Kelly Greenwood Prather
2009 North Durham, Houston, Texas 77008; 713-333-3200; 713-621-1449;
Admitted to practice law before the State Bar of Texas since 1996.
Qualified to sit for Texas Board of Legal Specialization examination for Civil Trial and Personal Injury Trial.
Handled over 500 cases involving commercial, personal injury and consumer litigation.
30 jury trials, 15 bench trials and 5 arbitration hearings
Represented clients in 13 appellate proceedings
Published opinions - Frazer v. Texas Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. , 4 S.W.3d 819 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1999, no pet.); and Morris v. Umberson, 312 S.W.3d 763 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2009, petition denied.).
Representative trials, settlements and arbitration awards:
Cause No. 4:10-cv-04872; The Gil Ramirez Group, LLC v. Houston Independent School District. In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Houston Division; Represented a job order contractor who refused to pay a bribe to a member of the school board under threat of losing a multi-million dollar contract with the school district. The Gil Ramirez Group, LLC refused to pay the bribe thus losing its contract to two other competitors who paid bribes to the school board member. Jury verdict for $ 5,000,000.00.
Represented parents of an infant born with grey and white matter brain damage following mother developing chorioamnionitis. It was alleged by the plaintiffs that the doctor failed to timely diagnose chorioamnionitis and promptly deliver the fetus. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
JAMS Arbitration No. 1310021107; Patel v. Taylor Morrison Homes. Represented couple who sued homebuilder for structural construction defects in home built in Sugar Land, Texas. The arbitrator awarded $96,730 for cost of repairs to cure the construction defects, $17,412 for engineering and consulting fees, $6600 for temporary living expenses, $111,465 for attorney fees through the completion of the hearing and conditional attorney’s fees for an appeal. The petitioners made a complete recovery on the award from the respondent.
Cause No. 2012-72809; 2JM Land & Cattle Co. v. Five Corners Management District; In the 113th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas; . Represented 15 commercial property owners in an ultra vires claim against the Five Corners Management District board claiming that the board failed to follow state law requirements to impose an assessment on 1400 commercial property owners. The jury determined that the board did not meet the state law requirements to impose the assessment. The verdict resulted in a judgment dissolving the assessment and awarding attorney’s fees in favor of the commercial property owners.
Cause No. 2000-61967; Gene Williams v. Traci Faulk, et al. In the 333rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas; Represented oppressed minority shareholder in claim for breach of fiduciary. Judgment entered in favor of client for $103,000 in actual damages and $320,000 in punitive damages.
Cause No. 825,594; The Gil Ramirez Group, LLC v. Houston Independent School District. In the County Court at Law No. 2 of Harris County, Texas; Americon Services Company, Inc. v. Arco Construction Company, Inc. Represented subcontractor against general contractor involving claims of breach of contract, quantum meruit, violation of the prompt payment statute and misapplication of trust fund statute. Jury findings in client’s favor on all claims for affirmative relief. Successfully defended against all counterclaims. Judgment entered for client in the amount of $167,117.44 for actual damages, pre-judgment interest at 18%, and attorney’s fees.
The Greenwood Prather Law Firm, Solo Practitioner, 2009 - Present
Engelhart & Greenwood, L.L.P. Partner , 1997- 2008 (Judge Engelhart elected to the 151 st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, term commencing January 1, 2009)
John M. O’Quinn, P.C.
Associate , 1996-1997
Law Clerk , 1994-1996
Professional Accomplishments and Affiliations
Trial Lawyers College, Four Week Program Graduate (2003)
University of Houston Law Center Deposition Program, Instructor (2004)
Houston Bar Association Auxiliary (2013)