients. The expert witness was to provide testimony related to the exercise and fitness industry.

Employment Litigation

  • Represented a manufacturer and supplier of separation and phase contacting process internals in an age discrimination dispute brought by a former employee. Successfully avoided a lawsuit through pre-suit negotiations after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a notice of right to sue.
  • Successfully settled a theft of trade secrets case in which a former employee downloaded the entire contents of his former employer’s cloud-based information system to several different electronic devices just prior to giving notice of his resignation. In this dispute, former employee left a geosynthetic lining company to work for a competitor performing a substantially similar role in the same geographic region. Obtained a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction enjoining the former employee from using any of his former employer’s confidential information while working at the competitor. Through the pendency of the suit, conducted an electronic forensic review of the former employee’s electronic devices and cloud-based storage systems discovering evidence of spoliation. After a spoliation motion was filed, the matter was successfully resolved.
  • Represented a professional services firm in a gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation dispute brought by a former employee alleging sexual harassment and hostile work environment. Successfully avoided a lawsuit through pre-suit mediation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The dispute involved unique issues relating to outside-the-office conduct and text-messaging.
  • Represented a manufacturer and supplier of pipe fittings in a disability discrimination dispute brought by a former employee. The former employee alleged he was discriminated against due to a disability resulting from an on-the-job injury. After receiving employer-provided medical treatment for the injury, the employee failed to report, and subsequent to termination, brought suit. A resolution of the dispute was successfully negotiated within six months from the suit being filed.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order enjoining two former employees from doing business under a substantially similar business name as that of their former employer as well as from using their former employer’s confidential information. Two defecting, former employees formed a competing company selling power-generation equipment to both commercial and industrial clients. Prior to filing suit, conducted an electronic, forensic review of the former employees’ computers, and discovered evidence of theft of confidential information. This evidence was subsequently used at the emergency hearing. The case was successfully settled within a month of obtaining the emergency relief.
  • Obtained a temporary injunction prohibiting a former employee from using his former employer’s trade secrets at his new job working for a competitor and ordering that the parties participate in an electronic forensic protocol to recover any misappropriated trade information.
  • Won an arbitration award on behalf of two senior level employees of a manufacturing facility against their former employer due to the former employer’s failure to make profit sharing and bonus payments under two separate agreements. Counterclaims were asserted against our client. After a five-day arbitration, the arbitration panel ruled in favor of our clients and awarded our clients all of the damages sought and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented employees in lawsuits against former employer based on employer's refusal to pay past due compensation or to honor obligations under employment agreements and/or severance agreements.
  • Represented employers in the defense of unlawful termination and employment discrimination claims.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Represented a California-based construction and retail real estate development, re-development, and renovation company in a multi-state dispute concerning the use of its name by a former shareholder. A resolution was obtained shortly after filing a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, and permanent injunction.
  • Obtained a temporary injunction for a local restaurateur prohibiting the landlord from enforcing rules and regulations concerning the restaurant’s use of valet parking, linen bins, and outdoor seating.
  • Successfully defended both a no-evidence and a traditional motion for summary judgment moving to dismiss all claims filed by a mixed-use real estate developer against its former joint-venture partner.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a regional shopping mall owner on its breach of contract claims against a delinquent tenant and obtained individual liability against the tenant’s former President who entered into contractual agreements with our client following the secret dissolution of the company.
  • Represented commercial landlords and tenants in a variety of disputes involving non-payment of rent and other lease-related issues.
  • Defeated an application for injunction relief of a tenant in state district court seeking to halt eviction proceedings instituted by landlord/client. Litigation resulted in favorable summary judgment ruling on tenant's claims for constructive eviction, breach of implied warranties, fraud and breach of contract.

Contact Kasi

Kasi Chadwick is smart and savvy. She knows the law, but also thinks like a business person. I worked closely with Kasi on a challenging landlord/tenant matter which involved getting a restraining order, multiple mediations and a seemingly endless amount of court filings before finally settling. I found Kasi’s counsel invaluable and as a commercial attorney I greatly appreciate that Kasi practices the rare art of drafting in plain language. Clients benefit greatly when their attorney is capable of making a clear and strong argument not bogged down by the ambiguities of legalese. Kasi is a formidable attorney and I’m glad to have her on our outside legal team. She is also a delight to work with.

Laura LascoVice President and General CounselLasco Enterprises, LLC