Patricia Kay Dube
Patricia Kay Dube, a former claims adjuster with an electric utility company, has 40 years of experience in handling general civil complex litigation in federal and states courts and arbitration proceedings in areas that include commercial litigation, products liability, construction defect, professional malpractice (including employment), complex mass tort and pharmaceutical litigation involving antidepressants and the arthritic pain medication Bextra and Celebrex, as well as retailers and suppliers of herbal and diet substitutes, medical malpractice and healthcare, privilege issues inclusive of medical peer and credentialing committees, oil field, maritime and transportation, defamation (including Anti-Slapp), insurance disputes, extracontractual and subrogation litigation. Her practice includes handling of excess and reinsurance matters, negotiation of insurance contracts and manuscript provisions, negotiating complex cost sharing agreements, and related insurance matters on a domestic and international basis. She has represented foreign underwriters in evaluation and supervision of product liability claims of recognized international corporations throughout the world.
Patricia Kay Dube is a native Texan, born in Houston and raised in a small German – Czech community southwest of Houston. Ms. Dube received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972, a Master of Arts Degree from Sam Houston University in 1973 with a thesis on Latin America Political and Economic Development. She later worked on her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Houston, but opted to pursue a career in the law. She earned her J. D. from South Texas College of Law in 1979, where she was assistant editor of Law Review, achieved Order of the Lytae, and graduated with honors.
Ms. Dube currently practices throughout the state of Texas out of the Firm’s office in Dallas, Texas and affiliate office in Houston, Texas with residences in both cities.
SAMPLING OF CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Ms. Dube successfully obtained temporary restraining orders against an entire hospital physician staff and secured the voluntarily agreements of physicians to enter into an agreed permanent injunction regarding nondisclosure of medical peer review communications. This action thwarted the ability of counsel for Plaintiffs in a number of serious medical malpractice cases from obtaining evidence that would support a new medical malpractice cause of action in Texas courts regarding negligent credentialing. Related discovery actions resulted in counsel for Plaintiffs mandamusing the trial judge. The Appellate Court’s affirmed the Trial Court and the mandamuses have been dismissed. The Texas Supreme Court affirmed.
Ms. Dube secured a $6.0 million judgment in a declaratory judgment action involving some of the largest domestic insurance carriers in connection with complex coverage issues relating to a Directors and Officers Policy of Insurance.
Ms. Dube was involved in the handling of aspects of the litigation arising out of the ALEXANDER KIELLAND disaster, including limitation of liability proceedings for the death and injury cases and various lawsuits filed in the United States and abroad. Additionally, she secured a dismissal of the manufacturer of a major component part of the drill ship involved in the Gulf of Tonkin disaster, which involved more than ninety-eight (98) deaths and injuries.
Fundamentally responsible for the development of the domestic insurance defense/self-insured litigation and complex insurance coverage practice of the Houston office of a New York law firm that was an all service firm as respects the insurance industry on a domestic and international basis, including corporate and regulatory matters, winding down and/or creating of insurance companies, reinsurance matters, and broad range litigation and coverage matters.
Former Licensed Claims Adjuster for one of the most prominent and largest electric utilities in the State of Texas. The utility investigated, evaluated, and handled personal injury, product, and property claims asserted against a self-insured entity, and liaised with outside counsel in coordination of defense of litigation; Work with Company Insurance Risk Manager as respects company claims and insurances.
RECOGNITIONS, CERTIFICATIONS, FACULTY EXPERIENCE, PUBLICATIONS
Rated "Very High" by Martindale-Hubbell in the Legal Ability and General Recommendations Categories from Approximately 1986 to Present and Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers From 2000 to Present
Harvard School of Law 2019
Harvard Negotiation Institute - Advanced Mediation Institute: Mediating Complex Disputes
Certified Mediator, 2002 A. A. White School of Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Houston Law Center; Certified Ad Litem in Guardianship Cases 2000, 2007, 2010, and 2015
American Lawyer Top Rated Lawyer – Women Leaders 2019
Texas Top Rated Attorney - Legal Leader 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Fortune 500 Recognized Women Leaders in The Law 2015
Responsible for placing the Houston Office of her former law firm, an internationally based New York insurance firm, as Client Choice Law Firm as recognized by the American Lawyer in 1995
Strathmore's Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders - (1996-1997)
Former Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law – Products Liability
Former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center - Legal Communications and Research
Author, "Contribution and Indemnity: Does the Right Exist Among Joint Tortfeasors When One is Liable on a Theory of Strict Products Liability," 18 South Texas Law Journal 3 (1979). (Cited in Vernon’s Texas Civil Statutes Annotated and Texas Jurisprudence.) Contributor, "Statutory Damages Recovery: Uninsured Motorist Statute," 18 South Texas Law Journal 2 (1979)
COURT ADMISSIONS, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, AND COMMUNITY
Licensed by State Bar of Texas May, 1979; Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, and Eastern District of Texas, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, Member of the Houston Bar Association, Fort Bend County Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Past Member of Houston Young Lawyers Association, Former Chairman of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Corporate Counsel Section (Past Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Director), Member of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Law, Appellate, Business Law, Construction Law, Consumer and Commercial Law, Corporate Counsel Section, Entertainment &Sports Law, General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm, Health Law, Insurance Law, International Law, Litigation Sustaining Section, Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources Law, Public Utility, and Women and the Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, Member of NASP – National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Defense Research Institute, Former Member of Board of Directors of YWCA of Houston, Member of Lupus Foundation of American – Gulf Coast, Past President & Current Board Member of Northwood Woman’s Club, a philanthropic organization in Dallas, Texas.