About GKBWK

At Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, we practice what we refer to as “relationship lawyering.” Individuals and businesses come to us for assistance with a broad array of legal matters. We take the time to get to know them, to learn about their needs. We remain easily accessible at all times. By providing personal attention and ultimately delivering results, we give our clients the confidence to come back to our law firm whenever a legal challenge needs to be resolved. We take pride in the many long-lasting relationships we have built over the years.

Our lawyers are available to clients in The Woodlands and throughout Montgomery County, Harris County and North Houston, as well as the rest of Texas. The breadth and depth of our practice is unmatched locally. Our practice areas include estate planning, probate, personal injury, construction law, business law and more.

Our law firm’s Dallas branch, led by attorney Karl W. Koen, has earned a reputation for strong trial advocacy and representation. Representing businesses in the oil and gas industry, trucking industry, construction industry and more, we have built a record of success in complex and high-profile cases. We have successfully taken on leading plaintiff firms not only in Dallas, but nationwide, representing nationally known businesses. Attorney Karl W. Koen provided defense representation in one of the largest land-based oil rig accidents of all time and one of the most catastrophic trucking accidents in Texas, which involved 10 fatalities.

About Our Firm

  • Small and midsize businesses turn to the attorneys at Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, for guidance in all of their legal needs. Our business law representation is truly comprehensive.

  • With so many parties working side by side, the opportunity increases for legal issues to arise. The law firm of Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, uses decades of experience to facilitate a fast and positive resolution.

  • Have you or a loved one been hurt because of someone else’s negligence? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.

  • With decades of experience handling these matters, Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, is recognized as one of the leading insurance law firms in the state.

  • We are prepared to mediate any civil dispute, either pre- or post-litigation. Our experience allows us to handle mediations of all types, including complex multi-party mediations.

  • The success of our Texas appellate lawyers is evident in the number of published opinions obtained. If there are grounds for appeal, we will construct a legal strategy designed to succeed.

  • People who have been named executor of an estate can turn to the lawyers of Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, for guidance through the process of probate and estate administration.

  • An effective estate plan can only be created if a lawyer has a solid understanding of the client’s assets, family and vision for the future. In other words, communication is critical.

  • Anyone with a professional license could potentially be the target of an errors and omissions claim, although the majority of these claims occur within the insurance and real estate industries.

  • While there is always risk involved in an investment, all too often there are also false promises or outright lies used to convince someone to invest in something that he or she would not otherwise be willing to take an interest in.

  • The energy litigation lawyers at Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, represent oil and gas companies in disputes of all types.

  • At Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP, our lawyers represent trucking companies in disputes of all types, particularly those involving serious accidents.

  • avatar

    Rachel R. Vulpitta

    Ms. Vulpitta is an attorney who, having worked on both defense and plaintiff issues, brings an understanding of the clients’ needs to her work in commercial, business and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining Gauntt, Earl, Binney & Koen, L.L.P., Ms. Vulpitta worked in a commercial litigation firm and also clerked for the Honorable Kerry P. FitzGerald on the Dallas Court of Appeals. Ms. Vulpitta also interned with the nationally-recognized constitutional litigation firm, the Institute for Justice.

    Read More
  • avatar

    Robert Collins

    Mr. Collins is an accomplished trial attorney, whose practice centers on commercial, business and catastrophic personal injury litigation, with a focus on matters related to oilfield operations, commercial transportation claims, as well as premises and product liability claims.

    Read More
  • avatar

    Karl W. Koen

    Mr. Koen’s civil practice has focused on litigation involving Fortune 500 Companies in business and personal injury lawsuits, including oil and gas exploration and operations accidents, commercial transportation claims, product liability claims, Employer liability claims, premises liability, catastrophic injury and property damage claims, subrogation, Dram Shop claims, and Wrongful Death/Survival Claims.

    Read More
  • avatar

    J. Daniel Woodall

    Mr. Woodall is a trial attorney with experience in Insurance Subrogation, Coverage, and first & third party Defense; Construction Law, Commercial Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Business Law and Commercial Litigation and Transactions.

