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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Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce the addition of Val Perkins as a partner in the Government Affairs Practice Group. Mr. Perkins will practice out of the Firm's Houston and Austin offices.
As a lobbyist before the Texas Legislature, Mr. Perkins has represented clients in business, construction, health care, real estate, housing, special district creation and other issues for nearly 30 years. A significant portion of his lobbying practice has involved legislation related to the creation and regulation of Municipal Utility Districts and other special governmental units.
"Val will add valuable depth and expertise to our already strong lobbying group," says Steve Good, Gardere's managing partner. "With his experience as a lobbyist, representing clients before state and local government and his litigation expertise, he is a perfect complement to the already strong group of lawyers on our government affairs team."
In addition to his government affairs work, Mr. Perkins also has an active administrative law and litigation practice. He has represented clients in administrative matters and hearings before state agencies, Houston-area city councils and school district boards. He has extensive litigation experience in general and commercial litigation, real estate, construction, environmental, zoning and public liability law.
"I've enjoyed almost 30 years of lobbying the interests of clients before the Texas Legislature and in representing municipalities and clients in their dealings with governmental entities, but the impressive depth of Gardere's lawyers and practice areas should vastly enhance my legislative and litigation activities," says Mr. Perkins. "I look forward to expanding my legislative and administrative practice in Austin and to representing Gardere's clients in governmental, administrative and litigation matters in the Houston area and throughout Texas."
A Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Perkins has represented clients not only before the Texas Legislature, but also on all levels of state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court. He began his career at Butler Binion and spent the past 10 years as a partner in Coats Rose.
Kim Yelkin, executive partner of the Austin Office and leader of the Government Affairs practice group, says, "Val's vast expertise in government affairs and administrative law will strengthen our team heading into the important 2011 legislative session. We are proud this accomplished lawyer has joined us at Gardere."
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