Samantha Trahan

Samantha Trahan

Of Counsel

Samantha counsels clients on ways to enhance their existing insurance programs and contracting practices. These steps are taken to minimize risks, but when accidents happen or contracting parties disagree, she manages all aspects of the resulting litigation. With nearly two decades of experience, she can handle any type of dispute, but focuses on insurance and contract issues.

Samantha regularly evaluates general liability, property, professional liability, energy, and other policies to confirm coverage is available for potential risks. After losses occur, she prepares coverage opinions, manages claims, and litigates disputed coverage issues. Samantha has helped policyholders through losses from hurricanes, fires, long-tail asbestos exposure, down-hole well problems, and more. 

Samantha conducts in-depth contract reviews and helps clients negotiate MSAs and job-specific contracts. She also provides client-focused training on indemnity and insurance issues to strengthen in-house contracting practices. Samantha has resolved third-party beneficiary claims, contractual indemnity pass-through actions, challenges to agreements under state anti-indemnity acts, and complex choice of law arguments.


J.D., The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2000, with Honors

B.S., University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, cum laude 

Court Admissions

Licensed in Texas 

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list (2015 to 2019) by Super Lawyers as published by Thomson Reuters; Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© listing in the field of insurance law (2015 to 2019); Best Lawyers lists are published by BL Rankings, LLC
  • Named to Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Insurance law (2010 to 2016)
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list (2006, 2008 to 2015) by Super Lawyers as published by Thomson Reuters

Publications and Presentations


  • 2018, “Ethical Issues when Insurers Won't Fund the Defense,” presentation for the UT Admiralty and Maritime Seminar
  • 2018, “Holding the Unfaithful Insurer Accountable,” presentation for South Texas Insurance Law Seminar
  • 2015, “Current Insurance and Indemnity Issues,” Gardere Oilfield Services panel discussion
  • 2008, “So Your Platform Disappeared in the Hurricane,” presentation for the University of Texas Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference
  • 2006, “The Business of Risk: How to Get the Most out of Your Insurance Policies,” presentation in Houston and Dallas, Texas
  • 2006, “The Rising Price of Declining Coverage in the Construction Industry,” presentation for Mealey’s™ 4th Annual Advanced Insurance Coverage Conference: Top 10 Issues
  • 2004, “Hot Insurance Cases Before Texas Appellate Courts,” presentation for Annual Texas Insurance Law Symposium
  • 2004, “Maximizing Insurance Coverage for Pre-Suit Settlements of Construction Defect Claims,” article for Special Construction Coverage Issue of the Journal of Texas Insurance Law


  • 2008 to 2012, “Indemnity Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry” PETEX “Rig School”
  • 2009, “Offshore Oil and Gas Contracting with Paper Indemnity Agreements, Old Issues/New Cases,” Houston, Texas
  • 2007, “Contractual Limitations in Oilfield Agreements (a comparison of US and UK law),” webinar presentation for The SANS Institute
  • 2005, “Beyond Validity—The Expansion and Erosion of Indemnity Agreements” Gardere Evolving Issues in the Oilfield Service Industry Seminar


  • 2014, “Effective Goal Setting,” presentation for Corporate Women’s Guild
  • 2012, “Ethical Rules Applied to Contracts and Settlement Negotiations,” presentation for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter