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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 Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Partners Michael A. Stafford and Katharine D. (Kate) David to the Firm's Houston office. The duo joins Gardere's Litigation Practice Group, adding depth to the Firm's Government Affairs and Condemnation/Eminent Domain practices.
Mr. Stafford served as Harris County Attorney before transitioning to private practice in 2009 as the co-founder of the public law practice group at his former firm. He relies on his 22 years of public service to assist clients in finding creative solutions to their legal problems. In a recent example, he secured a previously denied permit for a $40 million project at a ship channel facility. He also recently helped a major educational institution obtain a key permit that had been denied earlier.
His current clients include private companies, governmental entities and public officials, in addition to property owners and other entities involved in condemnation actions. He also maintains a successful trial practice, recently winning a summary judgment on behalf of a municipality in a wrongful death civil rights suit.
Ms. David represents public entities and the companies that do business with them, including providing legislative and statutory analysis for clients in a variety of industries. Her expertise includes handling litigation and appellate matters on behalf of cities, counties and elected officials in condemnation, election law and constitutional tort matters. She also handles property tax disputes.
She recently obtained a successful summary judgment dismissing all claims against her governmental entity client, and represented a pipeline company in a condemnation action involving a first-impression issue before the Supreme Court of Texas. Her experience also includes cases involving the Texas Public Information Act and the Texas Open Meetings Act. In addition to her public sector clients, Ms. David continues to counsel companies in the energy, construction, distribution and manufacturing sectors, among others.
"We are excited that Mike and Kate have decided to join us," says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. "Their breadth of experience will enhance the range of services we are able to offer to our clients."
Mr. Stafford is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law and earned a bachelor of science degree in honors chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. David earned a law degree with honors and a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Both partners join Gardere from Haynes and Boone LLP.
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