Ms. Flanagan has successfully defended numerous individuals and companies across Texas in a wide range of cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, premises liability, residential and commercial construction defect. In addition she has significant experience in assisting companies following catastrophic events leading to serious bodily injury or death. This assistance often begins hours after the event with an onsite emergency response, and coordination of the investigation from city, state, and federal authorities, as well as local media. This includes coordination with OSHA during its investigation and defense of the employer during OSHA investigation, and subsequent litigation, if necessary. Ms. Flanagan’s representation of employers during the OSHA investigation has led to citations being deleted or vacated in their entirety, or reclassified to a lesser often, and significant reductions in penalty fines.
Ms. Flanagan has vast experience in defending premise owners and occupiers against claims of injury by employees, contractors, and third parties due to alleged unsafe conditions existing on the premises. Clients include owners/operators of oil field equipment, general contractors, subcontractors, grocery stores, convenience, apartment and other residential complexes.
In addition to the defense of wrongful death and personal injury claims, Ms. Flanagan has successfully defended clients in a variety of labor and employment issues including claims of breach of noncompeting agreements, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliatory discharge, theft of trade secret, breach of confidentiality agreement, breach of non-solicitation agreements. Ms. Flanagan has also litigated commercial disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, defamation actions, Dram shop claims, and products liability actions. She has experience in handling all aspects of litigation, including, motion practice, written discovery, depositions, settlement analysis, mediations, and trial.
Ms. Flanagan also has significant experience in defendant both first party and third party claims insurance claims. In 2011, Ms. Flanagan was fortunate enough to spend time on secondment in the London insurance market working with a leading Lloyd’s syndicate, working closely with claims handlers while gaining invaluable insight into the underwriting and brokerage process unique to the London market. This experience has allowed her a better understanding of the needs of the London based insurers, and the ability to better guide her clients.
Ms. Flanagan also serves as the Regional Chair for the Southern Region of the Women’s Construction Litigation Alliance (WCLA), a non-profit public benefit corporation that supports and encourages women in every facet of construction litigation, including but not limited to premises and products liability, professional liability (particularly architects, engineers, insurance and real estate agent/brokers, mortgage brokers and lenders), construction defect, mechanic’s lien issues, insurance coverage and employment practices. In her position, Ms. Flanagan aids in setting the direction to encourage and support women in construction litigation in the Southern region and promote educational and networking opportunities for WCLA members.
Industrial Fatalities and Accidents
OSHA Related Work
Dram Shop Liability
Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review
State Bar of Texas