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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United States District Judge Larry Hicks recently handed down an opinion in Ginena, et. al., v. Alaska Airlines, Inc. 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86162 (D. Nev., June 19, 2013), which relied heavily on a law review article co-authored by Gardere Litigation Partner Thomas A. Hagemann and Attorney Joseph Grinstein. In the opinion, Judge Hicks issued rulings on plaintiffs' motion for a new trial in a defamation case, which included a finding that the court had properly instructed the jury on actual malice and rejected plaintiffs' attempted reliance on the "collective knowledge" doctrine. Under the doctrine, Plaintiffs had argued that even if no individual employee at Alaska Airlines acted with actual malice, "the knowledge of all of Alaska's employees […] should be taken into account in determining Alaska's actual malice."
Citing and finding persuasive Hagemann's and Grinstein's analysis in The Mythology of Aggregate Corporate Knowledge: A Deconstruction, 65 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 210 (1997), Judge Hicks stated that the article and related case holdings "make sense" and "guard against a court-led expansion of criminal and civil liability." In his opinion, Judge Hicks said, "As Hagemann and Grinstein argue, the collective knowledge doctrine conflates 'knowing' culpability with 'negligent' culpability, at least when applied to corporate wrongdoing" – something which should only be allowed when there is evidence of corporate willful blindness.
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