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Megan Schmid is a Partner in Thompson & Knight’s Trial Practice Group in Houston. She focuses her practice on federal and state trials and arbitrations involving energy, real estate, commercial landlord-tenant, financial and lending institutions, partnership disputes, business torts, construction, and general business and commercial litigation. Megan represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes, including contracts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, covenants not-to-compete, and negligence.

Received a national first-tier ranking for Commercial Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Board of Trustees, The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston

  • Represented former Minority Shareholders in arbitration against former Majority Shareholder seeking performance of stock purchase agreements, which resulted in a monetary award of approximately $3.3 million
  • Defended individual investment professional against RICO, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims concerning real estate investment in a two-week jury trial; jury ruled in favor of client on RICO and fiduciary duty claims and apportioned client only 1% liability on remaining claim
  • Representing a carbon steel flange manufacturer in defense of Lanham Act and common law false advertising and unfair competition claims brought by a competitor and asserting counterclaims for Lanham Act and common law false designation of origin, false advertising, and unfair competition
  • Representing a business-to-business finance provider in the solar energy industry asserting claims against a competitor of conversion, tortious interference with contracts, and unjust enrichment as well as a declaratory judgment regarding the ownership of solar assets
  • Represented a company defending against breach of contract and fraud claims related to a terminated consulting agreement, which resulted in a favorable summary judgment and a non-suit by the plaintiff
  • Represented clients in cases involving enforcement of non-disclosure and non-compete covenants
  • Assisted in representing a steel manufacturer in asserting bad faith claims against an insurance company and in seeking business interruption damages, which settled favorably after five days in a jury trial
  • Represented companies in various breach of contract and suit on sworn accounts seeking payment for goods or services rendered
  • Defended a major drilling company in a dispute over the calculation of gathering rates under a gas gathering agreement, which resulted in a take-nothing award after a three-week arbitration in which the claimant sought damages of more than $190 million
  • Represented exploration and production companies (both operators and non-operators) in a variety of matters, including joint operating disputes, royalty litigation, and environmental contamination
  • Represented an operator in litigation against a non-operator for failure to pay operational costs, which resulted in a favorable summary judgment in the approximate amount of $315,000 and foreclosure of the non-operator’s oil and gas interests
  • Representing non-operators in an international arbitration regarding a dispute about the parties’ obligations under the joint operating agreement related to environmental remediation
  • Representing an oil and gas operator in litigation relating to alleged flaring of gas on tribal land
  • Represented an oil and gas lessee in litigation regarding an assignment of oil and gas interests
  • Represented many clients in pursuing and defending against injunctive relief (including temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions); cases involved, among other issues, enforcement of commercial leases, enforcement of partnership agreements, enforcement of non-disclosure and non-compete covenants, and enforcement of loan agreements and deeds of trust
  • Represented landlords and tenants in litigation involving enforcement of commercial leases and related settlement agreements (including eviction proceedings, appeal of eviction proceedings, and state district court litigation)
  • Represented a general contractor in a dispute with a subcontractor regarding the subcontractor’s termination, which involved a favorable ruling from the court of appeals enforcing the general contractor’s arbitration provision
  • Represented a general contractor in dispute against subcontractor regarding payment and failure to timely complete work
  • Represented owners and general contractors to resolve lien disputes with subcontractors
  • Represented a commercial tenant in obtaining a writ of reentry
  • Representing an architecture firm in seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit based on the plaintiff’s failure to attach a proper certificate of merit to the petition
  • Represented a commercial bank in asserting contract and deficiency claims against a real estate development company and its guarantors and in defending its valuation of collateral at a foreclosure sale, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict of approximately $315,000
  • Represented special servicers and commercial banks in the court appointment of receivers over the collateral real properties
  • Represented special servicers and commercial banks in deficiency actions against borrowers and guarantors

Prior Employment

  • Law Intern, Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Galveston, Texas, 2008
  • Law Clerk, Texas Riogrande Legal Aid, Austin, Texas, 2008

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation), 2016-2019
  • Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2019

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Nominating Committee, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), 2019-2020
  • Board Member, Young Audiences of Houston
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Houston Bar Association; Gender Fairness Committee
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Inns of Court; Garland Walker Chapter
  • Board of Trustees, The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2010, summa cum laude, Tulane University Law School; graduated first in class; Order of the Coif; Tulane Law Review; Faculty Award for Highest GPA
  • B.A., 2007, summa cum laude, Southwestern University; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society; Alpha Chi Honor Society; Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society; President’s Scholar Award

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas