Cassie is an associate in the Dallas office. Since joining the firm in 2015, her practice primarily focuses on surety law, construction litigation, and complex commercial matters. She also has experience in directors and officers liability, professional malpractice, securities litigation, general tort litigation, and representing attorneys in disciplinary matters.
Cassie is experienced in counseling sureties in both international and domestic markets in litigation and transactional matters that arise out of all aspects of performance and payment bond claims investigation and resolution and loss recovery. She has significant experience in representing sureties in distressed contractor defaults, complex and multiparty litigations at both the state and federal court level, arbitrations, and mediations, as well as loss recovery matters. She approaches all matters with a focus on providing efficient and effective representation tailored to the business needs of her clients.
She also routinely represents general contractors in matters arising out of all phases of construction, including bid preparation, bid protest, prosecution of claims for equitable adjustment pursuant to contractual dispute resolution procedures, and in construction defect litigation. Finally, Cassie has assisted commercial insurers as well in a variety of insured-defense and coverage matters for tort claims.
Cassie graduated summa cum laude and Order of Coif from Tulane University Law School in 2013. While in law school, she served as Articles and Online Editor for the Tulane Law Review and was a published member as well. While in law school, she was also an extern for the Honorable Judge Ivan Lemelle of the Eastern District of Louisiana; research assistant to Professor Sally Richardson; and a student attorney in Tulane’s Civil Litigation Clinic.
Cassie was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2013 and is admitted to practice in all federal courts in Louisiana. In her practice, she is a current and past member of several professional and public interest organizations, and a frequent author and presenter on topics related to surety and construction law.
Parkcrest Builders, LLC v. Hous. Auth. of New Orleans, 2018 WL 2766067 (E.D. La. 2018). This litigation involved the wrongful termination of a surety and its principal following the takeover of a large multi-family public housing project. The firm assisted the surety in defeating the owner’s performance bond claim, converting the principal’s termination for cause to a termination for convenience, and successfully pursuing the surety’s claim for the outstanding project balance.
Note, With Adar v. Smith, the Fifth Circuit Opens a Hole in the Full Faith and Credit Clause, Tulane Law Review, 86 TUL. L. REV. 1359 (2012)
EVENTS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Presenter and Co-Author, Collecting Fees, Costs, and Interest Under the General Agreement of Indemnity, The Pearlman Institute Conference (2018)
Presenter and Author, Getting Ahold of the Litigation Hold - When Do You Have a Duty to Hold and Preserve Documents?, Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference (2017)
Complex Commercial Litigation
Awarded the Rufus C. Harris Award in Torts
Recipient of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann Merit Scholar
Awarded 2013 Tulane Student Crest Award for Service
Awarded 2013 Tulane 34 Award
J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana (2013); Articles and Online Editor, Tulane Law Review
B.S., University of Colorado (2008)
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana