Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Product Liability - Commercial
  • Energy Litigation
  • Crisis Management
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.470.6135
Fax: 713-654-1301
University Georgetown University, B.A.
Law SchoolTulane University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude Managing Editor, Tulane Law Review, Order of the Coif
Admitted2006, Texas

Professional Activities
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, Women's Energy Network
Young Leader Co-Chair, United Way of Greater Houston - Law Initiative (2013-2014)
Young Leader, United Way of Greater Houston
Member, Georgetown Alumni Admissions Committee


Stephanie Kinzel-Tapper is an experienced litigator with a focus on complex commercial and energy disputes. She represents a diverse set of energy clients, including upstream, midstream and downstream participants, with a primary focus on upstream and midstream operators. Her commercial clients include commercial tenants, joint venture partners and healthcare facilities. Stephanie has litigated cases in numerous state and federal courts.

Stephanie recently served as lead counsel defending a national pipeline company and terminal operator in litigation arising from a propane release that severely burned and permanently injured a third-party truck driver. The case involved claims of premises liability, industry standards, potential OSHA violations, negligence, and gross negligence. Stephanie secured indemnity and defense for the clients and settled all claims prior to trial. Stephanie also recently served on a team representing a skilled nursing facility in proceedings against a physician. In that matter, Stephanie successfully cross-examined the physician before the administrative panel, resulting in a key admission in the proceeding.

Before joining Sutherland, Stephanie was an associate with an international law firm in Houston where she focused on energy and commercial litigation. Stephanie also interned for the Honorable Sara Vance of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Selected Experience
Sutherland advises a client in a pipeline dispute.

Sutherland defends technology company against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of confidentiality agreements.

Awards and Rankings
Recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly and Texas Law & Politics magazines (2010)

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Cost to Remove Carbon Dioxide Injected in Enhanced Recovery Operations Is Properly Deductible from Royalties
Sean D. Jordan,Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper,Carter L. Williams, July 9, 2014
On June 27, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in Marcia Fuller French, et al v. Occidental Permian Ltd., No 12-002 (Tex. June 27, 2014), a case closely followed by the oil and gas industry.1 In its unanimous decision and on an issue of first impression, the court declared that removal of...
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Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 3700
HoustonTX 77002-6760


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