Katherine A. Brooker

Senior Associate

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Houston

P: +1.713.229.1222
F: +1.713.229.7922

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

  • Represented owner in arbitration arising from prime contractor’s installation of mechanical equipment and piping in large industrial facility
  • Represented casino owner in mechanic’s lien, defective work and breach of contract suit against general contractor and electrical subcontractor
  • Represented petrochemical company in litigation surrounding construction of a plant facility
  • Represented developer in defective work and breach of contract dispute against flooring materials supplier, installer and contractor
  • Represented affordable housing developer in payment and delay claims dispute with general contractor
  • Representation of general contractor and owner in mechanic’s lien and indemnity lawsuit against previous general contractor in state and bankruptcy court
  • Representation of general contractor in multiple forums arising from construction defects in multifamily apartment project
  • Advises owners, developers, contractors and subcontractors regarding contract negotiation and mechanic’s lien issues

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

  • Advises and represents employers in matters arising before the EEOC, NLRB, and other state and federal agencies, including responding to and mediating various charges filed by employees
  • Routinely represents employers in wrongful termination suits alleging discrimination and retaliation under Title VII
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower lawsuit
  • Representation of employers in workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuits
  • Representation of employers in executive compensation disputes and enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements

EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING

  • Counsels employers on compliance with various statutes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and implementation of reductions in force
  • Assists with and conducts employee investigations
  • Counsels employers on employee terminations

ENERGY LITIGATION

  • Post-closing title disputes and arbitration for private companies
  • Oil and gas lease interpretation

BANKRUPTCY RELATED MATTERS

  • Represented global network marketing company in multi-million fraudulent transfer suit
  • Represented seismic services company in patent action to enforce confirmation order
  • Special litigation counsel to debtor, including representation during claim objection hearing related to construction defects
  • Representation of various parties relating to bankruptcy claims process

OTHER

  • Ongoing representation of petrochemical company in cases involving products liability, personal injury and premises liability
  • Representation of special litigation committee in relation to derivative suit challenging merger
  • ERISA litigation with respect to disputes between employer-sponsored self-funded benefits plans and providers of medical services
  • Pro bono representation in landlord-tenant and custody matters