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Lisa Houssiere is a Principal in McKool Smith's Houston office.  Her practice focuses on representing clients in U.S. and international litigation, arbitration, and government and internal investigations.    

Lisa has represented international and domestic companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in complex energy, antitrust, and intellectual property matters.  Her litigation and arbitration cases have involved a wide range of disputes arising in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela.  As a result, Lisa has developed an in-depth understanding of the political, social, and economic climate in Latin America and regularly counsels clients in that region.   

Lisa has conducted numerous government and internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and allegations of bribery, fraud, and conspiracy in the U.S. and throughout Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Europe.  She has advised clients across several industries under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the European Commission.       

During law school, Lisa was a member of the SMU Law Review and CLE Editor for the SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium, the American Bar Association National Symposium on the American Jury System, and the SMU Air Law Symposium.  Lisa studied human rights, maritime, and constitutional law at the University of Capetown Law School in South Africa.  In addition, she participated in the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic at SMU as a student guardian ad litem attorney representing abused and neglected children in Dallas County.

Experience

Representative Matters

Prior to joining the firm:

Litigation

  • Defense of international oil and gas services company in a dispute with a drilling subcontractor arising from an oil and gas development project in Mexico, resulting in the dismissal of all claims on jurisdictional grounds following a three-day evidentiary hearing
  • Represented seller of oil well stimulation products supplied to PDVSA entities in Venezuela in a $54 million dispute arising from non-payment of invoices  
  • Represented third-party defendant subcontractor in a $6 million dispute defending against claims that it provided defective piping work in connection with the construction of a chemical plant in Louisiana
  • Represented oil and gas operator in a dispute regarding its alleged failure to properly manage and operate wells
  • Represented miller and marketer of branded rice products involving allegations that it entered into various prepetition agreements to guarantee payment of a $19 million judgment
  • Defense of oil and gas exploration and production company involving claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and promissory estoppel related to its performance of seismic permitting and seismic survey operations
  • Represented U.S. smartphone chipmaker in a high-stakes International Trade Commission multi-patent investigation involving hundreds of products and the potential bar on importation of these products into the U.S.

Arbitration

  • Defense of independent oil and gas exploration company in an International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration arising from an agreement with a third-party business consultant; plaintiff was awarded no damages after alleging fraud, anticipatory repudiation, and breach of contract and seeking actual and punitive damages in excess of $700 million
  • Represented seller of a Colombian power plant in a dispute over the buyer’s breach of the purchase and sale agreement in an ICC arbitration

Investigations

  • Represented oilfield services company in international FCPA investigation into dealings with sanctioned countries and alleged violations of U.S. anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws
  • Represented global freight forwarding company in response to DOJ inquiry into potential criminal price fixing on a world-wide basis; successfully represented client in a subsequent U.S. based class action lawsuit seeking civil damages for conduct investigated by the DOJ
  • Defense of former employee of British multinational investment bank related to the CFTC’s investigation into the alleged manipulation of the leading benchmark for interest rate swaps
  • Represented international ship classification society in response to DOJ inquiry into potential violation of European Union antitrust laws
  • Represented international and domestic contract drilling services provider in response to the FBI’s and the DOJ’s investigation into the conduct and activities of certain government officials
  • Manage response to second request from DOJ and Request for Information from European Commission regarding potential anticompetitive effects of a $6 billion merger of cybersecurity companies
  • Manage large scale European Commission antitrust regulator investigation of a U.S. smartphone chipmaker’s proposed $44 billion acquisition of a Netherlands based competitor

Recognition

Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized among Lawdragon's 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers Award, National Diversity Council, 2019
  • Texas Rising Star, Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2014 - 2017
  • Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2014
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow, 2015

Affiliations

Community & Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section, Member
    • Litigation Section, Member
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Legal Lines, Volunteer
    • Houston Area Women’s Center, Pro Bono Volunteer
  • Women's Energy Network
  • The Junior League of Houston, Active Member
    • Board of Directors, Former Member
  • United Way of Greater Houston, Young Leader
  • Vanderbilt University Alumni Admissions Program, Interviewer
  • St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Member

Media & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Privilege Issues in Cross-Border Investigations, Litigation, and Transactions,” Houston Bar Association International Law Section, Houston, Texas, April 10, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, "Overview of Maritime Law in the Offshore Energy Sector," In-house client presentation, Houston, Texas, May 28, 2015
  • "Brace for Impact: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure May Significantly Impact the Future of Discovery," HMPA's 36th Annual Business & Litigation CLE Seminar, Houston, Texas, February 20, 2015
  • "Significant Changes are on the Horizon: The Most Recent Updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Proposed Amendments That Could Change Discovery As We Know It," Houston Corporate Paralegal Association, Houston, Texas, January 14, 2015
  • "The Rules are Changing: Recently Implemented and Recently Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum, Houston, Texas, October 3, 2014
  • "Navigating Through the Complex World of International Arbitration," Advanced Skills Paralegal Conference, Galveston, Texas, April 25, 2014
  • "International Commercial Arbitration: A Guide to the ICC and Significant Provisions in Arbitration Agreements," Houston Paralegal Association, Houston, Texas, June 27, 2013

Articles

Publications

  • Co-author, "Limitation of Liability, Willful Misconduct and Loss of Insurance Coverage - A Round in the World Perspective," Legalseas Shipping Newsletter, July 2014
  • Co-author, "The Jones Act and Export of Crude Oil and LNG from the USA," Legalseas Shipping Newsletter, March 2016
  • Co-author, "The Jones Act and Export of Crude Oil and LNG from the U.S.," Pratt's Energy Law Report, Vol. 16-7, July/August 2016
  • Co-author, "Texas Supreme Court clarifies private nuisance law," Norton Rose Fulbright – Legal update, July 5, 2016

Education

J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2007.

B.A., cum laude, Spanish and European Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2002.

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Languages

  • Proficient in Spanish
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