Ms. Caughey maintains a general civil litigation practice, representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts. Her practice focuses on business litigation and includes cases involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, professional liability, administrative law, trademark infringement, tortious interference, insurance, health care litigation, and securities.
Ms. Caughey’s litigation experience has been both successful and diverse. Ms. Caughey strongly believes that her range of experience makes her a better lawyer — both at trial and on appeal. She cares deeply about her clients and works extremely hard to obtain the best possible results. Her powerful combination of education, experience, and dedication makes her unique.
Ms. Caughey graduated phi beta kappa from Princeton University, with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Ms. Caughey served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, served on the Board of Student Advisors, and taught legal research and writing to first-year law students.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Caughey served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and also to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Before joining Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, Ms. Caughey practiced at Baker Botts in Houston, Texas, and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C.
Represented Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility company in complex administrative appeal. Case settled favorably.
Breach of Contract
Represented major insurer over multiple years in $100+ million breach of contract disputes in federal court. Claims resolved successfully after appeal to the Fourth Circuit.
Represented foreign plaintiff in state court case involving breach of licensing agreement, trademark infringement, and tortious interference, among other claims. Case settled favorably.
Advised insurer on how to avoid multimillion dollar civil claims.
Defended accounting firm against fraud, negligence, and breach of contract claims in state court. Successfully eliminated certain claims totaling $247 million.
Successfully obtained spoliation sanctions against large bank when bank witness falsified evidence and bank covered up the misconduct.
Defended major hospital against medical malpractice claims.
Advised hospital on potential claims and legal strategy.
Represented clients in high-value securities disputes, including advising large corporation in proxy fight and defending large corporation in shareholder derivative action.
Represented Texas death row inmate in pro bono appeal.
Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2015-present
New York (2008)
District of Columbia (2010)
United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Harvard Law School
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Executive Editor
Board of Student Advisers
Legal Research and Writing Instructor
to the Hon. Robert Cordy
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
to the Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2014 - Present
2012 - 2014
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
2009 - 2011