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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This article is what I wish someone had written for me 100 jury charges ago, before drafting my first charge, answering key questions like “where do I start?” and “what next?” There is no one way to do it, certainly, but here is what generally works for me.
First, gather the live pleadings; any summary judgment/dismissal orders; and discovery responses addressing damages theories (disclosures, expert reports, etc.). With these you can determine the range of possible claims, defenses and issues remaining for trial.
Second, determine what purpose your document will serve. Get the judge’s specific requirements, if any, from the court’s website or scheduling order. If the court ordered an exchange of drafts before trial, your task may simply be to get something resembling a charge to opposing counsel by the deadline. If the court wants a proposed joint charge to work on during trial, that may demand more effort. If the draft is for the charge conference, or if it is part of a pretrial order under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 51, you need a very precise product. In state court you might prepare the document following Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 276.
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