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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While we are hardly bashful about going to court, our class action lawyers are just as (if not more) sought after for their silver-bullet ability to avoid long, expensive litigation. In addition to representing all types and sizes of businesses coast to coast, our class action litigation team regularly defeats certifications at hearings and obtains outright dismissals through pre-trial motions.
Part of our success in class action law is a direct result of the depth and breadth of our experience. Over the years, our lawyers have handled thorny, high-stakes class action cases with ruthless pragmatism in over 20 states, involving antitrust, environmental, intellectual property, RICO, ERISA and other complex legal issues. The group's members include leading authorities on internet privacy, confidentiality, due diligence and other class action issues, domestic and foreign.
We are also known and respected for lean staffing, high value and a cut-to-the-chase, problem-solving attitude. What sets us apart is that we are always looking for the best exit for our client from a class action dispute.
Certification Defeated in High-stakes Class Actions
Where we started: CoServ, a Texas-based electric cooperative also known as Denton County Electric Cooperative Inc., had been hit with several class action lawsuits.
Our roadmap: We defeated the plaintiffs’ attempt to certify a class seeking to recover $54 million in patronage capital. The putative class action plaintiffs were represented by five firms from New York, Oklahoma and Texas.
And finally: On appeal, Gardere reversed the entry of a class certified on governance issues. See Denton County Electric Cooperative, Inc. v. Hackett, 368 S.W.3d 765 (Tex. Civ. – Fort Worth 2012, pet. denied).
The Right Strategy Avoided a Damaging Class Action Hit
Where we started: Our client, Brinker International (the owner of Chili's restaurants), had FACTA-related exposure as a result of a customer data glitch involving approximately 250,000 debit and credit card transactions.
Our roadmap: Our class action team developed a strategy that hinged on forensically proving that the data breach was a technical error. We convinced the plaintiffs' attorney that it wasn't intentional, thanks to the compelling facts and story we presented.
And finally: We prevented a trial and negotiated a timely settlement that amounted to pennies on the dollar, saving Brinker millions against a potential downside of $250 million. The court approved the settlement in January 2012, about six months after the suit was filed.
Gardere's class action lawyers are experienced in many major areas of substantive law, including:
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