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Elizabeth Abbott Gilman

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Elizabeth Gilman is a litigation associate in the firm’s Houston office. She focuses her practice on commercial disputes and is uniquely qualified in disputes involving the energy sector, especially oil and gas. Her technical education and experience enhances the value of her representation and counsel. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, majoring in industrial management with an emphasis in manufacturing. Ms. Gilman excels in her ability to work with clients and experts in complex fields.

Ms. Gilman has experience in all phases of the dispute process which allows her to provide comprehensive representation for her clients. She has experience in early dispute management, litigation and arbitration through the appellate process and collection. She has tried cases both in front of a jury and an arbitrator. On behalf of her clients, she brings a high level of experience in energy litigation, and both on-shore and off-shore construction disputes. Ms. Gilman’s experience in contract negotiation and drafting further contributes to the value of her representation to her clients. Her experience spans many forums, including mediation, state and federal court, and domestic and international arbitration.

Clients particularly appreciate Ms. Gilman’s positive attitude and calm demeanor in even the most stressful situations. Her creative mindset and analytical eye, coupled with her communication and organizational skills contribute to successful management of her clients’ resources toward accomplishing the ultimate goal.

Ms. Gilman is also passionate about helping individuals who could otherwise not afford legal representation. She has handled various matters on a pro bono basis, including family and immigration law matters. She has represented clients in divorce proceedings, applications for temporary protected status, applications for special immigration juvenile status, and individuals seeking asylum.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gilman was a litigation attorney at another Houston law firm for several years. During law school, she also served as a federal judicial intern for the Honorable David Hittner of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


  • K&L Gates LLP Award for Pro Bono Service (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • University of Houston Law Center 100% Giving Campaign (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
  • Leadership Contribution Recognition at Grace Bible Church (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • University of Houston Law Center LEX Award for Scholastic Excellence in Legal Research and Writing (2008)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Hiring Committee Member, K&L Gates LLP (Houston)
  • Texas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Houston Law Center Alumni Fundraising (Captain of Giving Campaign)
  • United Way Law Firm Giving Campaign (Previous Chairperson)
  • Prison Entrepreneurship Program (Executive Volunteer)
  • Grace Bible Church (Partner)
  • District H CrossFit - Houston Heights area

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Indemnities on Both Sides of the Atlantic,” U.S./U.K. Comparative Law Seminar (November 2018)
  • Presenter, “Contractual Indemnification,” Texas Women in Energy (April 2017)
  • Moderator, The Criminalization of Environmental Regulation: How to Respond and Is There More to Come?, “The Trump Transition: A Changing Enforcement Climate” (March 2017)
  • Panelist, "Pension & Welfare Plan Overpayments: What's an Employer to Do?," Practical Law (December 2016)
  • Panelist, ABA Employee Benefits Corporate Counsel Forum (October 2016)
  • Panelist, “Ready, Set, Succeed: How to Start Your Career on the Right Foot” (June 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Engineering Ethical Issues” (March 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Engineering Ethical Issues” (September 2012)
  • Co-Presenter, “Understanding Structural Engineering Professional Liability Law” (December 2009)

Additional Information

Ms. Gilman loves staying active. When she is not participating in CrossFit, she is often running half marathons or downhill skiing. Ms. Gilman also enjoys reading and spending time in her garden with her husband, daughters, and rescue dog. Frequently, she can also be found participating in activities related to her church, Grace Bible Church.
During the course of her practice, Ms. Gilman has handled cases spanning a diverse array of subject matters. Below are representative matters:

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented oilfield services company in claim for indemnification
  • Represented subcontractor in dispute regarding delay of work on industrial complex
  • Represented franchisee in dispute with holding companies
  • Represented architecture firm in suit for recovery of fees for hospital project
  • Represented worldwide hotel chain in claim for indemnification
  • Represented oilfield services company regarding claim for breach of contract
  • Represented pharmaceutical and biotechnology company in commercial dispute with former U.S. agent, seeking over $38,000,000 in damages, to a favorable resolution

Energy, Oil and Gas / Environmental

  • Represented a manufacturer of ceramic proppant used for fracking operations in a dispute against a storage facility
  • Represented wind turbine services company in contract dispute
  • Represented oilfield supply company in matter alleging fraud and breach of contract based on faulty fracking equipment
  • Represented pipeline manufacturer in dispute over pipeline installation
  • Represented OEM equivalent turbine parts and services company in dispute regarding equipment
  • Represented company in dispute regarding diving services contracts in off-shore Angola
  • Represented remediation company in dispute regarding breach of contract
  • Represented individual and company in False Claims Act matter
  • Represented offshore diving services company in dispute over non-payment of charter party agreement, seeking over $20 million in damages
  • Representation of developer and operator of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels regarding various transactional and litigation matters
  • Representation of engineering firm in breach of warranty case involving offshore rig design
  • Represented operator of inland tank barges and towing vessels in CERCLA cost recovery litigation
  • Represented natural gas utility company in matter regarding CERCLA cost recovery litigation

Intellectual Property

  • Represented software company in matter alleging breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and shareholder oppression
  • Represented software company regarding service agreement
  • Represented company regarding misappropriation of intellectual property
  • Represented company regarding alleged misuse of domain name
  • Represented company in trademark matter against competitor

Other Litigation

Human Rights and Pro Bono

  •  Represented Christian missionary in appeal of denial of renewal of temporary protected status
  • Represented family from El Salvador seeking asylum based on religious persecution through KIND: Kids in Need of Defense
  • Represented Syrian family seeking temporary protected status
  • Represented client in divorce proceeding through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Representation of children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status