Karen A. Conticello

Karen A. Conticello
Associate

P (713) 706-4903
F (713) 953-9470
karen.conticello@hfw.com

Practice Areas

Ms. Conticello handles litigation and transactional matters for clients in the energy, chemical, and insurance industries. She has successfully represented clients in cases before the Texas Supreme Court, state and federal courts of appeals, trial courts, and administrative review boards.  

Ms. Conticello’s transactional work includes drafting, analyzing, and negotiating master service agreements, nondisclosure agreements, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, and other business contracts. 

Ms. Conticello’s successful appellate cases include: 

  • Wellington Underwriting Agencies Ltd. v. The Houston Exploration Co., et al., 352 S.W.3d 462 (Tex. 2011) (holding provisions stricken from a form agreement can be evidence of parties’ intent in construing contract);
  • Gilbert Tex. Constr. v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, 327 S.W.3d 118 (Tex. 2010) (holding contractual liability exclusion is not limited to indemnity agreements and finding in favor of Underwriters);
  • Grupo TMM, S.A.B. v. Perez, 327 S.W.3d 357 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet. denied) (reversing order denying special appearance of three foreign companies in wrongful death lawsuit);
  • Seureau v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 204 S.W.3d 276 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, no pet.) (holding statute of limitations precluded claims against Exxon);
  • Rente Co. v. Truckers Express, Inc., 116 S.W.3d 326 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, no pet.) (reversing judgment on jury verdict in contractual dispute between trucking companies); and
  • Gonzales v. Am. Title Co., 104 S.W.3d 588 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, pet. denied) (affirming finding that no evidence supported claims brought by borrowers against mortgage company).

She has given presentations on insurance law, legal writing and research, and error preservation at continuing legal education seminars. She also has authored articles for Onstream (Xchanging’s London market publication), The Advocate (State Bar Litigation Section publication), The Houston Lawyer magazine, and the Houston Business Journal.

Ms. Conticello formerly chaired the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation and the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation. She also served as a member of the council of the Houston Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section and as an associate editor of The Houston Lawyer magazine. She is currently on the board of the Wilchester Club.

Ms. Conticello is a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. At UT, she had internships for the Texas Supreme Court and the Office of General Counsel for the Governor. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Conticello worked as a journalist in West Texas and later, South Texas. She also speaks Portuguese.