Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 60 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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Every generation of Gardere leaders has been passionate about giving back in meaningful and original ways, including advocating for those who lack the resources to advocate for themselves. While it satisfies our ethical obligation to help those in need, it is a part of what makes our lawyers strong leaders in their practices and in our communities.
Gardere lawyers have longstanding relationships with many volunteer organizations, including:
In Mexico, our lawyers are affiliated with non-governmental organizations and universities dedicated to providing legal services across the economic spectrum.
The matters that our lawyers undertake are as diverse as society’s needs. For example, our lawyers have provided legal advice to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in medical research, education and housing. As a result, we have earned the following recognitions:
Gardere recently implemented a Firm-wide initiative to provide pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who have been coming to Texas in increasing numbers these past few years. Below is a client success story from Gardere Partner Larry Schoenbrun, who volunteers for the Child Refugees Support Network:
We have been representing a young girl from El Salvador who came to the Texas as part of the 50,000 to 60,000 children that came in the last year. Her father is a police officer in El Salvador, which is dominated by gangs. He paid a coyote to smuggle his daughter to the border, and she swam across. As part of the Firm’s immigration asylum program, we met our client at a clinic for these children and helped her fill out a 15-page form, navigated through three hearings (including an interview in the Houston Asylum Office) and obtained a court order in domestic relations court. We are told that virtually all of the kids will be sent back to their home country. It is clear that none of these children could navigate this process without counsel. We were advised today, April 13, 2015, that our client has been granted asylum. We have been told that this is the only confirmed grant of asylum out of the clinic program run by Catholic Charities. There is a wonderful Jewish saying that is appropriate to this situation: “To save a life is to save the world.”
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