Theresa M. Wanat

Top rated health care attorney in Houston, Texas

Holland & Knight LLP
Theresa M. Wanat
Holland & Knight LLP

Practice Areas: Health care, General litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2010

Education: University of Houston Law Center

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019, 2021

Holland & Knight LLP

1100 Louisiana St
Suite 4300
Houston, TX 77002 Visit website


Theresa M. Wanat brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the litigation practice section of the Houston, Texas, office of the international law firm Holland & Knight LLP. Ms. Wanat is a trial and arbitration attorney who focuses on litigation matters affecting a wide range of industries and involving various issues. She represents clients in the healthcare arena including provider disputes, coverage matters, terminations, and ERISA. She also represents clients in the energy sector, including oil, gas and electric cooperatives; the real estate sector; and the financial services industry. Ms. Wanat also is well-versed in providing personal injury defense, including emergency response, and defending Class I railroads.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ms. Wanat pursued her legal education at the University of Houston Law Center and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2010. She is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas, and holds memberships in the Houston Bar Association, and Texas Women Lawyers.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Wanat taught English and English as a Second Language in the Fifth Ward with Teach For America. As an extension of which, Ms. Wanat serves as a member of the board of directors of Achieve Fort Bend County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing high school dropout rates and to providing opportunities for individuals without diplomas.

A published author and speaker, Ms. Wanat was the co-author of "Drafting Your Best Arbitration Provision: Hot Tips and Recent Case Updates" for the Texas State Bar (September 2020), "Choose Your Own Dispute Resolution Provision" for Pratt's Energy Law Report (March 2019), and other publications. Ms. Wanat has spoken at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the Texas State Bar Business Disputes Conference, the American Arbitration Association, and  IRMI Energy & Risk Insurance Conference.

Practice areas

Health care, General litigation

Focus areas

Health & health care law, Litigation

  • 70% Health care
  • 30% General litigation

First Admitted: 2010, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Arbitration or Litigation – Analyzing the Best Options for Dispute Resolution in Oil & Gas Matters, IMR Energyy & Risk Insurance Conference | February 26, 2019
  • Arbitration Clauses: Maximizing the Benefit of an Agreement to Arbitrate, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD TRIAL COUNSEL / OCTOBER 29, 2019
  • Choose Your Own Dispute Resolution, Co- Author, Pratt's Energy Law Report, 2019
  • Be Careful What You Ask For: The Danger of Asking a Court to Enter a Judgment that You Will Appeal, Co- Author, The Houston Lawyer, 2009
  • Jury Selection for Capital Cases, Co-Editor and Researcher, Capital Cases Bench Book, Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2008
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Texas Women Lawyers
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • ACHIEVE Fort Bend County, Board Member
Educational Background:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with honors
Industry Groups:
  • Managed care organizations and insurers

Office location for Theresa M. Wanat

1100 Louisiana St
Suite 4300
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-244-6877


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019, 2021

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