Education

J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2009
B.A. Psychology, Saint Mary’s College, 2006 (magna cum laude)

Katherine Kelly Valent

Biography

An accomplished litigator, Katherine Kelly Valent works alongside clients to help them successfully resolve their legal issues while furthering their ultimate business objectives. Ms. Valent focuses her practice on commercial litigation, professional liability, and employment litigation matters.  Her clients include a broad range of industries, including commercial real estate, construction, insurance, oil and gas, medical, and transportation. From Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, Ms. Valent’s clients value and rely upon her sound legal guidance, creativity, and skill to forging a solution that meets their business needs as quickly as possible.

Exceptional service is paramount to Ms. Valent’s practice and she provides timely and efficient client communication to keep her clients informed of every step of the process. In every case she manages, Ms. Valent is committed to finding practical, cost- effective solutions designed to avoid further legal disputes and expense. To that end, Ms. Valent seeks negotiated resolutions when possible, but enjoys the process of creating and presenting powerful advocacy at trial or arbitration when a settlement cannot be reached.

When not working on legal solutions for her clients in Dallas and Collin County, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Representative Matters

Defended engineers and architects in professional malpractice litigation in state and federal court in business litigation, construction litigation, and personal injury/wrongful death cases;

Represented business owners in breach of contract disputes, mechanics lien claims, and project accidents;

Obtained summary judgment for architect in school of construction case involving allegations of multi-million dollar damages;

Obtained summary judgment for geotechnical engineer in multi-million dollar construction litigation matter involving the design of MSE walls;

Obtained dismissal of gender and sex discrimination claims asserted against apartment complex management company;

Obtained dismissal of professional liability claims following motion for summary judgment for engineer in wrongful death claim;

Secured favorable mediated settlement agreement for structural engineering firm in multi-party settlement after home collapsed.

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern  District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas


Professional Memberships

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Collin County Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Barrister, Curt Henderson Inn of Courts
  • Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association of DFW
  • Soccer Coach, U7 Allen Sports Association Boys Soccer  

Publications

  • Procedure and Strategy Considerations for Rule 167 Offer of Settlement, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, 2018
  • Builder’s Risk Insurance:  Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, June 2016
  • Arbitration:  Do You Really Want It?, HR Southwest Conference, November 2015
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:  Document Preservation Notice May Violate SOX, HCCA – Compliance Today, June 2015
  • Pregnant Pause:  U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Against UPS, March 2015
     

Frisco Office
Ph (214) 472-2100
Fx (214) 472-2150
2600 Network Blvd.
Suite 400
Frisco, Texas 75034

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