Amy Snell


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  • J.D. (magna cum laude), Georgetown University Law Center, 1997 (articles editor, Georgetown Law Journal; Order of the Coif)

  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Judge, 1997–1998

  • B.A. (with honors), Cornell University, 1992

  • Oxford University, Visiting Student, Queens College, 1990-1991


Amy Snell’s practice includes commercial, employment, and environmental disputes, among others. She has successfully represented companies in business disputes of all kinds, assisted clients with equity and partnership disagreements, and defended employers in non-compete and trade secrets lawsuits. Ms. Snell also has a broad environmental litigation practice, defending companies in a wide variety of contamination and environmental damage cases.

Ms. Snell worked in the oil and gas industry (Pennzoil Company) as an environmental, safety, and health regulatory analyst before becoming a lawyer. After working several years for a large law firm, she co-founded Shipley Snell because, like George Shipley, she believed that even the largest companies were seeking an alternative model in the outside firms they engaged – even for their highest value, most critical, and most complex litigation and arbitrations.

Ms. Snell has finished eleven marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2012 and 2013, proving in more ways than one that dedication to a project creates results. She loves being in trial and arbitration hearings, especially because of the need to react quickly to developments and to the other people involved in the case. Ms. Snell values her relationships with clients and the opportunity to offer insight based on a keen knowledge of legal issues and the client’s goals.

Selected Matters

  • Represented barge operator in multiple lawsuits arising from a ship collision and oil spill, successfully resolving more than 1,700 claims.

  • Represented energy company in numerous Louisiana lawsuits arising out of alleged groundwater and soil contamination. Achieved dismissal of several cases and settlement of lawsuit brought by more than 500 plaintiffs.

  • Represented a consulting firm and its CEO in a partnership dispute arising out of the founding of the firm.

  • Represented contractor in an ICC arbitration involving the construction of an overseas power plant.

  • Obtained an arbitration award in a dispute involving the interpretation of multiple insurance policies.

  • Represented a general contractor in disputes involving construction, contract, and warranty issues.

  • Obtained summary judgment in a case involving the enforceability of a settlement agreement and upheld judgment on appeal.

  • Defended a consulting firm in a breach of contract dispute and prosecuted counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Represented several companies in employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuits arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Texas law, obtaining summary judgment in several cases and a directed verdict in a national origin discrimination case.

  • Successfully resolved one of the few lawsuits brought under the Texas Juror Reemployment Act.

  • Represented a start-up firm in an equity dispute with an employee, successfully resolving the dispute before litigation was filed.

  • Represented a NASA contractor in a federal court bench trial involving fraud allegations brought by a former employee under the False Claims Act.

  • Lead attorney on numerous cases for a utility company involving personal injury claims, customer disputes, and disputes involving easement and property rights.

  • Successfully tried several jury cases in state court involving personal injury claims and property disputes.



  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

  • Named as a "Texas SuperLawyer," (a Thomson Reuters service) 2010, 2014-2017

  • Named as a "Texas SuperLawyer Rising Star," (a Thomson Reuters service) 2005–2010

  • Co-Chair, University of Texas Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, 2017

  • Named one of Houston's "Top Lawyers" by H Texas Magazine, 2009-2014


  • Texas


  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit




  • "2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Practical Implications and What Litigators Need to Know" (University of Texas Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, 2016)

  • "Safeguarding Information During Litigation: Protective Orders and Other Remedies" (University of Texas Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, 2015)

  • "Business Torts: Is it Capitalism or Unfair Competition?” (2012)

  • "Employee Monitoring & Surveillance: What are the Limits?" (2008)