Collings, Scarlett

Scarlett Collings

Senior Counsel



Scarlett Collings recognizes that litigation sometimes is a necessary means to an end, but it is never the final objective and often, it is not the only alternative. Ever mindful of her clients’ business goals, risk appetite, and real-world problems and opportunities, she is as comfortable negotiating a dispute resolution as she is aggressively fighting for one. Whether it is a Delaware chancery court, New York state or federal district judge, or East Texas jury, Scarlett is creative in her problem-solving, relaxed and conversational in her storytelling-style, and laser-focused on achieving the best outcome for the client.

With over twenty years of law practice, Scarlett 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, as the client needs.  Disputes over mergers and other business combinations, securities representations and disclosures, financial derivatives and structured financing transactions, and business activities in the energy sector including upstream, midstream, and services are well within her wheelhouse. Scarlett has participated in every facet of litigation, including jury and bench trials, dispositive motion practice and argument, fact and expert witness depositions, 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, insurers, credit support providers, real estate developers and construction specialists, product manufacturers, and financial and commercial services providers.

In addition to counseling and fiercely advocating on behalf of her clients, Scarlett is dedicated to serving our community. She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Girl Scout leader, student and member of the Jung Center, Special Olympics cheerleader, mentor, and volunteer, and regular provider of personal goods, mentoring, and attention to homeless individuals in downtown Houston. Scarlett is committed to providing quality pro bono legal services, representing clients referred by local and international refugee and immigration services, the Houston Bar Association, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the Beacon.

Representative Experience

  • 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 Kinder Morgan in legacy El Paso Corporation antitrust multi-district litigation in Nevada involving allegations of natural gas price fixing
  • Represented Chicago Bridge & Iron in defense of merger-related shareholder class action in the Southern District of Texas
  • 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
  • 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 Cox Oil in connection with competing bidder litigation related to Energy XXI merger
  • Advised airline company board of directors investigating shareholder fiduciary claims against former president and CEO
  • Advised construction company board of directors investigating labor and employment whistleblower allegations
  • Advised construction company board of directors investigating alleged FCPA violations
  • Represented numerous companies, including financial services, insurance, and oil & gas services, in state, federal, and multi-district litigations relating to restrictive covenants
  • Advised energy company board of directors investigating executive compensation and other employment matters

Professional History

  • Senior Counsel, Locke Lord LLP
  • Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Houston
  • Associate, Gibbs & Bruns LLP, Houston
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable John Cornyn and Honorable Deborah Hankinson, Texas Supreme Court (1997-1998)

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of New York
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Named, Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine

Community Leadership

  • Sustaining Member, Junior League of Houston
  • Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
  • Volunteer, Special Olympics of Texas