Katherine M. Harrington

Partner

Katherine M. Harrington

Partner

Katherine Harrington is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, where she focuses her practice on energy and business litigation. She represents clients involved in complex litigation disputes and appellate matters, primarily in commercial, oil and gas, product liability, personal injury defense, consumer, and insurance litigation. Her energy litigation practice includes the representation of oil and gas companies that specialize in oilfield services, exploration and production, and midstream, energy companies that supply natural gas, electricity, and solar, and energy companies that operate power generation plants. Her commercial litigation practice includes the representation of manufacturing companies, distributors, and professional services firms. Katie has represented clients in litigation in Texas state court and in federal courts throughout the country, as well as in arbitration before the AAA and ICC. Katie is involved in all aspects of a case, including motion practice, written discovery, depositions, hearings, settlement negotiations, trials, and appeals. She also counsels clients on general business matters, helping them to minimize risk and avoid litigation.

Katie brings to the table a unique insight by having served as a briefing attorney for Justice Ken Wise of the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston as an intern for Judge David Hittner of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In addition to these roles and prior to joining the firm, Katie also served as a law clerk for a Houston-based international oil company, where she became familiar with the environmental, contract, and other issues that her energy clients face.

Representative Experience

  • Participated on trial team in 9-week jury trial in Texas state court defending 12 individuals accused of stealing trade secrets from former employer. Secured favorable outcome for clients that precluded a bid for $42 million in damages sought by plaintiff.
  • Represented global professional services firm accused of failing to place directors & officers insurance coverage requested by its client, which client alleged resulted coverage denial. After second-chairing  2-week bench trial in Texas state court, obtained favorable settlement for client.
  • First-chaired 1-day arbitration defending ecommerce company sued for violations of state consumer protection laws based on false and misleading advertising regarding its products. Successfully obtained favorable settlement for client following the arbitration.
  • Successfully obtained award for all damages and attorneys’ fees for exploration and production company following 1-week arbitration in pursuing breach of contract and warranty claims against supplier of defective downhole retrievable production packer that resulted in blowout of oil and gas well.
  • Represented oilfield service company accused of breaching contract with manufacturer for failing to purchase specially manufactured goods pursuant to contracts, purchase orders, and forecasts. After a 1-week arbitration, obtained favorable award for client far in excess of the amount sought by the plaintiff.
  • Successfully obtained favorable award for oilfield service company following 1-week arbitration in defending against allegations that defective cement job caused $12 million in damage to an offshore oil and gas well.
  • Represented oilfield service company accused of breaching contract with manufacturer for failing to purchase specially manufactured goods made pursuant to contract and forecasts. After a 1-week arbitration, obtained favorable award for client far in excess of the amount sought by the plaintiff.
  • Represented offshore drilling contractor sued by former CEO and COO who accused client of failing to pay more than $10 million in termination benefits. After two days into the arbitration, obtained favorable settlement for client.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation (2021 – 2024)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers® – Rising Star list in the field of Energy & Natural Resources (2019 – 2022)

Affiliations

  • Institute for Energy Law (IEL) – 4th Annual Leadership Class (2021 – 2022)
  • Vice President of Communications, Association of Women Attorneys (2019 – 2020)
  • Member, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board (2018 – 2020)
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association (2018 – 2020)
    • Co-chair, HYLA Leadership Academy (2018 – 2020)
  • Trustee, Association of Women Attorneys Foundation (2016 – present)
    • Marketing Chair (2020-present)
  • National LGBT Bar Association (2018 – present)
    • Membership & Diversity Committee (2020)

Presentations and Publications

  • “Petroleum Extension (PETEX) – Rig School – Overview of Macondo and Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Statutes,” (October 2019)
  • Presenter, “Speech is Silver but Silence is Golden: Anti-SLAPP Update,” Houston Bar Association 2019 Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference (April 2019)
01 February 2024 Press Releases

Foley Announces 23 New Partners

Foley & Lardner LLP has elected 23 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective February 1, 2024.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
22 March 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Named to 2023 Texas Rising Stars List

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys from the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices have been named to the 2023 Texas Rising Stars list.
28 February 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Defeats $42 Million Jury Demand in Texas Trade Secrets Case

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that it has secured a favorable outcome for its clients in a Texas Uniform Trade Secret Act (TUTSA) case, precluding a bid for $42 million in damages by the plaintiff.
01 September 2022 Blogs

Federal Court Issues Permanent Injunction on Federal Oil and Gas Leasing “Pause”

On August 18, 2022, a federal court in Louisiana permanently enjoined President Biden and other governmental officials and agencies from stopping the sale of onshore and offshore oil and gas leases.
18 August 2022 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced that 250 of our attorneys across 20 offices have received recognition in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.