University of Texas at Austin, 2000, J.D., with honors
University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, 1997, B.S., cum laude
LICENSURE AND BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar of Texas, admitted to Texas state courts since 2000
Admitted to United States District Court, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Samantha Trahan helps companies manage risk.
Samantha counsels clients on ways to enhance their contracting practices and existing insurance programs. These steps are taken to minimize risks, but when accidents happen or contracting parties disagree, Samantha manages all aspects of the resulting litigation. With nearly two decades of experience, she handles any type of dispute, but focuses on insurance and contract issues.
On the business side, Samantha evaluates general liability, property, professional liability, energy, and other policies to confirm coverage is available for potential risks. After losses occur, she prepares coverage opinions, manages claims, and litigates disputed coverage issues. Samantha has helped policyholders through losses from hurricanes, fires, long-tail asbestos exposure, down-hole well problems, and more.
Samantha helps clients negotiate MSAs and job-specific contracts. She also provides client-focused training on indemnity and insurance issues to strengthen in-house contracting practices. Samantha has resolved third-party beneficiary claims, contractual indemnity pass-through actions, challenges to agreements under state anti-indemnity acts, and complex choice of law arguments.
Samantha Trahan is a strong risk management attorney and litigator. The good results she achieves for energy clients are particularly admired by the market, and she is described as “a fantastic coverage lawyer whose clients think very highly of her.”
– Chambers USA
US News & World Reports Best Lawyers in Insurance Law, 2015 – 2018
Thomson Reuters: Super Lawyers in Insurance Law, 2015 – 2018
Thomson Reuters: Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006, 2008 – 2015
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Insurance Law, 2010-2016
Texas Super Lawyers is a service of Thomson Reuters
US News & World Reports Best Lawyers is an annual referral guide from Woodward White, Inc.
PRESENTATIONS & PAPERS
Ethical Issues when Insurers Won’t Fund the Defense – UT Admiralty and Maritime Seminar, 2018
Holding the Unfaithful Insurer Accountable – South Texas Insurance Law Seminar, 2018
Current Insurance and Indemnity Issues – Gardere Oilfield Services panel discussion, 2015.
So Your Platform Disappeared in the Hurricane – University of Texas Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, 2008.
The Business of Risk: How to Get the Most out of Your Insurance Policies – Houston and Dallas, 2006.
Hot Insurance Cases Before Texas Appellate Courts – Annual Texas Insurance Law Symposium, January 2004.
The Rising Price of Declining Coverage in the Construction Industry – Mealey’s™ 4th Annual Advanced Insurance Coverage Conference: Top 10 Issues, 2006.
Maximizing Insurance Coverage for Pre-Suit Settlements of Construction Defect Claims – Published in Special Construction Coverage Issue of the Journal of Texas Insurance Law, 2004.
Indemnity issues in the oil and gas industry – PETEX “Rig School,” 2008–2012.
Offshore Oil and Gas Contracting with paper Indemnity Agreements, Old Issues/New Cases – University of Texas Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, 2009.
Contractual Limitations in Oilfield Agreements (a comparison of US and UK law) – Houston, 2007.
Beyond Validity – The Expansion and Erosion of Indemnity Agreements – Gardere Evolving Issues in the Oilfield Service Industry Seminar, November 16, 2005.
Effective Goal Setting – Presentation to corporate Women’s Guild, November 2014.
Ethical Rules Applied to Contracts and Settlement Negotiations – Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter, November 2012.