Janis Detloff defends and counsels businesses on a wide range of products liability, construction, employment, commercial, and insurance coverage disputes.

Janis is a former petroleum geologist with Amoco Production Company, Monsanto Company, and Amerada Hess Corporation.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained favorable settlement with EEOC in potential “pattern and practice” concerns for an employer confronted with multiple claimants alleging sexual discrimination and harassment.
  • Represented medical supply distributor in products indemnity suit and at verdict recouped all defense expenses from the manufacturer.
  • Represented medical supply distributor in indemnity suit and recouped all expenses from the manufacturer.
  • Represented construction company in employment contract dispute and obtained reimbursement for breach.
  • Represented oil and gas drilling company in rig explosion and obtained favorable settlement for operator by proving co-defendants’ equipment failure.
  • Represented insurance company at trial of declaratory judgment action and obtained take-nothing judgment against insured industrial dry cleaners under qualified pollution exclusion by proving negligent contamination of Uvalde aquifer.
  • Represented local bank at trial of lender liability suit and secured take-nothing judgment against accountholder by proving manipulation of accounts.
  • Represented chemical solvent manufacturer against claims by salon workers and secured dismissal by proving product misuse.
  • Represented casino owner in contract dispute and secured dismissal of claims by proving contract was forged.
  • Represented drilling contractor at arbitration of soil contamination claims and obtained take-nothing judgment by proving pre-existing contamination.


  • University of Houston Law Center  (J.D., 1990)
    • Order of the Barons' Outstanding Graduate
  • Rice University  (M.A., 1981)
    • Geology
  • Baylor University  (B.S., 1977)
    • Geology
    • Mortar Board

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1990

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas: Insurance, Construction, and Labor & Employment Law Sections
  • Dress for Success, Houston Chapter

Speeches and Presentations

  • Has been a speaker for CLE programs sponsored by the Texas State Bar, South Texas College of Law, the University of Houston, and Thompson Coe seminars.

Professional Recognition

  • AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell