Tracie J. Renfroe is Managing Partner of the Houston office. She is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on toxic tort, environmental, product liability, and commercial disputes. For the last thirty years, Ms. Renfroe has represented clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors in civil jury trials, international arbitrations, and as national coordinating counsel. Her key clients include Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Company, Westlake Polymers and Cooper Industries (Eaton Corp.). She tries cases in federal and state courts around the country and represents energy sector clients in international arbitrations with high stakes environmental disputes. Her representation of Chevron and ConocoPhillips in treaty disputes with the Republic of Ecuador are recent examples.
Tort & Environmental Litigation
Ms. Renfroe is well known for her skills in presenting complex scientific and technical issues to judges, juries, and arbitration panels. She has achieved defense verdicts in several California jury trials involving claims of drinking water contamination.
Her Daubert challenges of air and groundwater exposure models supported a no causation ruling leading to summary judgment and eventual resolution of protracted mass joinder personal injury litigation arising out of industrial contamination in Harlan, Kentucky.
Ms. Renfroe’s cross-examination of scientific and engineering experts also led to defeat of putative property damage class actions involving ethanol blended fuels and deep injection well contamination. Since 2006, she has represented a major energy company in climate change nuisance suits, and is a frequent speaker on climate change litigation.
Ms. Renfroe’srecognitions include Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, Benchmark, Corporate Counsel and Texas Super Lawyers.
According to Chambers, clients praise Ms. Renfroe for her “intelligent and highly capable approach to litigation.” Jurors typically comment on her “command of the technical issues and understandable presentation of the science.” Her trial results have been recognized in the American Lawyer Big Suits/Big Deals, the Texas Lawyer, and the L.A. Daily Journal.
Commercial & Professional Liability Litigation
Ms. Renfroe has tried conspiracy, securities fraud, breach of contract, and professional liability cases. She has had pre-trial successes in defeating class certification and winning multi-district litigation coordination of class actions. As lead trial counsel in a professional malpractice case, she overcame adverse pre-trial rulings by federal and state courts, and achieved a complete defense verdict after prevailing at the Texas Supreme Court.
Ms. Renfroe is the Managing Partner of the Houston office. She co-chairs the firm's Energy practice and has served on King & Spalding’s Policy Committee and numerous firm initiatives. She has chaired the board of the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Bar Foundation, and served as Co-Chair of the Gulf Coast United Way Law Firm Initiative.