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Teia M. Kelly


(713) 490-4803
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TransWestern Tower
1900 West Loop South
Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77027


J.D., magna cum laude, South Texas College of Law Houston

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Kathleen Stone in the Harris County Probate Court 1
  • Note & Comment Editor, South Texas Law Review
  • Transactional Practice Certificate

B.S., University of Utah


Thomson Reuters – Texas Rising Stars (2017-2020)


Teia Moore Kelly focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters within the construction, energy and surety industries. She routinely handles construction defect and equitable adjustment claims, payment and performance bond claims and breach of contract claims on behalf of owners, general contractors, and sureties involved in complex construction projects.

She also represents clients—from various industries—in pursuit or defense of claims involving products liability, Deceptive Trade Practices Act, anti-trust, tortious interference and other business torts, negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and the enforcement of non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements, among others. She has experience litigating in both federal and state courts, as well as domestic and international arbitration forums.

Working closely with her clients, Teia also regularly drafts and negotiates various commercial agreements, such as master service agreements, construction contracts for various procurement methods in both the public and private sectors, master supply agreements, AIA contracts, and corporate formation documents. Along with representing clients, she is honored to serve as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association ("AAA").


  • Texas
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section Member)
  • Garland Walker American Inn of Court
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Better Business Bureau (Volunteer Mediator and Arbitrator)
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas