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, including a complete victory in federal court in 2017 for a case involving complex commercial lending in the financial services industry. She also has experience in motions practice in both state and federal court, including summary judgment, post-trial, and post-judgment motions.
She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Ms. White 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.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with highest honors, May 2015
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
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)