    Read More
  • avatar

    W. Christopher Surber

    After earning his Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law, Mr. Surber joined Gauntt, Earl & Binney, LLP, as an associate in 2008.

    Read More
  • avatar

    Peter Pope

    After spending several years as an information technology professional, Mr. Pope attended Baylor Law School from 2008 to 2010. After graduating, he spent three years with the firm Cantrell, Ray & Barcus, L.L.P. in Huntsville, Texas, where he focused on criminal defense and civil litigation, with primary emphasis on personal injury and commercial litigation.Mr. Pope joined Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP as a civil litigation associate in October of 2013. His practice focuses on subrogation, personal injury, first party insurance matters, third party insurance defense litigation, and products liability.

    Read More
  • avatar

    Thomas F. O’Connell, III

    Mr. O’Connell’s practice includes defending professionals in errors & omissions claims statewide in Texas since 1986. He is also approved Texas panel counsel for numerous insurance carriers. Typical cases involve defending professionals in negligence, fraud, and deceptive trade practice lawsuits. Those clients include real estate agents and brokers, insurance agents, real estate inspectors, appraisers, mortgage brokers, builders, directors, and other professionals in various types of claims. He also handles numerous types of insurance defense-related cases, including commercial auto/trucking, CGL, EPL, P&C, and D&O related claims.

    Read More
  • avatar

    James Mitchell

    Mitch Mitchell is a native of The Woodlands. Before joining the firm, he practiced with a firm in southeastern New Mexico, representing small business owners and individuals in estate planning, probate, business transactions, and business litigation.

    Read More
  • avatar

    A. Scott Kidd

    Scott Kidd represents both individuals and businesses in all types of litigation matters including auto/trucking accidents, workplace accidents, defective products, property owner negligence, construction, and wrongful death. He also provides representation in insurance, business, and real estate related matters. Scott takes a personal interest in every client represented and tailors that representation to their particular needs and desired result.

    Read More
  • avatar

    J. Chad Gauntt

    Mr. Gauntt began his legal career as an associate with the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. in the insurance defense litigation section. He moved his office to The Woodlands in 1993 and co-founded the law firm of Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, LLP in June, 1998. Mr. Gauntt is the author of Exploring the Examination Under Oath Process and Recent Developments in “Bad Faith” Law, papers he has presented as the speaker for continuing education courses for Texas insurance adjusters.

    Read More
  • avatar

    K. Annette Disch

    Ms. Disch has tried cases to juries and to the bench in Texas state district courts and federal district courts in Texas for over 23 years. She has also arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and local Boards of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, and the NASD. In addition, Ms. Disch has successfully handled appeals of summary judgments in the court of appeals. Ms. Disch handles litigation matters throughout the State of Texas.

    Read More
  • avatar

    Geoffrey S. Binney

    Mr. Binney is the Managing Partner of Gauntt, Koen, Binney, Woodall & Kidd, L.L.P. Mr. Binney’s civil practice includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants and covers a wide variety of commercial and personal injury litigation matters, including contract disputes, Qui Tam lawsuits, automobile accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, catastrophic construction-related accidents, premises liability, wrongful death, and litigation stemming from the purchase/sale of residential properties. Mr. Binney also represents a number of first and third party insurance defense clients.

    Read More
  • avatar

    Charles Edward Batchelor

    Charles is an 18 year attorney with experience in construction law, O&G transactional and litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, insurance litigation, commercial and residential development, landlord and tenant representation, project management, construction management, and property management.

    Read More
  • avatar

    David P. Andis

    Mr. Andis joined the firm as a senior associate in 2002. Mr. Andis began his legal career as an associate with the Houston office of Broocks, Baker, & Lange, L.L.P in 1995. Previously, Mr. Andis had a successful career in the entertainment industry, including positions as producer, editor, director, host, and announcer — primarily in the television media.

    Read More