Kelsi Stayart White

Associate

Kelsi Stayart White

Associate

Kelsi Stayart White focuses on commercial litigation on both sides of the docket, including disputes involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, employment, and commercial lending.  She prides herself in connecting with her clients and their legal needs and enjoys solving challenging problems for them. Since joining AZA in 2016, she has tried multiple cases to juries and the bench in both state and federal court. She also has experience in all stages of trial practice in both state and federal court, including obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders, handling temporary injunction and other evidentiary hearings, and briefing and arguing summary-judgment, pre-trial, post-trial, and post-judgment motions. She also has handled wage and hour class action cases.

In 2019 alone, Ms. White obtained a six-figure award of attorneys’ fees for a client in a bench trial in Texas state court; handled appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and secured a temporary restraining order against a client’s former employee protecting the client’s confidential information and trade secrets. Most recently, she defended popular Houston restaurant Turkey Leg Hut in a nuisance lawsuit seeking to enjoin Turkey Leg Hut’s operations. Just days after being hired, Ms. White and the AZA team won a modification to a previously entered temporary restraining order, which lifted burdensome restrictions on the restaurant’s operations. Two weeks later, the plaintiffs dismissed the lawsuit.

Ms. White is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She served as a law clerk for Judge Leslie H. Southwick, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school she served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review, and interned for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Tony M. Davis in Austin.  She graduated with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Texas at Austin.

IN THE NEWS

AZA Gets Turkey Leg Hut Restaurant Lawsuit Dissolved in Two Weeks 

AZA Associates Win Take-Nothing Judgment Plus Legal Fees in Settlement Funding Dispute

Second-Year AZA Lawyers Win Complex Federal Lending Jury Verdict

New AZA Attorneys

Kelsi Stayart White focuses on commercial litigation on both sides of the docket, including disputes involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, employment, and commercial lending.  She prides herself in connecting with her clients and their legal needs and enjoys solving challenging problems for them. Since joining AZA in 2016, she has tried multiple cases to juries and the bench in both state and federal court. She also has experience in all stages of trial practice in both state and federal court, including obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders, handling temporary injunction and other evidentiary hearings, and briefing and arguing summary-judgment, pre-trial, post-trial, and post-judgment motions. She also has handled wage and hour class action cases.

In 2019 alone, Ms. White obtained a six-figure award of attorneys’ fees for a client in a bench trial in Texas state court; handled appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and secured a temporary restraining order against a client’s former employee protecting the client’s confidential information and trade secrets. Most recently, she defended popular Houston restaurant Turkey Leg Hut in a nuisance lawsuit seeking to enjoin Turkey Leg Hut’s operations. Just days after being hired, Ms. White and the AZA team won a modification to a previously entered temporary restraining order, which lifted burdensome restrictions on the restaurant’s operations. Two weeks later, the plaintiffs dismissed the lawsuit.

Ms. White is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She served as a law clerk for Judge Leslie H. Southwick, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school she served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review, and interned for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Tony M. Davis in Austin.  She graduated with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Texas at Austin.

IN THE NEWS

AZA Gets Turkey Leg Hut Restaurant Lawsuit Dissolved in Two Weeks 

AZA Associates Win Take-Nothing Judgment Plus Legal Fees in Settlement Funding Dispute

Second-Year AZA Lawyers Win Complex Federal Lending Jury Verdict

New AZA Attorneys

EDUCATION

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with highest honors, May 2015
    • Chancellors Society
    • Order of the Coif
    • Associate Editor – Texas Law Review
    • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
    • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Awards
    • Dean’s Achievement Awards – Outstanding Student in Constitutional Law I
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with highest honors, December 2011
    • Phi Beta Kappa

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

  • Experts & Disqualifications, 43rd Annual University of Texas Page Keeton Conference, presented with U.S. District Judge Jeff Brown, Nov. 22, 2019
  • Non-Compete Agreements: Leveling Up Trial Techniques and Litigation Strategies, webinar, Knowledge Group CLE , Nov. 20, 2019
  • SLAPP Your Opponents: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know about the Anti-SLAPP Law, State Bar of Texas Webcast, Oct. 2, 2018
  • Witness Credibility in Trials and Depositions, In-House Summit in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 20, 2018
  • How to Try a Trade Secret Case in a Post-M.I. Swaco World, before the Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, Sept. 5, 2018
  • Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher &  Kelsi Stayart White, Litigating Non-Compete and Trade Secret Cases, white paper for American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 2017, Washington, D.C.
  • Jay Lawrence Westbrook & Kelsi Stayart White, The Demystification of Contracts in Bankruptcy, 91 American Bankruptcy Law Journal  481, Issue 3 (Summer 2017)

EDUCATION

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with highest honors, May 2015
    • Chancellors Society
    • Order of the Coif
    • Associate Editor – Texas Law Review
    • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
    • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Awards
    • Dean’s Achievement Awards – Outstanding Student in Constitutional Law I
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with highest honors, December 2011
    • Phi Beta Kappa

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

  • Experts & Disqualifications, 43rd Annual University of Texas Page Keeton Conference, presented with U.S. District Judge Jeff Brown, Nov. 22, 2019
  • Non-Compete Agreements: Leveling Up Trial Techniques and Litigation Strategies, webinar, Knowledge Group CLE , Nov. 20, 2019
  • SLAPP Your Opponents: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know about the Anti-SLAPP Law, State Bar of Texas Webcast, Oct. 2, 2018
  • Witness Credibility in Trials and Depositions, In-House Summit in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 20, 2018
  • How to Try a Trade Secret Case in a Post-M.I. Swaco World, before the Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, Sept. 5, 2018
  • Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher &  Kelsi Stayart White, Litigating Non-Compete and Trade Secret Cases, white paper for American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, November 2017, Washington, D.C.
  • Jay Lawrence Westbrook & Kelsi Stayart White, The Demystification of Contracts in Bankruptcy, 91 American Bankruptcy Law Journal  481, Issue 3 (Summer 2017)

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