Kelly Haas

Partner / Houston

P: 713.588.0446 X. 442

F: 713.574.2942



Kelly Haas is a partner in the Houston office. Her practice is focused on the areas of admiralty and maritime law and energy-related litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Her practice consists of defending vessel owners and operators, as well as offshore companies, from claims arising from collisions, property damage, personal injury, maritime pollution, environmental issues, cargo matters and contract disputes, and it regularly includes matters involving the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, offshore service industries, and transportation.

She has extensive experience in the federal courts conducting shipboard investigations in the arrest and seizure of vessels, both from the standpoint of arresting vessels and from the standpoint of obtaining the release of arrested vessels. Kelly guides her clients through every stage of the legal process, from pre-litigation incident investigation, risk analysis and case evaluation to motion practice, discovery, mediation and, if necessary, trial.

Kelly is an active member of the Galveston County Bar Association and served as the President in 2016-2017. She is a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Treasurer of Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and a former Skipper of the Houston Mariners Club. She has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Overall Peer Rating for Admiralty and Maritime Litigation and was selected by Super Lawyers as a Texas Super Lawyer (2014-2017, 2019) and a Texas Rising Star (2013-2014). In 2017 and 2018, she was recognized by Houstonia magazine as a Houston Top Lawyer for Admiralty/Maritime Litigation.

Born in Dunedin, Florida on March 30, 1972 she was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007. She is also admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western districts of Texas.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Business Transactions
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Education

  • B.S., Trinity University
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Chair of Merit Selection Panel to Reappoint Federal Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017, 2019
  • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Admiralty and Maritime Law) – 2021
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Galveston County
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Peer Rating – Admiralty and Maritime Litigation
  • Houstonia magazine’s Top Lawyer for Houston in Admiralty and Maritime

Associations

  • Galveston County Bar Association
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Mariners Club
  • Houston “Original” Women in Claims
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee Member –
    District 5, Panel 2
  • ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Houston Marine Insurance Seminar Planning Committee
  • The Propeller Club of the United States
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Seminars and Publications

  • “Settlement and Contribution: Fifteen Years After McDermott v. AmClyde,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, June 2009
  • “Recent Maritime Developments: Fifth, Ninth & Tenth Circuits,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, June 2014
  • “Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2016 (51:2)
  • “Ethical Pitfalls of a Distracted Lawyer,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Meeting, October 2016
  • “Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2017 (52:4)