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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Personal service to an opposing party—the hand delivery of a citation in a lawsuit—has been a cornerstone of American jurisprudence for centuries. For
just as long, the law has allowed courts to authorize alternate methods of service when a defendant in a new lawsuit cannot be found. These alternate methods have allowed plaintiffs to serve a defendant by merely posting a notice on the courthouse door or publishing a notice in the local newspaper. In a different era and certainly before the ubiquitous use of cell devices and social media, notice on a courthouse door or in a newspaper may have been the most reasonable way to notify a missing defendant, but today in the age of the Internet, there are more pragmatic means by which to serve a missing defendant, and courts are beginning to recognize this shift.
Indeed, given the ubiquitous nature of social media—with estimates that about 75 percent of the U.S. population currently uses social media sites—it is no wonder that U.S. courts have now permitted substituted service through social media. The trend to use social media for service started in 2008 in Australia, and so it seemed inevitable that U.S. courts would eventually permit service through social media.
But several questions loom large. Will substituted service on social media be approved by the appellate courts? And will service by social media eventually replace personal service as a primary method of service?
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