About Emily L. Travis

Emily Travis helps corporations and their executives with lawsuits regarding their business, operations, and employment relationships. These companies range in size from as few as ten employees to thousands. The litigation may take place in state and federal courts around the country and resolves business conflicts in a way that is consistent with the company's values and goals.

Litigation strategies depend on many factors

Emily has been involved in litigation dealing with employment discrimination, noncompetition, environmental regulations, trade secret protection and other complex commercial matters. She enjoys learning about different industries and developing new and creative solutions to resolve their issues. But ultimately, litigation strategies depend on several things: the problem the client is trying to solve, the level of risk involved and the likelihood of reaching a mutual settlement.

Prior to joining Katten, Emily was employed by another large private law firm with a long-standing and renowned presence in Texas. This experience gave her significant contacts with leaders in Texas's rich energy industry.

Emily also has an active pro bono practice. She has represented refugees seeking asylum based on the threat of persecution in their home countries. One client received asylum from religious persecution in Mali and is now living and thriving in the United States. Emily has also represented indigent clients in a variety of litigation matters, from property rights and adverse possession to the rights of federal inmates.

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Practice Focus

  • Litigation
  • Energy litigation
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • White collar, investigations and compliance
  • Product and tort liability litigation

Representative Experience

  • Employment Litigation
  • Represent global energy company in employment discrimination matters.
  • Advise and counsel multiple clients on employment contracts, including covenants not to compete and indemnity provisions.
  • Defend international steel company in OSHA whistleblower retaliation investigation.
  • Represented international offshore drilling company in enforcing covenant not to compete and confidentiality provisions. Obtained temporary restraining order and injunction.
  • State and Federal Regulatory Litigation
  • Represent international shipping company charged with violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and MARPOL 73/78.
  • Defend oil refinery against alleged violations of state safety and health regulations, including process safety management standard and other safety regulations.
  • Technology and Trade Secret Protection
  • Represented petroleum exploration and development company in lawsuit for misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represent Norwegian software company in lawsuit involving termination of distributorship agreement.
  • Energy/Oil and Gas
  • Represent oilfield contractor in enforcing indemnity agreement in personal injury action.
  • Advise major drilling and production company in developing policies and procedures applicable in employee contractor man camps.
  • Represent court-appointed receiver of salt water disposal company relating to management of company and litigation brought by the receivership.
  • Other Representative Engagements
  • Represented multinational petroleum refiner in wrongful death action based on premises liability for exposure to asbestos. *
  • Represent entertainment company in arbitration of breach of contract claims against sponsors.
  • Lead briefing attorney for entertainment company on appeal to Texas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court in suit relating to manufacturing defect against a light manufacturer and distributor.
  • Represent Norwegian-owned software company involving rights and obligations under limited liability company agreement.
* Experience prior to Katten

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