Kelley M. Keller

Senior Counsel (713) 244-0807

Ms. Keller has enjoyed a varied civil litigation practice, representing clients involved in disputes ranging from premises and products liability defense, to commercial issues, securities and commodities litigation, antitrust actions, class actions, derivative litigation, and trademark infringement. She has practiced extensively in both state and federal courts and has tried cases to verdicts in both court systems.  Before joining WTL, Ms. Keller practiced at the international law firms of Skadden Arps and Vinson & Elkins.

Education

J.D., University of Houston, 1989 (Order of the Barons)

B.A., Texas A&M University, 1985

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court
U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court of Texas, all four districts as well as Bankruptcy Court Southern District

Affiliations

Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)

Presentations and Publications

CLE Author/Presenter, “Preparing Your Damages Case/Defense,” Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit, 2013, 2015

CLE Author/Presenter, “Non-Competition Agreements,” Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit, October, 2015

CLE Author/Presenter, “When You Lose: A Game Plan,” 2015 Trial Skills Training Camp, The University of Texas School of Law, Continuing Legal Education (Houston)

Author, “Insured Versus Insured Exclusions,” ABA Tips, Summer 2015

Honors and Recognition

Peer Rated “AV – Preeminent” and 5.0/5.0 peer review rating for “Highest Level of Professional Excellence” and “High Ethical Standing” by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.

Representative matters

Obtained a favorable opinion from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an action to enjoin trademark infringement. Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. v. Miller Oil & Gas Operations, 779 F.3d 290 (5th Cir. 2015).

Obtained order affirming summary judgment granted in a products case after exclusion of the plaintiffs’ tire expert. Jones v. Pennzoil-Quaker State, Co., No. 14-10-00703-CV, 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 7423 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Sept. 13, 2011).

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in an action arising from the sale of a business.

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an individual defendant in a securities fraud action.

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a corporation in a breach of contract action.

Defended a physicians’ practice group in a whistle-blower action in which the jury returned a verdict in favor of the group.

Obtained a dismissal on behalf of an energy company in a federal court suit in which plaintiffs alleged price manipulation under the Commodity Exchange Act.  In re Energy Transfer Ptnrs. Natural Gas Litig., 4:07-cv-3349, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75859 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 26, 2009).