• 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 issues and related subrogation matters; defense litigation for domestic and foreign insurers defending marine, energy, construction, property and transportation insureds; commercial contract disputes and coverage litigation for marine, energy, construction and property insurers.

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 matters, including commercial and marine liabilities, Jones Act and LHWCA, contractual indemnity and additional-insured claims, Stowers demands and marine contract disputes. She has represented vessel owners and charterers and helped terminal and dock owners litigate and resolve personal injury, property damage and environmental claims. She routinely assists marine and energy clients in contract disputes.

Qualifications and admissions

  • Texas
  • US District Courts, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

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)