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Stacy K. Yates


Stacy is a Director in the Litigation section. Her litigation practice focuses on commercial litigation, environmental regulatory matters and toxic tort defense, as well as providing counsel on insurance coverage matters, and litigating such cases. Her practice also includes complex disputes in both litigation and arbitration involving international and national oil and gas matters, breach of contract, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference, and trade secrets.

She has served with James M. Riley, Jr. since 2000 as National Coordinating Counsel for a chemical manufacturing company.  In this position, Stacy manages state and federal litigation in over 30 states, while maintaining direct control over her Texas docket.  She played an integral role in two landmark benzene cases resulting in take-nothing judgments. She has provided counsel to clients regarding diverse issues including groundwater contamination (perchloroethylene and others), CERCLA, RCRA, water rights disputes, Super Fund matters, chemical exposures, industrial hygiene, regulatory matters, and environmental insurance.

Prior to law school, she worked in the office of the Governor of Maryland, guiding a Regional Partnership dealing with all aspects of the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, its estuaries, and plant and animal life. She was also a recipient of the Maryland Governor’s Policy Fellowship. In addition, Stacy was chosen to work under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Galveston Bay Estuary Program. In that capacity she analyzed the work of multiple governmental bodies with jurisdiction over the Estuary and their varied laws, regulations and ordinances.

While pursuing her law degree at Texas Tech University, Stacy was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and maintained her Regent’s Scholarship all three years.

  • J.D., 1997, Texas Tech University (J.D., 1997)
  • M.P. Aff., 1992, University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • B.A., 1990, with honors, University of Texas
  • Texas, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Representative Projects
  • Representation of national and international companies in arbitration and litigation of disputes regarding breach of contract, tortious interference, trade secrets,  covenants not to compete and non-circumvention agreements.
  • Represent insurer in litigation involving insurance coverage dispute regarding toxic tort and Super Fund environmental claims of major oil services company, totaling approximately $50 million.
  • Represent international manufacturing company in silica litigation across Texas.
  • Represent chemical manufacturers in dozens of wrongful death cases.
  • Represent chemical distributor in water and ground water contamination suits.
  • Represent energy companies in water rights disputes.
  • Obtained reclassification of a party designated as a a potential responsible party by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality  as an innocent owner/operator.
  • Obtained Daubert ruling in New Mexico state court excluding plaintiff’s expert witnesses, regarding benzene exposure.
  • Obtained a judgment notwithstanding which was upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court in which the Supreme Court excluded plaintiffs’ expert opinion regarding verdict (JNOV), and consumer appealed.
Ongoing Peer Education & Seminar Presentations
  • Harris Martin’s  New Industrial Toxins Litigation,  Recent Developments in Hydraulic Fracturing, December 2012
  • National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, FETTI, The New Toxicology of Benzene, Toxicogenomics, How Recent Scientific Breakthroughs in Genomics May Impact Benzene Toxic Tort Litigation, October 2012
  • National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, FETTI, How to Evaluate a Benzene Case, 2009
  • National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, FETTI, Benzene Litigation Update, 2007


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