Kat Gallagher

Partner

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Houston

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Direct: 713.951.6208

Fax: 713.951.3720

Direct: 713.951.6208

Fax: 713.951.3720

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When some of the largest companies in the world need trial counsel that they can rely on in high stakes litigation, they call on Kat Gallagher.

In over 30 years of practice, Kat has distinguished herself as an elite trial lawyer with outstanding instincts for how to best tell her client’s story in the most persuasive and compelling way. Her effortless style in the courtroom makes her an always-effective advocate. For judges and juries alike, Kat’s unique blend of talents make her both instantly likable and always commanding of respect.

Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006-2021), Kat has earned the respect of her peers and adversaries alike. Her active trial practice spans nationally and includes experience as lead counsel in trials of products liability, commercial cases, professional malpractice, intentional torts, premises liability, and environmental and negligence claims, among others. The daughter of an U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Kat lived in more than ten homes before the age of 15. This important element of her upbringing has shaped her persona, cultivating a unique ability to connect with people from all over and feel at home traveling from state to state to try cases

In addition to being a tireless advocate for her clients, she also lends her time and talents to many organizations and causes in the community.

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  • Representative experience

    Products Liability & Multidistrict Litigation

    • Representing a major medical device company as trial counsel in vaginal mesh litigation in state and federal courts across several states.
    • Represents a major tobacco company in multiple Engle progeny trials throughout Florida and in individual smoker case in Massachusetts.
    • Obtained defense verdict in the first case remanded from the MDL in the nation for a pharmaceutical manufacturer involving a withdrawn drug.
    • Represented Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in wrongful death and personal injury suits filed in multiple counties in Texas relating to rollover accidents and product recall; served on pretrial and trial teams for all Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. cases in Texas involving the recalled tires.
    • Represented  a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in suits arising from the use of prescription drugs.

    Healthcare Litigation

    • Obtained defense verdict for hospital client in a wrongful death case alleging failure to adequately monitor heart patient.
    • Obtained defense verdict for hospital obstetrics case alleging that nursing negligence proximately caused death of one twin and brain damage to the second.
    • Obtained several defense verdicts for a number of national drug store pharmacies in unrelated prescription mis-fill cases, often where liability was stipulated and only causation and damages were contested at trial; one such case seeking in excess of $10 million in which liability was contested and settled for nuisance value after four days of trial.
    • Obtained defense verdict in dental malpractice case.
    • Regularly handled claims and cases against hospitals and advised on issues such as peer review, staffing, policies and procedures, and credentialing.

    Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation

    • Obtained defense verdict in case alleging that inadequate security of restaurant led to the shooting death of plaintiff’s husband.
    • Obtained summary judgment for owner of parking garage where plaintiff was allegedly raped by city policeman who had stopped her for suspicion of drunk driving, with Texas Supreme Court’s opinion modifying standard for proof in inadequate security cases.
    • Obtained defense verdicts in a number of traditional premises defect jury trials.
    • Obtained defense verdicts in three civil assault/malicious prosecution cases.

    General Trial Practice

    • Obtained bench verdict for property owner in 1983 deprivation of access to property case against Harris County.
    • Obtained directed verdict for major telecommunications client on all causes of action including DTPA violations, slander, malicious prosecution, negligence, and breach of contract in a case involving client’s fraud detection systems.
    • Represented the owner/operator of several landfills and related waste operations in a variety of nuisance, contract and personal injury actions.
    • Represented IPA in cases/arbitrations regarding contract disputes with its physicians and advised on other litigation matters.
  • Honors & Awards
    • Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial (Texas); Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Texas), 2020 – 2021
    • Named in Best Lawyers in America’s 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2020 – 2022
    • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2006 – 2021
    • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star, 2018 – 2021
    • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the best female lawyers in the nation: 2017 Top 250 Women in Litigation; 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation; 2021 Top 250 Women in Litigation
    • Selected to Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers – Civil Litigation: Defense, 2006, 2008 – 2020
    • Selected by Lawyer Monthly magazine for global 2016 Women in Law Award
    • Defense Hot List – Geers V. Wyeth, National Law Journal, 2006
  • Publications & Presentations
    • “Closing Arguments,” Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, June, 2009
    • “Closing Arguments,” DRI, June 2007
    • “Charting from a Litigation Perspective,” May 2003
    • “Update of Product Liability Law,” Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, 2003
  • Professional Activities & Memberships
    • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, Houston Bar Association
    • American College of Trial Lawyers
      • Texas State Chair (2018)
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
      • National Board Representative (2012-present)
      • Texas Board Representative (2012-present)
      • Houston President (2015)
      • Foundation Board of Trustees (2020)
      • Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary (2021)
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • International Society of Barristers
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • American Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association
  • Community Involvement
    • Honorary Board Member, Public Policy and Law Center Advisory Board for Children at Risk
      • Previously served as Board Member and Advisory Board Member
    • United Way Tocqueville Society and United Way Women’s Initiative
    • Conservation Committee, Houston Zoo (2013-present)
      • Board Member, Houston Zoo (2013-2020)
    • Board Member, Art League of Houston, 2004-2009

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Louisiana

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

J.D., Louisiana State University Law Center, 1988

  • Order of the Coif
  • Louisiana Law Review

B.A., Louisiana State University, Journalism, 1985

Kat Gallagher

Partner

Houston

Gallagher_Kat-sml

Direct: 713.951.6208

Fax: 713.951.3720

Direct: 713.951.6208

Fax: 713.951.3720

Gallagher_Kat-sml

When some of the largest companies in the world need trial counsel that they can rely on in high stakes litigation, they call on Kat Gallagher.

