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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Gardere helps public and privately-held businesses nationally in the entertainment industry, handling sophisticated transactions, difficult litigation and complex regulatory issues. Our lawyers have experience with construction, real estate, general corporate, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and other aspects of the industry.
We have earned a top-level reputation representing clients in the development, construction, ownership, management and operation of indoor arenas and outdoor entertainment facilities in cities throughout the U.S. These include tax-advantaged rehabilitation of several historic theaters in major markets.
In addition, our lawyers have years of experience helping entertainment entities with radio and television contracts, bookings, sponsor contracts, advertising contracts, licensing and protection rights and principal agent/player negotiations.
In litigation, we represent major corporations and individuals at trial and on appeal with claims involving artistic, dramatic, music, film, video, written works and other entertainment-related issues. Gardere lawyers have also defended personal injury claims arising out of live entertainment performances and sporting events. Here is a list of selected cases:
Gardere is well-known for its long time representation of the world’s largest live entertainment promoter.
Bringing Back a Historic Theater
Where we started: ACE Theatrical Group wanted to bring back the glory days of The Saenger Theatre, an atmospheric theater that had been a New Orleans landmark since its construction in 1927.
Our roadmap: Gardere entertainment lawyers helped with the $51 million financing, renovation and lease of the 4,000-seat theater.
And finally: The Saenger reopened September 27, 2013, with three sold-out performances by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and an opening gala October 3–6. The National Trust for Historic Preservation cited the project as one of the top ten historic sites saved in 2013.
Putting on a Major Performance
Where we started: Live Nation was producing a performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark at The Lyric Theatre (then known as The Hilton Theatre), an iconic 1,932-seat theater in New York City that plays host to big-name Broadway musicals in a historic building.
Our roadmap: We negotiated and drafted a Theatre License Agreement for the installation and presentation of the show.
And finally: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened in 2011 at The LyricGoAccept Theatre and it ran until early 2014.
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