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Anjali P. Gillette

Anjali Gillette is a senior counsel in the Houston office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2018 and practices in the energy, admiralty and maritime, and corporate litigation groups. Anjali has significant experience and knowledge in a broad variety of land based and offshore oil and gas issues, including Jones Act and personal injury defense, maritime litigation, oil and gas exploration, drilling accidents, well blowouts, cargo damage, ship collisions, jack-up drilling rig accidents, as well as commercial litigation, insurance defense, Federal Employers' Liability Act, railroad defense litigation, Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, and Carmack Amendment transportation issues.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of oil and gas operator for property damage and lost profits due to nearby acid gas injection well
  • Experience litigating breach of contract claims by vessel owners against subcontractors responsible for hiring personnel
  • Experience litigating and negotiating contractual disputes involving defense and indemnity issues amongst various oil and gas operators and owners
  • Successfully obtained jury verdict in favor of deer-breeding business owner for lost profits and loss of business property
  • Experience assisting in the contractual negotiations between parties to a long term “take or pay” LNG contract and analysis of the implications of the LNG commodity market conditions
  • Representation of offshore platform owners in personal injury lawsuits as well as regulatory issues related to the Department of Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and Baltic and International Maritime Council and Department of Justice, including assisting in the responses to grand jury subpoenas and witness interview requests
  • Experience litigating and negotiating on behalf of brokers and shippers against carriers based on the Carmack Amendment
  • Experience litigating and negotiating contractual disputes involving Joint Operating Agreements regarding royalty and other ownership interests in oil/gas wells, as well as during bankruptcy proceedings
  • Representation of various drilling companies and oil companies in lawsuits filed by offshore workers based on the Jones Act, General Maritime Law, Texas state law and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
  • Representation of insurance carriers and employers in claims filed by overseas contractors based on the Defense Base Act, including representation before the Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, and Benefit Review Board
  • Representation of various energy companies in well blowouts, personal injury claims due to exposure to hydrogen sulfide, and all claims arising from significant catastrophes, which involve contract disputes, personal injury and death claims, and property damage claims
  • Representation of offshore oil and gas platform owners and operators in defense of assorted personal injury claims and in relation to personal basket transfers and other issues, including analysis of defense and indemnity issues under relevant contracts
  • Representation of various oil companies and drilling companies in litigation regarding contractual disputes with service companies, including Master Service Agreements
  • Representation of platform owners in personal injury actions arising from Outer Continental Shelf operations, including interpretations under both Texas and Louisiana Law
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal of lawsuit filed by Jones Act personal injury claimant against jack-up drilling rig owner in the United States District Court, Southern Division, Houston, Texas, which was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • Representation of insurance companies and insureds related to property damage claims involving hail, hurricanes and other causes, including providing coverage opinions and advice
  • Representation of railroad companies involving personal injury claims as well as defense and indemnity obligations, including issues implicating the Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board

Education

Anjali earned her B.A. from the University of Texas in 2001. She earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2004, where she was Editor in Chief of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Texas; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • Texas (Asian-Pacific Interest Committee), Houston and South Asian Bar Association; Texas Exes Alumni Association; Houston Moms-In-Law Group; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; Houston Mariner's Club; Texas Minority and Women Lawyers Group

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Expanding Chief Officer's Liability and the Promise to Raise Investor Confidence, 4 HBTLJ 357, 2004