Felicia Harris leads Barry Conge Harris LLP’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group.
She has nearly two decades of commercial litigation experience representing local, national, and international clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, energy services, petrochemical, healthcare, maritime, financial services, engineering, and telecommunications.
Felicia’s extensive experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial matters involving contractual rights and obligations, fraud, trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, nursing home changes of ownership, fiduciary duties, partnership and joint venture agreements, real property including oil and gas issues, lease disputes, and personal injury and wrongful death claims. She is also experienced in issues related to seismic operations, defamation, allegations of wrongful death, and public procurement and bidding laws. Felicia has also assisted companies in communications with local governments.
Felicia has successfully represented employers through governmental investigations and against alleged violations of Texas, US, and Saudi Arabian employment laws.
Felicia has been active in her community, serving two elected terms as a council member for the City of Pearland, and as mayor pro-tem from 2009 to 2010.
She also served as a member of the Steering Committee for Emerging Women Leaders through the Greater Houston Partnership, as an advisory board member to Woodway Financial Advisors, and as director of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation. She is a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum.
Felicia earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Texas A&M University and her law degree from South Texas College of Law, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. Upon graduation from law school, Felicia clerked for Chief Justice John Hill Cayce, Jr. on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Lead trial counsel, obtained unanimous jury verdict awarding more than $4 million in contract damages and $2.7 million in fraud and punitive damages in a commercial lease dispute for a nursing home owner and operator in Brazoria County.
- Lead trial counsel, successfully defended a stevedoring company in a $5 million executive compensation dispute in Harris County.
- Lead trial counsel, obtained a declaratory judgment for an engineering services company against a $10 million claim arising out of a failed proposed joint venture in Brazoria County.
- Lead trial counsel, secured 19 temporary restraining orders and a temporary injunction for an Oklahoma-based exploration and production company conducting 3-D seismic activities in Texas in Brazoria County.
- Lead arbitration counsel, successfully resolved a contract dispute for a Hong Kong-based company involving a governmental project located in China.
- Lead trial counsel, obtained summary judgment on fraud claims for a builder in a construction dispute in Brazoria County.
- Lead Texas arbitration counsel, won multiple arbitration hearings for a credit services organization accused of violations of the Texas CSO Act.
- Second chair trial counsel, defending defamation claims alleged against a chemical company arising from the termination of two employees in a case tried to a jury in Harris County, Texas.
- Second chair trial counsel, obtained jury verdict on common law fraud and stock fraud claims in Federal Court, Eastern District of Texas.
- Won summary judgment for oilfield equipment services supplier in contract dispute with oil and gas producer in Dallas County.
- Secured dismissal of contract and conversion claim alleged against a Texas resident in an Indiana court.
- Represented employers in actions to enforce covenants not to compete and confidentially agreements in Texas in Harris County.
- Successfully defended employers against discrimination and retaliation claims arising under Texas, US, and Saudi Arabian employment laws.
- Successfully represented employers in OSHA and EEOC investigations.
Publications and Presentations
- The Perils of Email: Navigating the Legal Risks, Risk Management, June 1, 2011, available at http://www.rmmagazine.com/author/felicia-harris-kyle/
- Coauthor, European Court of Justice Rejects Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel, LexisNexis International & Foreign Law Blog, September 2010
- Thou Shalt Not Pierce the Privilege Veil: Practical Considerations for In-House Counsel, presented at ACC Small Law Department Seminar, Houston, Texas, September 2010
- The Perils of Email: A Practical Guide for In-House Counsel, presented for client, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2010
- The Perils of Email, presented at ACC Small Law Department Seminar, Houston, Texas, June 2010
- Moderator, Alternative Energy, Hydrocarbons, Power & Utilities –Where the Industries Meet panel, Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology, Houston, Texas, 2008
- Employment Law: A Primer on Recent Opinions Handed Down from Texas and Federal and State Courts 2004-2005, presented at Texas Association of Defense Counsel Summer Seminar, Cozumel, Mexico, July 2005
- Discovering Electronic Information and Data, presented at Texas Association of Defense Counsel Summer Seminar, Cancun, Mexico, July 2003
- Coauthor with William V. Dorsaneo III, Charles S. Siegel, and Jeffrey D. Kyle, Federal v. State Practice: The Differences That Matter, presented at Advanced Civil Trial Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, February 1998
- Coauthor with Chief Justice John Hill Cayce, Jr. and Anne Gardner, Civil Appeals in Texas: Practicing Under the New Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, 49 BAYLOR L. REV. 867 (1997)
- Note, Religious-Based Peremptory Challenges in Light of J.E.B. and the Texas Constitution, Casarez v. State, 913 S.W.2d 468 (Tex. Crim. App. 1994), 38 S. TEX. L. REV. 281 (1997)
- 1997 South Texas College of Law Alumni Association Award for Best Article
REPORTED OPINIONS AND ORDERS
- Adams v. ACSO of Texas, Inc., 2011 WL 2421088 (W.D. Tex., June 13, 2011)
- Mitchell v. ACSO of Texas, L.P., 2010 WL 3784118 (W.D. Tex., Sept. 23, 2010)
- Arco Const. Co., Inc. v. Americon Servs., Co., Inc., 2008 WL 2058214 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.], May 15, 2008, vacated by agreement)
- Texas Southern Univ. v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., et al., 212 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2007, pet. denied)
- Glattly v. CMS Viron Corp., 177 S.W.3d 438 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2005, no pet.)
- Creel v. Houston Indus., Inc., 124 S.W.3d 742 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, no pet.)
- Ratisseau v. Ratisseau, 44 S.W.3d 695 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, pet. dism’d)
- Advent Trust Co. v. Hyder, 12 S.W.3d 534 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1999, pet. denied)
- State Bar of Texas
- Antitrust and Business Litigation Section
- Government Law Section
- Texas Bar Foundation
- American Bar Association
- Litigation Section