Claire Swift Kugler focuses on commercial, insurance recovery, and product liability litigation in both US federal and state courts. Claire represents energy and manufacturing companies, among others. Understanding the complexities of the energy industry with which multinational corporations often deal, she helps clients navigate cases through federal and state courts. Claire uses her skills in legal analysis and appellate work to bring disputes to an early and efficient resolution when possible.
Claire maintains an active pro bono practice, advising a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of individuals with food allergies. She also represents veterans and individuals in litigation involving constitutional rights in various courts, including the US Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Claire maintained a diverse litigation practice at a full-service international law firm, as well as at a smaller firm in Houston.
Obtained dismissal for oil field services company in nine cases brought in federal and state court in the United States arising out of the explosion and collapse of the Usumacinta rig in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. The Usumacinta incident involved the largest loss of life in a Gulf of Mexico incident.
Represented multiple companies in various insurance recovery actions, trials and appeals.
Represented power plant owners, manufacturers, and oil companies in toxic tort and product liability litigation, including appeals and mandamus actions.
Negotiated and prepared contracts involving goods and services, engineered equipment, consulting services, and other services for Fortune 500 energy company.
University of Texas, 1993, B.A., With Highest Honors
University of Texas School of Law, 1996, J.D., With Honors
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Listed, "Super Lawyer - Rising Star," Texas Monthly and Law & Politics (2005–2009)