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.
*Not admitted to practice law.
An experienced international trade attorney, Michelle Schulz represents Fortune 500 companies, oil and gas companies, aerospace companies, manufacturers and distributors, defense contractors, and other entities in all aspects of international trade compliance and enforcement. She advocates for exporters and importers in U.S. government investigations, fines and penalties, audits, disclosures, and other trade matters. Michelle speaks German and French and is comfortable holding professional meetings in either language.
Michelle’s core international trade practice covers areas such as:
Viewed as an excellent communicator, Michelle is frequently hired to represent clients before government agencies in Customs and trade matters. She is well versed in negotiating with enforcement officers and partnering with clients to improve their processes. On the front-end of a crisis, she develops strategies for global expansion, designs tailored procedures, conducts compliance training, guides licensing processes, and advises clients on how best to limit risk exposure and costs.
Over the years Michelle has guided clients through international business transactions across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and worldwide. She understands that shipments are virtually always time sensitive. As a former business owner, she has the practical background to address both the regulatory concerns and the operational issues.
Michelle also has hands-on enforcement experience with the FCPA, including negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice. She advises clients on FCPA compliance and enforcement matters and works closely with a forensic accounting firm.
Under the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Michelle served six years as a senior advisor on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee for Export Administration (PECSEA) in Washington, D.C. This subcommittee was appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Commerce and ultimately the President of the United States on Export Control Reform. Michelle chaired the PECSEA’s Data Transmission and Security Subcommittee. Currently, she is a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace, where she chairs the Export Expansion Subcommittee. Michelle holds a secret level security clearance. On the state level, she is the Chair of the International Law Section of the Texas State Bar.
As a recognized leader in her field, she regularly presents on international trade topics at professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Michelle is particularly skilled at helping clients keep up with the horizon issues and regulatory changes that may occur at a moment’s notice.
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