Kelly Haas

Partner

khaas@sbsblaw.com

 

713.588.0446, Extension 442

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

  • Supreme Court of the U.S.

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • U.S. District Courts for Southern,

Northern, Eastern, and Western Texas

Education

  • B.S. Trinity University

  • J.D. South Texas College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Chair of Merit Selection Panel to Reappoint Federal Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner

  • Texas Super Lawyer (2014 – 2017, 2019)

  • Texas Rising Star (2013 – 2014)

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of

       Galveston County

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Overall Peer Rating – Admiralty and Maritime Litigation

  • Houstonia Magazine’s Top Lawyer for Houston in Admiralty and Maritime

Kelly Haas is a partner in the Houston office. Her practice is focused in the areas of admiralty and maritime law and energy-related litigation matters in both state and federal courts. 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; and regularly includes matters involving the Jones Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Offshore Service Industries, and Transportation.

 

She has extensive experience conducting shipboard investigations 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 Treasurer 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, 2019) and a Texas Rising Star (2013 – 2014). In 2017 and 2018, she was recognized by Houstonia Magazine as a Houston Top Lawyer for Admiralty/Maritime Litigation.

 

Born in Dunedin, Florida on March 30, 1972 she was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, 2007. Also admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

 

Associations

  • Galveston County Bar Association

  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association

  • Houston Mariners Club

  • Houston “Original” Women in Claims

  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee Member – District 5 Panel 2

  • ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

  • Federal bar Association

  • Houston Marine Insurance Seminar Planning Committee

  • The Propeller Club of the United States

  • Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association

  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Seminars and Publications

  • 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).

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