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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The Supreme Court of Texas sets new ground rules for recovery of attorneys’ fees in mixed contract and tort cases, delimiting federal constitutional boundaries of exemplary damages in Tony Gullo Motors I, L.P. and Brien Garcia v. Chapa, ___ S.W.3rd ____, 50 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 278 (Dec. 22, 2006).
Ms. Chapa paid Gullo $30,200 for a Toyota Highlander “Limited.” When she arrived at the dealership, she was given a base-model Highlander instead. She later accepted delivery of another base-model based on Gullo’s representations that the engine in the base model was the same as the “Limited” and that Gullo would install certain upgrades. Gullo failed to install the upgrades.
Chapa sued for breach of contract, fraud and DTPA violations. A jury found economic damages of $7,213, mental anguish damages of $21,693, exemplary damages of $250,000, and attorneys’ fees of $20,000. The trial court granted judgment on the contract claim, but denied claims for attorneys’ fees because they were not segregated. The court of appeals disagreed and awarded her all amounts found by the jury, but reduced exemplary damages to $125,000. The Supreme Court found error by court of appeals under the one-satisfaction rule. The Court first concluded that because Gullo did not contest damage awards for breach of contract, Chapa was entitled to recover her economic damages under a breach of contract theory. But, the Court looked further to determine entitlement to more.
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