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 80 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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Last week I posted a guest blog on Karl Bayer’s Blog about Dispute Resolution concerning Michael Geigerman’s ADR program at Washington University School of Law on October 29, 2100.
Michael Geigerman was the Moderator for a half day seminar at the Washington University School of Law regarding complexities created by eDiscovery and Social Media on October 29, 2010. Mr. Geigerman is a full-time Mediator in St. Louis, the Managing Director of United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest, Inc. (USA&M Midwest Inc.), and is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington University School of Law where he runs the ABA Negotiation and Mediation Competitions. USA&M Midwest Inc. and the Washington University Law Dispute Resolution Program regularly present the Missouri Best Practices Seminars, and the proceeds from the Seminars are all donated to charities.
eDiscovery: Ethical Considerations, ADR and Social Media
I was honored to speak at this Seminar and my speech included a discussion regarding how Social Media is creating an ocean of electronic evidence which impacts all litigation. As a consequence, Mediators and Arbitrators must be aware of eDiscovery in every case, and also be alert to how Social Media affects the litigants. Obviously Social Media communications impacts ethical considerations for lawyers and neutrals alike, and being thoughtful about what we say in emails and post on Facebook or LinkedIn is essential in today’s environment. Also I included a discussion about the use of Mediation Conferences directed at managing eDiscovery called eMediation for which I credit my good friend Allison Skinner, who is a full time neutral and continues to teach eDiscovery at the University of Alabama School of Law as an Adjunct Professor. Finally, I discussed my experiences as a Special Master in eDiscovery disputes for more than 20 years.
eDiscovery Panel Discussion
Following my remarks about Social Media and eDiscovery I was the Moderator of a distinguished panel including US District Judge E. Richard Webber, Eric Holland, and Kevin Fritz who responded to the audience and discussed ADR issues concerning eDiscovery, Social Media, and Special Masters. Since this Seminar was a sell-out with standing room only, you can image there was a lively and candid discussion about Rule 26(f) conferences, eDiscovery, ADR, and specific active cases in metropolitan St. Louis.
Mandatory Mediation Conferences in Missouri
In 2009 Mr. Geigerman was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to the Commission on ADR and the Seminar included a panel discussion about revisions to ADR Rule 17 which would make Mediation Conferences mandatory in Missouri. Mr. Geigerman led a discussion by a panel of ADR Commission members including Professor Karen Tokarz (Washington University School of Law), Richard Sher, and Maurice Graham. Generally the Commission members and the audience were very enthused by the prospect of making Mediation Conference mandatory for disputes over $25,000.
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