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.
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Gardere has a national health care practice with a strong presence in Texas and Mexico. We represent a number of major health care corporations, insurers, hospitals, and other for-profit and not-for-profit health care providers in corporate, finance, insurance, real estate, tax, antitrust, labor, employee benefits, intellectual property, licensing and government relations, regulatory and administrative, bankruptcy and civil litigation matters. Our health care practice consists of a core group of attorneys whose focus is health care along with a multidisciplinary team of attorneys who effectively serve client needs in all segments of the health care industry. When it comes to health care law, Gardere excels in three strategic areas:
Health care professionals and facilities benefit from our relationships in Texas especially in Austin as Gardere routinely represents clients who have issues with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), including its Office of Inspector General, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) controlled substances division and other Texas agencies that license health professionals and facilities, and enforce compliance. Health care professionals and facilities can also encounter compliance issues that involve agencies not traditionally associated with health care, such as the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), including the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), and the Texas Attorney General’s Office, including its very active consumer protection division. Adding an important dimension to health care industry representation, Gardere’s governmental affairs lobbying team is also highly regarded and available to help if a health care client needs assistance addressing a pending law or regulation, or interim issues.
In litigation, Gardere represents providers involved in discrete, high-stakes claims and disputes of all sizes. Our clients include solo physician practices, physician groups, acute-care hospitals and stand-alone surgery centers. In addition, we often handle large, one-off disputes and claims for huge, national health care corporations.
Gardere provides general corporate, administrative, regulatory and finance services to health care companies and providers ranging from large not-for-profit health care networks to small, independent, private hospitals and other entities, including home health agencies, imaging centers, medical device companies, physician groups and health care ancillary services, such as billing, financing and management companies. These services include corporate reorganizations and spinoffs, financing arrangements, joint ventures, acquisition of stock, assets and management transactions, fraud and abuse counseling, reimbursement advice, regulatory compliance and licensing, accreditation issues, provider and vendor contracts, and corporate practice of medicine issues. Gardere represents employers, insurers and third-party administrators in connection with contracts to provide employee medical benefits and has managed care contract experience. Health care related employee benefits and labor services provided by the Firm's health care practice include Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) counseling and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
Regardless of whether the project we undertake is transactional, regulatory, litigation or technology, our clients vouch for our persistence, passion and creativity as problem-solvers and advocates. Gardere lawyers understand both the specialized language of the health care industry and the commercial concepts present in the health care business.
A Houston Hospital Survives and Thrives Against Very Steep Odds
Where we started: Leaders in a brand new acute-care hospital learned that it had suddenly and mysteriously lost its insurance coverage. Then, despite assurances from its landlord that everything was in order, its real estate is tied up in a huge legal and financial Gordian knot.
Our roadmap: Gardere spent four years in a relentless, multipronged, full-court press to get its client's ship back on course and to recover its losses. Our representation involved every Gardere office and virtually every tool we have. In the litigation alone, we took or defended nearly 150 depositions and managed millions of documents.
And finally: Our client prevailed, obtaining a favorable settlement and most importantly continued in business, rock solid to this day.
Health care clients in Texas seek our guidance and assistance with difficult litigation, complex regulatory issues and sophisticated transactions. We are especially focused on the following kinds of matters and sectors:
The Firm also has significant experience with transactional matters, including workouts and bankruptcy matters in the health care arena. The Firm represents a number of health care entities and financial institutions and other parties in workouts, bankruptcies, insurer and health maintenance organization (HMO) receiverships, the purchase and sale of distressed hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities, and other matters involving health care providers and facilities.
The Firm has a comprehensive asset securitization practice that includes working with investment bankers, commercial banks and other investors in developing and improving securitization technology and effectively applying it to health care receivables and other assets.
We represent national health care clients in all phases of labor and employment law. Gardere attorneys represent health care clients in wage and hour claims, including state and federal wage and hour class actions and collective actions, as well as individual and class action employment discrimination. Representation also includes Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) claims, Railway Labor Act issues, immigration, affirmative action plans, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and claims, government contractor employment, wrongful discharge claims, and sexual harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. We advise clients on the labor and employment implications of corporate reductions in force, reorganizations, acquisitions and relocations, as well as employment forms, contracts, executive compensation, severance agreements, noncompetes, and employment policies and procedures.
Gardere's health care practice includes the work of Gardere’s intellectual property attorneys – preparing and protecting medical software contracts and patent and copyright services related to medical technology and equipment. In addition, we have represented clients in IP-related transactions, such as in the sale of a wellness software company.
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