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  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude; Articles Editor, Houston Law Review
  • University of Texas at El Paso, B.A. in Spanish, 1998; B.A. in Criminal Justice, 1997
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  • Texas, 2001
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  • 5th Cir.
  • E.D. Tex.
  • N.D. Tex.
  • S.D. Tex.
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Veronica Rivas-Molloy
Special Counsel
Suite 2900
811 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
713.437.1830 tel
713.437.1810 fax

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Veronica Rivas-Molloy works in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She practices in the firm’s Houston office, where she represents international and domestic clients in a broad range of arbitration and civil litigation matters. Veronica’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes in the energy and petrochemical industries. She counsels her clients on a variety of matters and has been lead litigation counsel on a diverse range of contractual and business-related matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration. 

Veronica also has significant experience in employment law. She counsels her clients on a wide range of workplace issues and has been lead counsel on various employment matters, including workplace investigations, discrimination lawsuits, and non-compete and trade secret litigation.

Veronica was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. Her language skills and understanding of Latin American culture have given her the opportunity to work on a number of international matters and the opportunity and unique ability to provide counsel to her clients on matters involving multicultural disputes and business transactions. 

Veronica graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as an Articles Editor on the Houston Law Review. While at the University of Houston, Veronica was elected to serve as the Vice President of the Hispanic Law Student Association, and she was the recipient of the Judge James DeAnda Award, a scholarship awarded to a distinguished student by the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston.

Veronica started her legal career clerking for the Honorable Ewing Werlein, Jr., in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Jones Walker, Veronica worked at Baker Botts LLP as an associate in that firm’s litigation group. She also served as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Houston.  

Noteworthy

  • Named a "Rising Star" in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers (2013)
  • Named a "Rising Star" in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics (2010)

Representative Matters

  • Representation of international infrastructure engineering, procurement, and construction company in litigation and related arbitration concerning manufacture and purchase of steel lattice towers and related structures for construction of high-voltage transmission line for renewable energy zone in West Texas;
  • Representation of various oil and gas companies in several disputes concerning hydraulic fracturing, continuous operations and interpretation of related lease agreements, joint operating agreements, property disputes, and on-shore drilling operations in shale plays;
  • Representation of natural gas distribution company in connection with various tax disputes and lawsuits related to natural gas facilities and storage of natural gas in salt-dome caverns;
  • Representation of international chemical company in arbitration dispute involving interpretation and enforcement of complex contractual issues arising from the operation of joint venture for the manufacture of propylene oxide and related co-products;
  • Representation of leading Latin American steel company in docket of matters related to various business operations in the United States;
  • Representation of marine vessel design company in dispute involving breach of contract claims related to the construction of living quarters structures for offshore floating production facility;
  • Representation of offshore construction services company in dispute involving breach of contract and conversion claims related to the shipment of support materials for offshore operations;
  • Representation of engineering and field services firm in arbitration dispute involving construction of natural gas facilities and pipelines at power plants;
  • Representation of national telecommunications company in docket of cases involving breach of service contracts and personal injury disputes;
  • Representation of several clients in various employment matters arising under various state and federal statutes, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, and USERRA;
  • Representation and counsel for a broad range of workplace issues and workplace investigations;
  • Representation of several clients in various matters concerning prosecution or defense of non-compete and non-solicitation covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, business disparagement, and tortious interference claims.

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Memberships

  • Hispanic Bar Association Houston (Board Member, 2005–2007, 2009)
  • Houston Bar Association (Administration of Justice Committee, 2004–2005; Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee, 2005–2006)
  • Houston Bar Association (Member, Oil Gas & Mineral Law Section and Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association (Leadership Academy, 2005)
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Houston

Languages

  • Spanish (native speaker–read/speak/write)