Attorneys

Katy Merrill Andre

Katy Merrill Andre represents business owners, individuals and insurance companies. She helps defend them against lawsuits dealing with everything from personal injury and premises liability, to general and professional liability.

Representative Experience

  • Defended a South Dakota furniture manufacturer and trucking company in a personal injury case
  • Defended a private Texas university in two wrongful death claims, each brought by the parents of students, ultimately securing summary judgment rulings in both cases for the school
  • Defended a private golf course community association in a wrongful death claim brought by the family of a participant in a golf tournament, ultimately securing a summary judgment ruling for the course
  • Defended a bar against personal injury claim brought by customer for injuries caused by an off-duty employee
  • Defended a restaurant against a property damage claim brought by patrons whose vehicle was stolen from the restaurant parking lot
  • Defended several bars in dram shop personal injury cases
  • Defended a bar in a dram shop case brought by a driver, who was injured by a patron served at the bar
  • Defended several auto dealerships against personal injury claims arising from accidents in a dealership-owned vehicle
  • Defended numerous commercial drivers within motor vehicle collision personal injury cases
  • Defended a real estate partnership against a construction defect case brought by a homeowner
  • Defended a vehicle leasing company against a claim brought by a lessor arising out of the leasing paperwork which affected the value of the leased vehicle
  • Defended engineers against professional liability cases brought by owners of multi-family residential developments and landfill developments
  • Defended hunting guide service against claim brought by guest of hunter for injuries associated with contact made with a zebra
  • Defended construction safety company against wrongful death claim brought by worker's family for fall from commercial construction site
  • Defended numerous drivers of vehicles in claims brought by injured parties
  • Defended individuals in fraternity hazing cases brought by individuals and families of students
  • Defended individuals in personal injury cases involving wild and domestic animals
  • Defended several commercial landscaping companies in both construction defect and premises liability claims

Qualifications

  • State Bar of Texas (admitted 2003)
  • State of Texas Qualified Mediator (May 2003)
  • United States District Court for the Western Court of Texas
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Committee: Young Lawyers 2006-2007)
  • Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar; Women in Law Committee; Technology Co-Chair
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • Southwestern University (B.A., 1999)
  • Universidad de Guanajuato (2001 Summer Law Institute)
  • Universidad de Salamanca (1998 Fall Study Abroad)

Honors

  • “Rising Stars” in Civil Trial Law Field, Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines (2012, 2013, 2017)

Professional and Community Activities

  • The Junior League of Austin, Member
  • Southwestern University Alumni Council, Chair - Class Agent
  • The Greater Austin Association of Southwestern University Alumni, Officer
  • University United Methodist Church, Member
  • Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Legal Advice Clinic Volunteer
  • State Bar of Texas, Member

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