• South Texas College of Law, JD
  • Baylor University, BBA

Candace Ourso is a partner in the Houston, Texas office. Her practice focuses on a variety of complex marine and energy insurance coverage issues involving domestic and foreign insurers; energy-related subrogation matters; admiralty, maritime and energy cases; mass casualty and claims; excess-liability coverage disputes; and onshore and offshore personal injury.

Candace is a Gulf Coast native and the daughter of a career marine insurance claims adjuster who introduced her to the insurance and legal industries at a very early age. She followed her maritime roots and found a home among some of Houston’s most well-respected and successful trial lawyers. She soon expanded into the offshore energy sector. Her familiarity with the maritime and energy industries has shaped her holistic approach to solving problems by carefully listening and evaluating the individual needs of her clients, and responsibly finding best-fit solutions to their challenges.

Candace has represented clients on hundreds of maritime and energy coverage matters, including commercial and marine liabilities, operator’s extra expense, builders risk, specialty drilling equipment, pollution and political risk.

Candace is a member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, the Propeller Club of Houston and the Houston Mariners Club.

Qualifications and admissions

  • Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Market recognition

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law (2023-2024)

Presentations and publications

  • “US Maritime Law and Claims Overview,” In-House Client Training (February 2023)
  • Author and presenter, “How to Interpret and Construe Insurance Contracts,” State Bar of Texas 17th Annual Advanced Insurance Law Seminar (2020)
  • Co-author and presenter, “Insured’s Right to Independent Counsel,” University of Texas 21st Annual Insurance Law Institute (2016)
  • Co-author, “Insurance Lessons from the Oil Patch” 19th Annual Insurance Law Institute (2014)
  • Co-author, “Offshore Energy Insurance: Building a Program,” 18th Congress of the IIDM and MLA Fall Meeting, Puerto Rico (2013)