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Kelly M. Haas

Kelly M. Haas

Of Counsel
Location:
Galveston, Texas
Phone:
409-761-4022
Fax:
409-761-4022
Email:

Kelly's practice is focused in the areas of admiralty and maritime law and energy-related litigation matters in both Texas state court and federal court. Her practice consists of defending vessel owners and operators, as well as offshore companies, from claims arising from collisions, property damage, personal injury, maritime pollution, environmental issues, cargo matters and contract disputes. She has extensive experience conducting shipboard investigations and in the arrest and seizure of vessels in the federal courts, both from the standpoint of arresting vessels and from the standpoint of obtaining the release of arrested vessels. Kelly guides her clients through every stage of the legal process, from pre-litigation incident investigation, risk analysis and case evaluation to motion practice, discovery, mediation and, if necessary, trial.

Kelly is an active member of the Galveston County Bar Association and served as the President in 2016 - 2017. She is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Chairman of the Long-Range Planning Committee of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute; and a former Skipper of Houston Mariners Club. She has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Overall Peer Rating for Admiralty and Maritime Litigation, and was selected by Super Lawyers as a Texas Super Lawyer (2014 - 2017) and a Texas Rising Star (2013 - 2014). In 2017, she was recognized by Houstonia Magazine as a Houston Top Lawyer for Admiralty/Maritime Litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Admiralty and Maritime
  • 25% Insurance Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2008
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: Dean's List - Spring 2006
    • Honors: Dean's Merit Scholarship
    • Honors: South Texas Moot Court
    • Honors: 2005 Garland Walker Intramural Tournament - 2nd Best Speaker
    • Honors: 2006 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Competition, Semifinalist and 2nd Best
    • Honors: Gamma Chi Delta
    • Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Managing Editor, 2005 - 2007
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • B.S. - 1994
    • Major: Biology

Classes/Seminars

  • Settlement and Contribution: Fifteen Years After McDermott v. AmClyde, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Annual Seminar, June 2009
  • Recent Maritime Developments: Fifth, Ninth & Tenth Circuits, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Annual Seminar, June 2014
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2016 (51:2)
  • Ethical Pitfalls of a Distracted Lawyer, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Meeting, October 2016
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2017 (52:4)

Honors and Awards

  • Appointed Chair of Merit Selection Panel to Reappoint Federal Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner, 2014 - Present
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Texas Super Lawyer, 2014 - 2017
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star, 2013 - 2014
  • Selected as Outstanding Young Lawyer of Galveston County, 2010 - 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Overall Peer Rating – Admiralty and Maritime Litigation, 2013 - Present
  • Recognized by Houstonia Magazine as a Houston Top Lawyer for Admiralty/Maritime Litigation, 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Galveston County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, 2007 - 2011
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2008 - Present
  • Women's International Shipping and Trading Association, 2008 - Present
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2008 - 2016
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 2008 - Present
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Long Range Planning Committee, Chairperson, 2010-2012, 2014 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Coastal Texas Port Director, 2008 - 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee, District 5 Panel 2, Member, 2011 - 2017
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee, Chairperson, 2013 - 2015
  • ABA, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2015 - Present
  • ABA, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Vice-Chair, 2016 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member, 2012 - Present
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Past-President, 2016 - 2017
  • Galveston County Bar Association, President (Revived Galveston County Pro Bono Committee), 2015 - 2016
  • Galveston County Bar Association, President-Elect, 2014 - 2015
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2013 - 2014
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Director, 2011 - 2013
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, President, 2010 - 2011
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2009 - 2010
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2008 - 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • The American Club / Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., VP, Sr. Claims Exec./Counsel, 2017 - 2018
  • Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, LLP, Partner, 2007 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator
  • Galveston County Veterans Legal Clinic, 2016 - Present
  • Tahirih Justice Center, 2013 - 2016
  • Houston Mariners Club, 2008 - Present
  • Houston Mariners Club, Skipper, 2016 - 2017
  • Houston Mariners Club, First Mate, 2015 - 2016
  • Houston Mariners Club, Purser, 2014 - 2015
  • Houston Mariners Club, Yeoman, 2013 - 2014
  • Houston “Original” Women in Claims, 2010 - Present
  • Houston “Original” Women in Claims, Board Member, 2014 - 2018
  • Houston Marine Insurance, Seminar Planning Committee, 2016 - Present
  • The Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Galveston, 2008 - Present