Morgan Haenchen

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 2017, with honors; Senior Note Editor, Corporate Counsel Law Review; Varsity Moot Court Advocate

B.A., English; Minor, Art History, University of Texas at Austin, 2012, Plan II Honors (2008-2010)

  • Intern to the Honorable Jennifer Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2016

Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

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

Profile

Morgan Haenchen is an associate in the Energy Litigation Practice Group in The Woodlands and Houston offices of Haynes and Boone. Morgan has wide-ranging experience representing clients in a variety of state and federal oil-and-gas upstream and midstream disputes, complex commercial and multi-district litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. A proud and native Houstonian raised by Texan lawyers, Morgan has a unique understanding of Texas state court practice and procedure.

Morgan is a member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court, a fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, serves as a board member of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, chair of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and is an active member of the Bar of Texas Pro Bono College.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Prioritizing Yourself and Your Practice by Prioritizing Your Health,” Co-author, American Bar Association, September 23, 2020.
  • “Road to Law School,” Presenter, Council on Legal Opportunity, Spring 2019.
  • “Logic for the LSAT,” Presenter, Council on Legal Opportunity, Summer 2018.
  • “Mentorship Matters,” Presenter, Garland Walker Inn of Court, Spring 2018.
  • “Lean in to Law,” Presenter, HYLA’s High School Women’s Program, Spring 2017.
  • “A Warning from the Fifth Circuit of Appeals to Insurance Companies: Delay Tactics Will Not Suffice,” Author, South Texas College of Law Corporate Counsel Law Review, May 2016.

Selected Client Representations

  • Successfully arguing discovery disputes and various motions before district courts across the state of Texas.
  • Drafting of appellate briefing to defend against mandamus petition and emergency stay in Texas appellate court, resulting in dismissal of petition and denial of stay.
  • Cross-examination of the lead engineer during trial of $300 million construction dispute.
  • Representing clients in multi-party depositions.
  • Preparing expert and fact witnesses for examination, crafting direct and cross examination outlines, selecting and organizing key trial exhibits, and drafting objections to opposing party’s exhibit lists.
  • Drafting mediation statements, preparing for, and attending mediation.
  • Preparing for and attending preliminary conferences, status conferences, hearings, depositions, mediations, and trials, both in-person and on Zoom.
  • Successfully arguing the merits of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Asylum on behalf of pro bono clients.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellows, Class of 2018
  • Houston Legal Referral Services, Board Member & Membership Committee Chair, 2018-2021
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Committee Chair, 2018-2021
  • Founder and Leader of HYLA’s Allyship Book Club, recipient of 2021 TYLA grant
  • South Texas Advocacy, Varsity Moot Court Coach
  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Lecturer, 2018-2020
  • Garland Walker Inn of Court, 2016-2021
  • Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, Member since 2018

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