Megan Schmid focuses her practice on federal and state trials and arbitrations involving energy, real estate, commercial landlord-tenant, financial and lending institutions, partnership disputes, business torts, construction, and general business and commercial litigation. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes, including contracts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, covenants not-to-compete and negligence.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of an employer in enforcement of a non-disclosure and non-competition agreement, including claims under the Texas Uniform Trade Secret Act (TUTSA)
  • Defending clients against allegations of fraudulent transfers under the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (TUFTA)
  • Represented former Minority Shareholders in arbitration against former Majority Shareholder seeking performance of stock purchase agreements, which resulted in a monetary award of approximately $3.3 million
  • Defended individual investment professional against RICO, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims concerning real estate investment in a two-week jury trial; jury ruled in favor of client on RICO and fiduciary duty claims and apportioned client only 1% liability on remaining claim
  • Successfully defended a carbon steel flange manufacturer in defense of Lanham Act and common law false advertising and unfair competition claims brought by a competitor by winning on summary judgment in federal court (which was upheld on appeal by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Representing a business-to-business finance provider in the solar energy industry asserting claims against a competitor of conversion, tortious interference with contracts, and unjust enrichment as well as a declaratory judgment regarding the ownership of solar assets
  • Represented a company defending against breach of contract and fraud claims related to a terminated consulting agreement, which resulted in a favorable summary judgment and a non-suit by the plaintiff
  • Represented clients in cases involving enforcement of non-disclosure and non-compete covenants
  • Assisted in representing a steel manufacturer in asserting bad faith claims against an insurance company and in seeking business interruption damages, which settled favorably after five days in a jury trial
  • Represented companies in various breach of contract and suit on sworn accounts seeking payment for goods or services rendered

  • Defended a major drilling company in a dispute over the calculation of gathering rates under a gas gathering agreement, which resulted in a take-nothing award after a three-week arbitration in which the claimant sought damages of more than $190 million
  • Representation of an oilfield services company seeking to recover over $1 million in unpaid amounts for hydraulic fracturing services at a wellsite
  • Represented the trading arm of a major drilling company in a breach of contract suit against a purchaser of 100,000 barrels of gasoline for failure to pay the federal excise taxes associated with the sale
  • Represented a wholesale and retail power marketer regarding disputed trades under the parties master power purchase and sale agreement
  • Represented exploration and production companies (both operators and non-operators) in a variety of matters, including joint operating disputes, royalty litigation, and environmental contamination
  • Represented an operator in litigation against a non-operator for failure to pay operational costs, which resulted in a favorable summary judgment in the approximate amount of $315,000 and foreclosure of the non-operator’s oil and gas interests
  • Representation of non-operators in an international arbitration regarding a dispute about the parties’ obligations under the joint operating agreement related to environmental remediation
  • Representation of an oil and gas operator in litigation relating to alleged flaring of gas on tribal land
  • Represented an oil and gas lessee in litigation regarding an assignment of oil and gas interests

  • Represented many clients in pursuing and defending against injunctive relief (including temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions); cases involved, among other issues, enforcement of commercial leases, enforcement of partnership agreements, enforcement of non-disclosure and non-compete covenants, and enforcement of loan agreements and deeds of trust
  • Represented a large petrochemical manufacturer in a dispute with a contractor under an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract concerning the contractor’s unwarranted demand for over $100 million above the fixed contract price resulting in a favorable resolution
  • Represented an owner/developer of a medical center in a dispute with a contractor, subcontractors, a civil engineer, a geotechnical engineer, and a manufacturer of a detention basin system regarding alleged defective design and construction of an underground stormwater detention basin resulting in a favorable resolution
  • Represented a midstream gathering company as the owner in a dispute with a contractor and subcontractors/suppliers regarding alleged defective construction of a saltwater disposal gathering system resulting in a favorable resolution
  • Represented a national retail company in a bench trial in a dispute with a neighboring landowner to enforce its easement rights and option to purchase real property
  • Represented landlords and tenants in litigation involving enforcement of commercial leases and related settlement agreements (including eviction proceedings, appeal of eviction proceedings, and state district court litigation)
  • Represented a general contractor in a dispute with a subcontractor regarding the subcontractor’s termination, which involved a favorable ruling from the court of appeals enforcing the general contractor’s arbitration provision
  • Represented a general contractor in dispute against subcontractor regarding payment and failure to timely complete work
  • Represented owners and general contractors to resolve lien disputes with subcontractors
  • Represented a commercial tenant in obtaining a writ of reentry
  • Representing an architecture firm in seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit based on the plaintiff’s failure to attach a proper certificate of merit to the petition

  • Represented a commercial bank in asserting contract and deficiency claims against a real estate development company and its guarantors and in defending its valuation of collateral at a foreclosure sale, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict of approximately $315,000
  • Represented special servicers and commercial banks in the court appointment of receivers over the collateral real properties
  • Represented special servicers and commercial banks in deficiency actions against borrowers and guarantors


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Southwestern University, B.A., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Nominating Committee, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), 2019-2020
  • Young Audiences of Houston, Board Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association; Gender Fairness Committee
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court; Garland Walker Chapter
  • The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, Board of Trustees
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2016-2020
  • Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2019


Speaking Engagements