Claire E. B. Garza, is an attorney in the Houston office of Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier P.L.L.C. Her practice is focused on matters involving Admiralty and Maritime law, including claims arising under the General Maritime law, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Jones Act and the Defense Base Act, as well as a variety of energy-related matters. Her deep involvement in the maritime community distinguishes and enhances her practice.
Prior to joining SBSB Law, Ms. Garza gained experience at a Houston civil litigation firm which focused largely on the London Market and domestic-based insurance defense, coverage, and subrogation matters. Her extensive research and briefing of complex admiralty and insurance issues assisted in the prosecution of a pipeline/dredge allision case, contributing to a $13.8 million trial verdict in favor of the gas pipeline owner. Her work also led directly to the disposal of a $30 million claim for future lost profits involving a lost wildcat well.
Ms. Garza was recently honored by Lawyer Monthly’s 2016 Women in Law Awards and selected as the Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer of the Year. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Mariners Club and Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI). She has been selected to present at the upcoming Annual SEALI conference to provide updates on recent decisions from the 5th, 9th, and 10th Circuits.*
Ms. Garza is also an active member of Maritime Law Association of the United States, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Women in Claims and Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA), where she has been heavily involved in the Adopt-An-Angel Committee, serving as the Marketing Director.
While attending South Texas College of Law, Ms. Garza served as a Judicial Intern for Justice William J. Boyce on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, where she assisted in legal briefing and drafting appellate panel opinions. In addition, she served as the Associate Editor of the Corporate Counsel Review.
*To read Ms. Garza’s CLE presentation from the June 2016 SEALI conference, please click here: Garza – 5th Circuit Review-PUBLISHED