“A jury senses when someone knows
what they are talking about.”

-Carolyn P. Courville

Carolyn P. Courville
Senior Attorney



Complex commercial litigation, oil & gas litigation, environmental litigation


J.D., with high  honors, University of Houston Law Center, 1998
Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Cambridge, 1990
Masters of Science in Geophysics, Cornell University, 1984
Bachelor of Arts, honors, Louisiana State University, 1978


Articles Editor, Houston Law Review in 1998
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barons

Rusty Hardin’s Comments About Carolyn

I have the pleasure of working with the best and brightest attorneys every day, but Carolyn brings an academic background and intellect that is truly distinctive.

Carolyn holds both a Master’s degree and Doctorate in geophysics, and worked as a geophysicist and researcher in California, the United Kingdom, and Texas for more than a decade. During this time she managed research committees, lectured before energy industry groups, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and wrote a book on the topic of “amplitude variation with offset for use in direct hydrocarbon detection.” It’s safe to say that few attorneys offer the scientific and technical knowledge that Carolyn brings to complex commercial, energy and environmental litigation.

Carolyn also distinguished herself after taking the big step to pursue a legal career, graduating near the top of her law school class. After law school, Carolyn served a wide range of commercial clients in trials and arbitrations while associated with the firm of Susman Godfrey for more than 10 years. Carolyn also used her earth sciences background on behalf of the State of Louisiana in the BP oil spill and the State of New Jersey while at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, where she practiced before joining us.

On top of all of these achievements, Carolyn is about the nicest person you’d ever hope to meet. She’s a trusted confidant and friend within the firm, and we rely heavily on her razor-sharp assessments, creativity, and imagination.