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Kaitlyn Dawson is an Associate in McKool Smith's Houston office. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she gained trial experience as a third chair in a $30 million shareholders derivative lawsuit that was successfully tried for four weeks. Kaitlyn also served as an intern to the Honorable Ewing Werlein, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

While attending law school, Kaitlyn participated in mock trial and moot court competitions. She was the champion & best advocate of the Strasburger & Price Mock Trial Competition and the vice-champion of the Gardere Novice Mock Trial Tournament. She also received an award for best opening statement at the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Invitational Trial Competition. Kaitlyn also served as a Student Member of the Alumni Association Executive Committee.

Experience

Representative Matters

Prior to joining the firm:

  • Served as lead associate for the outside directors of a closely-held corporation in a shareholders’ derivative lawsuit. Drafted and argued motions in limine, all discovery-related motions, motions for summary judgment, motion for attorney’s fees, and motions to strike experts. Led the discovery process and all pre-trial preparation, including defending six depositions. The jury ultimately rendered a take-nothing verdict.
  • Served as lead associate for an international oil and gas midstream services company in a breach of contract lawsuit. Led discovery process, including taking four depositions. Drafted multiple motions for summary judgment, and successfully defeated the opposing party’s motion for summary judgment.
  • Represented home builder in a construction-defect lawsuit. Took and defended the parties’ damages experts.

Affiliations

Community & Professional Activities

  • Houston Young Lawyers’ Association; Director, February 2019 – Present
  • Houston Young Lawyers’ Association; Chair, Arts & Entertainment Committee, June 2019 – Present
  • Houston Young Lawyers’ Foundation; Fellow, January 2018 – Present
  • American Women’s Association; Member, June 2019 – Present

Education

J.D., cum laude, The University of Texas School of Law, 2016.

B.A., cum laude, English and Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2011.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
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