Laura F. DumasSenior Counsel
Laura Dumas is a commercial litigator in The Woodlands office of Kean Miller. Her practice focuses on complex legal matters ranging from construction defects and all manner of real estate disputes to securities fraud, negligence and professional malpractice, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, oil and gas disputes, corporate governance disputes, shareholder derivative suits, and more. Laura is comfortable not only in the courtroom, but in mediation and arbitration environments, as well, having successfully resolved cases in each, and is a Certified Mediator herself. Her approach to litigation is designed to protect the best interests of her clients in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner available.
- Achieved exemplary results in various high-value, commercial litigation disputes, including trade secrets, real estate and construction, shareholder derivative claims, corporate governance, oil and gas, and claims involving local government agencies.
- Lead significant victories at trial and arbitration, including a seven-figure arbitration award, including all attorneys’ fees, in three-year dispute between corporation and senior executive.
- Obtained a directed verdict in defense of a building owner in construction litigation trial.
- Obtained pre-trial dismissal of multi-million-dollar personal injury suit against large residential real estate brokerage.
- Successfully negotiated several settlements both informally through discussions with opposing parties, and formally through mediation, with consistent focus on practical and expedient resolution for clients.
- Managed numerous commercial litigation cases from inception through resolution, either through settlement, alternative dispute resolution, or trial.
Laura earned her B.A. from Union College. She earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2005.
Admitted, Texas; California
Texas and California State Bar Associations; American Bar Association; The Woodlands Bar Association; and Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Speaker, Leadership Panel, GHWCC Conference for Women, November 2019
- Common Litigation Myths Debunked! Part III, Blog Article, June 11, 2018
- Common Litigation Myths Debunked! Part II, Blog Article, May 9, 2018
- Common Litigation Myths Debunked! Part I, Blog Article, April 24, 2018
- Realistic Expectations in Litigation, Blog Article, July 14, 2017
- Don’t Underestimate the Power of Mediation, Blog Article, January 30, 2017
- CLE Moderator: “What Lawyers & Their Clients Should Know about Green Buildings”, 2008
- Guest Lecturer: Intero Real Estate, 2006 & 2007
- Guest Lecturer: “Avoiding Real Estate Disputes” De Anza CC, 2006 & 2007
- President, Board of Directors, Houston Wild Hockey Club, 2019-Present
- Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Child Advocates of Montgomery County, 2014-Present
- Coach, Assistant Coach, Houston Dynamo Dash Youth Soccer, 2013-2019
- Run to Home Base Fundraiser, Wounded Warrior Project, 2015-2016
- Volunteer, Paddington British School, 2014-2016
- Volunteer, Christ Church Preschool, 2013