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Elizabeth Abbott Gilman

Elizabeth Gilman is a partner 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. Elizabeth excels in her ability to work with clients and experts in complex fields.

Elizabeth 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. Elizabeth’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 Elizabeth’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.

Elizabeth 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.

Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth 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)
  • 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
  • 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)

Elizabeth loves staying active. When she is not participating in CrossFit, she is often running half marathons or downhill skiing. Elizabeth 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.

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