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 Wynne Sewell LLP is announcing a new management structure, reflecting the initial implementation of enhanced goals and strategic planning for the historic Texas-based legal practice.
Effective immediately, Holland N. O'Neil, a partner in the Firm's Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice Group in Dallas, will serve as the Firm's chair. Longtime Managing Partner Steve Good will remain in a key leadership role, serving as the Firm's chief executive officer.
In addition to Ms. O'Neil's new role as chair, the Firm is announcing that Eric A. Blumrosen, a partner in the Firm's Corporate Practice Group in Houston, has been named the Firm's vice chair. The new structure adopted by the Firm's partners also includes the establishment of a nine-person board, an expansion from the former five-person management committee.
"During the past several months, as part of our strategic planning process, there have been extensive discussions among a broad cross-section of the partners in the Firm about the development of both short-term and long-term strategic plans," says Ms. O'Neil. "Growing out of that exercise, this new structure will support our goals for future growth in profitability, geographic expansion and number of attorneys."
Ms. O'Neil notes several opportunities and goals for the Firm in responding to the needs of clients and a changing business and legal environment as outlined in the strategic plan, including:
"Gardere has earned an excellent reputation as a well-run organization under the traditional law firm structure. These updates to our governance represent an ongoing process that more effectively aligns our goals with the needs of our clients, with a similar management structure to many of those corporations," says Ms. O’Neil. "Eric and I look forward to an increased involvement in strategic planning, while maintaining our full-time legal practices."
"Each of our existing offices is important as we move forward in responding to client needs and opportunities," says Mr. Blumrosen. "It's also important to recognize that each Gardere office has a number of strengths to build on. In particular, this change will allow me to focus on our well-regarded energy industry expertise in Houston, which will continue to be emphasized and supported at the highest level."
Mr. Good, who has served as the Firm's managing partner for the past 13 years and will continue to serve as CEO, says the Firm's partners recognize the time commitment involved in successfully managing the day-to-day operations of the practice, particularly in an increasingly dynamic and competitive business environment, while also placing a renewed focus on strategic planning matters.
"Our attorneys are confident that by expanding our board and establishing more distinct responsibilities for Firm management, we can enhance our already high level of excellence, put new energy and perspectives into strategic planning, and benefit both our clients and the Firm," says Mr. Good.
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