Collings, Scarlett

Scarlett Collings

Senior Counsel
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With over 20 years of law practice, Scarlett Collings has the critical thinking breadth and depth, and the interpersonal intuition to navigate all facets of complex commercial litigation, investigation and dispute resolution from the courtroom to the board room — and anywhere else in between. Well within her wheelhouse are disputes over restructuring, commercial contracts, business mergers and disassembly, securities transactions and disclosures, financial derivatives and structured financing products, and other business activities in the energy sector, including upstream, midstream and oilfield services.

With over 20 years of law practice, Scarlett Collings has the critical thinking breadth and depth, and the interpersonal intuition to navigate all facets of complex commercial litigation, investigation and dispute resolution from the courtroom to the board room — and anywhere else in between. Well within her wheelhouse are disputes over restructuring, commercial contracts, business mergers and disassembly, securities transactions and disclosures, financial derivatives and structured financing products, and other business activities in the energy sector, including upstream, midstream and oilfield services.

Scarlett has deployed her strategic thinking and decisive action in every facet of litigation, including both jury and bench trials, dispositive motion practice and argument, alternative dispute resolution, and mandamus and appeals.

She represents clients in a variety of industries and business organizations, including:

  • Publicly traded, family owned and joint ventured energy companies
  • Private equity investors and managers
  • Capital market participants and executives
  • Insurers
  • Credit support providers
  • Real estate developers and construction specialists
  • Product manufacturers
  • Financial and commercial services providers

Securities Litigation

  • Representing Energy XXI Gulf Coast and affiliates in post-confirmation adversary proceeding involving enforceability of alleged assumption agreement
  • Represented Southcross Energy in defense of a securities class action in the Northern District of Texas arising out of Southcross’ proposed merger with American Midstream Partners, LP
  • Represented Chicago Bridge & Iron in defense of merger-related shareholder class action in the Southern District of Texas
  • Represented Kinder Morgan in defense of merger-related shareholder class actions in Delaware
  • Represented Kinder Morgan in defense of shareholder class actions in Delaware and Texas related to management leveraged buyout
  • Represented Enron Corporation in Newby shareholder class action in Southern District of Texas related to its historic Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Advised Cox Oil regarding merger-related shareholder class actions
  • Advised airline company board of directors investigating shareholder fiduciary claims against former president and CEO
  • Advised Cox Oil in connection with competing bidder litigation related to Energy XXI merger

Antitrust Litigation

  • Represented Kinder Morgan in legacy El Paso Corporation antitrust multidistrict litigation in Nevada involving allegations of natural gas price fixing

Financial Services and Restructuring Litigation

  • Representing Arch Capital in 2004 examination request by Chapter 7 trustee and other commercial disputes
  • Representing Energy XXI Gulf Coast and affiliates in post-confirmation adversary proceeding involving enforceability of alleged assumption agreement
  • Represented Lehman Brothers and affiliates in affirmative-claim litigation in Southern District of New York against defense classes, among others, related to the unwinding of its derivative and structured financing transactions in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings

Investigations and Counseling

  • Representing investment firm in SEC investigation
  • Advised construction company board of directors investigating labor and employment whistleblower allegations
  • Advised construction company board of directors investigating alleged FCPA violations
  • Advised company board of directors investigating executive compensation and other employment matters
  • Defended public and privately held energy investment and energy infrastructure companies in Securities & Exchange Commission investigations and proceedings
  • Counseled and represented numerous companies and executives, including within the financial services, insurance, and oil and gas sectors pertaining to restrictive covenants
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Education
  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1997
    Order of the Coif
    Administrative Editor, Texas Law Review
  • B.A., Political Science, with honors, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1994
    Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Member, State Bar of New York
    • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
Community Leadership
    • Sustaining Member, Junior League of Houston
    • Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
    • Volunteer, Special Olympics of Texas
    • Volunteer, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    • Volunteer, The Beacon
    • Volunteer, local and international refugee and immigration services
    • Provider of personal goods, mentoring and attention to homeless individuals in downtown Houston
Professional History
    • Senior Counsel, Locke Lord LLP
    • Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Houston
    • Associate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP, Houston
    • Judicial Clerk, Hon. John Cornyn and Hon. Deborah Hankinson, Texas Supreme Court (1997-1998)