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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Val Perkins is a sought after lobbyist and litigator who focuses on real estate development issues, including forming municipal utility districts and other special districts that encourage and foster more rapid real estate development. Val also handles related water and land use matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Specializing in legislative lobbying, he represents clients before the Texas Legislature in business, construction, health care, homeowners association and housing matters. Val also represents clients with administrative concerns and in administrative hearings before state agencies, Houston area city councils and other local governmental entities.
In addition, clients hire Val to represent them before the Office of the Comptroller on franchise tax issues, where he handles SOAH administrative hearings and appeals to state district court. Unlike most lobbyists who don’t have trial experience, Val represents clients from the identification of an issue all the way through litigation, if necessary. He handles other government litigation, as well, such as zoning or other land use disputes and condemnation matters.
Val is known as an excellent and persuasive writer, and with his background in legislative lobbying he is frequently hired to draft legislation and legislative amendments. For example, the Texas Community Association Advocates, an HOA Association, has hired Val to draft amendments and legislation on its broad ranging legislative matters. He has the experience and knowledge to streamline and design the most effective legislative approaches and strategies.
Val views legislative lobbying as a very personal, face to face connection with both business representatives and politicians. He has decades of experience that benefit his clients, as well as the right relationships with statewide officeholders and the legislature. Val is prepared to work with clients to address the state’s most important horizon issues that will affect business, such as dealing with the water infrastructure in Texas, and water and land use issues.
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