Meet Kelly Greenwood Prather
Ms. Prather is an attorney and mediator with more than twenty-five years experience representing individuals and small businesses. She is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, a distinction achieved by less than one percent of Texas attorneys. Ms. Prather has extensive trial experience in a wide variety of civil suits.
Ms. Prather is a nostalgic Houston Oilers fan. She enjoys cooking, baking, easy crossword puzzles, and spin at Ride in the Heights.
Ms. Prather has one husband, Mike Prather, one son, Parker, and two dogs, Daisy and Billie Joe. They live in the Timbergrove neighborhood of Houston.
Ms. Prather graduated in 1981 from Hailey Elementary in The Woodlands with a strong emphasis on Barbies. This was followed by matriculating and graduating from Wilkerson Intermediate '83 developing a detailed passion for Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein jeans; Knox Junior High '85 with extensive experience in stressful social situations; and McCullough High School in '89 perfecting an integrated multimodule approach to academics and aberrant conduct.
Also, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas in 1993 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996. Ms. Prather was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1996.
She started her career working for John M. O’Quinn, one of the most successful and famous trial attorneys in the nation. After three years working with John M. O’Quinn she joined Mike Engelhart in his law practice, where they enjoyed a successful law practice for thirteen years as Engelhart and Greenwood, L.L.P. In 2009, when Mike Engelhart was elected as the judge of the 151st state district court, Ms. Prather continued her practice as a solo practitioner.
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1996
Certified Mediator by the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution, 2022
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law, 2021
31 jury trials, 16 bench trials and 4 arbitration hearings
Represented clients in 13 appellate proceedings
Frazer v. Texas Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. , 4 S.W.3d 819 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1999, no pet.)
Morris v. Umberson, 312 S.W.3d 763 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2009, pet. denied.)
Fuller v. Le Brun, 616 S.W.3d 31 (Tex. App. -Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, pet. denied).
Representative trials, settlements and arbitration awards
Cause No. 16-34028; In re: Northstar Offshore Group, LLC; Filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Represent Litigation Trustee in 44 preference claims and 1 fraudulent transfer claim in complex Chapter 11 oil and gas bankruptcy.
Cause No. 4:10-cv-04872; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Houston Division; The Gil Ramirez Group, LLC v. Houston Independent School District. Represented a job order contractor who refused to pay a bribe to a school board member resulting in the loss of a multi-million dollar contract. Client sued two other competitors who paid bribes, the school board member and his bag lady. Jury verdict for $ 5,000,000.
Represented parents of an infant born with grey and white matter brain damage following mother developing chorioamnionitis. The disclosure of the parties and terms of the settlement are confidential per the settlement agreement.
JAMS Arbitration No. 1310021107; Patel v. Taylor Morrison Homes. Represented couple who sued homebuilder for structural construction defects in home built in Sugar Land, Texas. The arbitrator awarded $232,207.
Cause No. 2012-72809; In the 113th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas; 2JM Land & Cattle Co. v. Five Corners Management District. Represented 15 commercial property owners in an ultra vires claim against Five Corners Management District board claiming that the board failed to follow state law requirements to impose an assessment on 1400 commercial property owners. The jury determined that the board did not meet the state law requirements to impose the assessment. The verdict resulted in a judgment dissolving the assessment and awarding attorney’s fees in favor of the commercial property owners.
Cause No. 2000-61967; In the 333rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas; Gene Williams v. Traci Faulk, et al. Represented oppressed minority shareholder in claim for breach of fiduciary duty between owners of a highly successful beauty salon in Katy, Texas. Judgment entered in favor of client for $423,000.
Cause No. 825,594; In the County Court at Law No. 2 of Harris County, Texas; Americon Services Company, Inc. v. Arco Construction Company, Inc. Represented subcontractor against general contractor for claims involving breach of contract, quantum meruit, violation of the prompt payment statute, and misapplication of trust fund statute. Jury findings in client’s favor on all claims for affirmative relief. Successfully defended against all counterclaims. Judgment entered for client in the amount of $167,117.44 for actual damages, pre-judgment interest at 18%, and attorney’s fees.
Professional Legal Experience
The Greenwood Prather Law Firm, P.C., Solo Practitioner, 2009 - Present
Engelhart & Greenwood, L.L.P., Partner, 1997- 2008
John M. O’Quinn, P.C.
Associate , 1996-1997
Law Clerk , 1994-1996
Professional Affiliations & Accomplishments
Trial Lawyers College - Four Week Program Graduate, 2003
University of Houston Law Center Deposition Program - Instructor, 2004
Houston Bar Association Auxiliary, 2013 to present
Texas Super Lawyer, 2014, 2015, 2020, 2021
Houston Bar Association, 2020 to present
Completed Implicit Bias Educational Programming, 2021
Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2022
Harris County Dispute Resolution Board Member 2023-2024