Karan C. Ciotti
Ms. Ciotti's practice focuses on employment, insurance and ERISA litigation. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws. She is also a certified mediator for general civil disputes under the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act.
Ms. Ciotti has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2002. She is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation.
Her recent experience includes:
- Defending insurers in ongoing sales practices suits, including suits involving multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), single employer plans, and voluntary employee beneficiary associations (VEBAs).
- Obtaining summary judgments for insurers, plan sponsors, third-party administrators and employee benefit plans against claims to recover benefits and claims for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and interference with protected rights under ERISA.
- Advising employers on best practices and state and federal employment laws concerning hiring, recordkeeping, worker classifications, privacy, accommodation, leaves of absence, discipline, and termination.
- Successfully representing employers before the EEOC against charges of discrimination and retaliation.
- Successfully representing employers, including a staff leasing company, before the Texas Workforce Commission against claims for unemployment compensation and unpaid wages, commissions, and bonuses.
- Obtaining favorable settlements in suits to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and fiduciary duties in the absence of a written contract.
- Successfully defending nationwide employer in collective action for alleged violations of wage and hour laws.
- Obtaining summary judgments or dismissals in favor of employers in suits alleging retaliation, age, sex and race discrimination.
- Obtaining summary judgments on behalf of insurers and employer/insureds in declaratory judgment actions to determine insurance coverage.
- Obtaining affirmances on appeal of summary judgments in favor of clients on discrimination claims and in insurance declaratory judgment actions.
- J.D. University of Texas Law School, with honors, 1991
- M.A. Texas A&M 1988, American History
- B.A. Texas A&M, with honors, 1986, History
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- West Virginia
- U.S Supreme Court
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and for the Southern District of West Virginia