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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Yesterday, the Senate approved the Employment NonDiscrimination Act (“ENDA”). The ENDA would amend Title VII to include sexual orientation and related issues in the definition of protected classes. Political pundits do not give the ENDA much chance of passing the House. This is nothing new. The ENDA has been proposed periodically in Congress since 1994 and has failed to become law each time. But, here is why employers should take notice – the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan.
The EEOC has as part of its Strategic Enforcement Plan expansion of Title VII to “address emerging and developing issues.” According to the Plan, these issues include “coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] individuals under Title VII.” Much as it has done with litigation over the use of criminal convictions, the EEOC is seeking to push the envelope here. Employers should expect to see the EEOC accepting charges on sex discrimination with the sexual orientation as the issue. And, the EEOC will be pursuing cases on this basis in an effort to change the law.
At the heart of the EEOC’s position is that the term “sex” includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And, at least one circuit court agreed when it allowed an effeminate gay man’s claims to proceed based on allegations of gender stereotyping. Prowel v. Wise Business Forms, Inc., 579 F.3d 285 (3rd Cir. 2009).
Employers should not wait for passage of the ENDA to take a hard look at their policies and practices when it comes to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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