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Kat Statman


Kat Statman is a litigation shareholder in Baker Donelson's Houston office.

Professional Biography

Kat Statman focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas and the nation. With proven courtroom experience, he handles high stakes business disputes for public companies and privately held entities across an array of industries, including the oil and gas sector, energy transition, maritime, environmental, construction, and financial services.

Kat routinely advises clients on commercial disputes, toxic torts, and products liability. He counsels clients on matters related to maritime claims and defenses, including maritime liens, the foreign sovereign immunity act, and other enforcement. Kat has experience responding to industrial incidents often involving workplace fatalities and environmental risk exposure. He defends regulatory claims involving industrial failure and clean-up, risk assessment, and water safety.

Kat is actively engaged in public service initiatives and projects. He supports the National Homelessness Law Center's youth project that involves research into state laws affecting homeless youth. Kat is an avid cyclist.

  • Defended the first reported Legionella wrongful death case against a chemical water treater from the trial court through the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Defending a natural gas pipeline company in a jury trial involving a workplace safety injury sustained by a contractor's employee.

  • Defended a vessel owner in a personal injury maritime dispute arising out of an incident in the Panama Canal.

  • Defended a post construction water treater in a large commercial project in Boston where significant pipe erosion occurred in the building.

  • Defended a manufacturer and supplier on large scale mass actions and multi-district litigation involving products liability claims wrongly bundled together.

  • Defended a global engineering and construction firm against claims related to remediation of oil and gas producing properties with pre-existing soil and groundwater contamination.

  • Defended a chemicals company in a CERCLA action in Houston, Texas.

  • Defended a financial service company in ongoing consumer transactional claims.

  • Successfully represented a fire protection systems contractor in an industrial construction dispute, with the court awarding the client the full contract value, nearly $400,000 in prompt pay interest, and exemplary damages totaling over $1.8 million.

  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation (2022)
  • Chair – ABA TIPS Law In Public Service Committee
  • Chair – ABA TIPS Task Force on Hurricane Relief
  • Chair – ABA TIPS International Law Committee
  • Vice Chair – ABA TIPS Intellectual Property Committee
  • Vice Chair – ABA TIPS Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Member – ABA TIPS Business Litigation Committee
  • Member – ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
  • Past Co-chair – ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Standing Committee on Law Students
  • Member – IEL Young Energy Professionals Member Engagement Committee and Public Service Subcommittee
  • "Remedial Action in Southeastern States: Texas," webinar (October 2014)


  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A., 2010
  • Bard College, B.A., 2008


  • Texas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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