People / Morgan Haenchen

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 founding member of Impact100, a fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, serves as a board member and committee chair of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and is an active member of the Bar of Texas Pro Bono College.

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Selected Client Representations
  • Successfully arguing discovery disputes and various motions before district courts across the state of Texas.
  • Drafting of successful substantive motions in state and federal court, including motions for summary judgment, motions to change venue, and motions to dismiss.
  • Drafting of successful appellate briefing to defend against mandamus petitions and emergency stays in Texas appellate courts.
  • Cross-examination of the lead engineer during trial of $300 million construction dispute.
  • Representing clients in multi-party depositions, mediations, and arbitrations.
  • 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.
  • 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 Affiliations and Engagements
  • Garland Walker Inn of Court, 2016-2022
  • Impact100, Founding Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellows, Class of 2018
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Board Member (2021-2022); Committee Chair (2018-2022)
  • Founder and Leader of HYLA’s Allyship Book Club, recipient of 2021 TYLA grant and TYLA 2021 Large City Award of Achievement (Diversity Award)
  • Houston Legal Referral Services, Board Member & Membership Committee Chair, 2018-2021
  • South Texas Advocacy, Varsity Moot Court Coach
  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Lecturer
  • Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, Member since 2018
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • “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.
Qualifications

Education

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

Clerkships

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

Press Release
Morgan Haenchen Joins Houston Young Lawyers Board
July, 20 2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Morgan Haenchen has joined the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) Board of Directors, continuing her work with a successful diversity and inclusion initiative – an allyship book club – that she co-founded last year. In her new role, she hopes to continue to support and expand HYLA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “My focus on the HYLA Board will be to cont [...]