Rhuju Vasavada

Associate
Contact
rvasavada@yettercoleman.com
713.632.8009 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Rhuju’s practice focuses on commercial litigation.

She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. She graduated with high honors from the University of Texas, earning a B.B.A. in the Business Honors Program and B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program. While there, Rhuju was a recipient of scholarships from the Koch Foundation and Segal AmeriCorps.

Rhuju clerked for Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and with an alternative dispute resolution firm. She most recently practiced with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Rhuju is admitted to practice in Texas and Washington, D.C. She is fluent in spoken Gujarati.

Representative Experience
  • SkyVenture Int’l Ltd. v. Indoor Skydive Australia Group Ltd. Part of team that won a complete victory for our client in an arbitration administered by the Int’l Centre for Dispute Resolution. The client operates as iFLY Indoor Skydiving in selling and operating vertical wind tunnel equipment. We filed the arbitration against our client’s longtime Australian licensees over issues of contract compliance, and they raised antitrust defenses. At stake was our client’s core business model which has helped it grow into the leading global provider in this new entertainment industry. After a final hearing that included both side’s founders as well as financial, economic, and foreign law experts, the tribunal divided the matter into liability and remedy phases and issued a full liability award for our client.
  • American Airlines, Inc. et al. v. Catarineau Awarded summary judgment and permanent injunction against defendant who filed liens on American Airlines’ aircraft. The court not only held that the liens filed by the defendant were fraudulent and invalid, but also enjoined the defendant from filing further liens against American Airlines without a Texas District Court’s approval. In addition, the court awarded American Airlines its attorney’s fees and statutory damages amounting to $20,000.
  • Ruben Rodriguez v. Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Secured a complete dismissal of a breach of contract claim brought against client Helmerich & Payne by a subcontract employee who allegedly was injured on an H&P rig located on Encana’s property. Granting our motion to dismiss, the Court held that the plaintiff could not establish he was a third-party beneficiary of his daywork drilling contract where he only pleaded that he received incidental benefits from H&P’s obligations under the contract.
  • Represented major financial institutions on lender liability issues including mortgage foreclosures and claims related to loan origination and servicing practices.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • Member: Women's Energy Network
  • Member: Asian-American Bar Association of Houston
  • Member: Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member: McCombs Houston Alumni Chapter
  • Member and Pro Bono Attorney: Houston Volunteer Lawyers
  • Member: Houston Bar Association
Education & Professional Background
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2013 (Dean's Scholarship, Pro Bono Challenge Award)
  • University of Texas, B.B.A., Business Honors Program, B.A., Plan II Honors Program, with high honors, 2010
  • Law Clerk to The Hon. Zack Hawthorn, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2013-2014
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Clerk with MARKSADR, LLC, 2014-2015
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2013, Washington, D.C., 2014