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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When a customer phones in an order to an oilfield service company, usually somebody needs something quickly. Urgency and “customer relations” tend to override any thought to negotiate up front how the parties intend to allocate risk if an accident occurs. Nevertheless, service companies frequently get sued for millions of dollars, even if they only charged a few hundred dollars for their work.
A service company’s best protection from excessive liability is a master service agreement entered into prior to beginning the work. This is not always practicable. As such, the industry traditionally relies upon terms and conditions printed on its forms to manage risk. Terms and conditions typically contain standardized provisions, sometimes (unfairly) described as “fine print.” The language covers details concerning payment, delivery and also a variety of risk-allocating matters, such as warranties, disclaimers and indemnities.
Every single major oilfield service company utilizes terms and conditions as part of its risk management program. This fact is a testament to the usefulness of this important device. Without a master service agreement in place, terms and conditions may be all that keeps a service company from significant and potentially catastrophic exposure to liability. As an industry, relying upon terms and conditions is justified because a service company’s profit is limited to its day rate or rental charge. Successful well owners do not share profits with their service providers — this limited upside makes it fair for a service company to insist upon capped risk.
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