Kathryn E. Nelson
Kathryn has represented clients ranging from publicly-traded drilling companies and investor-owned utilities in complex business litigation to small and mid-size organizations in contract, employment, and regulatory matters. She has represented individuals in professional malpractice and employment disputes as well as in personal injury actions. Kathryn has also successfully defended white-collar criminal matters.
Before joining Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP in 2014, Kathryn practiced at Berg & Androphy and BakerHostetler.
- Cause No. 4:05-cv-03018; United States ex rel. Pallares v. Itani; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – With Joel Androphy and Sarah Frazier, won approximately $13.2 million settlement with American Grocers in False Claims Act action. Case involved alteration of expiration dates and forgery of health certificates for food products sent to U.S. troops in Middle East.
- With Joel Androphy, obtained dismissal of all environmental criminal charges against Spanish maritime company by U.S. Department of Justice. The company rejected all attempts by Justice Department to obtain corporate pleas.
- Cause No. 4:09-cr-00492; United States v. Mylonakis; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – With Joel Androphy, won acquittal of Greek maritime officer accused of environmental crimes by U.S. Department of Justice in so-called “magic pipe” jury trial. Case involved allegations of dumping of oil tanker waste off Texas Gulf coast. Only two other acquittals have been reported in the history of “magic pipe” prosecutions.
- Cause No. 2003-50570; Bahía las Minas Corp. v. Cox Dedicated Corporate Member Ltd.; In the 215th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas – With Marcy Rothman, won $5.6 million jury verdict for electric utility against Underwriters at Lloyds. Case involved insurance claims for business interruption and property damage to utility’s cogeneration plant in Republic of Panama.
Honors & Awards
- Named by Texas Monthly as a “Rising Star” in 2007 and 2010 (Business Litigation)
- The Intersection of the Dodd-Frank Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What All Practitioners, Whistleblowers, Defendants, and Corporations Need to Know, co-author, The Advocate, 2012
- Sex Trafficking and Forced Prostitution: Comprehensive New Legal Approaches, 24 Hou. J. Int’l Law 551, 2002
- Case Update, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section, 2006
- Ethical Pitfalls Posed by Corporate Employees: Modern Legal and Practical Approaches, Association of Women Attorneys, 2005
- Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project of Texas, Mentor, 2015–present
- YMCA International Services, English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, 2013–2014
- Houston Bar Association AIDS Outreach Committee, 2006–2009
- Houston Bar Association Elder Law Committee, 2006–2009