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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Litigation - Labor and Employment
When an employer calls one of Gardere's labor law attorneys with a question or issue, they tap into a highly responsive team with a broad focus and deep level of experience. These combined qualities offer clients a candid, 360-degree perspective that adds value and saves time and money by spotting unanticipated issues before they become problems and offering practical solutions. This also includes legislative and regulatory concerns brewing in Austin, Washington and elsewhere.
In addition to a substantive knowledge of multiple industries and areas of the law, our employment law attorneys get to know a client's specific business objectives, strategies and risk factors. We consistently offer targeted and practical help congruent with our client's needs. This might mean focusing, for example, on day-to-day counseling, training or litigation avoidance; however, we are also prepared to go to court and to fight aggressively if that is what it takes to best represent our client's interests.
Embedded in Texas, we handle many engagements in the energy sector for businesses of virtually all types and sizes. In addition, we work throughout the U.S., often for employers in the hospitality and retail markets, two industries where experienced labor and employment counsel can bring enormous value.
Clients turn to us for non-compete, OSHA compliance, trade secret protection, affirmative action, immigration, discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour, union-related and collective action cases.
A Non-Compete Claim was Dropped
Where we started: Our clients, RWLS, an oilfield service company, and its Texas president were sued by a competitor, Gray Wireline, for tortious interference, breach of non-compete agreements and violation of confidentiality provisions. The litigation was filed in Pennsylvania and Texas, and claimed that RWLS had stolen Gray Wireline's truck design.
Our roadmap: We conducted 30 depositions in a two-month period, proving that Gray Wireline’s claims were false.
And finally: Gardere was successful in keeping Gray Wireline and the President out of litigation without exposure millions of dollars in damages and years of litigation expenses. The ultimate claim was arbitrated two years after Gardere's clients were dismissed.
A Victory in an OSHA fatality case
Where we started: In August 2006, a double fatality accident took place at the Dallas Mercantile demolition site, operated by our client, URS/Cleveland Wrecking Company. Two workers were killed when a 6,000 pound Bobcat accidentally pushed a buried angle iron into a low parapet wall, pushing the wall over the roof of the Dallas Building and killing a truck driver and flagger 19 floors below.
Our roadmap: Gardere handled the matter both in the civil litigation and before OSHA. On the OSHA side, we suffered a defeat at the 2009 trial, with the OSHA trial judge upholding two “Willful” citations and imposing heavy penalties.
And finally: Gardere handled the appeal to the OSHA Commission, obtaining a rare reversal and remand and narrowing the issues in favor of the client. OSHA agreed to bring the matter to a close by completely vacating the citation related to the fatalities and amending the other citation to be “Unclassified” (meaning non-willful).
Gardere handles all aspects of litigation in both state and federal courts at all levels nationwide. These matters include individual and class action matters under the:
Gardere’s class action practice is experienced in all aspects of class action litigation and counseling for clients around the U.S. Representation includes cases involving all varieties of employment discrimination, as well as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), director, officer and fiduciary investigations and disputes. Our lawyers have represented clients in class actions filed in 22 states, from New York to California, and are experienced in all areas of class action law.
Gardere's labor and employment lawyers have been renowned for decades for their work with national clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. We represent employers and managers in state and federal wage and hour class actions and collective actions, as well as in individual and class action employment discrimination disputes. In addition, we handle issues involving:
Clients seek our help with the strategy and implications of corporate reductions in force, reorganizations, acquisitions and relocations, as well as with employment forms, contracts, executive compensation, severance agreements, non-competes, and employment policies and procedures.
Gardere's labor and employment attorneys have experience in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and regularly assist clients in implementing "paperless pay" and electronic paystub systems because of a renewed emphasis on direct deposit – and the introduction of paycards when direct deposit is not selected by employees.
We are current on the latest developments on NRLB rules on elections and regularly provide union avoidance training to escape any type of organizational activity. Additionally, our lawyers have effectively conducted negotiations with the Teamsters, UAW, URW, LGWU, Carpenters, Stage Hands, Decorators, Glaziers, Patternmakers, IBEW, IUE, IE, CWA, SEIU, OPEIU, UFCW and other internationally affiliated and independent unions.
We have developed comprehensive labor relations programs, including multimedia presentations for use with supervisors and employees and in response to union organizing campaigns. When labor trouble strikes in the form of picketing or work stoppages, we can help with contingency plans, restraining orders, damage litigation and dispute resolution.
Gardere assists corporate clients in ensuring compliance with the I-9 regulations, E-Verify and counsels and represents clients during governmental I-9 audits as well hiring and termination decisions with regard to foreign nationals, and employer sanctions and anti-discrimination issues.
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