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.
*Not admitted to practice law.
Condemnation attorney Mike Stafford focuses his practice on resolving government-related disputes, including condemnations, regulatory compliance and administrative matters. He represents both condemnors and property owners – both large and small – and has earned a reputation for obtaining favorable awards in condemnation proceedings.
Mike’s relevant background and experience in the public sector serves his private-sector clients in their interactions with governmental entities. For example, he has obtained previously-denied permits for clients where other condemnation attorneys have failed and has effectively assisted companies with property tax disputes. Mike often teams with other members of the Firm in representing both condemnors and condemnees involved in right-of-way claims. He believes that right-to-take issues will be an increasingly contentious concern for private condemnors, especially in the wake of the Denbury decision.
Public officials and candidates for elected office often seek Mike's counsel for difficult election law disputes. He and a colleague recently prevailed in a complex case – In re Jonathan Day – involving a ballot initiative and the discretionary authority of the chief elected official of Harris County to order an election.
Between 2001 and 2008, Mike served as county attorney to Harris County, Texas, the third largest county in the U.S., where he supervised more than 90 attorneys handling cases in all areas of government law. These included administrative, appellate, regulatory compliance, real property, trial, eminent domain, condemnation and legislative relations, all building his expertise as a condemnation attorney.
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