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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James (Jay) Munisteri is one of the most active trial lawyers in Houston, particularly in the areas of energy and title litigation, international dispute resolution, corporate governance disputes, and in cases involving the laws of multiple and international jurisdictions. Notable and recent trials include bet-the-company cases for a major title company and foreign energy company, representation of an offshore rig broker with claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret theft, an offshore platform construction dispute, and physician shareholder disputes over control of health care facilities.
Having presented and deposed more than 100 C-suite executives and numerous expert witnesses, Jay is known for handling the most contentious disputes. Jay has handled corporate dead locked disputes, typically for private companies, and has also represented senior executives and major institutions in white collar matters, such as RICO claims. He is a veteran courtroom lawyer who has deep experience on both sides of the docket representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Jay also represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations.
Jay frequently identifies alternative fee arrangements that highlight the efficiencies he brings to his cases, with the goal of making the budget and dispute resolution process more streamlined and predictable for his clients. He is a natural collaborator when working with teams of lawyers as co-counsel from other firms, evidenced by lawyers being a frequent referral source to Jay.
He is known by clients as a quick study – one who climbs into new subject matter quickly and easily. Jay is extraordinarily tenacious, and not always conventional in how he approaches cases. He effectively balances diplomacy and a warrior nature, a key trait in international dispute resolution that crosses borders and cultures. Jay frequently handles and has tried cases governed by the laws in the U.S., Canada, England, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.
Particular sector experience includes energy, health care, nutrition, biotech, hospitals and the title industry. Jay's clients have included:
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