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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Without belaboring the obvious all information is now electronic, and as a result the cost of litigation is higher than ever because of the volume and complexities of electronic evidence in e-Discovery. However there are at least two paths to help reduce the cost of e-Discovery in today’s litigation: first, by using a special master who is a lawyer and an expert in information technology (IT); and second, by conducting mediations about the management and scope of e-Discovery with a mediator who is an expert in IT and e-Discovery.
Since the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the term to describe electronic data is ESI (electronically stored information). As a general rule the ESI gatekeeper for most businesses is the chief information officer (CIO), chief technology officer (CTO), IT director, or the like. Although CIOs are highly skilled technologists, they rarely study law, let alone are lawyers, and as a result, CIOs are not prepared to manage all of the legal issues associated with ESI.
Courts have appointed special masters in state and federal courts for some time, but the advent of ESI gives new value to Federal Rule of Civil procedure 53 (Rule 53). Most states have similar laws, in particular Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 171 which is very similar to the Rule 53. The special master who is an IT expert and lawyer provides unique technical insight regarding ESI, may hold hearings on ESI disputes and make recommendations to the Judge. Of course, the special master has a unique role in litigation, since the special master represents the Judge and can help interpret complex ESI and IT issues.
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