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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Gardere provides legal advice and lobbying assistance for the local food and alcoholic beverage industry based in Texas, as well as for members of the national hospitality sector doing business in the state. With a strong, long-standing presence in Austin, our lawyers have the experience, the knowledge of the processes, and the connections that help our clients no matter where they are expanding and growing throughout the state.
Our food and beverage clients include hotels, pharmacy chains, liquor stores, alcoholic beverage wholesalers, liquor importers/exporters, breweries, wineries, bars, restaurants and grocery stores. Our services are just as inclusive as our client base: we assist in securing state alcoholic beverage licenses and local permits for your stores, ensure regulatory compliance of your day-to-day operations, and advocate on your behalf in enforcement matters.
Whether a large, multinational retailing giant or a corner mom-and-pop store, our clients like the lean, efficient team approach we use to staff each assignment. We provide knowledgeable boots-on-the-ground as well as access to proficient legal disciplines in-house, all at value conscious rates.
Many of our lawyers have worked for the agencies that grant the licenses and enforce compliance of food and beverage regulations in Texas. As a result, we know the people who govern the process from the precinct level to the state house and from the administrative courts through to the trial and appellate courts.
Back in Business in Record Time
Where we started: A large retail pharmacy chain decided to get back into the beer and wine business in 2009 after a several decade absence from the alcoholic beverage business.
Our roadmap: Over a 12-month period, our liquor lawyers and paralegals took all of the chain's Texas stores through the licensure process, all the way from the precinct level up to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
And finally: Our client and its 500+ locations were back in business in Texas.
Helping a Retail Chain Switch its Licenses to a Franchise-Based Model
Where we started: A national chain of convenience stores was embarking on a new franchise strategy.
Our roadmap: Starting in 2006, we worked out a unique joint license arrangement, going from a conglomerate of corporate stores to a franchise model.
And finally: Our food and beverage lawyers relicensed the franchisees' Texas locations, including their operations permits; that is, lottery, food, tobacco, nursery and the like.
For over 20 years, Gardere lawyers have represented foreign and domestic food and beverage clients in Texas, as well as the state's restaurants, clubs, hotels, grocers and other retailers, wholesalers, breweries and wineries seeking to do business elsewhere in the U.S.
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