Whitney B. Somers

Attorney

Austin

512-615-1150

wsomers@cokinoslaw.com

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Biography

Whitney Somers is an attorney in the Austin office of Cokinos Young where her practice focuses on transportation litigation, catastrophic and casualty insurance defense litigation, construction defect litigation, products liability litigation, employment law, and general business matters in both state and federal court.  Whitney’s practices range from representing national and multi-national corporations in litigation to representing local businesses in contract disputes.  Because of the time Whitney spent clerking at an appellate court, she is able to prevent costly mistakes at the trial level and assist clients in a wide variety of matters on appeal.  Whitney also regularly helps clients avoid litigation by advising clients regarding policies, procedures, and documentation they should have in place to comply with federal and state laws.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Innocence Project, 2011-2012

Education

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., 2012, cum laude
    • Editor in Chief of the St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics
    • Served on the editorial board as Symposium Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal
    • Received Pro Bono Certificate, awarded only to those who performed a high number of pro bono hours of legal work
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A, 2009 cum laude
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2008

Presentations

  • Interactive Case Evaluation: What Is This Claim Really Worth?
  • Stowers and Self-Protection: The Stowers Doctrine and An Insurer’s Right to Intervene When An Insured is Noncooperative
  • Supreme Court Update: Cases from the 2018 Term
  • “Improving Your Safety Culture”

Judicial Experience

  • Clerked for Chief Justice Catherine Stone on the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, 2012-2013

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Representative Experience

  • Represented a trucking company and its driver after the driver was involved in a fatality accident caused by the other vehicle’s driver.  Another attorney and I tried the case to a jury and obtained a defense verdict where the client driver was found 0% responsible for the accident.
  • Represented an air conditioning manufacturer in a case involving claims of breach of warranty, products liability, and deceptive trade practices.  I tried the case to a jury and obtained a defense verdict and finding of no liability against the client.
  • Whitney has represented and obtained numerous summary judgments for trucking company clients on claims of direct negligence against the company for negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention.
  • Represented the owner of a company who was alleged to have pierced the corporate liability shell and have co-mingled funds of the business with his personal funds, potentially opening the client up to individual liability.  Obtained a summary judgment in the client’s favor, ending the case.