In over 30 years of practice, Kat has distinguished herself as an elite trial lawyer with outstanding instincts for how to best tell her client’s story in the most persuasive and compelling way. Her effortless style in the courtroom makes her an always-effective advocate. For judges and juries alike, Kat’s unique blend of talents make her both instantly likable and always commanding of respect.

Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006-2021), Kat has earned the respect of her peers and adversaries alike. Her active trial practice spans nationally and includes experience as lead counsel in trials of products liability, commercial cases, professional malpractice, intentional torts, premises liability, and environmental and negligence claims, among others. The daughter of an U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Kat lived in more than ten homes before the age of 15. This important element of her upbringing has shaped her persona, cultivating a unique ability to connect with people from all over and feel at home traveling from state to state to try cases

In addition to being a tireless advocate for her clients, she also lends her time and talents to many organizations and causes in the community.

Expand All
  • Representative experience

    Products Liability & Multidistrict Litigation

    • Representing a major medical device company as trial counsel in vaginal mesh litigation in state and federal courts across several states.
    • Represents a major tobacco company in multiple Engle progeny trials throughout Florida and in individual smoker case in Massachusetts.
    • Obtained defense verdict in the first case remanded from the MDL in the nation for a pharmaceutical manufacturer involving a withdrawn drug.
    • Represented Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in wrongful death and personal injury suits filed in multiple counties in Texas relating to rollover accidents and product recall; served on pretrial and trial teams for all Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. cases in Texas involving the recalled tires.
    • Represented  a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in suits arising from the use of prescription drugs.

    Healthcare Litigation

    • Obtained defense verdict for hospital client in a wrongful death case alleging failure to adequately monitor heart patient.
    • Obtained defense verdict for hospital obstetrics case alleging that nursing negligence proximately caused death of one twin and brain damage to the second.
    • Obtained several defense verdicts for a number of national drug store pharmacies in unrelated prescription mis-fill cases, often where liability was stipulated and only causation and damages were contested at trial; one such case seeking in excess of $10 million in which liability was contested and settled for nuisance value after four days of trial.
    • Obtained defense verdict in dental malpractice case.
    • Regularly handled claims and cases against hospitals and advised on issues such as peer review, staffing, policies and procedures, and credentialing.

    Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation

    • Obtained defense verdict in case alleging that inadequate security of restaurant led to the shooting death of plaintiff’s husband.
    • Obtained summary judgment for owner of parking garage where plaintiff was allegedly raped by city policeman who had stopped her for suspicion of drunk driving, with Texas Supreme Court’s opinion modifying standard for proof in inadequate security cases.
    • Obtained defense verdicts in a number of traditional premises defect jury trials.
    • Obtained defense verdicts in three civil assault/malicious prosecution cases.

    General Trial Practice

    • Obtained bench verdict for property owner in 1983 deprivation of access to property case against Harris County.
    • Obtained directed verdict for major telecommunications client on all causes of action including DTPA violations, slander, malicious prosecution, negligence, and breach of contract in a case involving client’s fraud detection systems.
    • Represented the owner/operator of several landfills and related waste operations in a variety of nuisance, contract and personal injury actions.
    • Represented IPA in cases/arbitrations regarding contract disputes with its physicians and advised on other litigation matters.
  • Honors & Awards
    • Recognized in Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial (Texas); Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Texas), 2020 – 2021
    • Named in Best Lawyers in America’s 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2020 – 2022
    • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2006 – 2021
    • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star, 2018 – 2021
    • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the best female lawyers in the nation: 2017 Top 250 Women in Litigation; 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation; 2021 Top 250 Women in Litigation
    • Selected to Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers – Civil Litigation: Defense, 2006, 2008 – 2020
    • Selected by Lawyer Monthly magazine for global 2016 Women in Law Award
    • Defense Hot List – Geers V. Wyeth, National Law Journal, 2006
  • Publications & Presentations
    • “Closing Arguments,” Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, June, 2009
    • “Closing Arguments,” DRI, June 2007
    • “Charting from a Litigation Perspective,” May 2003
    • “Update of Product Liability Law,” Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, 2003
  • Professional Activities & Memberships
    • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, Houston Bar Association
    • American College of Trial Lawyers
      • Texas State Chair (2018)
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
      • National Board Representative (2012-present)
      • Texas Board Representative (2012-present)
      • Houston President (2015)
      • Foundation Board of Trustees (2020)
      • Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary (2021)
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • International Society of Barristers
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • American Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association
  • Community Involvement
    • Honorary Board Member, Public Policy and Law Center Advisory Board for Children at Risk
      • Previously served as Board Member and Advisory Board Member
    • United Way Tocqueville Society and United Way Women’s Initiative
    • Conservation Committee, Houston Zoo (2013-present)
      • Board Member, Houston Zoo (2013-2020)
    • Board Member, Art League of Houston, 2004-2009
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Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation

Class Action & Multi-District Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Healthcare Litigation

Products Liability Litigation

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Louisiana

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

J.D., Louisiana State University Law Center, 1988

  • Order of the Coif
  • Louisiana Law Review

B.A., Louisiana State University, Journalism, 1985