Practice Areas

Kathleen E. Barrett Madere

Attorney | Houston


Kathleen Barrett Madere is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Her practice is primarily focused on resolving complex construction and commercial disputes through litigation and arbitration. Kathleen has handled construction disputes involving multi-million dollar residences, pipelines and compressor stations, retail and warehousing facilities, bridges, and other commercial and industrial projects. Kathleen also has experience with employment matters. Kathleen was a significant contributor to the 2020 and 2021 Case Law Update, presented at the annual construction law conference in San Antonio, Texas. Kathleen also co-authored a paper for the HBA Construction Law Section entitled, Fraud, Construction, and the Texas Property Code.


  • University of Texas School of Law – J.D., 2020
  • Texas State University – B.A., English, 2017

Recognitions and Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2024 – Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Litigation – Construction
  • Named Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (2023 – 2024)

Representative Experience

  • Second-chair trial experience successfully defending against allegations of mechanical failures and breach of contract in a jury trial.
  • Successfully achieved summary judgment in a high-value pipeline dispute involving mineral lien rights.
  • Obtained favorable arbitration outcome for a subcontractor/supplier in a multi-million dollar construction dispute involving claims of breach of contract, non-payment, and delay.
  • Obtained favorable outcome in large-scale dispute involving flooding and alleged negligence of developers engaged in business along Texas waterways.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for a large company in a trade secret dispute in federal court.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Texas Bar Association: Women and the Law Section


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Oregon
  • United States District Court: Eastern & Southern Districts of Texas

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