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Katherine Gonyea is an experienced litigator, currently focusing on general liability defense and construction

defect litigation.


Katherine M. Gonyea

Senior Associate

T: 512-479-8400     F: 512-479-8402

Austin Attorney Katherine Gonyea



Commercial and Business Litigation


Construction Liability and Defects


Personal Injury


Products Liability


Premises Liability/Retail Liability





St. Edward’s University,

B.A. Political Science, 2003

(manga cum laude)


South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2008










U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas


U.S. Federal Court of Claims





Houston Bar Association


Member, South Texas College of Law Young Alumni Association


Director, South Texas College of Law Alumni Board of Directors

Katherine Gonyea is an experienced litigator. She has represented clients in business litigation, commercial litigation and real estate litigation. Ms. Gonyea currently focuses on general liability defense and construction defect litigation.


Ms. Gonyea has participated as lead counsel in numerous bench trials and jury trials. She has successfully represented her clients in federal court, state court and the appellate process. Ms. Gonyea has participated in all phases of litigation including discovery hearings, depositions, mediations, motions for summary judgment, and hearings on applications for temporary restraining orders and injunctions.


Ms. Gonyea is a native-born Houstonian. She attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 2003 and graduated magna cum laude. While at South Texas College of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2008, Ms. Gonyea participated in one of the nation’s top trial and appellate advocacy programs. She was a varsity advocate, traveling on both a mock trial and moot court team, and a Director on the Board of Advocates.


In her free time, Ms. Gonyea enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, exploring Austin and traveling.



Representative Matters

Briefed and argued before the First Court of Appeal, resulting in a favorable opinion for her client.


Successfully represented a number of clients in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, resulting in favorable settlements for clients.


Successfully represented clients in Temporary Restraining Orders in state court preventing wrongful foreclosures.


Achieved favorable settlements on behalf of employees and former employees against large corporate employers in suits involving harassment, gender and race discrimination, and the Family Medical Leave Act.


Successfully represented clients in arbitration proceedings involving construction defects and wetland mitigation banks.


Successfully represented small business owners in contract disputes and other business-related disputes.


Successfully represented client and business-entity in a temporary injunction hearing resulting in a favorable result and denial of a mandatory injunction under the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.




Trial Victories


Second-chaired the prosecution of a complex real estate partition suit involving four commercial properties, resulting in a favorable verdict for her client.


Successfully represented landlords and tenants in eviction proceedings, obtaining favorable trial results.


Second-chaired defense of a construction defect case on behalf of an air-conditioning and heating company, obtaining a complete dismissal of claims during trial.






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