Wendie S. Childress
Wendie is a business trial lawyer who represents both defendants and plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. With over a decade of trial experience, she has prepared and assisted in taking six multi-million dollar commercial cases to arbitration and trial, both jury and bench, in state and federal court.
Wendie focuses her practice on business torts, contract, securities, and employment disputes for clients in a wide range of industries including healthcare, energy, construction, and financial services. She has significant experience handling all aspects of pre-trial matters, including case analysis, motion and hearing practice, depositions, witness preparation, discovery, and alternative dispute resolution, and works to quickly synthesize complex disputes and effectively counsel her clients on key case issues and strategy.
Prior to joining Yetter Coleman, Wendie graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, where she went on to earn her JD in 2000. She then served for two years as General Counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.
Among other professional endeavors, Wendie is co-chair of the firm’s annual Women's Leadership Forum, which gathers community professionals for a seminar briefing by prominent women executives, lawyers, and other leaders.
- Successfully defended a major hospital against a well-credentialed anesthesiologist and Medical Director of a preoperative clinic who sued for retaliatory discharge for alleged reporting of instances of patient safety violations and had sought damages of $7 million plus exemplary damages. After a two-week trial, the jury found no retaliation, confirming the hospital’s position that the plaintiff was terminated for longstanding performance reasons involving the clinic’s lack of improved operations.
- Assisted client in pre-suit investigation involving offshore drilling equipment failure by conducting detailed fact investigation and assessing its potential liability.
- Berge Helene v. GE Oil & Gas Legal lead in defense of a $52 million breach of warranty and fraud case involving the performance of reciprocating gas compressors aboard a floating production, storage and offloading unit off the coast of Mauritania. The five-week bench trial in Houston federal court resulted in take-nothing judgment on behalf of GE Oil & Gas.
- Assisted with a case on behalf of plaintiff investors in a limited partnership suing a worldwide accounting firm for accounting negligence and fraud, resulting in substantial (confidential) settlements.
- Assisted in a successful AAA arbitration on behalf of our client against its former investment advisor.
- Assisted in favorably settling a contract claim on behalf of a major hospital system against a local non-profit organization.
- Assisted in representing plaintiff mining company against worldwide engineering firm in a month-long trial involving fraud and contract claims that resulted in the largest actual damages verdict, judgment, and settlement in Nevada history.
- Handling various employment disputes for a hospital's physician organization, including covenants not to compete, wrongful termination claims, and claims for employee failures to satisfy terms of employment.
- Assisted with representing a major hospital system in addressing disputes arising from the termination of its long-term affiliation with a premier medical school, including assisting in a successful defense against claims that its research and teaching activities violated certain restricted covenants and successfully representing the system in attempting to resolve the disposition of millions of dollars in disputed funds held by the parties.
- Assisted in the defense of products liability claims for a multi-national oil company.
- "Houston Top Lawyer" in Business & Commercial Litigation, H Texas Magazine, 2015
- Member: State Bar of Texas, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association, and Houston Young Lawyers Association
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000
- The University of Texas B.A. English, with Honors, 1997
- General Counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, 2000-2002
- Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2000