Claude R. Treece

Chief Executive Officer
Partner, Litigation
Houston
2000 Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002
t 713.276.5767 f 713.276.6767
ctreece@gardere.com

Claude Treece is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer who now serves as Gardere’s Chief Executive Officer. From his senior position in Firm management, Claude has authority over the Firm’s operations and leads Gardere in several key areas, including: ensuring that lawyers maintain the highest ethical standards; oversight of lay directors and administrative personnel; lawyer recruiting, due diligence and compensation; professional development; fee structures; billing and collections; and risk management.

Because of his diverse litigation background, lawyers rely on Claude when they encounter especially difficult and intense situations in the context of their client representation. He is open, candid, always available, collaborative and constructive. Claude's litigation history is rich, having tried dozens of cases to jury verdict in many state and federal courts in Texas, and briefed and argued numerous appeals in the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Courts of Appeal and the 5th Circuit.

Claude is also passionate about two initiatives sponsored by the firm: the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which he chairs, emcees and promotes on broadcast media in Houston, and the MS150 bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. With more than 90 cyclists on the Gardere team year after year, Claude and his colleagues, clients and friends have raised more than $1 million.

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